March break is drawing near and what better a reason to check out a new city, right here in Canada. As Canada celebrates it’s 150th birthday, Montréal celebrates it’s 375th…making this year the perfect time to join the party in what some call Canada’s culinary capital.
March break in Montréal perhaps doesn’t immediately appeal to those who associate March break with tropical climates, but trust me, March is the perfect time to explore this vibrant city; less tourists make it easier for you and your friends to get into those tough-to-book restaurants and hotels have cheaper rates. So pack your boots instead of flip flops, round up your girlfriends, and get ready for a delicious time.
From breakfast to bakeries, lunch to cocktails, here is a list of our favourite Girls-Trip-Certified spots:
With so many amazing boulangeries in this city, you can easily grab a croissant and hit the town, or choose to sit and chat about last night’s shenanigans over a leisurely bite.
Olive et Gourmando is a perfect mix of both. Part boulangerie, part sit down restaurant, everything is fresh and delicious. We recommend their Chia Bowl with coconut and pumpkin – it fills you up for a day of wandering for just $10.
Fabergé Restaurant serves up waffles, crêpes, benedicts, French toast, omelets and eggs in creative and elevated ways. This family-run restaurant makes wholesome, environmentally conscious bites in a contemporary atmosphere. We recommend the Belle Province Waffle – stuffed with bacon and covered in blueberry compote.
Maison Christian Faure in Old Montréal. There is no more beautiful a place for tea and an ultra fancy mid-afternoon treat. Check out their website for a virtual tour and prepare to drool.
Patisserie Notre Maison, North of Milton Park and South of Le Plateau, has the best Portuguese tarts around.
Juliette et Chocolat is a charming chain, serving chocolate everything. Their location near Montréal’s Mile End neighbourhood is light, bright and chocolatey….I have never experienced a hot chocolate like theirs in my life. Thick and rich like chocolate soup, this is a must-taste for the chocolate lover in your group.
St-Viateur Bagels is a Montréal institution. Founded in 1957, their bagels are the perfect combination of crispy and chewy, light and hearty. They are all hand-rolled, boiled in honey water and made with 100% natural ingredients.
Salon de Thé Cardinal is like eating in a Victorian living room, without the stuffiness. Serving girl-trip friendly options like Quiche and Deviled Eggs, they also create classic high-tea style sandwiches like Cucumber and Cream Cheese, and Egg and Watercress.
Aux Vivres in Le Plateau is a perfect choice for a lighter, vegan or vegetarian option. Packed with the freshest of veggies and amazing dressings, this cozy place will leave you full and not broke!
If you find your group in Old Montréal around lunchtime, Venice MTL is another great option for fresh poke bowls in a cozy atmosphere with a California twist.
Old Montréal is swimming with wine bars and restaurants, our favourite is Santos. Tuesday nights is their Ladies Night and has an unreal promotion. Spend $25 on tapas and you get unlimited specialty cocktails. The food is incredibly delicious and perfectly sharable, and the drinks are girl-trip certified.
Pullman Bar à Vin, in the Le Plateau neighbourhood has simple but chic ambiance highlighted with a gorgeous chandelier made entirely of wine glasses. It is known for its superb collection of wine and knowledgeable wait staff. Paired with their cheese-centric bar food, this is the perfect place to start ladies night. Try their tasting trios – it allows you to discover three wines at one time.
Maggie Oakes is a new grill restaurant headed by Chef Derek Bocking, a former Season One Top Chef Canada contestant. Inspired by the vibrant dining scene in Montréal, bistros and steakhouses, this “vegetable-forward market grill” serves something for every taste, including house-cured charcuterie. We recommend starting with the lamb ragout poutine…because, “while in Rome”.
With the allure of experiencing meals created by Top Chefs like Chuck Hughes, Fred Morin and David McMillan and dining in world-famous restaurants like Le Bremner and Garde Manger, Joe Beef and Le Vin Papillon, it can be hard to choose the perfect spot for dinner.
We find dinner at Le Vin Papillon in Griffintown the perfect spot for adventurous ladies. A non-menu, menu - the server will let you know what they have fresh for the night and you can mix and match, creating a memorable dining experience. This house-made coconut tapioca, raspberry sorbet with beer foam and toasted coconut made us want to come back again for more.
We hope this Foodie Girls Getaway Guide to Montréal has been a though starter and would love to hear about your favourite must-eats!
Megan Munro is a lifestyle, food, beauty & travel writer. Her passion for travel has taken her to 36 countries and she now calls Toronto home. Follow Megan at @immfab