Saturday, July 28, 2012

food

restos


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.

$Plateau
Arepera du Plateau Casual & delicious Venezuelan. The avacado 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.
Chinoiseries et Dumplings Beautys Luncheonette classic diner & diner fare. Great for packing a picnic to take to the nearby Jeanne-Mance & Mont Royal parks.
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!
La Croissanterie Figaro Charming French Bistro-style cafe in art-deco surroundings. Outdoor cafe seating.


$$Plateau
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.
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.

$Downtown

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.

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


cafés + diners









Plateau
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
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.

bakeries + markets










bakeries
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.

markets
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

Plateau
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. 
Le Moineau Masqué Sweet & hip little spot with a lovely outdoor patio. Very nice espresso, & wonderful french pastries.
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. 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

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

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

drink

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.

chocolate

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.

shopping

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.

ibiki Gorgeous, super-chic & simple style & goods 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 lovely collection of hip, boho-chic 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.
atelier b. simple, minimalist designs that are both hip & chic.

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.

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...

Monday, July 23, 2012

records & such











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

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

instruments/gear
archambault
moog audio