In Montreal for the vict. day weekend, where to get good food?
I'll be dropping by montreal on the vict. day weekend, will spend a night in montreal. I would like to get the best food within my limitied time in Montreal.
I'm very sure that I'll go to Schwartz for their famous smoke meat and St. Viateur for their bagel.
Now the questions are, where should I go for these:
1. Poutine. I'm basically debating between La Banquise and Poutine Bourguignone. Which one is better? I will probably go there after normal dinner time, around 8 - 9pm. What are their business hours?
2. I will be staying at Hilton Montreal Bonaventure. Where should I go for good pastry for breakfast?
3. I would like to get some Prosciutto & Cheese & Wine to bring back home. Where is the best place to get each of those?
Besides the ones that I've mentioned, are there any other good food that I should try?
Where on St. Catherine (it is one of the longest streets in Montreal running along most of Montreal from East to West)?
Hiya, Ste-Catherine's a veeeeeery long street, can you give us a cross street or the name of the hotel? Thanks!
Here are some other threads to definitely check out:
Best of Montreal?
Cheap and Delicious
Inexpensive Places Not to Miss - includes a lot of info about poutine
Have a fun trip!
"3. I would like to get some Prosciutto & Cheese & Wine to bring back home. Where is the best place to get each of those?"
you'd probaly really enjoy an Italian grocery store here called Milano- they have every Italian cold cut you can imagine, a good cheese selection, and as a bonus, they're right near the Jean Talon market, where you'll find another couple of good cheese shops.
6862 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2S, CA
Bonaventure and Jean-Talon are on the same (orange) line. If you aren't planning to feed an army, definitely take the métro. The métro is not only clean, some stations are very artistically decorated.
There are a lot of foodie things to see and do around Jean-Talon market; there is a thread on it on the board.
If the OP's stocking up on goodies to bring home, taking the car may be more practical than metro-ing, and the market does have an indoor lot now. Though agreed - metro's a lot less stressful and on a long weekend the JTM will probably be a zoo!
At the market, don't miss the Marché des Saveurs du Québec in the southeast corner. All kinds of delectables from "ici" - from cheeses to jams to teas to ciders and beer!
"2. I will be staying at Hilton Montreal Bonaventure. Where should I go for good pastry for breakfast?"
Definitely walk down to Old Montreal and hit up Olive & Gourmando. Incredible baked goods - their cinnamon-apple & Valrhona chocolate brioches are particularly amazing - and divine coffee. If the weather's bad (it won't happen, it's a long weekend!) it's just a couple of metro stops away on the orange line at Place d'Armes - get off at the St-François-Xavier exit and walk south down to St-Paul. (Or get off Square Victoria and walk down, but the exits are a lot more confusing.) Or drive for 2 minutes and spend 30 min. looking for parking. ;-)
351 St-Paul West
Just take note they're closed on Sundays & Mondays.