Anyone or any guide book can get you to the greatest hits, but it takes someone who knows and loves the city to take you the real city where the real people live. Ann Marie, the co-owner, took us to her faviorite hot spots for food, green gardens and murals. Definitely the highlight of our trip!!
This tour was so enjoyable. The tour guide Danny was personable and clearly passionate about all his city has to offer. I saw many places I would never have found or experienced on my own which was the most fun aspect. Lots of walking so wear comfortable shoes. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to something less touristy and lots of fun.
This was a last minute thing a coworker and I did on a business trip to Montreal. I was worth every penny. It was delicious, fun, and interesting. It had a personal touch and was off the beaten path. I would do it again in a heartbeat!
This was the absolutely the highlight of our visit to Montreal! I'm also giving it a great review on Trip Advisor.
This was probably our favorite tour of all. We experienced such a wide variety of foods and this
excursion is well worth the money. You won't feel guilty at what you'll be eating and drinking, as
there is plenty of walking to rid yourself of the caloric intake.
The open air market was like going into a jewelry store of food choices! Most enjoyable and filling.
Our tour guide was the best!
Ann Marie, the co-owner, does nearly every tour and she is exceptional. Limited to 10 people, we could all hear. the pace was perfect and the experiences were unique and wonderful, from the papusas to the picnic in the park. Highly, highly recommend
Danny was great!! Very personable and knowledgeable about the area and the places he showed us. Loved the Salvadoran tasting at the beginning of the tour. We were a bit skeptical at first, but it turned out to be our favorite part of our vacation. Have already recommended him to several friends who may consider a trip to Montreal.
Danny was absolutely amazing!
An absolute must for anyone visiting Montreal!
This was probably the best highlight of our Montreal trip. I went my my family of 4 and was greeted by Danny our awesome tour guide at the meeting point on time. We walked around the cool streets of Montreal and a few very green and good looking alleys with murals too. Danny embodies what Montreal as a city represents. He's got the soul of the city in him and that's what makes the tour really awesome. Now on to the food reviews -
It was the perfect global fusion overall.
We tried dishes from so many parts of the world and local places too.
The one really cool thing was, that unlike other food tours, where you only learn about the story behind the dishes, Danny also told us the amazing stories behind the establishments and the people who work / started the places. That was the cherry on the cake.
We started off with a few local spots.
The visit to the farmers market was incredible - We tried out veggies, meats, spices, cheeses, gelato all from different vendors.
The tour had a brew pub visit too where we tried two sets of beers along with cheese this was a local place. There was a local coffee roastery along the way as well, which had a really good cold brew.
It ended in a spectacular way with us eating goodies from a picnic basket, under the shade of a tree in a park.
Carry water, a cap and sun glasses, wear shorts and a tee or something comfi, be ready to walk at an easy pace, come hungry but not starving, and just let Danny take care of your tummy.
Danny was a great guide. I loved the offbeat and off the beaten path places we went. The food and drink were nicely varied....smoked meats, artisanal cheeses, micro brewed beer, gelati, to mention just a few examples. Jean Talon market was amazing! My only suggestion is that more free time was allowed there. I really enjoyed this tour!
Josephine H USA
We did the Beyond the Market Food Tour with Anne Marie, and it was great. The variety of offerings was excellent, and hearty -- definitely come hungry! Anne Marie is so passionate about what she does, and her enthusiasm definitely comes across. And as a true local in the neighborhood, she has so many insights and color commentary about the area, the people who live there, and new spots that visitors to Montreal should check out. This tour is definitely worth doing when you're in Montreal.
This tour was great! Not only did we eat like locals and get a deeper look at the AMAZING Jean Talon market, but our guide was extremely accommodating. We forgot to contact her and let her know we eat mostly vegetarian fish and don't like beer. She was quickly texted restaurants and vendors and got us some delicious smoked fish when the group had charcuterie and sodas at the brewpub. Highly recommend it!
Great walking tour - Anne Marie was our guide and she was exceptional. We enjoyed learning about the city, touring the market and the food samples we tried.
Do this. It's fun, interesting, full of information you don't get anywhere else, see back streets, great food and drink. Our guide was fun, caring and energetic about Montreal.
Great tour guide. We were taken to some very nice small restaurants/eateries where the food was excellent.The market tour was incredible. The tours groups are small which makes interaction with your guide a plus. I would highly recommend this tour.
Michael. C. Barbados
I loved seeing the non-touristy spots on Montreal. Our guide Anna-Marie was funny, friendly and personable. She took us to restaurants and food spots around the north end of Montreal that she knows and loves. I ate well, found out more about the culture of Montreal and tried food I never ate before.
Danny was a absolute gem. Loved the food market your. Best way to understand a culture is through its food. Loved it!!
So much fun!! My wife and I love to visit Montreal for the food and culture, and on a previous trip we took a food tour of the Mile End district and loved it. To this day we still go back to several of those spots. Intent on trying something new, we signed up for the beyond the market tour, and set out with Danny on what turned out to be the highlight of our trip. To be honest, we enjoyed Danny's tour and his well-chosen sites even more than the Mile End tour. This is a much less-known region of Montreal, with cool neighborhoods, public artwork and restaurants we would never have seen if it weren't for the tour. And the Jean Talon market... ohhhh how wonderful!
Danny's knowledge of the local culture and passion for his job which didn't seem like a job! really stood out. Food samples were phenomenal, with the papusas really topping the list for me. Danny really cares about the local businesses here too as this is where he lives, and he makes it a point to cap tours to I think 10 visitors max, so as to not disrupt the local community with hoards of people. It seems that he has a great working relationship with all these spots, and on multiple occasions I've seen him tip them and thank them for being a part of his tour.
I strongly recommend checking out Spade and Palacio tours, as you will not be disappointed. I'm proud to say these guys should be listed as the 1 thing to do in Montreal. Thanks Danny!!
-Adam and Laura New Hampshire
Our tour guide was awesome and the food was delicious! The popusas were the absolute best!! I would definitely do another tour the next time I visit Montreal!
It was really interesting, delicious food and they were very accommodating for people who only eat fish and seafood but no other meat. Very reasonably priced and worth every penny!
So detailed. We've recommended this tour to friends travelling to Montreal in the next week.
AMMAZING Would highly recommend this tour. The owner was our guide, and he was very knowledgeable of the area because he lived there. He made you enjoy the restaurants and the food market, because he is so passionate about his neighbohood and the businesses he shows us.
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