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.
1. Poutine Bourguignonne is a type of poutine, not a restaurant. La Banquise is open 24/7.
2. La Vieille Europe (3855 Saint Laurent) has a humongous selection of charcuterie and cheese.
3. For Wine, try the SAQ at 677 Ste-Catherine W. (otherwise known as the shopping center Les Ailes)
Their online MontrealPlus.ca listing says:
Of course some places may be closed on Victoria Day (Monday) - though most restaurants stay open - so you may want to call before heading down.
4351, avenue de Lorimier
Montreal, QC H2H 2B3
If you do go to Ma'am Bolduc, I'd strongly suggest you try the tarte au sucre (sugar pie) - it's the best I've ever had. They also do yummy breakfasts.
AS for SAQ, unless is looking for a limited selection of the best sellers or very expensive bottles, he should steer clear of the Signature, which I love, and walk a few blocks east on Maisonneuve to SAQ Sélection at 440 Maisonneuve for an amazing selection, one of the best in town in fact.
If you've only got one night in Montreal, you're better off spending time seeing the city, and less time running all over the place for food. I would recommend Atwater market, which is much closer to your hotel (5 minutes by car, and much easier to park around, although both Atwater and Jean Talon markets will be extremely busy on Victoria Day weekend, with people buying plants for their gardens). You can get prosciutto (and jamon iberico), a great selection of cheese, and one of the better SAQ stores (not in the market itself, but the one right across the street). As a bonus, Havre au Glaces has a location there, for ice cream.
As for breakfast, the train station (Gare Centrale) is connected underground to your hotel, there's a branch of Premiere Moisson there - although I don't know what their hours will be on the holiday weekend. I second the recommendation to head to Olive & Gourmando.
Check the past few weeks' threads on this list, and you will find more places to go to and food to try than you can possibly cram into a weekend!
Wow....so many replies within 12 hours. You montrealian are so nice!
With all the suggestions that you provided, I'm kinda regret of planned just one night in Montreal.
Anyhow, thank you so much on your recommendations. Can't wait to get to MTL in a week time, really looking forward to my trip now!