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istina Jun 11, 2012 02:48 PM

Have done some Googling and some searching of the Chowhound archives, but would like the most recent thoughts of everyone on the best recommendations around Carré Saint-Louis -- restos, bars, boulangeries, coffee, groceries, etc.

Any and all thoughts would be most welcome! Thanks!

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    EaterBob RE: istina Jun 11, 2012 03:06 PM

    La Flammée is 30 seconds from Square Saint Louis and makes a delicious flammekueche. Mamie Clafoutis is 45 seconds from Square Saint Louis and arguably makes the best croissant in town. If you're up late, after 2 AM, a visit to Lafleur's is de rigeur, and if you'd prefer something a little bit more upscale the ITHQ's restaurant is very good as well.

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      Fintastic RE: EaterBob Jun 11, 2012 03:19 PM

      Across the street is Fabrique. I won't say its great, but I do like their brunch and the space itself. There's also Cafe Cherrier at the corner - nice terrasse (though very hot when its sunny), so-so brasserie-style classic dishes, and terrible service.
      A block up Laval St. from Carré St. Louis is Laloux - one of the best bistros in town.
      Le P'tit Bar is also across from the square. Perhaps that quaintest bar in the city, although very Quebecois if French is not your forté.

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      Maximilien RE: istina Jun 11, 2012 03:13 PM

      Good places not too far (walking distances on nice streets)

      Laloux, Cocagne, 3 petits bouchons (maybe the farthest up St-Denis st), Au Pied de Cochon, the series of terrasses on St-Denis (ok food, nice for afternoon beer and nibbles), "La Porte", Pinxto, Icehouse, Les Givrés (ice-cream), Tasso Bar a Mezze , Romados (grilled chicken), Schwartz, ...

      Boulangeries : Le Co'pains d'abords, Kouign-Amann, ... maybe the small "Pain Doré" on st-laurent, ...
      Coffee : Neve (rachel st.)
      Groceries : 4 frêres (st-laurent blvd), the series of butcher shop on St-Laurent (slovenia, Fairmount, Hongroise), La Vieille Europe, ...

      M.

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        picklebird RE: istina Jun 11, 2012 07:42 PM

        Mamie Clafoutis is the best thing about that little area.
        Laloux is best restaurant nearby with Pintxo close second.
        L'Express is walking distance as well, as is Chu Chai.
        There is a nice fruiterie-- Fruiterie du Plateau-- on Roy and Berri.
        I wouldn't recommend Cafe Cherrier for food-- I went a few weeks ago and thought it was pretty awful.

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          kpzoo RE: picklebird Jun 11, 2012 07:56 PM

          Do you know if Chu Chai has reopened? I have a couple of friends eagerly awaiting its return!

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            Daiya RE: kpzoo Jun 12, 2012 05:20 AM

            Three guys were working on it over the weekend. It still looked like a construction zone as far as I could see.

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          Daiya RE: istina Jun 12, 2012 05:18 AM

          La Petite Cuillère is a nice cafe across St-Denis on the east side of the park.

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            Aucoin RE: Daiya Sep 9, 2012 04:12 PM

            I think that La Petite Cuillère is closing? Say it isn't so, I love that place.

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            Plateaumaman RE: istina Sep 10, 2012 06:28 PM

            Just a few more thoughts to add to the others - Restaurant 5000 Ans (Korean) on St-Denis, Marche 27 tartare bar on Prince Arthur, La Paryse on Ontario for hamburgers (haven't been but hear it is very good), maybe the restaurant at the Hotel Institute near the square, and L'Express is just a quick walk up St-Denis.

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