Casa del Popolo Vegetarian fare, fair trade coffee, music venue that hosts some of the best small international acts, nightly DJ nights, burritos & art vending machine. Need I say more? Favorite.
Café Santropol Delicious sandwiches as big as your head, soup, fresh smoothies, house roasted coffee. They have a lovely outdoor patio in the back. Café Névé Tiny & cozy with delicious coffee & light fare (sandwiches, salads, soups), including scrumptious baked good (really good muffins). Great warm-up/take a break spot.
Café Ellefsen Swedish cafe with light fare. Lovely simple interior design.
Le Cagibi Fresh coffee, housemade pastries & lunch items. Intimate space to hear good local music. Great place to hang out. A favorite.
Le Depanneur Café Casual & arty setting with comfortably worn decor. Coffee & light fare, local jazz & acoustic acts.
Dinette Triple Crown Delicious Southern comfort food in a nouveau-diner atmosphere. Fried chicken, pulled pork, mac 'n cheese, corn bread, mashed potatoes. Le Falco Delish coffee & Japanese cuisine served up in a gorgeous industrial setting Old Montreal Olive & Gourmando Amazing sandwiches & baked goods, & delicious fresh coffee in an old-world-meets-modern market café atmosphere. Perfect breakfast or lunch stop.
Many restaurants in the Plateau are bring your own wine/apportez votre vin. Stop in one of the many SAC stores along St. Denis or St. Laurent to buy a bottle (or two!) before you go.
Omnivore Light Mediterranean fare made with fresh & local ingredients. Kaftas, salads, soups. Consistently incredibly delicious.
Chuch Chu Chai's (see below) more casual dine-in bistro with a tapas-like approach to the menu. Last time we went they were offering the regular Chu Chai menu, as well.
Aux Vivres Vegan & vegetarian food, really fresh & really well done. Nice outdoor patio in the back, fabulous smoothies & fresh juices.
Salla Rosa Tapas, mussels, Spanish wine & beer. Casa Del Popolo's big sister, they host great shows & DJs in the hall upstairs. Schwartz's A Montreal institution. Hebrew deli that makes the region's traditional smoked meat for 80+ years on the historical Main. There's always a line out the door.
$Mile End/Outrement Le Moineau/Sparrow We love this place for brunch, but the dinner menu looks equally enticing. Great decor & service, delicious, hearty fare. Omma Homestyle Korean cuisine in a sweet & casual setting. Yum!
Chu Chai Vegetarian Thai food, many classic & traditional dishes made with creative soy-based "meat alternatives". Sounds crazy & dicey, but it's amazingly good. We've brought many vegetarians & non-vegetarians here, & they've all loved it & go back.
Pintxo Spanish/Basque tapas. One of our favorites.
Laloux The real deal for French/Quebecois cuisine. Consistent & elegant.
La Prunelle French/Quebecois cuisine often using local ingredients, in a lovely, warm atmosphere. Another of our favorites.
Le P'Tit Plateau Tiny, warm & wonderful little resto. French style cuisine, very well done, often with local ingredients. A favorite. Au Pied de Cochon Local meats & foie gras are the specialties. Artisanal poutine & Quebecois fare in a backwoods-chic atmosphere. $$Old Montreal Le Club Chasse et Peche Holy moley. Fantastic, artistically approached offerings served in an elegant, chic atmosphere. Toqué Creative, exuberant & delicieux.
bakeries + markets
St. Viateur Bagels, Fairmount Bagels The real deal in the Mile End. We always bring home a big bag of the sesame, & dole them out like they were gold. You can't go wrong with either. Le Fromentier great bread! Cocoa Locale cakes, cupcakes & pastries to die for. Premiére Moisson classic, artful boulangerie/patisserie fare. As delicious as they look. markets Marché Atwater, Jean Talon fresh fruits & vegetables, fish, cheese, prepared foods from cultures around the world, flowers, cooking supplies, everything food-related. Incredible.
Plateau Cafe Laval They roast their own beans & pull a kick-ass espresso. Simple, minimal interior, & lovely owners. Café Pi Fair trade & organic coffee, & lots of chess. Le Couteau Artisanal coffee & goodies. Nouveau-shaker-esque interior. Aux Deux Marie & Brulerie St. Denis Local coffee roasters that sell beans & serve drip coffee & solid espresso drinks, both with locations on St. Denis. A café au lait served in a traditional bowl is recommended! Mile End Café Olimpico Best for-real Italian espresso in town; outdoor seating. Cafe Le Falco Tucked away on a back street, delicious Siphon coffee in a beautiful industrial-arts setting
Reservoir artisanal brasserie, house-brewed beers on tap & tasty small bites. Nice 2nd floor balcony seating.
Laika beer, wine, small bites. Nightly DJs. A favorite.
Bíly Kün a little more casually schmance, & full of regulars & beautiful people. White Horse ales amongst other beers, wine, port, spirits. Jazz, DJs & classical performers (Leider songs!) most evenings.
Chocolats de Chloe A neatly stocked little gem with a beautiful array of chocolate truffles, tablets, turtles, chocolate covered sponge toffee, drinking chocolate, sauces, praline-filled molded chocolate sardines, cocoa & pastilles, in a delightfully whimsical package. Chocolats Genevieve Grandbois Elegantly designed single- & dual-note chocolates, as well as fantastic terroir chocolates from top Criollo-growing regions in South America & Africa. Packaged in a chic reusable tin. Perfect gift. Chocobel Excellent ganaches with adventurous combinations which feature many local & seasonal fruits & offerings, all expertly done. Well worth the trek. Suite 88 Gorgeous chocolates in a luxurious, modern atmosphere.
Plateau Walking a loop in the Plateau from the corner of Rue St. Denis & Square St. Louis, & continuing northwest to Mt. Royal Ouest & back down Boulevard St. Laurent, is a great way to take in the myriad boutiques, shops & small restaurants & cafés on these lively & lovely streets. Rue Rachel & Avenue Duluth Est are charming streets to cut in & wend around along the way. Lola & Emily Fresh, sweet clothing in a lovely little gem of a shop. Héritage Gorgeous, super-chic & simple style from a solid collection of international designers. M0851 Timeless, functional & chic leather goods, beautifully made. I want every bag in this shop. Olam boutique A wonderful collection of hip, on-trend clothing. Mile End Unicorn Hip, stylish clothing & jewelry made by Canadian designers. LOVE this place. Les Etoffes modern, chic classics in a beautiful industrial-moderne space. General 54 Fabulous selection of hip & beautiful Canadian made clothing, jewelry housewares & gifts. Love.
Mile End Drawn & Quarterly Amazing selection of graphic novels & art & photography books. Great prints & music posters. Yes yes yes! S.W. Welch Bouquiniste Fantastic collection of used & antiquarian books in a lovely little gem of a shop. Plateau MultiMags International magazines, & art, decor, gift & cookbooks galore. Several outlets scattered about the Plateau & Mile End.
Downtown/McGill U. Odyssey Used books, great selection with a fine collection of rare titles. Used jazz & classical records. Paragraph Nice selection of new books & comfy chairs to browse in. Chapters/Indigo Borders+, Canadian-style. Large selection, lots of sale books & nice gifts. Latin Quarter Grande Bibliothéque Incredible library with open & free access to one million books & a couple million documents of both universal & national collections, housed in an incredible piece of architecture. Hours & hours of browsing...