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7 Foods You Must Eat With Kids in Montreal


Read about fun things to do in Montreal and about the Hyatt Regency, our favorite hotel.

We always do a lot of walking when we’re in Montreal, partly because we tend to do a lot of eating in Montreal. There is nothing like a Canadian winter day to make you want to something hardy and warming. And this French Canadian city offers plenty of options. Here are the things we think you can’t miss when you visit

croissants from Premier Moisson in Montreal1. French Pastries

The French bakery at the Atwater Market has croissants so crisp on the outside they practically shatter when you pull them apart. At the Complexe des Jardin next our hotel, every day coffee places had respectable croissants, pain au chocolate, palmier, brioche and things with almond or pastry cream that tiny traveler inhaled. In short it’s not hard to find French bread and pastries and they’re better than most of what you find in the U.S Take advantage.

2. French food

duck confit at Le Deux Gamins on MontrealThe souvenirs we brought home took the form of local cheeses and patés we acquired at the markets. Good French restaurants are not a dime a dozen, but they exist and are worth seeking out. La Prunelle, a neighborhoody BYO place off of Rue St. Denis is the place to go if you can wangle a date night. I think it’s safe to say that the French bistros don’t cater to kids but they will try to accommodate you if you come on the early side. At Les Deux Gamins Tiny Traveler ate a ½ order of a pasta dish while Rich and I enjoyed duck confit and lamb shank.

3. Maple foods

ice cream with a maple swirl in MontrealFrozen maple syrup is popular in MontrealIt seems as though the city runs on maple syrup. Restaurants offer special maple menus during syrup season and you’ll find maple syrup and sugar at the green markets (top). The upscale café and store Délices Érable et Cie has tasting counters and a creative variety of maple and cranberry products to take away. Around the city you’ll spot maple stalls selling products as well as maple-spiraled ice cream and frozen maple syrup wound on a stick like toffee. Even if you don’t try it, it’s fun to watch them make it.

4. Poutine

you must eat poutine in MonterealMy only requirement for poutine is that it be piping hot. If it’s fresh from the kitchen and the French fries are crisp, this plate of potatoes, gravy and cheese curds will make you feel cozy no matter what the weather outside is doing. Some people like to add meat or other things on top. That’s fine but I’m happy with basic poutine any time. It’s not a hard dish to find. Brew pubs, diners, food trucks are reliable purveyors. This is one of those foods that you expect to be kid friendly but tiny traveler won’t go near it (and she doesn’t know what she’s missing).

5. Smoked Meat

classic Montreal smoke meat sandwichSmoke meat is Montreal deli food. It’s in the same family as pastrami and corned beef, but not quite the same as either. We tried visiting Le Roi du Smoked Meat on a rainy afternoon but it was closed for a movie shoot. We found good smoked meat sandwiches at a diner down the street, but would have preferred the old-school deli setting at Le Roi, or Dunn’s or Reuben’s downtown, Schwartz’s on Blvd. St. Laurent or Lester’s in Mile End.

6. Bagels

bagels from St. Viateur in Montreal

good Polish food in MontrealWe’ve never actually had a Montreal bagel, to Tiny Traveler’s chagrin—we’re usually too busy eating almond croissants in the morning —but I hear they are good and perhaps closer to what bagels used to be than New Yorks (perhaps). St. Viateur in Mile End and other parts of the city is the place to go for your plain, poppy seed and other bagels. I’ve seen bags of St. Viateur bagels in the markets, but if you want to try them, I say do it right and make your way to one of their stores in the morning.

7. Other ethnic food

French and Canadian foods are not all there is to try in Montreal. We’ve had good Greek tapas in the past, there is a small Chinatown near the old quarter and there is good Middle Eastern food to be had as well. One chilly night we tucked into Polish food at Stash Cafe in the old quarter, which has live piano at night. Tiny traveler ate potato pancakes while Rich tried cabbage and meat prepared two different ways, both satisfying.

What would you eat in Montreal?

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Montreal has a a lot of very delicious things to eat, from French croissants to maple ice cream to duck confit, you and your kids will find plenty of dishes to like.

 

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10 Comments

  1. April 7, 2017 at 10:58 pm — Reply

    Montreal has eluded us for a long time. I would love to visit soon. The food looks delicious! Can’t go wrong with maple syrup in Canada. We love poutine! This just made me hungry!

  2. April 6, 2017 at 12:05 pm — Reply

    This post makes me so hungry! I wrote something similar when we went to Montreal — what a great food city.

  3. April 6, 2017 at 8:52 am — Reply

    I became a maple syrup addict in Canada and New England. Could never get a liking for poutine however.

    • April 6, 2017 at 2:06 pm — Reply

      i can understand how poutine might be off-putting to some people. i think if you melted cheese curds over shoes I would eat them.

  4. April 4, 2017 at 7:52 pm — Reply

    We love a holiday or least a few good day trips that revolve around food. The bonus is picking up the souvenirs to enjoy later that night Yum Yum.

  5. April 3, 2017 at 12:20 pm — Reply

    This whole post is making me so hungry! I’ve always wanted to try poutine and now I really want to try that maple ice cream. Everything looks so delicious!

  6. April 2, 2017 at 8:10 pm — Reply

    Seeing bagels on that list is a surprise since I don’t associate them with Canada at all. I’ll have to give it a try. I would die for French pastries and French food. I would eat it every day I was there. You’re making a very good case for visiting Montreal.

  7. April 2, 2017 at 6:37 am — Reply

    I was in Montreal many years ago but I’ve tasted some of these Montreal foods at a deli in Auckland. Smoked meat, poutine, and Montreal bagels are good but moose ears (fried flat sugar coated donuts) are my favorite. I would like to try the maple swirl ice cream.

    • April 6, 2017 at 2:11 pm — Reply

      we had beaver tails instead of moose ears, but I think the idea is the same. My daughter was keen on them, I didn’t mention them because they are generally Canadian more than Montreal-specific, I think.

  8. April 2, 2017 at 12:59 am — Reply

    I dream of visiting Montreal just for the food! Everything you have presented in here looks so good. I will stock on poutine and smoked meats. I didn’t know about the maple ice cream. That is another addition to the “must try” list. #wkendtravelinspiration

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