What is Happening?

Please note that Fantasia International Film Festival will be going on while you are in town. Please check out the schedule: https://fantasiafestival.com/en/

Our English language cultural daily is Cult-Mtl which can provide you with event listings and other interesting local information: https://cultmtl.com/

What to Eat?

Eater is the site to find nosh, so we picked a few threads for you; and below there are also some favorites of our local team.




Hot list:


Staple list:


Public Food Markets

Jean Talon Market (larger, more shops, and nearby Little Italy- one of the most interesting neighborhoods in the city)

Atwater Market (smaller, near the canal where you can take a picnic)


Within quick walking distance to JMSB

Eater’s List:


Kazu ($-$$): Tiny Izakaya with fun staff, zero personal space, and delicious food. No reservations and you might wait in line a bit. (lunch and dinner)- Some vegetarian items, Gluten free friendly

Mandy’s ($$): Expensive but well constructed, healthy and delicious salads. The choice of many celebrities when they are shooting their films in town (lunch), Many vegetarian items, Gluten free friendly

Sammi et Soupe Dumplings ($): Zero ambiance, delicious dumplings and not much else (lunch and dinner) (a few vegetarian items)

McKibbins ($): Standard British pub fare with a lovely terrace in the back (lunch, dinner, drinks)

Kinton Ramen ($-$$): A Toronto based chain with rich and questionably authentic (but delicious) ramen (lunch, dinner)

Kinka Izakaya ($$): Boisterous Japanese pub with good food and sake bombs

Juliette et Chocolat ($-$$): All things chocolate, and a bit of crepes too.

Brit and Chips ($-$$): Reliable fish and chips with different batter and fish options

Beatrice ($$$) http://www.beatriceristorante.com/

Wienstein & Gavino's ($$) Italian, good for big groups

Le Poké bar ($-$$)

Lloydie's ($): Jamaican

Garage Beirut ($$) http://www.garagebeirut.com/

Copper Branch & La Panthère Verte ($$) (Vegan and GF)

Hero Certified Burgers ($$) Halal burgers http://heroburgers.com/menu/

Ganadara ($): cheap and great Korean, might require some wait

Notre-Boeuf-de-Grace: mid-tier burger joint (15$), pretty good

More chicken: Poulet Bronze ($), The Bazak ($), Campo ($)

A short walk

LOV (Vegan, GF) ($$)

Furco ($$)

Balsam Inn ($$$)

Tavern Dominion Square ($$$)

Cadet ($$$)

Pamplemousse ($$)

Ferreira cafe ($$$)

Further, but worth it

Schwartz Deli ($): A Montreal institution (with a lineup that proves this). Smoked meat (don’t call it pastrami or you’ll be kicked out) and a few other Montreal style Jewish deli fare (lunch, dinner, late night)

Épicerie Pumpui ($-$$): Thai curry counter. Kombucha on tap. (Always one or two vegetarian options) (lunch)

Au Pied de Cochon ($$$): The place where they will stuff a duck breast with foie gras, pan fry it and douse it with maple syrup. Little vegetable on sight. For your wannabee Anthony Bourdain selves. Not vegetarian friendly. (dinner)

Lawrence ($$$): Exceptional food and wine, not much pretension, best fancy burger in town (offered for lunch only). (brunch, lunch, dinner)

Caribou Gourmand ($$$)

L’Express ($$): Parisian style bistro with a mammoth wine list and French classics. (breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night)

Pho Tay Ho ($): Good pho but even better bun cha

Lan Zhou Noodles ($): A cramped noodle shop stuck in the entrance of a grocery store, but best handmade noodles in town

Pastel ($$$): Tasting menu only creative cuisine

Capital Tacos ($): Tacos in Chinatown? Yes but go!

Quartier General ($$): Local ingredients, skillful cooking, bring your own wine

Ma Poule Mouillée ($): Portuguese chicken, Portuguese inspired poutine. Plus, you can have your chicken and take it to the Parc Lafontaine for a picnic. There will be a line.

Poutine La Banquise ($): The original Montreal poutine

Lester’s (Alternative to Schwartz) ($)

Mae Sri ($$): Good, authentic, spicy Thai in a trendy setting.

La Buvette chez Simone ($$): Trendy wine bar

La Tamalera ($): Mexican comfort food

Arts Café ($): Great brunch

Larry’s ($$): Breakfast, lunch, dinner, after hours

Aux Vivres ($): 100% vegan, GF friendly

La Binerie Mont-Royal ($-$$) Authentic Quebec food https://www.labineriemontroyal.com/

L’Avenue ($$) Brunch; Expect lines

Montreal Plaza ($$$)

Bouillon Bilk ($$$)

Il Focolaio (near McGill - $$) - incredible woodfired pizza with a never-ending number of options, including vegan and gluten-free

$$$-$$$$: Petit Mousso, Maison Publique, Tuck shop, Nora Gray, Park, Manitoba, Pastaga

$$$$++: Toque, Mousso

Nouveau Palais (281 Rue Bernard, $$): Hipster diner, great burgers and cocktails

Bottega ($$) Classic pizza, great service.

Bring your own wine (BYOB)

Eater's list: https://montreal.eater.com/maps/best-byob-montreal-restaurants-byow

Singh’s ($$) One of the best Indian in town.

