Montreal next week
September 4, 2018 10:17 AM   Subscribe

I'll be in Montreal for a quick work trip next week. Hit me up with cheap-to-middling eats (bagels? poutine? Ramen? Italian?) and maybe a coffee shop for me to relax and people watch?

I'll be near the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Art Museum of Montreal.

I also know I should see the Cathedral and Old Town - anything else? This is my first time in Montreal and my second time in Canada. Alas, I don't have any French besides the very minimal pleasantries.
posted by PussKillian to Travel & Transportation around Montreal, QC (10 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: You can see the answers to this question which I've plotted on a Google Map.
posted by mkb at 10:39 AM on September 4, 2018 [5 favorites]

Oops, I just posted my answer in mkb's thread but I guess there's no harm in repeating myself. Le Resto du Village is a little 24-hour diner in the middle of the gay village. It's inexpensive and has decent poutine.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 11:07 AM on September 4, 2018

Best answer: mkb's map is perfect -- all great places, much recommended!

To answer your specific requests:
- Patati Patata for poutine (and great vibe)
- Fairmount and St-Viateur bagels (pick your favorite!)
- Yokato Yokabai for ramen (try the cold ramen, or the "typical" broth -- they also offer a "less salty" option which is great)
- Carboni and Barcola for wonderful, kind and delicious Italian experiences

Finally, a Japanese favorite: Kazu. Sit at the bar, have a drink, and strike up a conversation with the chef/owner! (don't mind the queue -- it's absolutely worth it)
posted by vert canard at 12:57 PM on September 4, 2018

My partner and I still talk about the dumplings we ate at The Dumpling Hut in Plateau-Mont-Royal almost two years ago.
posted by enn at 1:15 PM on September 4, 2018

A vast variety of wood-fired pizzas at Pizza il Focolaio at 1223 Place Phillips, just off Saint-Catherine St West on Phillips Square. Just thinking about it makes me want to go back to Montreal.
posted by heatherlogan at 2:18 PM on September 4, 2018

Go to Cheskie's. Go out of your way to get there. Get the chocolate babka.
posted by rdn at 8:31 PM on September 4, 2018

Best answer: As for the not knowing French part, don't worry, downtown Montreal everyone will speak english. Always nice to start with a Bonjour, and when they hear your accent they'll continue in english
posted by domi_p at 5:34 AM on September 5, 2018

In general, if you don't have good Vietnamese food where you live, Montreal has some great pho shops in Chinatown. I used to get a giant bowl as soon as I got off the plane when I lived in London.
posted by Kreiger at 7:10 AM on September 5, 2018

We did a self-guided Mile End food tour that included the following though some not on the same day. This area of town is nice to walk around. Easy to Uber. Everyone is very nice and graciously switches to English.

La Panthère Verte 11-10
Fabulous falafel.

Boucherie Lawrence 9-7
A neighbourhood butcher shop offering specialty charcuterie, as well as meat that has been raised locally and humanely. Beef jerky, pepperoni.

Dieu du Ciel! is right near here - beer and soft pretzels.

Fairmount Bagels

Kem Coba 12-8
Finish off your tour with some delicious local ice cream from the city's most beloved ice cream makers. No matter how long the line, the ice cream and unique flavors are worth it!

Drogheria Fine 8-6
Fresh homemade gnocchi with Montreal's best tomato sauce - order this to go and eat on street, too much to finish, this would be one to skip if you've have good gnocchi before, too filling.

Cafe Olimpico for coffee and people watching.

La Viateur Bagels

Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois 10-9
Eh - definitely good, kind of expensive but may be cool to take a unique few home or back to hotel.
posted by RoadScholar at 9:29 AM on September 5, 2018

Best answer: If you are near the Musée des Beaux Arts, you must check out café Aunja ( also on rue Sherbrooke), which is a beautiful Persian coffee shop that sells all sorts of aromatic teas and lovely Persian desserts in a charming little space filled with books and plants.

For ramen near the museum, try Miso Ya on Bishop street.
posted by winterportage at 2:53 AM on September 6, 2018

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