Top Choice Cafe in Old Montréal

Olive + Gourmando

Named after the owners’ two cats, this bakery-cafe is legendary in town for its hot panini, plump salads and flaky baked goods. Excellent choices include the melted goat's-cheese panini with carmelized onions, decad…
Top Choice Cafe in Rivière du Loup


The hippest cafe around serves great-value daily specials to a ska/indie/name-your-cool-music-genre-here soundtrack. It's the best place in town to meet locals; and if you're in a hurry, it serves coffee to go.
Top Choice Québécois in Southwest & Outer Montréal

Tuck Shop

Set in the heart of working-class St-Henri, Tuck Shop could have been plucked from London or New York if it weren’t for its distinctly local menu, a delightful blend of market and terroir (locally sourced) offerings…
Top Choice Asian in Old Montréal

Orange Rouge

Hidden down a narrow lane of Chinatown, Orange Rouge has a quaint, low-lit interior that's rather nondescript save for the bright open kitchen at one end and a neon-lit crab sculpture on the wall. Grab a seat at the…
Top Choice International in Old Montréal


Small, cozy Barroco has stone walls, flickering candles and beautifully presented plates of roast duck, braised short ribs and grilled fish. The selection is small (just six or so mains and an equal number of appeti…
Bistro in Old Montréal

Boris Bistro

You’ll be elbowing your way through everyone from Armani-clad executives to disheveled artists to get a table at this popular bistro. Once settled, however, you can feast on a mouthwatering assortment of dishes, inc…
Polish in Old Montréal

Stash Café

Hearty Polish cuisine is served up with good humor in a dining room with seats made of church pews and daringly low red lights illuminating the tables. Staff range from warm and gregarious to completely standoffish,…
French in Old Montréal


Chef Normand Laprise has earned rave reviews for his innovative recipes based on products sourced from local farms. The bright, wide-open dining room has high ceilings accented by playful splashes of color, and a gl…
Indian in Old Montréal


Gandhi has a core of loyal fans who come here for classics like tandoori chicken as well as the extensive curry menu with adventurous fare such as malaya, a curry of pineapple, lychees and cream. The vegetable samos…
Vietnamese in Old Montréal

Hoang Oanh

The Vietnamese baguette sandwiches here are the very best in Chinatown. There’s an endless choice of fillings but the grilled chicken or the tofu varieties topped with mayonnaise, veggies and coriander are pretty mu…