Dining & Shopping
Dining & Shopping
Pizzeria Magpie (Mile-End)
Le P'tit Tri
Lov, restaurant végane et végetarien
L'Express (a Montreal institution for over 40 years, serves a full menu until 3am! Vegans beware ... of butter and cream!)
Au Petit Extra should be in the running for Montreal's most vibrant French bistro atmosphere, and the food is excellent. The menu often includes vegetarian and vegan options--just phone them and ask!
The restaurants in this grouping are all located within a few blocks of each other, on or near Avenue du Parc. Mythos is an institution, a cavernous, lovely dark place to hide, with incredible fish (be careful of market pricing!); Milos is an expensive "event" place, so go there if you want to experience fine/event-dining (and Madonna's favourite restaurant in Montreal); Philinos is low-key and delicious (try their grilled squid); and Faros is the least-assuming of them all, the smallest, and possibly the best.
Little Italy boasts some great restaurants, and the first two spots on this list are no exception. All three have amazing pizza. Gema's and Magpie's crusts are confirmed vegan. Make a reservation well ahead of time for Gema!
Bottega (in Little Italy, vf/vgf)
Gema (in Little Italy, vf/vgf)
Magpie Pizzeria (two locations, vegan options, vf/vgf)
Japanese / Sushi / Noodles
Ichigo Ichie (noodles, sushi; vf/vgf)
Le P'tit Tri (Sushi, named after its chef, Tri, likely Montréal's best sushi chef; vgf)
Mikado (sushi, other Japanese fare; vgf)
Momo (excellent vegan sushi)
Poutine (Poo-tin): Quebec's contribution to world cuisine consists of (usually fresh-cut) fries, gravy and cheese curds. Some places offer elaborations on the basic formula. Vegan versions exist. For late-night bites, the Plateau's La Banquise is open 24 hours, and has many, many varieties of poutine made with fresh-cut fries. And the tiny diner, Patati Patata, pleases poutine (and cheap breakfast) lovers, as well.
Montreal Smoked Meat
Montreal is famous for its smoked meat, and this is largely, if not entirely due to Schwartz's Deli. Located on Montréal's famous St-Laurent street near the small house where Leonard Cohen lived.
Chao Phraya (in the Mile-End; pricey, but worth it)
Restaurant Thailande (in the Mile-End; vegan options, moderately priced, a bit more homey than Chao Phraya in both attitude and décor, but every bit as good)
There are many restaurants in Montreal that allow you to bring the wine of your choice without the typical restaurant mark-up. One of the best is Restaurant Khyber Pass (Afghan cuisine, vegan-friendly, and with a really cozy, cool atmosphere, whether you're seated on their terrace, in their dark dining room, or in their basement!). Two other stunners are Jardin de Panos and La Maison Grecque, both Greek restaurants, and both with large terasses. Jardin de Panos has the edge on tastiness (especially for grilled meats and fish), but both are a total Greek-Montreal experience. All three of these restaurants are on the same bring-your-own-wine-friendly street, Duluth, in le Plateau.
Jardin de Panos
See this article for more!: "15+ best bring-your-own-wine restaurants in Montreal"
Best Bars / Pubs
(N.B. for the night-owls: Montréal bars close at 3am.)
Alexandraplatz (in the Mile-Ex; v/vf)
Barouf (busy bar on St-Denis in a big, open space)
Beneluxe (downtown Montreal microbrewery / microbrasserie; near the quartier des spectacles)
Bílý Kun (with its notable décor of stuffed ostrich heads [vegans beware ... stuffed ostrich heads, FFS!]; pictured at left)
Dieu du Ciel (Montreal microbrewery / microbrasserie; v/vf)
The Dominion (aka, "Taverne Square Dominion," one of Montreal's oldest bars, easily walkable from the Cinema Banque Scotia)
Katacömbes (for the Goths and metal-heads, run by a collective; check for shows and events)
Les Foufounes Electriques (Industrial/Goth/Punk bar)
Quai des Brumes (One of Montreal's most atmospheric and oldest pubs features live shows, and a famous happy hour.)
Vices et Versa (40+ local microbrews on tap, pub food with vegan options; featured on this page's header)
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