Food itinerary: Downtown Montréal

Tommy Dion

Tommy is the founder of the blog and gourmet guide Le Cuisinomane, whose mission is to showcase Québec’s local products and gastronomy. With an in-depth knowledge of Montréal’s food scene, his expertise and professionalism make him a trusted source for all the best food spots and experiences in Montréal. In addition to tasting and writing about food, Tommy also creates content for brand, always related to food and gastronomy.

Treat yourself to the best from downtown Montréal's many cafés, pastry shops and restaurants. Pretend you're a tourist and rediscover the flavours of the city!

Ville-Marie (downtown)

Starting point: McGill metro station

Culinary tour distance: 3.2 km

Time Out Market

705 Sainte-Catherine Street West | Website

Located inside Eaton Centre, just steps away from McGill metro station, Time Out Market should be your first destination. Since it brings some of the city's most coveted chefs together under the same roof, the biggest challenge you'll face is choosing which to try!

What to eat and drink? One dish from each restaurant. Why limit yourself to just one?

Peel Street (Peel MTL Foodies Experience)

Peel Street between Sainte-Catherine and Sherbrooke | Website

From May to October, Peel Street comes alive with a bold and bountiful food offering from 12 unique restaurants. In addition to the restaurant patios, there are several other public areas for visitors to use. Special menus, DJs and other surprises will be unveiled throughout the summer.

Melk

1206 Stanley Street | Website

Stop in for a coffee or matcha and scone! Need an iced caramel latte or matcha lemonade to give you a boost? If you prefer a more conventional coffee, there's plenty of other options on the menu. No matter what you choose to drink, be sure to try a scone. Baked fresh every morning, they're crisp on the outside, soft in the middle, slightly crumbly and not too sweet—the way scones were meant to be!

What to eat and drink? An iced coffee and scone

Tsujiri

1418 Crescent Street | Website

If you love matcha or hojitcha tea, this place is for you! These tea varieties are the magic ingredients at Tsujiri, a teahouse first founded in 1860 in Kyoto, Japan. They're added to all kinds of items, including drinks,  parfaits, soft ice cream, cakes and even the soba noodles on the savoury menu. Naturally, there are several different types of matcha available to satisfy tea purists.

What to eat and drink? My favorites – matcha or hojitcha – include the soft ice cream, cake rolls and daifuku, served iced or hot.

Italimenti Épicerie Fine

1063 Rue de la Montagne | Website

Having just opened on Rue de la Montagne, Italimenti is a fine grocer that's sure to become a favourite with all those who love Italian fare. On one side, you'll find a mouth-watering selection of cheeses, charcuteries, fresh pasta and desserts. On the other side, there's a counter with ready-to-eat sandwiches, salads, pizzas and other Italian specialties. And of course you'll also find a fine food section teeming with top-quality imported products.

What to eat and drink? Let the flavours of Italy inspire you!

Marché Artisans

900 René-Lévesque Blvd. West | Website

Located inside the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Marché Artisans is a deli, café, pizzeria, pastry shop and ice cream parlour run by Jean-Marc Guillot, who holds the prestigious title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France. You can bring home ready-to-eat dishes or a complete, seasonally inspired meal prepared by executive chef Baptiste Peupion.

What to eat and drink? Dessert, and then take home some ice cream and local products from the shop section.

Tunnel Espresso Bar

1 253 Avenue McGill College | Website

Did you know that you can go from Marché Artisans to McGill metro station while remaining in the underground city? If you've never done the trip, give it a try and be sure to stop at Tunnel Café on the way. Here, be sure to pick up one more coffee for the road!

What to eat and drink? Coffee!

Where to pick up a bite: One of the spots along Dorchester Square, which is just off Sainte-Catherine Street

 

Other restaurant ideas for takeaway or a well-deserved drink: Jatoba, Les Enfants Terribles, Burgundy Lion, Jérôme Ferrer par Europea, Bar Nacarat

Itinerary map 

Tommy Dion

Tommy is the founder of the blog and gourmet guide Le Cuisinomane, whose mission is to showcase Québec’s local products and gastronomy. With an in-depth knowledge of Montréal’s food scene, his expertise and professionalism make him a trusted source for all the best food spots and experiences in Montréal. In addition to tasting and writing about food, Tommy also creates content for brand, always related to food and gastronomy.

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