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May 7, 2008 12:48 PM

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?

Thank you!

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  1. Where on St. Catherine (it is one of the longest streets in Montreal running along most of Montreal from East to West)?

    1. 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:

      Quintessential Montreal?

      Best of Montreal?

      Cheap and Delicious

      Inexpensive Places Not to Miss - includes a lot of info about poutine

      Have a fun trip!

      1. "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.

        Milano Fruiterie
        6862 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2S, CA

        1. Sorry about the confusion, I didn't know St. Catherine is a very very long street.

          I'm going to stay in this hotel, which I believe it should be close to the downtown core:

          Hilton Montreal Bonaventure
          1 Place Bonaventure

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          1. re: dorakk

            right on the subway line that goes to the market.. you're at Bonaventure station on the orange line. The Jean Talon Market is a must-see for your shopping needs, it's at Jean Talon station.


            1. re: C70

              Thanks for the info, I'll definitely go there for a try.
              If I am driving, approx. how long is the drive from my hotel to Jean Talon Market?

              1. re: dorakk

                15-20 minutes. parking can be a hassle on weekends and our metro is very clean and safe :)

                1. re: C70

                  In fact, I've never tried Montreal's metro. Maybe I should give that a try...thanks for the recommendation!

                  1. re: dorakk

                    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.

                  2. re: C70

                    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!


                    1. re: kpzoo

                      Yes, it really depends on how much the OP is buying. Parking is much easier with the underground carpark. In either case I'd advise OP to try to get there early.

                      1. re: lagatta

                        Still debating whether to drive there or take the metro. I won't be buying a lot (hopefully....), so probably I'll take the metro. Anyhow...thank you for all your recommendations, I can't wait to go there now.

                    1. re: davidwatk

                      It's open every day of the year except dec. 25-26 and jan 1-2. Whether individual stalls open is entirely up to them, but I would expect most of them to be open.

                2. "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.