Saturday, July 28, 2012



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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.

Arepera du Plateau Casual & delicious Venezuelan. The avocado sauce is to die for.
Omnivore Light Mediterranean fare made with fresh & local ingredients. Kaftas, salads, soups. Consistently incredibly delicious.
Aux Vivres Vegan & vegetarian food, really fresh & really well done. Nice outdoor patio in the back, fabulous smoothies & fresh juices. The dragon bowl is fantastic.
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.
La Banquise Yes, one must have poutine while in Québec. Owned by the same family since the late 1960s, they offer classic poutine & a large variety of more inventive takes on the traditional dish, all served up in a casual, busily funky atmosphere.

$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.
Lawrence Comfortable & stylish decor, & fantastic fare that includes locally grown & house made deliciousness. Sunday brunch includes the best beignets (filled fritters) I've ever had, plus house made sausages. Favorite.
Omma Homestyle Korean cuisine in a sweet & casual setting. Yum! Go!!!
La Croissanterie Figaro Charming French Bistro-style cafe in art-deco surroundings. Outdoor cafe seating.
Petite Maison Chef Danny St. Pierre's charming little subterranean spot to eat fresh, seasonal & inventive dishes in a lovely setting. Delicious.

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.


Labo Culinaire/Foodlab Stylish & delicious, they change up their menu to offer artfully made food with a tapas-style approach, so you can try a wide array of flavors. We last went for their Greek menu, & it was fantastic. Nice wine list & fabulous outdoor patio, too, all in the industrial-chic SAT building downtown. A favorite spot.

$$$Old Montreal
Le Club Chasse et Peche Holy moley. Fantastic, artistically approached offerings served in an elegant, chic atmosphere.
Toqué Creative, artistic presentation, & delicieux.

$$Little Burgundy 
Joe Beef A Montreal classic. Go very hungry. Consistently awesome. Vin Papillon, their wine bar with a more veggie-heavy menu, is just a couple of doors down. Check out Liverpool House, another of their spots, too!

Grumman '78 creative Mexican that started as a food truck (they still have a taco truck), now a resto in a happening part of town. Great menu, check it out here

cafés + diners

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. 

Mile End
Le Cagibi Fresh coffee, housemade pastries & lunch items. Funky, arty, 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.

bakeries + markets

St. Viateur BagelsFairmount 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.
Patisserie Au Kouign Amann best croissants. Period.
Patisserie Rhubarbe Fresh, delicious & beautiful pastries. Don't miss out on brunch!!!

Marché AtwaterJean Talon fresh fruits & vegetables, fish, cheese, prepared foods from cultures around the world, flowers, cooking supplies, everything food-related. Incredible.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

coffee + espresso

Dispatch Great roasts, great espresso. We bring home some beans.
Cafe Laval They roast their own beans & pull a nice espresso. Simple, minimal interior, & lovely owners.
Café Pi Fair trade & organic coffee, & lots of chess.
Cafe Névé Great tucked away-ish spot with comfortably rustic & hip decor, delicious pastries & lovely coffee & espresso. Love.
Replika Good espresso & light & delicious fare.
Café Melbourne They pull a sweet espresso & have tasty small bites. Tiny outdoor patio on the street is a lovely little haven to duck into & soak up some sun with coffee.
Le Moineau Masqué Sweet & hip little spot with a lovely outdoor patio. Very nice espresso, & wonderful french pastries.
Le Couteau Artisanal coffee (good!) & goodies. Nouveau-shaker-esque interior.
Aux Deux Marie & Brulerie St. Denis Local coffee roasters that sell beans & serve drip coffee & espresso drinks, both with locations on St. Denis. Not mind-blowing, but decent, consistent coffee. 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

Pikolo Espresso Bar These people really know what they're doing. GO.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Reservoir artisanal brasserie, house-brewed beers on tap & tasty small bites. Nice 2nd floor balcony seating.
Dieu du Ciel Dear god. If you have any interest in creative, masterfully made artisanal beer, get thee to this bar. Now.
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 of a shop with a beautiful array of perfectly balanced chocolate truffles, as well as tablets, turtles, chocolate covered sponge toffee, praline-filled sardines, drinking chocolates, cocoa and pastilles, in delightfully colorful packaging. The balsamic fig truffles and banana truffles are favorites. And the pastis.  And the sponge toffee. Ok, all of them.
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.
La Tablette de Miss Choco Bean-to-bar chocolates in a beautiful little boutique, owned by a lovely pair of chocolate enthusiasts who are excited to share their knowledge and passion. The drinking chocolate (order the intense made with Marou bean to bar chocolate & water, with a dollop of unsweetened high-fat whipped cream on the side) is stunning.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

books + magazines

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.


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...

Monday, July 23, 2012

records & such

Mile End
Phonopolis Hip local & International collection of CDs & vinyl.

Aux 33 Tours Large collection of new & used vinyl, well done.

moog audio

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Tam tam Huge Sunday drum circle gathering that attracts hundreds of people of all stripes in the heart of Parc Mont Royal.
Bixi Bicycles for rent with many pick up/drop off stations scattered around the city.
Bidome home of the amazing Montreal Botanical Garden, Insectarium, Planetarium & more, in the former Olympic Complex