If attending the Rogers Cup has been on your travel to-do list, 2017 is the year to check it off. That’s because Montreal, host of the ATP tournament from August 7–13, is throwing a year-long party to celebrate its 375th anniversary. The summer will be jam-packed with excitement and special events to commemorate the occasion.
Montréal has the most restaurants per capita in Canada. Combine that with a culturally diverse population and you have a dizzying amount of choices for each meal of the day.
Classic, French-style bistros are always a good bet, but the city’s chefs are known for their creativity, so be sure to branch out. Local markets are a great way to see what’s in season and sample a few flavors before making your reservations—head to Jean- Talon Market, the Atwater Market or Le Cartet, a hybrid market and restaurant in one, with long communal dining times and daily specials.
Food trucks have surged in popularity in Montréal and offer cheaper but no less tasty eating opportunities; visit montreal.streetfoodquest.com to find the most up-to-date locations and menus.
As for homegrown specialties, add these to your must-eats: a smoked meat sandwich on rye (the most famous source being Schwartz’s Jewish deli); the Montréal bagel (slightly sweeter than the NYC version);
shepherd’s pie, poor man’s pudding and, of course, poutine, a delicious mess of fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. For something sweet, a jar of local maple syrup makes a great gift for your foodie friends back home.