MTLàTABLE sets the table in every Montréal neighbourhood

Laure Juilliard

Exploring Montréal’s boroughs—by foot, bike or public transportation—is a great way to discover the unique character and astonishing creativity of each area. For this year’s MTLàTABLE event, venturing to the four corners of the city will not only unveil the city’s charms and attractions, but a host of delicious options at local restaurants. Below is a quick guided tour.

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Downtown

The heart of Montréal’s business and cultural district is located almost entirely on the south flank of Mount Royal. Downtown attractions include one of North America’s most popular commercial drags, Sainte-Catherine Street (where you can stretch your legs and even do a little shopping before supper). Kick start your culinary adventure at the elegant and delicious Pullman wine bar, then head down among the skyscrapers to savour the fine cuisine on offer at Decca 77. Alternatively, check out the chic menu from the heights of Enfants Terribles (Covered rooftop above Place Ville Marie).

For more options, check out the list of Downtown restaurants, including those in the following neighbourhoods: Downtown – Golden Square Mile, Downtown – Quartier des spectacles and Downtown – Quartier international.

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Mount Royal, Outremont and Westmount

Welcome to chic Montréal. Nothing compares to the gorgeous Victorian homes, lush lanes, tidy gardens and pristine landscapes in these boroughs. Drink in the spectacle of the beautiful residential neighborhoods and grab a bite at Westmount’s famous Brasserie Central or the superb French eatery Chez Lévêque in Outremont.

For more options, check out the list of restaurants in Mount Royal, Outremont and Westmount.

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Plateau-Mont-Royal and Mile-End

Trend-setters, artistic types, young entrepreneurs, long-time residents and Hassidic Jews live side-by-side in the Plateau and Mile-End districts. Here, artistic boutiques, charming, colourful facades, stylish, independent cafés and trendy, pint-sized restaurants make for a bohemian, laid-back vibe. The Plateau is predominantly Francophone, while the Mile-End, a neighborhood that was selected "Coolest in the World" in 2016 by the webzine How I Travel, is more English-speaking. Enjoy the culinary delights of Barbounya, Bistrot La Fabrique, Chambre à part, Chez Victoire, Laïka, Lili.co (and several other great options).

For more options, check out the list of restaurants in the Plateau-Mont-Royal and Mile-End neighbourhoods.

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Old Montréal and the Old Port

Cobblestone streets, museums, art galleries, the port, designer boutiques and delicious restaurants are part and parcel of this posh touristic district. Take a culinary vacation at Ikanos (Greek) or L’Atelier d’Argentine (Latin American). Or if you prefer the real classics, try either L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel or Chez l’Épicier.

For more options, check out the list of restaurants in Old Montréal and the Old Port.

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Les Quartiers du Canal

The Quartier du Canal extends along the banks of the Lachine Canal for nearly four kilometers, and includes three booming boroughs: Griffintown, Little Burgundy and Saint-Henri. The area’s industrial, contemporary and popular vibe has been infused with a new gamut of original, avant-garde restaurants. Head to Nini Meatball House or the H4C to soak in the Quartier’s new flavours.

For more options, check out the list of restaurants in the Quartier du Canal and Griffintown.

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Little Italy and Villeray

These two charming neighborhoods are both authentic and friendly, and their trendy, yet industrial edge is still drawing Montréalers in record numbers. Habouring gastronomical diversity, bold character and real creativity, the restaurants in this borough, including La Récolte Espace Local, Chez Chose, Lannes & Pacifiques, Pastaga and Manitoba will satisfy even the most refined palates.

For more options, check out the list of restaurants in Little Italy and Villeray.

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The Village

Montréal’s Gay Village is also booming with gastronomic diversity. The Restaurant Carte Blanche and Chez Ma Grosse Truie Chérie have been pleasing foodies for years.

For more options, check out the list of restaurants in the Village.

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Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

This borough is home to the Montréal Tower, the Olympic Stadium, and the Espace pour la vie Complex, which includes the Biodome, Planetarium, Insectarium and the Botanical Gardens. Known locally as HoMa, this popular neighborhood has blossomed and transformed its identity in recent years. Head to the Bistro Le Ste-Cath, the Pizzeria Napolitaine Caldo or Le Valois.

For more options, check out the list of restaurants in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

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Pôle des Rapides

Love spending time near the river? Well, you will be right at home rolling along the 10 kilometers of bike paths that flank the Saint Lawrence River and Lachine Canal in this borough. We also recommend that you take a stroll through Verdun, where you will find Wellington Street, a thoroughfare blossoming with inviting businesses and delicious establishments, including Su.

For more options, check out the list of restaurants in Pôle des rapides.

 

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North of the Island

This primarily residential neighborhood has its own set of unique gems, including Le St-Urbain. Or maybe you prefer to lounge at the Café Le Petit Flore, whose name renders homage to Paris’ famous Café de Flore, or to spice up your evening at Madre sur Fleury with seasonal, Latino-inspired fare.

For more options, check out the list of restaurants in the North of the Island.

Still hungry? Make sure to check out the list of restaurants participating in MTLàTABLE, and make sure to book ahead! Bon appétit!

Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard, blogger

Laure is a writer, community manager and the founder of the blog Une Parisienne à Montréal. She’s also an epicurean globetrotter who’s always on the hunt for innovative concepts and must-try restaurants. In 2016, she co-founded Slow Journeys, a webzine that focuses on ecotourism and design.

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