Canada has plenty to offer for your palate, including delicious poutine. (Canadian Tourism Commission)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.