Montreal is more than just a hip young city, it is also a cultural melting pot, and into that pot have gone a diverse mix of culinary influences, not least French. The result is a foodie haven; one that is well worth exploring with a guided tour that can take you and your taste buds right to where all the action is.
Of the many food tours on the go right now in Montreal, we here at TravelMag have gnashed though the lot to bring you the best ones. Factors taken into account include the guides, the food on offer, the value for money, and of course, the mouth water factor. All prices are listed in Canadian Dollars.
FROM: $104/per person
The price might seem a bit steep, but this three hour tour takes in no fewer than six eateries in and around Jean Talon Market and the Mile End District. The guide will help you to explore some of the Vietnamese, Latin American and Italian influences on Montreal’s cuisine, such as the El Salvadorian hole in the wall, or comfort food in a Little Italy eatery. There will also be a drink or two featured, including coffee and craft beer.
From $89/ per person
The Main is one of the most important streets in South City, Montreal. This new tour follows that street, visiting three different neighbourhoods along the way and sampling food and drinks at each location. There is a chance to see some of the murals and street art along the way. This food tour is something of an anthropological tour as well, telling the story of immigration in Montreal and how it has contributed to the food scene. Foods tried range from a smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz’s Deli and, this being Canada, Quebecois poutine.
From $85/ per person
There is a big Jewish food scene going on in Montreal. Around the Mile End and Plateau neighbourhoods, this three and a half hour tour unlocks stories of the Montreal Jewish community and some of the unique foods that have emanated from it. Perhaps unsuitable for vegetarians and coeliac people, the tour includes classics like smoked meat and bagels, and also involves some non-kosher restaurants as well.
From $59/ per person
The Jean Talon Market, in operation since 1933, is in the heart of Little Italy, and Montreal’s Italian population is only beaten by that of Toronto in Canada. While exploring this historic district, the tour stops off at specialty grocers and boutique eateries to sample delicacies like cannoli, pennican – a type of dried meat – and fiddleheads made from the fronds of a young fern tree.
From $59/ per person
Bakeries, a café and a cheese store are part of the five location itinerary during this two and a half hour tour. Old Montreal is a lovely district and the tour plies the cobblestone streets and tries the treats to be found there. On the menu are macaroons, coffee, pate and the obligatory (when in Montreal) smoked meat. The tour guide has plenty of fun anecdotes to help colour the tour with information about the rich history of the area too.