Downtown Montréal’s fancy food halls

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

This article was updated on May 31, 2022.

Located within blocks of each other, downtown Montréal’s fancy food halls are a cut above your average mall food offerings. They are proper gastronomic destinations, whether you’re looking for fine dining served fast or prefer international street food fare. They even come with a side of entertainment, fancy cocktails, natural wine or craft beer.

LE CENTRAL - MANGER MONTRÉAL

Where: On the corner of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Sainte-Catherine Street, downtown Montréal.

Participating restaurants: Pintxo, Ragù, Le Super Qualité, Heirloom, Cantine Emilia, The Standard Café, Morso, West Shefford, Trou de Beigne, Ramen Misoya, Le Gras Dur, Chez Milo et Fine, La république démocratique du jambon [RDJ], Bab Kech, Mignonette, Mignon Churros et Nougat, Ho Lee Chix, Gaspésie Camion Gourmand, Bonita’s Tacos & Deli, Kamé.

LE CENTRAL - MANGER MONTRÉAL is located in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, on the corner of two of Montréal’s most iconic streets, Sainte-Catherine and Saint-Laurent. Le Central  counts 20 restaurants reflecting Montréal’s “creativity and diversity”.  The concept here is to be a “gourmet festival all year long” with a diverse food offer accompanied by great craft beer, natural wine and cocktail. In fact, each restaurant has created a beer, wine or cocktail pairing with their food. All this comes in a festive ambiance inspired by street food and an ever changing daily soundtrack.

Le Cathcart Restaurants et Biergarten

Where: Place Ville Marie, downtown Montréal.

Participating restaurants: Pizza del Fornaio, Karma Poke, Omnivore, Tulum Taqueria, Dirty Greens, Hà, Patzzi and Chikin, Brasserie Mirabel, Café Crew.

Sid Lee Architecture has transformed Place Ville Marie’s basement into a stunning food hall complete with an enormous glass ceiling open to its Esplanade above and the sky beyond. The glass atrium is adorned with plants and trees and has the ambiance of an open-air piazza rather than a basement food court. Street food stands, sit-down restaurants, a biergarten and a café call Le Cathcart Restaurants et Biergarten home. This food hall is a great green oasis escape no matter what the weather is like outside.

 

Time Out Market

Where: Eaton Centre, second floor, downtown Montréal.

Participating restaurants: Burger T! by Normand Laprise, Le Red Tiger, Moleskine, Il Miglio, Caza Kaizen, Campo, America’s BBQ, Chanthy Yen, Paul Toussaint, Mezzmiz, Le Taj, Le Blossom, Tunnel Espresso, and Marusan.

Time Out Market Montréal also counts a beer bar, a wine bar, a cocktail bar and a soda bar as well as an Ateliers et Saveurs cooking school.

Time Out Market Montréal follows in the footsteps of Time Out Markets in Lisbon, Miami, New York, Boston and Chicago. It combines fine dining cuisine with a fast food hall delivery. Diners sit at long, communal tables and enjoy the cuisines of 15 of Montréal’s most renowned chefs. Time Out Magazine’s editors and writers handpicked the participating restaurants, which include some exclusive and unique to Montréal chef-led food stands. The market also features DJs, live music, and cultural happenings.

 

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

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