Montreal neighborhoods for foodie
My company is requiring us to take two weeks unpaid leave this summer, which conveniently bumps up against a business trip that I already have planned to Montreal. If I were to stay on a week to explore, what would be good neighborhoods to seek out for foodie purposes? Any thoughts on markets, restaurants, food shops welcome, and also any thoughts on where to stay.
For a two- or three-week stay, I'd say the Plateau, Jean Talon Market/Little Italy or Outremont/Mile End neighbourhoods would be your best bet, especially since all three are convenient to each other. Lodging is beyond the scope of this board, but B&Bs abound. Google *montreal b&bs* for tonnes of hits.
For two or three weeks, even a little rental apartment/self-catering is a good idea, as it will allow you to indulge in some market shopping and simple food prep - not devoting your working holiday to that. I'd prefer that if working as I wouldn't want to have to eat out every evening.
This is not a chowhound topic; you can consult various travel boards. I agree with carswell about easiest general area for such a stay, though of course there are others that are worthwhile. But most are easily accessibly via the métro.
if you drive i would travel to the farms, wineries, even go to ile dorleans, we did that last summer you could stay overnight there (if you book ahead) and use it as a base to visit quebec city. We spent a day enjoying the foods on ile dorleans-- it was wonderful. We bought the beautiful book Farmers in Chef Hats with featured recipes from the farms. We did it in a day stopping to sample many treats and also having meals and took in the museum about chanteur felix leclerc. Eating in Quebec city was a delight as well. We couldnt find accomodations because of the 400th birthday so actually did the whole thing including the sound and light show in one day+ but of course better to take a couple of days.
even having a coffee in the terasse at this picturesque inn was such a joy, the scenery turning the coffee into a special beverage!