Vacation flies by fast. Four days fly by even faster, but Montreal was a nice quick getaway that wasn’t too costly and quite memorable. I did not know much about the place beforehand so it was all a pleasant surprise. They say Montreal is a foodie city as well as a bike-friendly city and the city of festivals. All of that is most definitely true. As you walk through the streets, you’ll notice bike lanes all around and bikes chained to poles made specifically for the vehicle. You’ll notice advertisements of the festivals coming up, and that week we caught the “Just for Laughs” festival, one that was perfect for us as we played games, ate, and laughed through different performances. But most of all, their food is diverse and full of flavor. Though I didn’t find anything particularly amazing, the food was pretty good overall. Here’s a peek at some of the places we tried!
Boris Bistro –
A little gem we accidentally walked into outside of Old Montreal. While the rest of the streets were quiet, you suddenly past this bustling patio filled with diners, trees, and candle-lit tables. It looks quite popular so you walk inside. Well, the food was actually fantastic though service was a little slow. This salmon tartare was quite delicious with the crisp baguette and a side salad!
I didn’t realize we were only a 7 minute walk from Chinatown! As we walked past, we saw this little bakery with adorable buns. Purchased a panda-looking one filled with black sesame custard. The bun was quite soft and the sesame was pasty, similar to that of the frozen in-a-package versions.
Nouilles de Lan Zhou
Homemade noodles in Chinatown. The tiniest little place on top of a supermarket. It was really small, but perfect for a nice hot dish on a breezy day. The small was a large in my opinion, and filled with never-ending noodles. Solid broth, not too salty.
This place is so popular that there is definitely a long way to sit in the restaurant to eat, but if you’re taking it to go, you can go to their takeout restaurant and order it. For about 10 Canadian dollars, you get a sandwich filled and piled with deliciously moist smoked meat. We also had the one from Reuben’s Deli, but Schwartz definitely has more smoked, flavorful meat. I also personally love the broken pieces as opposed to the full slices that are perfectly cut.
Jean Talon Market
This place is a must if you love local organic foods! It is an outdoor market (with cover) filled with endless fruits and vegetables as well as other small shops. The presentations are adorable, and the food itself is so fresh and inspiring to want to cook on your own. We bought some sweet sweet cherry tomatoes (really big though) and Montreal-grown strawberries that were small and incredibly sweet. I would go back just to try them again!
Have you ever heard of escargot for $6? Really good garlic and olive oil dipped escargots at this crepe place. The crepes themselves weren’t as great as they were a bit soggy.
St. Viateur’s Bagels
Montreal is known for their bagels. Honey-water infused bagels. I loved that they’re thin and sweet, and probably less calories than New York ones.
Though I’m not quite sure why Poutines are so popular because they are so unhealthy, they are indeed interesting when stores offer a variety of toppings to go along with them. Here’s a poutine we tried – gravy, cheese, and smoked meat on top of fries!
I would love to go back to this quaint little city one day to try more of the unique foods and French restaurants too! Until then, thanks for reading!