Montreal is an extraordinary city, with a culinary scene as diverse and interesting as the people who live there. On my visit, I wanted to get a taste for the best of Montreal’s famous foods, so I decided to go on my first food tour!

Why Take a Food Tour?

Let me walk you through why I decided to give it a try.

Montreal is famous for food, and I’m famous for cramming protein bars and plain bagels in to my purse so that I can bolt from one place to another without wasting time sitting down to eat. I love seeing things and going places, and am not usually one to focus on food.

While planning my 3 day trip to Montreal, I realized that I was going to miss an important element of the city if I didn’t experience the cuisine. My regular strategy was not going to work, but I also didn’t want to trade exploring (or tons of money) for sitting in restaurants for a few hours every day.

With this in mind, I wanted something that allowed me to:

  • explore new parts of the city.
  • photograph cute areas.
  • learn fun facts and hear great stories.
  • experience deliciousness.

Enter: the food tour! I found a tour with Local Montreal Tours that included a walk around Mile End, a neighbourhood that I really wanted to see. If you’re like me, and you love being on your feet and out exploring, food tours are perfect for you. It’s the best way to blend everything together.

Let’s take the tour! Scroll through to see some photos, then I’ll tell you all about it.

Mile End Food Tour

Mile End is the up and coming, ultimately photogenic neighbourhood in Montreal, and it’s where the food tour that I went on took place. It’s a colourful place with extensive murals covering the sides of the buildings, and many family owned restaurants. Once a down and out neighbourhood, the art along the walls brought the Instagrammers (or something like that) and Mile End transformed in to a trendy place to live and visit.

Hope you’re hungry!

La Panthère Verte. Our tour began at La Panthère Verte, a vegan restaurant with a passion for recycling and reusing materials. We tried vegan wraps, a first intro to the wonder that is vegan food for many people on the tour!

What impressed me most here was actually that all of the furniture in La Panthère Verte is hand-made using recycled materials.

Chocolat Geneviève Gandbois. The owner of this lovely chocolate shop, Geneviève, has an incredible passion for her craft that you can taste in the chocolate. All of the chocolates are hand made, and carefully designed to deliver a unique experience.

Our group tried one that transitioned from a sweet coco taste to an explosion of caramel. This was followed by a sip of hot, melted down chocolate that would be perfect on a cold winter night.

St- Viateur Bagels. This place is famous for making the best bagels in the world. My expectations were high going in to this experience!

They’ve got bagel-making down to a science at St-Viateur Bagels. The process is rhythmic, and the shop is open 24/7 because they’ve learned that’s the best way to maintain the oven at the perfect temperature. 

Verdict? Hands down the best bagel that I’ve ever eaten! 

P.S. clearly not eating the bagel here. I was going to bite in to it for the camera and started laughing instead. When I did sink my teeth in, it was delicious.

Drogheria Fine. My personal favourite, Drogheria Fine is a small, authentic Italian spot where La Salsa de la Nonna pasta sauce is served over homemade gnocchi.

Picture me sitting on a curb, leaning back against one of the many murals of Mile End saying “That is SO good,” after every bite. This place is an absolute must-visit!

Boucherie Lawrence. I’ll be honest – I’m not much of a meat eater and opted to double up on cheese here and skip the cold cuts. This butcher sells locally raised meets, dairy, eggs, and other foods from nearby producers. My new found food tour friends assured me that it was some of the best meat they’ve ever tasted.

Bonus: they sell real Canadian maple syrup!

Kem Coba. Finally, ice cream! The couple behind Kem Coba decided to call Montreal home after years of travelling around Asia. Lucky for us, because the ice cream at this colourful little place is incredible!

Our ice cream cups contained a blend of raspberry and rose ice cream. I didn’t know there was such a thing existed, but now it’s my favourite.

Post-Food Tour Thoughts

I love a good meal, and even more than that I love a good story. Our guide told us stories about the neighbourhoods we were exploring and the people whose masterpieces we were eating, and it made every bite feel personal.

Food is powerful part of what makes Montreal unique. It contributes to the welcoming, multicultural feel of the city. Wherever you’re from around the world, there’s a restaurant cooking your favourite food somewhere in Montreal. If there’s not, your neighbours will help you open one.

More Info
  • I took a food tour with Local Montreal Tours.
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Location: varies! 3 different tours are available.

