Just a few days after returning from Lanzarote, we were off again.
A wedding in Quebec, followed by some family time with my mom and her siblings, were on the books. Since most of the trip was a blur of reunions and personal meetings, I’ll focus on the stuff that you’ll most likely want to read about, most importantly the yummy food that’s to be had in Montreal!
Before I get to that, though, I will say that ever since my first time in Montreal (well, in my adult life), I’ve loved the city. People are so. SO friendly. There are a huge amount of mixed race couples. And people with children. And a very unique, international feel to the city.
When we were there the Musee des Beaux Arts had a public art exhibition on throughout the streets. This one was made with traffic markers, which is pretty cool.
OK, anyway, on to food! But as if the art and cool buildings aren’t proof of how cool Montreal is, there was a poutine festival on while we were there.
It is apparently a yearly thing (so annual, in fact, that they didn’t change the sign between this year and last!). You can get all kinds of poutine, from very bog standard to poutine with seafood, jerk chicken and even vegan bits on.
I think the thing that impressed me most was how the festival seemed to attract everyone. There were people young and old, French and English speaking, of all races, backgrounds…you name it! Rarely in London or the US do I ever see this kind of community event.
And, of course, there was the poutine itself.
But if you aren’t in Montreal for Poutine Fest, there are other options for you, never fear. I really think Montreal is one of the places that has the best food in the world!
Drink at Terrasse Sur L’Auberge.
Before Poutine Fest we walked around the Old Port and then got thirsty. We asked a few passerby and everyone recommended Terrasse Sur L’Auberge for a drink. It is on top of a beautiful hotel and the view of the port and beyond is quite something.
I would imagine, given the harsh winter, that this is a place best enjoyed in the spring and summer.
I had a sangria and it was really divine!
Early breakfast at L’Avenue.
Everyone we spoke to at the wedding knew this place. It is on the trendiest street in town, Rue Mont Royal E., and past 9am, even on a random weekday morning, there’s a line around the block for this place. Being the victims of extreme jet lag, we arrived at 8am on a soggy Saturday and didn’t have to wait- but snagged the last free table.
There are a million options and crazy concoctions at that, such as a maple latte. You also get, instead of a bread basket, a fruit plate pre-breakfast…
…as if breakfast isn’t going to be enough. Trust me. It will be.
Being that syrup is what Canada is all about, you’ll obviously have to try the maple syrup latte (latte d’erable). It is pretty sweet, but really nice.
Also, although I didn’t get it because it had so much meat come along with it, the mac and cheese pancake is apparently amazing (pictured above).
Rooftop Brunch: Nelligan Rooftop
Brunch is an international thing, and a personal favorite of mine.
Nelligan, right in the old town, has amazing options and a freaking amazing view. If you go in bad weather, there’s a restaurant on the first floor to keep you warm.
The lobster poutine is one of the best things I’ve ever had in my life…
…and the blueberry naan, although I was initially skeptical, is something I will be trying to make at home.
This place is an old favorite from past trips. They serve Italian tapas, so small pizzas and salads, and really good wine. It is a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by in the old town.
It also puts you in a good place to explore the old town and walk off the pizzas you’ve just had!
But don’t think you’ll get away that easy, because you’ll have to visit La Diperie, an ice cream shop that does soft serve dipped in other flavors. They have over 40 options!
They also give you options on size, including a mini, which is just perfect after a big dinner. Try the dark chocolate or lavender dips. You won’t be disappointed.