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Food Lover's Guide to Montreal

By Viator, January 2018

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Montreal’s food scene is the envy of Canada. The city has restaurants representing almost every country and corner of the world, as well as a bevy of homegrown delicacies and signature dishes. Here’s what you need to know about eating in Montreal.
 
Must-Try Dishes
Ask any Montrealer what you should eat and chances are they’ll tell you to try poutine. This classic Quebecois dish consists of fries, gravy, and cheese curds, though all manner of additional toppings are available.

Originating from the city’s sizable Jewish population, Montreal smoked meat is another local specialty that has reached near-legendary status. Made from cured, smoked, and steamed beef brisket flavored with a mix of spices, the meat is typically served in a mustard-smeared sandwich. Another staple savory snack is the Montreal-style bagel. A touch sweeter and a good deal smaller than New York-style bagels, these are baked in a wood-fired oven and are often still warm when sold.
 
Then, of course, there is maple syrup. With the province Quebec—in which Montreal is situated— responsible for about 75 to 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup production, it’s no surprise the golden elixir is a fixture on breakfast tables as well as being used for desserts such as sugar pie (tarte au sucre).
 
Must-Do Experiences
  • Experience Montreal’s booming craft beer scene with brewery visits and beer tastings at brewpubs.
  • Sample a range of wines—red, white, rose, and ice wines—in Quebec’s wine country.
  • Discover the best things to eat in Old Montreal, the Plateau, Mile End, and Chinatown on food tours of the city.
  • Have a local guide show you authentic spots, such as a kosher bakery, a famous bagel shop, food trucks, and other long-standing local establishments.
  • Browse the colorful farm-fresh produce for sale in Little Italy’s Jean Talon Market.

Tours & Tickets

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Ice Wine Tour from Montreal with Exclusive Winery Access, Montreal, null
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Ice Wine Tour from Montreal with Exclusive Winery Access

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Delight your taste buds with this small-group wine-tasting tour from Montreal to Quebec wine country. This tour is a unique winter experience that reveals the ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.90
Small-Group Quebec Wine Tour from Montreal with Optional Gourmet Lunch and Cheese Tasting, ... 
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Small-Group Quebec Wine Tour from Montreal with Optional Gourmet Lunch and Cheese Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 79 Reviews

Delight your taste buds on this small-group wine-tasting tour from Montreal to Quebec wine country. Choose either the afternoon tour or the full-day tour, and ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: Flexible

From USD $78.90
Flavors of Old Montreal Walking Tour, Montreal, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Flavors of Old Montreal Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 87 Reviews

Discover the delicious culinary delicacies of Old Montreal on this 2.5-hour food walking tour. Taste your way through Montreal's oldest district, making stops ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.90
Montreal Craft Brewery and Beer Tasting Small-Group Tour, Montreal, Food Tours
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Montreal Craft Brewery and Beer Tasting Small-Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

On this 3-hour small-group tour, you'll sample a grand total of eight craft beer samplers, one Whiskey and three delicious snacks. This is, without a doubt, ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.33
Montreal Ultimate Chocolate Tour, Montreal, Beer & Brewery Tours
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Montreal Ultimate Chocolate Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Meet the most passionate chocolate makers and connoisseurs in Montreal on this guided, 4.5-hour, chocolate-tasting walking tour. From a bean-to-bar chocolate ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $71.23
Montreal Dinner Cruise, Montreal, Chocolate Tours
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Montreal Dinner Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 61 Reviews

Feel the Southern breeze and taste a colorful meal during the Montreal Dinner Cruise. Enjoy the exclusive atmosphere on the Cavalier Maxim, a five-course ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.83
Jewish Neighborhood Food Tour, Montreal, Dinner Cruises
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Jewish Neighborhood Food Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

This 3.5-hour food tour of Montreal’s historic Jewish neighborhood begins at a beloved smoked meat deli, and only gets more appetizing from there. Your guide ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $77.05
Under the Surface of Montreal's Chinatown: Guided Food Walking Tour, Montreal, Food Tours
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Under the Surface of Montreal's Chinatown: Guided Food Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

On this guided walking tour, you'll explore the evolution of of Montreal’s Chinatown, from its pre-Chinatown beginnings to the current mix of people, food and ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $67.00
Beyond the Market Food Tour in Montreal, Montreal, Food Tours
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Beyond the Market Food Tour in Montreal

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 44 Reviews

Join this walking tour to visit at least 6 of your local guide's favourite eateries and watering holes. From artisan charcuteries to thirst-quenching craft ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.96
Flavors of The Main Montreal North City Food Tour, Montreal, Market Tours
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Flavors of The Main Montreal North City Food Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Diverse food, city culture, storytelling, street art, and a little exercise - this tasting tour on foot offers a great mix for the curious urban adventurer. On ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $71.24

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