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The quintessential Parisian-style bistro. Open until 3 a.m. daily, and 2 a.m. on Sundays, L’Express is a popular dining destination for locals at any hour. With dishes like their famous bone marrow starter to calf liver with tarragon, their take on classic French dishes will leave you wanting more.
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Restaurant Leméac is another great bistro that will satiate your stomachs with French classics and a wine list to match. This spot is a popular dining destination any time of day… especially after 10 p.m.! Leméac has a late-night menu that features a choice of appetizer and entrée for only $27. Open daily until midnight.
With a reputation built on quality and service, Moishes has been around for more than 75 years, offering a fresh and contemporary take on old world classics. Moishes’ “3 hours to midnight” table d’hôte special is something you want to get in on. An awesome meal and a great way to experience this Montréal institution without breaking the bank. Open until midnight, Thursday to Saturday.
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Restaurant Mon Nan
Located in Chinatown, Restaurant Mon Nan seems to never close. Opened daily until 4 a.m., it’s your go-to spot when you’ve got a hankering for Peking duck, or Cantonese lobster in the wee hours of the morning. It’s not uncommon to see local chefs finishing their nights here. – 43 De la Gauchetière Street East
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Gibeau Orange Julep
A drive-in diner and local favourite, the gigantic orange perched aside the Décarie expressway was opened in the 30s. This institution serves up its frothy orange julep , a classic from days when carhops on roller-skates serviced diners directly at their cars. Their menu of hot dogs and burgers hasn’t changed, and probably never will. Open daily until midnight.
Angela Pizzeria & Restaurant
When you’ve got a craving at an obscene hour for pizza, souvlaki, burgers or salad, Angela has you covered. A Montréal institution and late-night veteran, this place is for the early bird or night owl, open until 6 a.m. daily.
Main Deli Steak House
This classic Montréal deli with attendant smoked-meat sandwiches, slaw, pickles and such—as well as a full meat menu of rib steak and sausages – is open until 5 a.m. daily. Must-try dish: their varenekes with sour cream and applesauce, topped with crispy fried onions.
A hot Lebanese bakery famous among students and 24-hour party people, Altaib is a great choice for cheap, but delicious eats. The Manakish is a mainstay of the bakery, but they also serve up pizza and salads. Finish up with fresh baklava. It’s Lebanese fast food done right.
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La Banquise is Montréal’s poutine institution. In fact, there are poutines that you never knew existed, such as the Kamikaze Poutine (merguez sausage, hot peppers and Tabasco). Or if your gurgling stomach can’t take the heat, they have classic poutine down to an art form. Simple and delicious.