Have you been on a food tour, and what did you think? Can you compare Montreal bagels to NYC bagels? It’s an ongoing debate as to which is better. There is a right answer.

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Disclaimer: my tour with Local Montreal Tours was complimentary. Opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

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22 Comments

  1. Montreal is seriously an awesome city! I used to visit it quite a bit back when I loved in Toronto, but I would love to go back and do a more thorough exploration one day! This food tour sounds absolutely delicious – I love bagels :D. I’m also one who doesn’t focus much on food when travelling, and I pack snacks to go so I can see as much as possible. That all changed when I went to Lisbon, Portugal. Such delicious food there!

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    1. ninanearandfar July 15, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Oh that’s so neat! This was my first time actually spending time in Montreal – I live in Ottawa so we did so many day trips growing up but it’s so worth going and immersing yourself for a few days!

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  2. I’m so hungry now after reading this! Food tours are such a brilliant idea! It looks like you were able to try some incredible things and love the piles of bagels!

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    1. ninanearandfar July 15, 2017 at 10:12 am

      They’re a great idea! Yes, I loved it because you get to try so much variety.

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  3. Ahhh my hometown! Your pics made me miss it so! Those bagels are a staple in any Montrealer diet, though they are certainly not light on the calories (totally worth it). I sometimes forget how spoiled we are with good food in Montreal (and Toronto where I currently live). I can’t wait for my next visit home now!

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    1. ninanearandfar July 15, 2017 at 10:13 am

      That’s amazing! Wait til I post my Montreal photo series… 😉 the bagels are SO WORTH IT.

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  4. Omg, you had me at bagels! As a US west coast resident, the one thing we DON’T have is good bagels. They just don’t exist here! I’ve been wanting to visit Montreal for a while – I fell in love with Toronto, and everyone’s like omg you’d love Montreal if you like Toronto. Saving this for later!

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    1. ninanearandfar July 15, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      You’re going to love Montreal Lia! What a sad world to live in… no good bagels… Did you know they don’t even have bagels in Sweden?! AT ALL. You would love Montreal! I’ll be publishing a few more posts about the city soon 🙂 hope you make it up here one day!

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  5. Everything looks so delicious! One of my best friends lives in Montreal and is always telling me about her new discoveries around the city! I’m sharing this post with her, just in case she haven’t tried some of these!
    Great post!

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    1. ninanearandfar July 15, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      That’s fantastic! I feel like Montreal is the type of place that takes a lifetime to discover everything. Constantly changing!

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  6. I now want to visit Montreal after reading this post! The neighborhood you visited looks wonderful. I’ve never been on a food tour before, but I think I’d really like it! I went on a mural walking tour where I’m living right now, and it got me slow down to learn about and appreciate not only the beautiful murals but also the town in general. I think a food tour would have a similar effect. Everything you tried sounds delicious. I love bagels. So, I will definitely remember to try out Montreal bagels!

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    1. ninanearandfar July 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      That’s a really good idea! I’ve never done a tour of murals, that sounds really neat! You will love it! 🙂

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  7. You just made me hungry with this post! And… I really want a suspended garden with the tin cans like this one! How cute!

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    1. ninanearandfar July 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      RIGHT. Finally, someone else who wants a cute can garden! I’m totally doing that when I get a house.

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  8. Uff, you have no idea how much I love food tours! Which remind me I have not done one this year. I know people go to Montreal in winter since they only have plans to eat. They do not care if it is freezing cold outside. Would like to visit the city soon!

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    1. ninanearandfar July 16, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Montreal is amazing in the winter! Food is for every season haha.

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  9. Really love that they have a variety of tours throughout the city! & even the insides of these restaurants they took you to are super cute!

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    1. ninanearandfar July 16, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      They’re so cute! Yep they’ve got 3 different tours, very cool!

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  10. This looks like so much fun! I can’t believe I have never been to Montreal but I plan to go next year. I am a foodie so in enjoy taking food tours in the cities I visit.

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    1. ninanearandfar July 16, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      That’s perfect! You’ll have to give this one a try.

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  11. What a delicious way to see a new city! I can’t wait for my next Canadian visit. Montreal it is!

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    1. ninanearandfar July 16, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Great idea! There’s tons to do and see in Montreal!

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