Taste the City: Our EIC’s Guide to Montreal

Here at TTS, we believe traveling is always a good idea — but traveling to Montreal, well, that takes the cake. Its chill vibes, amazing food, and shops are a magnet for anyone who enjoys anything even remotely Instagramable or who just needs a little break from America right now (no offense, America). In order to make your trip effortlessly fun for you, we’ve compiled a list of all the must-have stops, courtesy of our EIC Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton. (spoiler alert: tons of restaurant recommendations coming your way!). Shoutout to the A5 Hospitality and PJ Goupil for showing us the MTL ropes — if there’s anyone to follow along in in Montreal, it’s these guys. Trust.

Bon voyage!

Nora Grey

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Nora Grey is a traditional Italian restaurant, meaning no fusions, no messing around with the recipes, just good ol’ Italian food. Plus, you can expect some delicious (free and bottomless) bread. Try the plum and almond tart – we promise you won’t regret it.

Kampai Garden

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Kampai Garden is that one stop shop for anyone celebrating an occasion or just yolo’ing their way through life. Eat, drink, and drink some more at this crowd favorite. Whatever you do, don’t skip the crispy pork dumplings and shrimp tacos. Just don’t.


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Jatoba brags some of the best Asian cuisine in all of Montreal, but more than that, it’s perfect for special occasions. The paper lamps and shades of red make the venue feel intimate and special, making it perfect for date night.

Joe Beef

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Brother restaurant to Nora Grey, Joe Beef serves primarily seafood and steak… and people are dying to get in. Not only is it a coveted reservation, but the food and service are equally as desirable.


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Offering a Chinese and Japanese menu, Kozu, another solid A5 Hospitality venture, is the newer, and hipper sister version of Jatoba and Kampai. Its cozy vibes and location make it the perfect stop for the fall season — if you plan on coming to MTL during the chillier days, this is your spot.


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Right across the way from Kozu lies Mayfair, so be sure to head right over. This bar gives some serious speakeasy vibes and is a great place for young people to get together and just let loose.

Maison Publique

This chic spot is known for what it does best — BRUNCH! Known best for bacon on pancakes, their menu is expansive and delicious. Everyone loves a good brunch and Maison Publique has our seal of approval.

Marche Jean Talon

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This massive market is a serious pit stop that’s worth every second of your time. From fruit to bread to veggies to meat, this market has everything you could ever think of and it’s all fresh. Seriously, you’ll be bummed you didn’t go.

Bota Bota

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Everyone needs a spa getaway from time to time, but this spa is unlike any you’ve ever seen. This oasis in the middle of Montreal is actually an old ferry, so you guessed it, it floats. And if you don’t have floating spa on your bucket list, do you really have a bucket list? The spa boasts a ton of services, from facials to massage to manicures to thermal baths, they literally have it all.

Saint Laurent Boulevard

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Stuffed to the brim with shopping and cute restaurants and cafes, Saint Laurent Boulevard is the perfect place to stroll, shop, and eat. Honorary shop mentions worth the walk? Citizen Vintage and Annex Vintage.

William and Gray Hotel

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Located right by the water in Old Montreal, the William Gray Hotel is the most picturesque hotel worth staying in. Not only that, but the hotel boats tons of cute little eateries. With fine dining options and even a rooftop bar with breath taking views of the city, the William Gray hotel should without a doubt host your next trip to Montreal.

Written by Hannah Smith

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