Dining & Shopping
Dining & Shopping
Pizzeria Magpie (Mile-End)
L'Express (a Montreal institution for over 40 years, serves a full menu until 3am! Vegans beware ... of butter!)
Au Petit Extra (should be in the running for Montreal's most vibrant French bistro atmosphere; the food is excellent, rich, and not super-friendly to vegans)
The restaurants in this grouping are all located within a few blocks of each other, on or near Avenue du Parc. Mythos is an institution, a cavernous, lovely dark place to hide, with incredible fish (be careful of market pricing!); Milos is an expensive "event" place, so go there if you want to experience Madonna's favourite restaurant in Montreal; Philinos is low-key and delicious (try their grilled squid); and Faros is the least-assuming of them all, the smallest, and possibly the best.
Little Italy boasts some great restaurants, and the first two spots on this list are no exception. All three have amazing pizza.
Botega (in Little Italy, v/vf)
Gema (in Little Italy, v/vf)
Magpie Pizzeria (two locations, vegan options, v/vf)
Japanese / Sushi / Noodles
Ichigo Ichie (noodles, sushi; v/vf)
Le P'tit Tri (Sushi, named after its chef, Tri, who used to run one of Montreal's best sushi restaurants ... without him, it collapsed. vf)
Poutine (Poo-tin): Quebec's contribution to world cuisine consists of (usually fresh-cut) fries, gravy and cheese curds. Some places offer elaborations on the basic formula. Vegan versions exist.
La Banquise has many, many varieties of poutine! And the tiny Patati Patata pleases poutine (and cheap breakfast) lovers, as well.
Montreal Smoked Meat
Montreal is famous for its smoked meat, and this is largely, if not entirely due to Schwartz's Deli.
Chao Phraya (pricey, but worth it)
Restaurant Thailande (vegan options, moderately priced, just as good as Chao Phraya, and Kris's favourite!)
There are many restaurants in Montreal that allow you to bring the wine of your choice without the typical restaurant mark-up. One of the best is Restaurant Khyber Pass (Afghan cuisine, vegan-friendly, and with a really cozy, cool atmosphere, whether you're seated on their terrace, in their dark dining room, or in their basement!). Two other stunners are Jardin de Panos and La Maison Grecque, both Greek restaurants, and both with large terasses. Jardin de Panos has the edge on tastiness, but both are a total Greek-Montreal experience. All three of these restaurants are on the same bring-your-own-wine-friendly street, Duluth.
Jardin de Panos
See this article for more!: "15+ best bring-your-own-wine restaurants in Montreal"
Best Bars / Pubs
Barouf (busy bar on St-Denis in a big, open space)
Beneluxe (Montreal microbrewery / microbrasserie)
Bílý Kun (with its notable décor of stuffed ostrich heads; vegans beward ... stuffed ostrich heads; pictured at left)
Dieu du Ciel (Montreal microbrewery / microbrasserie; v/vf)
Taverne Square Dominion (one of Montreal's oldest bars, easily walkable from the Cinema Banque Scotia)
Les Foufounes Electriques (Industrial/Goth/Punk bar)
Katacömbes (for the Goths and metal-heads, run by a collective; check for shows and events)
Vices et Versa (40+ local microbrews on tap, pub food with vegan options; featured on this page's header)
Quai des Brumes (One of Montreal's most atmospheric and oldest pubs features live shows, and a famous happy hour.