Written By: Monique Lapointe
Hey lovelies! Many of you may not know this but before I moved to Paris I lived in Montreal, Canada for about three years. In my opinion, Montreal is such an upcoming, urban city. It is the New York City of Canada.
Each year this city seems to have some amazing new restaurants, bars & cafes opening up. So, I am here to share with you some of my new personal favourites and great places to eat or grab a drink in Montreal, Canada!
I recently discovered Mr. Puffs after my friend took me to the newest one that opened up in the West Island. They serve these traditional Greek donut holes (Loukoumades) that are egg, lactose and cholesterol free. Not only are they a delicious treat but they also come glazed with different topping choices such as honey, maple syrup and chocolate.
364 de la Commune St E, Montreal, QC H2Y 1J3, Canada
Located in the old port is Terrasse Bonsecours, the perfect spot to grab some drinks with friends or eat a nice meal on the water during the summertime. Terrasse is a little bit more of a pish posh type of bar/restaurant. Although, sometimes being a little boujee can be fun. This is also the perfect spot to go with friend’s if you are a big group looking to party. They have booths you can reserve for up to 16 people! If you are looking for more of a party scene, the best night to go is “Wet Wednesday” because they open up the rooftop dance club.
If you’re a huge salad lover like me, you must try Mandy’s. With over ten different types of salad combinations, you are sure to find one you love. Not only are the prices reasonable, but the salads themselves are pretty big portions, you can get them to go and the aesthetic of the restaurant itself is just too cute!
1641 St Denis St, Montreal, QC H2X 3K3, Canada
I like to call Cinko “the broke white girl trying to get drunk and eat on a budget” restaurant. The best thing about Cinko is that everything on the food menu is either 5$, 7$ or 9$. Don’t let the cheap prices fool you though, the food is delicious and the portions are reasonable. The drink menu is also something to rave about. They have some of the best sangria I have ever tasted. Besides the food, the restaurant itself is so corky yet cool. With records as placemats, molded van shoes on the wall and graffiti art everywhere, you will feel like you are in the most artistic restaurant in all of Montreal.
551, Mont-Royal Est Montreal, QC
I just recently discovered Fitzroy and I am already in love! This cool Loft bar is open every day from 3 p.m – 3 a.m and has over five pool tables, new and old fashion arcade games such as PacMan, foosball tables, two bars, comfortable seating, couches and big tables. Even though I have never gone for dinner, I’ve heard many people rave about the food. I myself really liked the sangria pitchers. Fitzroy is the perfect spot for any occasion whether it be grabbing a drink after work, having a laugh over dinner and with old friends, Saturday night with the boys or a sangria and dancing night with your girlfriends.
983 St Johns Blvd Pointe-Claire, Quebec H9R 5K3 & 7600, boul. Viau Saint-Léonard, Quebec H1S 2P3
Located in the West Island is my all time favourite breakfast spot, Cosmopolitain. Open from 6 a.m – 4 p.m, it’s the perfect spot to grab brunch with old friends or to go for some yummy hangover food. The plates are huge portions, so you are definitely getting your money’s worth. I would recommend trying the Copenhagen eggs benedict!
Last summer Montrealers were lucky enough to cool off from the humidity with La Diperie ice cream! Luckily we can do the same this year! La Diperie is famously known for the dipped ice cream. How it works is that you choose the cone size, what chocolate you want it dipped in and which topping you would like.
I was so happy to return to Montreal this summer and discover Copper Branch. This spot is perfect for vegans, vegetarians, people who are gluten free or just veggie lovers. The mission at Copper Branch is “serving healthy and wholesome foods and offering real food energy with the focus of promoting health and vitality, great taste, convenience, and responsibility”.
On the menu, I would recommend trying the Einstein Smoothie and Aristotle Bowl.