It’s been a busy few months since we were last in Montreal. I’ve finally gotten around to sorting all my photos from the trip I took with the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference. The trip was valuable and I’ve a learnt a lot and hope you can prepare for your next conference also! We stayed at Le Westin Montreal – from Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Le Westin Montreal is one of my favorite places to stay in Montreal. Conveniently located at the corner of St. Antoine and St. Pierre in Old Montreal. It is also linked with the Palais des Congrès and the underground city which makes travelling to Montreal in the winter time much easier.
The hotel is a quick 30 to 45 minute cab ride from the airport and has a unique indoor driveaway to keep you from the blistering cold. The glass bottom swimming pool above leads to a nice daylight filled pool.
I always make it a point to relax there when I arrive from the airport. I took about an hour to unwind and have some tea.
The decor is clean and modern. It is comfortable when you step inside. Enough natural sunlight and comfortable seating. We were lucky to get the side with a view of Palais des Congrès.
I like bathrooms with marble and a nice waterfall shower head. Good water pressure and endless hot water is equally important. Plush towels and robes enhances the experience.
Le Westin Montreal is within walking distance to Chinatown, Saint Catherines Street and some serious tourist attractions – Vieux-Montréal and the Old Port. It is also close to restaurants and bars nearby.
The Metro subway is just a few steps away and linked underground. Don’t feel like taking transit? Uber it! It is easy to use on your smartphone. Just call up the app. Have you signed up for Uber yet? Sign up now and get FREE Uber credits. Try it! It’s so much easier than calling a cab!
The best part? As a Starwood Preferred Guest, I get to enjoy late check outs and complimentary in-room Internet access and complimentary in-room bottled water.
Have you been to Montreal? Planning to go? Take a look at our Montreal Travel Guide. If you have any tips or suggestions on what to do there, leave a comment for us below!
Le Westin Montreal Hotel
270 St. Antoine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 0A3
Hotel Reservations 1-866-837-4262
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What To Eat in Montreal? | Best Brunch Must Eat Travel Guide
What To Eat in Montreal? What to do and where is the best restaurants is always on our minds. Last time we were in Montreal, we had no itinerary, no “Must Eat List”, and no “10 Things to do in Montreal” plan. This time, I find myself combing thru TripAdvisor and Yelp, geo-tagging every restaurant, cafe and little boutique. Perhaps, it comes with age. Perhaps, occupational hazard. I’m always trying to find the next best thing. Yet, I always go back to comfort. It’s like having 20 pairs of shoes but always wearing the two.
Montreal is a rich city and quite culturally diverse in terms of culinary gluttony. Depending on how long your stay in Montreal is, I’m sure you will leave bellies full and satisfied. Below is a list of Montreal good eats broken down my meals of the day, cafes, just plain gourmandism.
Best Brunch in Plateau Mont-Royal
|L’Express||3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M4||(514) 845-5333||http://restaurantlexpress.com/en/||French|
|Beauty’s Luncheonette||93 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal, QC H2T 2S5||(514) 849-8883||http://beautys.ca/||Breakfast diner, Bagels|
|Omnivore Comptoir-Grill||4351 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Z8||(514) 303-5757||http://en.omnivoregrill.com/||Vegetarian, Mid-eastern cuisine|
|Lawrence Restaurant||5201 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 2L9||(514) 503-1070||http://lawrencerestaurant.com/||French|
|Wilensky’s Light Lunch||34 Avenue Fairmount Ouest, Montréal, H2T 2L9||(514) 271-0247||http://top2000.ca/wilenskys/index.htm||Deli|
|Schwartz’s Hebrew Delicatessen||3895 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9||(514) 842-4813||http://www.schwartzsdeli.com/||Smoked Meats, Deli|
|Maison Publique||4720 Rue Marquette, Montréal, QC H2J 3Y6||(514) 507-0555||http://www.maisonpublique.com/||Gastropubs|
|Le Fabergé Restaurant||25 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2L9||(514) 903-6649||http://faberge514.com/||Breakfast diner|
|Byblos Le Petit Café||1499 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal, QC H2J 1H8||(514) 523-9396||http://bybloslepetitcafe.ca/||Middle Easter|
|Chez Jose||173 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2W 1H4||(438) 764-1381||http://www.chezjosecafe.com/||Portuguese|
|Restaurant L’Avenue||922 Avenue Du Mont-Royal E, Montreal, QC H2J 1X2||(514) 523-8780||Breakfast diner, Bagels|
|Café Santropol||3990 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal, QC H2W 1K2||(514) 842-3110||http://santropol.com/||Vegetarian|
Best Brunch in Vieux Old Montreal
|Olive & Gourmando||351 Rue Saint Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A7||(514) 350-1083||http://oliveetgourmando.com/||Soups and Sandwiches|
|Café Pavé||243 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T4||(514) 507-5102||http://www.cafepave.com/||Soups and Sandwiches|
|Le Cartet||106 Rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2E5||(514) 871-8887||http://lecartet.com||Breakfast diner|
|SoupeSoup||649 rue Wellington, Montreal, QC H3C 1T2||514 759-1159||http://soupesoup.com/||Soups and Sandwiches|
|Café Tommy’s||200 Rue Notre Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T3||(514) 903-8669||http://www.tommymontreal.com/||Café|
Best Brunch in Mile End
|Dépanneur le Pick Up||7032 Rue Waverly, Montréal, QC H2S 3J2||(514) 271-8011||Soups and Sandwiches|
Best Brunch in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
|Cosmos Snack Bar||5843 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4A 1X4||(514) 486-3814||Breakfast diner|
|Momesso||5562 Chemin Upper Lachine, Montréal, QC H4A 2A7||(514) 484-0005||http://momesso.ca/||Poutine and Sandwiches|
Have you been somewhere amazing lately? Please let me know in the comments below!
