Taste the unique island flavours of Montréal

Jason Lee

Jason is a food eater and picture taker. As the blogger behind Shut Up and Eat, he covers everything food, from recipes to reviews. Jason has vowed that he will not stop until he has officially eaten his way across Montréal. It’s a big claim, and it’s one he’s making.

What do you get when you combine rich European architecture, cozy local neighbourhoods, arts and nightlife and add a generous portion of a mouth-watering culinary scene? That’s right, an unforgettable island getaway! There are no white-sand beaches, warm turquoise water or palm trees here because the island we’re talking about is Montréal. Here is a culinary round-up that offers all gastronomic explorers an authentic taste of the island.

“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 bagelssmoked 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 HouseSmoked Meat PeteReuben'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 BanquisePatati 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 AgrikolKamúy 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 IzakayaKazu or Jiao.  

From slurping copious amounts of southeast Asian soup noodles at Nguyen PhiPho Tay Ho or Mae Sri to chowing down on street tacos and ceviche from Grumman ‘78EsconditeTiradito and Chifa, food from the four corners of the world are well represented in Montréal. 

Local legends

You need to eat at these places, otherwise you never really visited Montréal. 

Make your reservations at Joe BeefAu 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 LunchBeautys (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.  

Jason Lee

Jason is a food eater and picture taker. As the blogger behind Shut Up and Eat, he covers everything food, from recipes to reviews. Jason has vowed that he will not stop until he has officially eaten his way across Montréal. It’s a big claim, and it’s one he’s making.

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