In Montreal, North America meets Europe — architecturally, culturally and gastronomically. Wedged amongst the St Lawrence and the Prairies Rivers, the Island of Montreal kinds the city’s coronary heart, and about the Previous Port, the cobbled streets could very easily pass for all those of a French city. Nearby Downtown, meanwhile, has all the skyscrapers and modernity you’d be expecting from Canada’s 2nd-largest metropolis.

With one particular of the greatest numbers of restaurants for each capita in North The us, Montreal has acquired a name as Canada’s culinary cash. Its dynamic eating scene has been locked down in new months, but in ordinary periods it runs the gamut from aged-globe places to eat serving French classics to contemporary fantastic eating institutions and hipster places in districts this kind of as Mile-Ex and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. There are patisseries, English-style pubs and spectacular develop marketplaces, including Marché Jean-Talon, in Small Italy.

Among the the city’s ideal cherished foods are bagels and smoked meats, which arrived with Jewish and Japanese European immigrants from the 18th century onwards, and are even now served in a long time-aged Jewish delis. Soaked in honey syrup prior to baking, and rolled in sesame or poppy seeds to end, Montreal bagels are sweeter, denser and scaled-down than their New York cousins, with a caramelised, crunchy exterior and a tender inside. Like any very good Montrealer, you’ll be envisioned to swear allegiance to possibly St-Viateur or Fairmount, the city’s two most important bagel bakeries, whose rivalry goes again much more than 60 decades. They are just a block from each and every other, in Mile Finish.

A person just can’t go over feeding on in Montreal, having said that, with no an honourable point out of poutine. This dish of French fries smothered in cheese curds and gravy is 100% Québecois, most effective eaten late at evening after drinking — though it’s appropriate at other moments far too, either on its very own or with a steamé (steamed hotdog). The most effective-recognized spot for a late-evening plate is 24-hour La Banquise, but there’s a poutinerie for every taste: from outdated-school Paul Patates to upscale Au Pied de Cochon, with its foie gras poutine.

Montreal’s already sturdy culinary qualifications have been bolstered by various major-title chefs placing up shop. Marcus Samuelsson (of Harlem-centered soul food restaurant Purple Rooster) launched Marcus Restaurant and Terrace, at the 4 Seasons Lodge Montreal, in 2019. It competes with the nearby Maison Boulud, run by French chef Daniel Boulud, in the Ritz-Carlton and, at the Casino de Montréal, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon.

It is not all imported expertise, nevertheless. Homegrown chefs are also beloved by Montreal’s gourmands, with the likes of Emma Cardarelli, of Sud-Ouest hotspots Nora Gray and pizzeria Elena, and Marie-Fleur St-Pierre, of Villeray places to eat Tapeo and Mesón, earning awards and legions of fans.

Intercontinental influences may possibly abound, but the city’s culinary scene is much a lot more than the sum of its components. From experimental aperitifs made with nearby substances to midnight plates of poutine, the menu is completely Montréalais.