L’Express Montreal is one for those Parisian French restaurants. Since my wife ditched me as she was at the Food Bloggers of Canada conferencem I was on the hunt for the most traditional french cuisine I can find. I came across this French bistro called L’Express Montreal, and what stood out for me is I can have all my sinful french favorites in this traditional bistro.
I walked down a trendy street of Rue-Saint Denis after getting off the Sherbrooke Station. After a brief walk I realized I have passed the entrance of the restaurant. I walked back and when I opened the door, I realized that I should’ve booked a reservation. I find it hard to request for a table. Table for one please.
My first impression is how old times mannerisms are kept here. A lady patron that walked in before me gave the front of house manager a kiss on the cheek; one on each side, and then he proceeded to take her jacket to hang. I was lucky enough to get the very last corner seat at the bar (as hopeful patrons without reservations are told to wait at least 45 minutes.) Phew!
I sat down and before ordering they serve bread and butter. Since I already made up my mind I selected the following.
Boiled Egg with Mayonnaise (oeuf dur mayonnaise) 4.70: No thrills, a classic french snack starting with a boiled egg, covered in a coat of rich mayonnaise with strong hint of dill.
Bone Marrow with Coarse Salt (os à moelle gros sel) 14.85: My goodness, for 15 bucks you get three generous servings of bone marrow. You are not going to break the spoon here trying to scrape for marrow. Guaranteed that you will get a rich portion every single time. The marrow is rich and heavy. It is more of a texture indulgence than taste.
To accompany this, they serve unlimited gherkins straight from the jar as a side snack to cut the richness. Sea salt and mustard to enhance the flavor. The wife is going to kill me!
Warm Goat Cheese Salad (chèvre chaud) 13.35: How can you be in Montreal and not try their cheese. Warm goat cheese on brioche with a light green salad.
Chicken Liver Pate with Pistachios (Mousse de Foues de Volaille aux Pistaches) 14.75: To finally put you to sleep. We are writing this riding the subway back to the hotel, is this rich pate! Don’t let the small size fool you. They are not holding back. Imagine spreading this over the top rich chicken liver pate on your bread over and over… and over again. The Pistachios is a classic accompaniment as it adds a different texture to the spread. I think I gained 10 lbs from this alone! But it was so worth it!
Overall, this is for someone that wants to experience traditional french bistro dishes. I would bet that they haven’t changed a thing in this restaurant since the opening. And that is not a bad thing. Not at all!
Mon 8:00 am – 3:00 am
Tue 8:00 am – 3:00 am
Wed 8:00 am – 3:00 am
Thu 8:00 am – 3:00 am
Fri 8:00 am – 3:00 am
Sat 10:00 am – 3:00 am
Sun 10:00 am – 2:00 am
3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M4
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Jean Talon Marches (Jean Talon Market) is one of the public markets in Montreal. It is easy to get to by the Metro. Just get off at Station Jean Talon and you are there! Here you will find a wide selection fresh local produces, cultures and cuisines, regional food like maple syrups, foie gras, cheeses, butchers, fresh shucked oysters and other specialty shops.
Jean Talon Marches reminds me a lot of Granville Island Public Markets. We loved wandering thru the whole market. All the beautiful colors of fruits and vegetables. We brought a few apples – one to eat there and some to bring back to the hotel. It kills me when I’m on vacation and can’t get any fruits.
Qui Lait Cru!?! Has really awesome grilled cheese and lots of cheeses for sale.
If you are looking for things to do and see in Montreal. Add Jean Talon to your list! Even if you aren’t a visitor and is looking for something different to do, this is the place. Jean Talon Market is also a great place to practice your photography skills and get some inspirations.
A lot of places is Cash Only.
Jean-Talon Marches publics de Montreal | Jean Talon Public Market Montreal
Cuisine: Public Market, Grocery, Produce
Mon 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tue 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thu 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
7070 Avenue Henri Julien, Montréal, QC H2S 3S3
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