Every time I visit Montreal I’m sure I gain 2 kilos. But then again I walk around so much in order to make sure that I burn these calories off!! I can assure you though that Montreal is a foodie’s paradise! There are so many restaurants and the food (and dessert) everywhere is amazing! As you know I don’t like to keep such vital information to myself, so here’s a guide with all the restaurants I’ve visited in Montreal during my 3 visits there which you should visit too (order is alphabetical)!!
Au Pied de Cochon
This is a must-visit restaurant for carnivore lovers, as it features exquisite dishes made from local produce. You must be really hungry before coming here and I assure you that you’re going to leave the place with a more-than-full belly! The picture above features a bison’s rib and I can attest to the fact that the rib, the duck with mushrooms (Magret aux champignons) and the fries fried in duck fat are delicious!! Au Pied de Cochon is located at 536 Duluth Est, Montreal H2L 1A9
Beautys looks like an old school diner and its ideal for brunch! It’s in business since 1942, so they know how to make delicious food! It is located at 93 Mont-Royal Ouest, Montreal (corner with Rue Saint Urbain), H2T 2S5.
Want to read more about Beautys? Here’s the review I wrote!
Bilboquet is an artisan ice cream place named after a children’ toy (cup and ball in English). They got 23 ice cream and 24 sorbet tastes. I got Brou Ha Ha which is vanilla ice cream with brownies, caramel swirl, pieces of chocolate covered toffee and praline bits. Bilboquet can be found at 1311 Avenue Bernard Ouest, Outremont, Montreal H2V 1W1 (but they have 5 more stores around Montreal)
This rotisserie restaurant seems unassuming from the outside and somewhat kitsch on the inside, but I can tell you this: the chicken (which is the only dish served in various portions) is delicious. Do ask for chicken necks as well (it’s not on the menu) and do get the pecan pie as dessert! Chalet Bar-B-Q is located at 5456 Sherbrook Ouest, Montreal, H4A 1V9, tel +1 (514) 489 7235 (the website is inaccessible).
Juliette et Chocolat
Juliette is my favorite cafe in Montreal. You may not know but I don’t drink coffee (at all) so chocolate and tea are my drugs. Juliette et Chocolat has an exceptional menu of hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and many desserts! Juliette et Chocolat can be found in 6 locations around Montreal, but my favorite one is in rue St. Denis!
For more chocolate temptation check out my review (always with photos) of Juliette et Chocolat!
La Banquise is THE place to try poutine, a calorie laden local dish you shouldn’t miss.Simply put, poutine is fries with melted cheese and gravy (that’s the basic recipe) as well as lots of other ingredients like bacon, ground beef, mushrooms etc. The menu has over 30 poutine options, but other dishes as well (burgers, club sandwich, omelette). La Banquise is located on 994 rue Rachel Est, Montreal H2J 2J3.
La Carcasse, is a cozy little dim lighted restaurant in the South Shore. In the summer it also has outdoor seating. The menu, as you can guess, consists of meat dishes (mainly). I should also add that La Carcasse belongs to the kind of restaurants where you can bring your own wine to accompany your dinner since it has a licence for alcohol consumption, but not for alcohol sale! You’ll find La Carcasse at 85 boulevard Marie-Victorin, Candiac, J5R 1C3.
Rockaberry Pie Shop and Cafe
Although it’s been 5 years since I last visited this place I had to include it on my list as they have very cool pies! I’ve tried the blueberry one (wanted to be on the safe side) but if I manage to visit again, I’ll definitely try out a pecan one! Rockaberry has 5 stores around Monteal.
Sucrerie de la Montagne
Visiting a cabane a sucre (aka sugar shack) during the maple syrup (production) season is a must in Montreal and there are many sugar shacks in the outskirts of Montreal. During my latest visit in May we went to Sucrerie de la Montagne in Rigaud (around 45′ outside Montreal). The menu in these restaurants is set: they start off with soup and then they bring a mix of appetizers such as bacon bits, meatballs and other stuff that you accompany with maple syrup of course! The dessert is also maple syrup related! Sucrerie de la Montagne is located in 300 St. George street, Rigaud, J0P 1P0.
So here’s my recommendations about restaurants and cafes in Montreal! I hope you enjoyed them and if you’re a visual person I’ve made a map with all of them! If you plan to visit Montreal do pin the post for further reference! If you’re also interested in things to do in Montreal I’ve got a couple of suggestions here.
Have you visited Montreal? Which restaurant/cafe is your favorite one there?