If you’ve joined the fun over on Instagram, you probably caught a sneak peak of the goodies below! E and I joke we were walking carbs during our long weekend in Montreal, and I guess in the end, it probably wasn’t much of a joke at all.
Croissants, bagels, and perhaps the best brunch ever? Yes, please! Read on for Part I of my Montreal Travel Guide, with all of these foodie finds and more. We did all the research, so you don’t have to!
Want to know more about where we stayed and what else we did? Stay tuned! Part II of the travel guide will be a fast follow. Need the scoop sooner? Shoot a message my way!
Neighborhood: Old Montreal
Olive et Gourmando // A cozy, casual sandwich & coffee shop, O + G offers delicious paninis, pastries, and brunch. It’s a tourist and local favorite. Are you shocked this grilled cheesie was my first meal on our trip? Catch this throwback post if you’re unaware of my undying love for these sandwiches.
Tommy Café & Apéro // Ok not only did Tommy serve up the best avocado toast I’ve ever had, but it’s also an Instagram dream. The interior is a bright blend of modern and victorian design – filled with funky furniture and a pretty ceiling. Highly recommend if you love plants, espresso, and pastries!
Neighborhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal / Mile End
Au Kouign-Amann // Literally the best quiche we’ve ever had. Croissants out of this world. We went there 2 of the 4 days because we couldn’t get enough. This was part of our self-guided pâtisserie tour and it deserves first place! P.S. The first photo of this post is the outside of Au Kouign-Amann.
St. Viateur Bagel // Did you know there is a serious bagel rivalry between NY & Montreal? The Canadian bagels are thinner, but o-m-g so warm and just as delicious. Buy little packs of cream cheese and make yourself a snack, or go all out with a tub and salmon! Fairmount Bagel is apparently the other popular, nearby shop but we didn’t make it there.
L’Express // Our favorite dinner! This iconic Parisian-style bistro captured our hearts with the amazing staff and delicious classics. We shared a bottle of wine, steak frites, and duck confit – so bougie of us, right? Eric was especially excited about the mini pickles given as pre-dinner bites haha.
Schwartz’s Deli // Smoked meat sandwiches are a thing in Montreal and you can find them at Schwart’s, at the oldest deli in Canada. Friends reco’d this neighborhood staple (hi, Coburn fam!), and we’re so glad we got to go. If you go, look for Cher and all the other celebs adorning the wall.
Neighborhood: Saint Henri
Campanelli // A small, cozy espresso & pastry shop. Eric thinks he had the best almond cappuccino of his life here. It’s the perfect place to pick up a drink & croissant (gah it so gooooood!) while you settle in for the wait for Arthurs, see below.
Arthurs Nosh Bar // Y’all know brunch is my favorite. Well this just might be the best brunch dish I’ve ever had, and a super non-traditional one at that! This traditional Jewish deli is no secret, expect to wait about an hour for breakfast at this stylish space. I promise it’s worth it! Must have: the Moroccan Toast – and the seasonal pancakes if available.
Atwater Market // One of my favorite spots from our whole weekend – and we didn’t even eat because we were so stuffed from Arthurs! This indoor/outdoor market was serving up fresh produce, meats, breads, pastries, and more. Plenty of tourists and locals exploring. All we kept saying was “oh wow, come look at this.” Needless to say, even if you aren’t hungry – go look!
There you have it, friends. The Montreal Travel Guide, food edition. Local or visitor, I hope some yummy spots caught your eye!
Have a spot I need to make sure I try next time? Tell me below!