poutine, bières et bagels, etc.

Close to Campus

  • Lola Rosa (steps from campus, all vegetarian, with vegan options, beer and wine, famous for their hemp burger and burrito, moderately priced, open for lunch and dinner)
  • The Green Panther (10-minute walk from campus, all vegan, all organic, beer, house-made kombucha, fresh juices, famous for their falafel sandwiches (huge, delicious, and under 6 bucks), moderately priced)
  • Café Humble Lion (right across from the McLennan library,opened 3 weeks ago, yummy coffees and teas, tiny space)
  • Café Pikolo (7-minute walk from campus, yummy espresso coffees and teas, small space)
  • Pâtisserie Olivier Poitier (10-minute walk from campus (near the Green Panther) amazing breads and pastries)

Montreal Montreal

  • St-Viateur Bagel and Fairmount Bagel (one of Montreal’s oldest rivalries, taste a bagel from both of these bagel shops, which are a located a few blocks apart in the Mile-End, you be the judge of the best!)
  • Bagels etc. (classic Montreal breakfast and brunch (the eggs Florentine are especially yummy) and old Leonard Cohen hangout, located on the Plateau)
  • Schwartz’s (‘nough said…except for that it’s on the Plateau)
  • La Banquise (a favourite, if not the best, Montreal poutinerie, vegetarian sauce and options available, moderately priced, open 24/7, on the Plateau)
  • Icehouse (one of Montreal’s trendier new restaurants, reasonably-priced Tex-Mex, creative tacos and burritos, buckets of ribs and fried chicken, oysters, a few vegetarian options available, homemade bourbon lemonade is a favourite, moderately priced, tiny tiny, best for groups of 2-4, NO RESERVATIONS, waiting lines are a possibility, open for dinner, located on the Plateau)
  • Olive+Gourmando (an Old Montreal favourite, amazing brioches, other pastries, coffees, salads, sandwiches, wine, open for lunch, Old Montreal)
  • Aux Vivres (Montreal’s first vegan restaurant, extensive menu, moderately priced, open for lunch and dinner, and brunch on the weekends, located on the Plateau)
  • ChuChai (an all-vegetarian Thai restaurant, with many vegan options, simulated meats, very tasty and unusual, a memorable and unique experience, and a Montreal favourite, moderate to pricey, RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED, located on the plateau)

Yummy Dinner Places

  • Phayathai (the best Thai restaurant in Montreal, favourites include, Paneang curries, fish dishes, crab claw dishes, Thai basil eggplant, Phayathai seafood soup, spicy beef salad, moderate to pricey, wine, beer, sake available, RESERVE EARLY, downtown)
  • Dominion Tavern (high-end pub fare steps from campus, beautiful space and homemade cocktails, moderate to pricey, RESERVE EARLY, downtown)
  • Amilio’s (Good pizza steps from campus, BYOB, downtown)
  • Le Taj (High-end Indian, steps from campus, a Montreal establishment, downtown)
  • KanBai (if you are feeling adventurous, try this Taiwanese downtown restaurant, which is getting a lot of buzz recently, vegetarian options unclear, moderately priced, downtown)
  • Pho Bang New York, Chinatown


  • Benelux (steps from campus, small bites and sandwiches, good for groups)
  • Dieu du Ciel (most famous Montreal brewpub, located in the Mile End area, a bustling, cozy spot, not always ideal for large groups, on the cusp of the Plateau and Mile-End)
  • Reservoir (higher-end pub-fare, yummy cheese plate and grilled cheeses, located in the Plateau neighborhood)
  • Brutopia (downtown brewpub, traditional bar setting, not far from campus, relatively cheap beer, downtown)

For the Wee Hours

  • Casa del Popolo (a favourite late-night spot for the city’s grad. student, cheap drinks, unpredictable music, spontaneous dancing, located in the Mile-End)
  • Sparrow (a loungier Montreal late-night favourite, almost too cool for you, slightly pricier cocktails and drinks, located in Mile-End)
  • Blizzart’s (great for late-night dancing, reasonably priced drinks, Sat. night Mod Night, on the Plateau)
  • Korova (slightly dive-y, cheap drinks, good for late-night dancing, Friday night Mod night, on the Plateau)
  • Snack’n Blues (difficult to explain, run by a bunch of older Québécois, good music, slightly dive-y, drinks are slightly overpriced, but come with what can only be described as a candy buffet and sporadically-flowing baskets of salty snacks, located in Mile-End)

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