Hungry? Great! Montreal is the place to be on an empty stomach. Lauded as a foodie haven due to the proximity of so much farmland, its many open-air markets, and the old-world charm of its artisan stores (boulangerie, fromagerie, patisserie, anyone?)
A genuine Montréal establishment, Saint-Viateur Bagel has been preparing oven-baked bagels since 1957. This family-run business treats visitors to the aroma of coffee and warm bagels, which you can order to go or enjoy at its bistro-style tables.
The indoor Jean Talon Market is a foodie heaven. One whole wing alone is dedicated to fresh fruits and vegetables. The aisles are lined with food carts and little shops selling literally everything…sausages and smoked meats, fresh fish, cheese, maple syrup, macaroons…you name it! You could literally have an international feast while walking through the market.
Their specialty, and namesake, is their kouign amann. Sliced like a cake, it is originally from France in the Bretagne (where it actually translates as “butter cake”). It’s a flaky pastry dough (think flaky like a croissant) that is smothered on top with a sugary butter and then baked until the sugary butter caramelizes.
Lovers of musical sensation Arcade Fire tuck inside one of the group’s favorite hangouts at Café Olimpico. The old-timey Italian sports bar now hinges as one of the city’s “it” coffee spots. If you’re lucky, spot Arcade Fire when they’re in town.