Written by Amie Watson of Multiculturiosity Blog
BookaLokal Host Amie Watson shares the ins and outs of her favorite places to eat in Montreal. Check out her blog for more on the “Best of” Montreal, recipes, cookbooks, reviews, and more. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @MissWattson and like her page on Facebook.
One of my favorite things to do when friends (or friends of friends of friends) come to Montreal, is to design a food itinerary for them of the best restaurants, the best markets, and the best wine, beer, and cocktails in the city. Depending on the type of traveler they are, their perfect day could be breakfast of a demi-ficelle with salted butter and wild blueberry jam and an accompanying chocolat chaud à l’ancienne (for dipping) at a neighbourhood café, followed by a walk to Jean-Talon Market, a walk down through Little Italy to the St-Viateur bagel, and then dinner at L’Express. It’s pure French. Classic. Refined.
But hipsters are going to want to spend the day, hungover, drinking espresso or homemade sodas and donuts in Café Sardine in the Mile End before hitting happy hour at the terrace of the Hotel Nelligan. Then it’s on to dinner and Asian-inspired cocktails at Flygin and a nightcap at the Champagnoiserie.
If you’re staying in the plateau, it’s definitely Les Trois Petits Bouchons, though: natural wines in the most amazing subterranean, brick-lined wine cellar of a bistro.
Or maybe you’re into cookbooks, in which case you’ll be having the best sushi lunch in the city at Park Restaurant in Westmount before spending the afternoon browsing the gorgeous tomes at Appetite for Books. And then you’ll want to get to the Vin Papillon (the hot wine bar owned by Joe Beef) for vegetarian-friendly small plates and biodynamic wines.
Or maybe you’re the Moishes type.
Or the BYOB type.
Or the cheap eats type.
Or, like me, the “gluten-free, dairy-free, every restaurant hates you except Crudessence, La Panthère Verte, and Café Verdure” type?
Whatever your taste buds and digestive abilities, I’m pretty sure I’d have fun coming up with an itinerary for you, which I’m happy to do. I’ll even be your tour guide for the day if you want. Email me (watson.amie at gmail dot com) and we can work something out. I’m a walking encyclopedia of the city’s restaurants, and know far more places than I’ve written up for Multiculturiosity or any other local or international publication for which I’ve written. But if you’re a foodie, planning your own food journey is half the fun of traveling, so here are some of my top Montreal destinations and reviews for all lovers of delicious things…