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Plan Your Trip to Montreal: Best of Montreal Tourism

About Montreal
This French-speaking city is a cultural hub and the fashion capital of Canada—drawing tons of style-inclined creatives from all over. It's easy to see why: It's got European flair right down to its cobblestone streets. Take in iconic buildings like the Basilique Notre-Dame, stop into a cosy café in the Plateau Mont-Royal district, or get your fill shopping in one of the many (and we do mean many) vintage boutiques all over the city. One thing to note about Montreal is just how much its vibe shifts depending on the season. In summer, you can hike, bike, and really take in the landscape. But an annual tradition you won't want to miss in the late winter and early spring: sugar shacks. They first originated in Indigenous communities, turning out freshly harvested maple syrup on everything from doughnuts to pancakes to pie. Check out more recs below.

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Essential Montreal

How to do Montreal in 3 days

From cobblestone lane to skyscrapers to food trucks
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Best brunches in Montreal

The Paris of North America adores their eggs, pancakes, mimosas, and Bloody Marys. They enjoy the latter so much that many of my friends argue that Montrealers invented the idea of Drunch, a drunk brunch. Brunch options in the city are so numerous that sometimes we double brunch on a Sunday. Let's call it Dunch—that's definitely a Montreal thing.
Karen B, Toronto, Canada
  • Beauty's Restaurant
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    The family-owned Beauty's has been a favourite breakfast spot for generations. Today, it's run by descendants of Hyman Skolnick, who opened this classic diner in 1942. Beauty's is such an icon that if there were an emoji of Montreal brunch, it would be their "Special," a Montreal bagel with cream cheese, tomatoes, onions, and smoked salmon, or maybe their "Mishmash" omelet with cut-up hot dogs, salami, fried onions, and green peppers.
  • Au festin de Babette
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    About one in four Montrealers living in Le Plateau hail from France, and those expats adore Au Festin de Babette, which serves French-inspired brunch dishes. Many of them are named after different streets in the Plateau neighbourhood. You won't want to miss the Brunch St-Denis, a waffle with salmon, cream cheese, and avocado, or the Brunch Drolet, eggs "Bénédictine" with salmon. We also love the très français sides that include gratin dauphinois.
  • Arthurs Nosh Bar
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    Husband and wife Alex Cohen and Raegan Steinberg serve modernized versions of Jewish dishes to a young crowd at Arthurs Nosh Bar in Saint-Henri. Cohen's and Steinberg's Ashkenazi and Sephardic roots mix it up on the menu with things like latke smorgasbord and Moroccan toast. Arthurs Bloodys are practically a meal unto themselves with garnishes that include a pickle spear, olives, celery stick and an actual mini bagel with cream cheese.
  • Tendresse
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    Bistro Tendresse is a vegan place that even non-vegans are pumped to visit. The "Eggs" Benedict comes with smoked tofu, so deceiving you won't miss the egg one bit. You also must try the King oyster mushrooms that are done "calamari-style." When we dine here, my friends and I can't help but eat off one another's plates—sharing is caring. But it doesn't have to be when it comes to drinks, because Bistro Tendresse offers two-for-one mimosas.
  • Millmans
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    The always crowded Millmans is beloved for its elevated "casse-croute" or snack bar fare. Most ingredients are sourced from top city bakers, butchers, and bagelmakers, or are made from scratch in-house. If you can't decide what to order, let me suggest splitting the breakfast sandwich with its perfect runny egg, thick slice of smoked bacon, and fluffier-than-air pancakes. You won't be disappointed.
  • Olive & Gourmando
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    Locals and visitors mix it up at this Old Montreal daytime favourite. Their pastries—savory and sweet scones and muffins and croissants, are excellent standbys. Still, they're also known for their innovative weekend brunch specials such as poached "egg on your face" panini (which comprises spicy poached eggs, herbs, mayonnaise, Comté cheese, Italian ham, and slow roasted tomatoes), and homemade ricotta plates which change according to the season.
  • La Binerie Mont-Royal
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    La Binerie is where we go when we're craving traditional Quebecois food as the weather turns cold and our bodies signal that we need to carb-load. The name is French for the Bean Place, and baked beans in maple sauce are a speciality. Other local cuisine offerings include French Canadian pea soup and their famous tourtiere (meat pies). This was the kind of hearty food originally cooked for lumberjacks who chopped wood in snowy forests all day and the portions are lumberjack size.
  • Restaurant de l'ITHQ
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    L'ITHQ has long been Quebec's renowned culinary and hospitality school. Now, the general public can enjoy it in their new onsite hotel, which is both budget-friendly and stylish. Breakfast/brunch is included in the room price. They also do walk-ins for meals. Students and teaching chefs are on rotation serving à la carte specialties along with the heaping buffet of inventive dishes using local ingredients. Everything is made and served with heart. The dining room overlooks Carré Saint Louis, one of Montreal's most charming squares.

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French-Canadian roots

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Poutine galore

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