“X” marks the spot
These must-visit spots are found on any travel itinerary to the island of Montréal. Discover these local claims to fame and follow the arrows that all point to bagels, smoked meat and poutine on the iconic Montréal food treasure map.
Pick up a baker’s dozen any time of day at the legendary Fairmount Bagel or St-Viateur Bagel, the city’s favourites for generations.
It’s common to see a lineup at the famous Schwartz's on any day of the week for smoked meat. But gems like the Main Deli Steak House, Smoked Meat Pete, Reuben's and Dunn’s Famous make it easy to get your smoked meat fix wherever you’re exploring around the city.
If you’re up for adventure, make sure you check out the different variations of poutine, the dish of French fries, squeaky fresh cheese curds and brown gravy, at La Banquise, Patati Patata, Ma Poule Mouillée, and Paul Patates.
Taste the world one plate at a time
Prepare to set sail and taste worldly flavours when you visit Montréal – it’s easy to see why the city is proud of its rich cultural diversity when it comes to food.
Discover the amazing cuisine of the Caribbean (islands of another kind) at restaurants like Agrikol, Kamúy and Mango Bay where they elevate classic Caribbean dishes with a unique Québécois flair.
Enjoy the flavours of Japan with a fine dining omakase experience at Restaurant Park or pub grub at Imadake Izakaya, Kazu or Jiao.
From slurping copious amounts of southeast Asian soup noodles at Nguyen Phi, Pho Tay Ho or Mae Sri to chowing down on street tacos and ceviche from Grumman ‘78, Escondite, Tiradito and Chifa, food from the four corners of the world are well represented in Montréal.
You need to eat at these places, otherwise you never really visited Montréal.
Make your reservations at Joe Beef, Au Pied de Cochon and L’Express early. World-acclaimed and made popular by celebrity chefs, these institutions have been juggernauts in the Montréal food scene for years, offering fine dining Québécois cuisine highlighting local and seasonal produce.
On the haute-cuisine flipside there is Wilensky’s Light Lunch, Beautys (reopening soon after renovations) and Montréal Pool Room for famous casual fare.
Don’t forget about the celebrated and most recognizable giant orange beacon of sunlight, Gibeau Orange Julep. It might not be a piña colada along the beach, but this orange julep drink is the nectar of our island and it overlooks the steady waves of traffic on the Décarie Expressway.
Whether you’ve washed ashore or plotted a map, the island of Montréal is a delicious destination.