Montreal is well known as a gourmet delight with some of the best restaurants in the world and options spanning across all taste buds and all budgets. Food is highly important in the city’s social scene with a wide array of restaurants across all pallets and budgets, cafes and more. The scene spreads across downtown and the surrounding neighbourhood areas. The cuisine is the exiting blend of the French and Quebec favourites. If you are a foodie and like getting involved with the local cuisines, check out the holiday offers from American Express Travel UK to satisfy your pallet and arrange your visit to Montreal.
If you like sampling the local favourites and specialities whilst ‘in Rome’, Montreal has lots! Montreal style bagels are tasty and smoked meat sandwiches are a real local favourite made from cured, spiced or smoked beef and served up with rye bread and mustard, and maybe some coleslaw and pickles. Simple. Delicious. Plateau Mont Royal is a great neighbourhood spot for having lunch or dinner. Poutine is the local comfort food and consists of fries coated in gravy and cheese. Different restaurants put their own twist on it. There are foodie circuits you can follow around here and go from one delicious snack to the next as you make your way through the area.
Le Gros Jambon is an eat at the counter place in the old town, Montreal. It’s a small diner with no tables and customers sit along the long L-shaped counter watching the cooks turn out delicious brunches or dinner. It’s more of a young crowd but the atmosphere is always vibrant and the portions are very generous. Café Kilo is one of the coolest cafes in town and serves up Panini’s, burgers and sandwiches, as well as delicious and mouth-watering cakes and pies. Another great comfort food option.
To sample the French offering and influence in the city, a dinner at the local favourite L’express is a must. It’s a laid back and casual bistro but much loved both by natives and visitors.
March Jean Talon is the foodie market in the city. However, Marche Atwater is another less busy market which is just as good. It is a little bit more chilled out but there are still all the same delicious food offerings. Olive is another much loved café and bakery in Old Montreal. Along with mouth-watering fresh breads, they serve up delicious and inventive salads and sandwiches.