Quartier General ($$), set menus, very delicious, reservation necessary (https://lequartiergeneral.ca/)

La Selva ($-$$, small Mexican-Peruvian restaurant between Avenue Mont-Royal et Parc LaFontaine, definitely reserve! https://www.restaurantlaselva.com/?lang=fr)

10 Favourite Pizza places



Brass Door ($): If you’re looking to grab a pint on Crescent St without paying an arm and a leg and being surrounded by tourists

Speakeasies: Cold Room (Old Port) and 4e mur (St denis and Sherbrooke)

Speakeasies closer to JMSB: Cloakroom, Pelicano, Gokudo, and Atwaker cocktail bar

Distillerie No 1: Creative cocktail bar

Le Lab: Mixologist heaven (two locations)

Reservoir (Excellent brewery with creative food)

Kampai garden (Japanese Izakaya with drinking games)

Saint-Sacrement (775 Avenue Mont-Royal East): Gastropub, oldschool, local

Foufounes Electriques (87 St. Catherine East): Iconic oldschool punk-rock/metal bar with cheap beer and a nice patio; don’t go on a Thursday night.

For big groups: St Elizabeth, if it’s nice outside for the back patio

Outside of downtown and only for small groups: Reservoir, Sparrow, Casa del Popolo, Vice & Versa, Waverly, Kabinet, Dieu du CIel, Rouge Gorge, Henrietta, Furco, Bar George. None of these places will work for groups of more than five.


Coffee shops near the building

Cafe Myriade ($): The cafe that started the 3rd wave movement in Montreal. Great pastries too. Cute terrace (breakfast, snacks, co-author meetings as it is steps from the venue)

Cafe Pigeon ($): Their slogan is “The worst coffee in Montreal.” That kind of hipster humor and the coffee is actually good. More of a takeout than a sitdown place.

We also have two Starbuckses at two opposing corners of the building, and another one at the basement of the library (where poster session will be held). Just tell your co-author which one you are meeting them to avoid a Seinfeld moment.

Nos thés ($) and Presotea ($) for bubble tea

Melk, Hvmans, Shaughnessy Cafe

Further away

Dispatch: Best coffee in town!

Cafe Olimpico: Old school Italian cafe with best people watching in Mile End

Cagibi: Queer coop with shows and events

Bakeries and sweets

Within quick walking distance to JMSB

Matcha Zanmai

Maison Christian Faure

Uncle Tetsu

Further away

Mamie Clafoutis

Hof Kelsten

Kem Coba ( cash only): Ice cream shop which inspired a twitter account to report the number of people waiting in line for its fans. Worth waiting.

Bagels: St-Viateur, Fairmount (pick your side in the neverending devate)

Délices Érable et Cie ($-$$) For the maple experience (also a small branch at the airport for last minute souvenirs) http://www.deliceserableetcie.com/en

Small venues to catch a show

Casa del Popolo

La Sala Rossa

La Vitrola

Ritz PDB


Diese Onze (Jazz Bar)


Downtown Montreal (where our venue is) is a typical North American metropolitan area where you can get your chain store fix. One exception is Simons, a locally owned department store with many local brands for sale

For a more unique shopping experience, we suggest you take a stroll on the streets of Duluth, Bernard, St Viateur, Mont Royal, St Laurent and St Denis (the latter three are very long and have very distinct zones covering a dizzying array of stores from those devoted to just mushrooms to travel bookshops. If you want to see independently owned shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants, the neighborhoods of Plateau and Mile End are the places to go. These neighborhoods are also very pretty with colorfully painted houses and tree lined streets.

Some of our favorite shops:

Jeans Jeans Jeans (a warehouse of jeans for every type of body)

Yul Designs (local designs of fashion and homewares)

Librarie Drawn and Quarterly (publisher of many well regarded graphic novels, with a cute bookstore that has one of the best collections of graphic novels in the world)

Cheap Thrills (for digging rows of record crates for that special find)

Délices Érable (all things maple syrup)

General 54 (mostly womenwear and accessories by local designers)

Citizen Vintage (best vintage shopping, well curated and organized, two locations)

Eva B (for adventurous diggers of vintage finds)

1851 (if you want Victorian inspired womenswear)

Frank and Oak (reasonably priced menswear)

Magasin Lambert Gratton (Vintage Mid century stuff mixed with artisanal Montreal goods, stationary and gifts)

Argo Bookshop (oldest English language bookstore in Montreal)

Quincaillerie Dante (exceptionally well stocked and family owned kitchen supply store, and hunting equipment. Only in Montreal!)

Librairie Le port de tête (best French language bookstore in town)


What is Poutine?

French fries, squeaky cheese curds, gravy. You will either love it or hate it. There will be a fancy version of it at the closing party.

Do we tip at sit down meals?

Yes 15-20 percent, or more if you are inclined.

Can I drink alcohol at a park?

Yes, but only if you have some food with your alcoholic beverage

What is the dress code at restaurants?

Even the fanciest restaurants have very little dress code and rarely will ask you to wear a jacket.

Shall I make reservations?

For upscale restaurants, yes. And probably in advance

Can I use a credit card everywhere?

Some places in Montreal are even cash-free (some even will take bitcoin) but there are also still places that require you to use cash or local debit cards. Inquire/check before eating a meal!

What is the deal with Bring Your Own Wine restaurants?

These are restaurants with absolutely no alcohol for sale on premises. You must bring your wine (and beer at some, please check before). Of course, you don’t have to drink, they will still serve you food. You pay no corkage fees. You can buy your wine at SAQ (provincial shops dedicated to wine, there are some close to the venue) and beer at corner stores (don’t buy wine at grocery or corner stores, you will regret this decision)