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Culinary Tour

Montreal has become legendary among food lovers for the diversity of cuisines along with the key dishes that are the city’s signature. Combining Quebecois specialties with a wide range of other nations’ cuisines has given the city a unique dining scene. Whether it’s the famous Montreal bagel or a dish of poutine dripping with gravy, you’ll want to indulge in the iconic dishes of the city and region while you are in town. Now, off you go to start eating your way through the second largest city in the country!

Day

1

MORNING
  • Hole in One.

    The Montreal bagel has reached a level of fame rivaling its southern neighbor in New York City. The key is in baking the bagel in a wood-fired oven after boiling it, making it sweeter and denser with a bigger hole than the typical bagel. The most famous bagel-makers in the city are Fairmount Bagel and St-Viateur, which are quite close to each other in case you want to do your own taste test to determine the superior version. 

MIDDAY
  • Old School.

    Another Montreal innovation is smoked meat, and there is nowhere better than Schwartz’s, a local institution for 90 years. The oldest deli in Canada is still dishing out their original recipe for brisket, marinated for 10 days and then smoked daily in-house. Get the smoked meat as a sandwich with plenty of yellow mustard for the authentic experience.

AFTERNOON
  • Mount Royal Park.

    Walk to the northern edge of the famous green space in the center of the city and work your way down from there. The centerpiece of the park is Mount Royal, the small mountain that lent its name to the city itself. Other, less adventurous sites in the park include the monument to the legendary explorer George-Étienne Cartier, the Royal Cross and the peaceful Beaver Lake.

EVENING
  • Dinner Out.

    Joe Beef is one of Canada’s most-talked-about restaurants, combining a classic bistro feel with fine-dining preparation. While the beef and other carnivorous delights on the menu are center stage, the spaghetti with lobster has become the can’t-miss dish on the menu. If you can’t snag a coveted reservation at Joe Beef (you might want to book a table two months in advance), you can slip into their walk-in only wine bar a few spots down for a more casual but equally delicious meal.

  • After-Dinner Drinks.

     Get an expertly mixed cocktail in a sleek space at the Cloakroom, which opened in 2015 and is dedicated to the handcrafted cocktail. They are also connected to a tailored menswear shop and a barber, if you come early enough to multitask.

Day

2

Bar with champagne buckets and glasses
MORNING
  • Indulgent Start.

    Montreal has a rich French-Canadian culture, and what better way to enjoy it than to start your day with a selection of French pastries? Maison Christian Faure is known for their baked goods, especially their viennoiseries. Order a flaky croissant, a maple brioche and a crisp palmier to start your day in the sweetest possible way.  

  • Market Run.

    Situated in Little Italy, the Marché Jean-Talon is one of the oldest in Montreal, having opened in 1933. The market is open year-round but becomes open air at the end of April. Peruse stalls of local fruits and vegetables and small shops of butchers and bakers for the freshest ingredients.  

MIDDAY
  • Classic French.

    L’Express is the epitome of the classic French bistro, with warm wood paneling and a black and white tiled floor. The Montreal institution has been a food-lover favorite for almost 40 years, with classics like steak tartare and bouillabaisse standing out on the menu. After lunch, stroll down Rue St. Denis and take a left onto Mount Royal Avenue to discover the delectable Pâtisserie Au Kouign Amann, which specializes in the buttery pastry from Brittany.

AFTERNOON
  • Into the Biosphère.

    Located in the beautiful Parc Jean-Drapeau is the biodome originally designed by noted architect Buckminster Fuller for the Expo 67 World’s Fair. It is now an environmental museum, where you can learn about issues relating to the air and water along with seeing the unique architecture of the building.

EVENING
  • Go Quebecois.

     You can’t visit Montreal without having poutine (typically French fries with cheese curds and brown gravy), and Au Pied de Cochon is considered to have some of the best in the city with its foie gras-topped version. The restaurant specializes in an elevated version of local favorites with an emphasis on a meaty richness. The namesake pig’s foot is even topped with more foie gras.

  • Make a Toast.

    Celebrate a trip well spent with a champagne toast at the Dom Pérignon Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal — a Canadian exclusive to the hotel. Enjoy a cocktail at the sleek black bar in the famous Palm Court as a perfect capper to an excellent stay.