Montreal Eating, drinking and dancing
(+1 514 281 1114)
Au Pied de Cochon
Book a table as far ahead as you can at this extremely popular eaterie, which is invariably packed with a carnivorous clientele tucking into one of the numerous foie gras dishes, or sampling some excellent cuts of local meat – try the mind-boggling 'Duck in a Can'.
536 Rue Duluth Est, Montreal H2L 1A9
(+1 514 276 5864)
Amazing sushi to be had at this Mile End establishment – Montreal's most accomplished Japanese kitchen. It’s close to Baldwin Barmacie, so you can always head there for post-prandial cocktails.
156 Avenue Laurier Ouest, Montreal H2T 2N7
(+1 514 844 4227)
La Sala Rosa
When you get tired of all those French bistros, head here for Spanish culinary favourites such as tapas and paella. Every Thursday sees flamenco dancers take to the stage while you dine.
4848 Boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal H2T 1R6
(+1 514 281 6492)
Sticking to a simple classic French bistro menu has reaped dividends for this smart little eaterie; its steak-frites is invariably excellent.
2022 Rue Peel, Montreal H3A 2W5
(+1 514 849 7779)
In-the-know Montrealers can regularly be found brunching at this relaxed rustic bistro on Saturdays and Sundays. As well as its hearty snacks and meals, it’s built up a reputation for its tasty microbrews, made on the premises.
9 Rue Duluth Est, Montreal H2W 1G7
(+1 514 276 4282)
Montreal’s hippest cocktail joint was once a pharmacy and its gifted mixologists continue the theme today – spirits and their accompanying mixers are served in separate medicine bottles, so you can modify the strength of your ‘prescription’ as you like. Open until 3am.
15 Avenue Laurier Ouest, Montreal H2T 2N6
(+1 514 845 5392)
A quirky hotspot with a great vibe – eerie ostrich heads peer down at you from the walls, and in the evening indie DJs take over from the jazz and classical performers of the daytime.
354 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est, Montreal
(+1 514 842 8088)
A very trendy little place that’s as satisfying for a coffee in the afternoon as it is for sipping evening cocktails with fashionable young locals catching up-and-coming DJs.
440 Boulevard St Laurent, Montreal H2W 1Y8
(+1 514 842 6838)
A long-standing favourite of the Montreal night scene, thanks to a combination of great DJs, an open-air terrace and a fabulous martinis.
3709 Boulevard St Laurent, Montreal H2X 2V7
(+1 514 315 8994)
Being right beside the market means that the food at this laid-back café-restaurant is as fresh as it gets. Its three staff act as chefs and waiters.
60 Rue Jean-Talon Est, Montreal
(+1 514 287 2725)
The perfect spot both for breakfast and to pick up a little gourmet picnic to savour in Parc Montreal, this café-restaurant also boasts a tartare bar – you can choose from an assortment of meats and fish, then specify the preparation method (Asian, Thai, Italian or French) before it’s made in front of you.
27 Rue Prince-Arthur Ouest, Montreal H2X 1S4
(+1 514 842 3110)
Founded purely to prevent a building being knocked down by developers, this alternative café has (almost inadvertently) become one of the most celebrated in town. The excellent coffee is produced in the roasting house next door (and available to buy by the bag). There’s a wide-ranging menu of inventive sandwiches too – try the triple-deckers. Open until midnight.
3990 Rue St-Urbain, Montreal H2W 1T7
(+1 514 842 4813)
Montreal’s famed Hebrew deli has been serving its deliciously spiced smoked meat on the same spot for 75 years, and still the punters are queuing out the door. Sandwiches and platters come in ‘lean’, ‘medium’, or ‘fatty’ – throwback to a quainter, size-zero-free era.
3895 St Laurent Boulevard, Montreal H2W 1X9