Bite into Little Italy and Villeray
Flavour is the name of Little Italy and Villeray's game. Both neighbourhoods are home to all sorts of hot restaurants and other incredible food options, as well as diverse cultural and family activities, shops and architecture. Soak up a good dose of Italian style and substance around Jean-Talon Market, then explore further afield – Villeray has amazing Latin food, as well as brunch spots, cheese shops, designer homeware enclaves and so much more.
The world is yours to taste
Ristorantes, pasticcerias (mmm cannolis) and caffes – Piccola Italia remains filled with Italian flavour. Block at least a day (or three meals) to explore this foodie’s paradise named Little Italy after a great wave of Italian immigration in the early 20th century. With the renowned Jean-Talon Market at its side, Villeray will satisfy appetites guaranteed – but architecture fans will find plenty to amaze at too. The many Art Deco buildings around the market lead to rows of picturesque residential streets, tree-lined and filled with painted spiral staircases – a Montréal classic.
Eat, drink and be Maria
You’ll be praying at the altar of pizza after a couple of hours in this neighbourhood! Little Italy and the larger Villeray have good food at their very core, but they’re also a shopper’s delight – a cosmopolitan district packed with things to see and cool stuff to consume (one way or another). Have at it!
- Taste the world at Jean-Talon Market
- Grab a standing espresso at Caffe Italia
- Shop cheeses and panettones at Milano
- Share a biftek fiorentina for two at Impasto
- Get a flight of brews at Brasserie Harricana
- Bite into a brownie at Juliette et Chocolat
- Munch some nachos at El Rey Del Taco
- Dig up obscure albums at Archambault
- Lick a Belgian-dipped cone at Les Givrés
- Order a bottle at wine bar Cul-Sec
- Bite into an haute-dog at Chez Tousignant
- Praise the Madonna Della Difesa church
- Catch a game of cricket in Jarry Park
- Down a dark’n’stormy at Alexandraplatz