Plaza Saint-Hubert has a fresh new look

Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard has been written for over 10 years. She specializes in lifestyle, tourism, travel and food, she writes as much for the media as for companies, agencies, freelancers or associations. Always in search of innovative concepts and good addresses, she is also constantly preparing her next trip.

Delineated by Bellechasse Street to the south and Jean-Talon Street to the north, Plaza St-Hubert is home to some 400 dynamic shops and businesses. All along this lively street, you’ll find boutiques that showcase beautiful wedding gowns or sparkly graduation dresses, ultra-modern gourmet food stores, natural wine bars, the latest collections by cool designers and even a diner that’s been going strong for the past 47 years. In fact, ever since this artery was revamped, places have been popping up faster than you can say “boutique”. All in all, just another reason for this guide, which shares our top picks and the must-visits of this ebullient but very down-to-earth street. Whether exploring it on foot or aboard a self-driving shuttle bus, let the treasure hunt begin!

 

A hotspot for global food

The Plaza’s very global and eclectic profile continues to wow a wide range of palates. One of its highly-popular culinary spots is Montréal Plaza, a wonderfully creative and local brasserie brought to you by Charles-Antoine Crête, Cheryl Johnson and Sébastien Blanchette. The newly-opened Brouillon café-buvette is a dynamic culinary space that features new Québec cuisine such as delicious tapas and seasonal dishes paired with natural wines. In the mood for some Asian comfort food? Dig in to the fresh and flavourful handmade dumplings at La Maison de Mademoiselle Dumplings. For a taste of the Caribbean, try the  delicious cuisine at Kwizinn, which serves classic Haitian dishes like griot, plantain or Lambi Créole. Tenorio’s is the newest kid of the block, serving Peruvian and Columbian fare that includes grilled meats and ceviches that will make your mouth water. Hungry after a night out on the town? Le Roi du Smoked Meat, a street staple, opens its doors at 3 in the morning, so you can sit down to poutine, smoked meat sandwich or plate of spaghetti in a cozy bench, post-revelry. Lastly, slightly below Bellechasse, dig into delicious Thai dishes at Pichai and authentic grilled Portuguese grilled meat at Restaurant Casa Alentejo.

Discovery-worthy bars and terrasses

If you’re looking for a place to meet for drinks, the Plaza’s many bars welcome you with arms wide open. Enjoy a refreshing microbrewery beer at the bar Le Vestiaire, order a classic 1920s-inspired cocktail at the festive Nestor tavern , snuggle in to a seat at the Snowbird Tiki Bar (and be sure to check out hidden rooftop terrace in warmer weather). Vegans will love the menu at the zero-waste pub La Cale and everyone will be wanting to check out the brand-new Chez Ernest, a self-billed “cabinet of curiosities” and café-cabaret-bar.

A flavour fest at the grocery stores

Whether you’re picking up a gift for someone special, packing the ultimate picnic basket or simply do your grocery shopping, the Plaza’s grocery stores have a bounty of yummy eats. Go to La queue de cochon butcher shop for sausages, blood sausage, pâtés and delicious locally-made and traditional dishes free of additives. The Épicerie Conserva not only treats you to its lovely minimalist design, but an abundance of local products, gourmet sandwiches to-go and an excellent counter for cheeses, meats and charcuteries. Another Plaza newcomer, the Panier Gourmand caterer and fine food store also features faves that include viennoiseries and pastries, prepared dishes, cheeses and charcuteries. Lastly, a little further north, you can immerse yourself in the scrumptious flavours of Latin America at the Sabor Latino supermarket and delish meals to go from its take-out counter.  

Snack time for young and old alike

Fear not, sweet tooths, there’s lots for you too!  Sink your teeth into the Portuguese specialties of Pâtisserie do Rosário, traditional Columbian delicacies from the Produits Calientitos grocery store, or lovely French cakes and pastries from Les P’tits plaisirs. Kids and adults alike will feel the sugar rush the instant they step inside the candy kaleidoscope known as Biscuiterie Oscar, while the ice cream at the ultra-popular L’Armoire à glaces keeps people happy and cool when the temperatures soar.

Fashion forays and more

You can shop for everything from wedding gowns to frou-frou frocks to stylish finds from Montréal designers or curated multi-brand shops on the Plaza. It’s this diverse mix that lends this street its truly unique vibe. Admire the eclectic décor as you browse Belle et Rebelle or Arloca, which showcase Québec and Canadian fashion. Go shopping for hoodies and streetwear at the concept store Lopez, La Maison Pony or Beurd. Make your next must-have a crazy-fun colourful bomber from Ébène Mode, pick up a record you’ve been dying to get your hands on at Le Vacarme or scoop up a DIY body lotion kit at Les Mauvaises Herbes. If you keep company with bookworms, be sure to check out what’s on the shelves at Librairie Racine, which highlights works of BIPOC authors and creators, the Librairie Parenthèse, which stocks books, CDs and board games, the independent bookstore Librairie Raffin or Librairie Westcott, which is owned by an expert in anglophone literature.  

Happy discoveries!

Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard has been written for over 10 years. She specializes in lifestyle, tourism, travel and food, she writes as much for the media as for companies, agencies, freelancers or associations. Always in search of innovative concepts and good addresses, she is also constantly preparing her next trip.

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