I know St. Laurent has lots of bars, but where do you buy groceries?
I'm moving into a place just east of St. Laurent near Prince Arthur and I am trying to figure out what to do about groceries in the area. I am aware of the nearby mega-stores like Provigo and Metro but I am hoping to steer away from the more commercial (ie; more expensive) vendors. Does anyone have any reccommendations on good bakeries, fruit/vegetable stores, specialty food shops, etc? Thanks
There's a great bulk/natural foods store on St. Laurent a block or 2 north of the Warshaw (forget the name, sorry!). Good for bulk grains, cereals, organic foods, etc. Otherwise, go once a week to the Marche Jean-Talon and pick up all the produce and supplies you need. Having moved from Montreal last year I still miss the market!
4 Frères just south of the corner of Pine/Ste. Laurent is good for quick groceries, but I'm not keen on their meat/poultry section. Waldman's for fish (Roy just east of St. L.), and there's a reasonably good (cheap, but you gotta watch their quality) fruit/veg place just north of Pine on St. L. on the east side.
A little bit above Roy on St. L. is a great Latino place (again on the east side), and then there's La Veille Europe for cheese & charcuterie. A bit further up (just below Duluth) is Frenco (health food store) that's okay, and a bit further north of that is a grocery place that I can't remember the name of but that has great prices. (Sega Bros. is stuck in my mind but I'm not sure if that's the name.)
Going westward there's a FANTASTIC fruit/veg place on Parc (just above Milton) that has wonderful produce that's cheap, cheap, cheap and terrific quality. I think the name is Lobo...but take note that it's NOT the one that's inside LaCité (which has it's own charms but tends to be expensive.)
Hope that helps!
Head north on St-Laurent and you'll start to see specialty ethnic grocery stores as you get out of the more trendy area of St-Laurent. As you head north, make sure to explore Laurier Street for gourmet shops (perpendicular street). Then get back on St-Laurent and continue until you hit Little Italy...lots of goodies there, not to mention the Jean Talon market, a food-lovers dream.