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Food Lover's Guide to Montreal

Food Lover's Guide to Montreal

Montreal’s food scene is the envy of Canada. The city has restaurants representing almost every country and corner of the world, as well as a bevy of homegrown delicacies and signature dishes. Here’s what you need to know about eating in Montreal.

Must-Try Dishes

Ask any Montrealer what you should eat and chances are they’ll tell you to try poutine. This classic Quebecois dish consists of fries, gravy, and cheese curds, though all manner of additional toppings are available.

Originating from the city’s sizable Jewish population, Montreal smoked meat is another local specialty that has reached near-legendary status. Made from cured, smoked, and steamed beef brisket flavored with a mix of spices, the meat is typically served in a mustard-smeared sandwich. Another staple savory snack is the Montreal-style bagel. A touch sweeter and a good deal smaller than New York-style bagels, these are baked in a wood-fired oven and are often still warm when sold.

Then, of course, there is maple syrup. With the province Quebec—in which Montreal is situated— responsible for about 75 to 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup production, it’s no surprise the golden elixir is a fixture on breakfast tables as well as being used for desserts such as sugar pie ( tarte au sucre ).

Must-Do Experiences

  • Experience Montreal’s booming craft beer scene with brewery visits and beer tastings at brewpubs.

  • Sample a range of wines—red, white, rose, and ice wines—in Quebec’s wine country.

  • Discover the best things to eat in Old Montreal, the Plateau, Mile End, and Chinatown on food tours of the city.

  • Have a local guide show you authentic spots, such as a kosher bakery, a famous bagel shop, food trucks, and other long-standing local establishments.

  • Browse the colorful farm-fresh produce for sale in Little Italy’s Jean Talon Market.

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Montreal Afternoon Tea Tour

Montreal Afternoon Tea Tour

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Montreal is the headquarters of the famous DAVIDsTea and home to a diverse tea culture. On this 4.5-hour tour that includes both walking and taxi rides, meet the top tea makers in the city with the help of a certified guide. Tasting different teas along the way, visit a Victorian-style mixology bar in Montreal's trendy Mile End, a Chinese tea company that’s one of the world’s top importers, and a French tea importer. A formal afternoon tea completes your tea education.
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  • 5 hours
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Ultimate Chocolate Tour in Montreal with Included Tastings

Ultimate Chocolate Tour in Montreal with Included Tastings

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Go behind the scenes with the chocolate makers and connoisseurs of Montreal on this 4.5-hour walking tour. Meet people from different types of establishments, including a chocolatier, Mexican chef and retailer, and taste at least nine types of chocolates along the way. Stroll through the Mile End and Plateau neighborhoods, and learn about the Mesoamerican and colonial origins of chocolate, its industrial production and the bean-to-bar movement. Come away with a palette and nose familiar with the subtleties of high-quality chocolate.
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  • 4 hours
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Montreal Gourmet Dinner Cruise with music
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Montreal Gourmet Dinner Cruise with music

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Enjoy delicious cuisine and live entertainment with a view of Montreal and its surrounding islands on this dinner cruise along the Saint Lawrence River. On board the elegant Cavalier Maxim cruise ship, choose from one of three glass-enclosed dining rooms or head to one of the open-air outdoor terraces to admire the view. Dine on a delicious 5-course meal, then dance the night away or simply take in the view of the largest city in Quebec under a moonlit sky.
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  • 4 hours
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Jewish Neighborhood Food Tour

Jewish Neighborhood Food Tour

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Taste your way through Montreal’s historic Jewish neighborhood on this delicious walking food tour. Learn about the area’s vibrant culinary heritage and renowned residents as you follow your guide to authentic local eateries including a smoked meat deli, a kosher bakery and an 80-year-old dining institution. Sample neighborhood staples like cured meats, sweets and Montreal’s best bagels on the tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Beyond the Market Food Tour in Montreal
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Beyond the Market Food Tour in Montreal

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Visit buzzing eateries and busy watering holes on this market and food tour in Montreal. Explore Jean-Talon Market and a section of Little Italy with your guide and discover ‘farm-to-table’ produce, Canada-style. Gain insight into Montreal locals’ love of fresh food and sample some yourself at one of their hole-in-the-wall eateries. Meet the producers who work hard to keep standards high, and gain insight into the Vietnamese, Italian and Latino influences spicing up Canada’s cuisine.
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  • 3 hours
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Under the Surface of Montreal's Chinatown: Guided Food Walking Tour

Under the Surface of Montreal's Chinatown: Guided Food Walking Tour

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Satisfy your appetite for flavors and sights on this 4.5-hour food walking tour of Montreal’s Chinatown. A knowledgeable guide takes you to seven venues to taste a variety of culinary delights, including crispy pork, barbecue pork and duck, and Hong Kong–style dim sum. Learn how to make a Bahn Mi sandwich, sample Chinese pastries at a bakery and drink tea made from leaves grown on farms in China. Along the way, gain insight into Chinatown’s history and evolution to its mix of people and cultures today.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Montreal Bike Tour with Bites

Montreal Bike Tour with Bites

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Discover downtown Montreal’s top attractions and taste the city’s best street food on this guided bike tour. Pedal (and walk) around Quebec’s largest city, exploring such landmark locations as the Old Port, the mythical Place d’Armes, the stunning squares of the central business district, and much more. Along the way, stop at some of the city’s best eateries and sample various foods while learning about Montreal’s history, architecture, and public art. Bike rental and equipment included. At the end of your adventure, relax and enjoy a drink in historic old Montreal.
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  • 5 hours
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