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: $65/per person
Montreal’s Chinatown is one of the most vibrant of its kind anywhere in North America, offering visitors the chance to satisfy their appetite for Chinese flavours, as well as learn about the rich history and culture of the area and its local residents and workers. On this 4.5-hour walking tour, a friendly and knowledgeable guide takes you to seven venues to taste a variety of culinary delights. You’ll also learn how to make delicacies including a Bahn Mi sandwich, sample Chinese pastries at a bakery and drink tea made from leaves grown on farms in China.
FROM: $114/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 $126/ per person
This 5-hour culinary cycling tour introduces guests to Montreal’s fast-growing modern food movement. Highlights include a trip to one of Montreal’s most popular vegan restaurants to sample some of its popular vegan fare, visiting two food production sites where you’ll be immersed in subjects as diverse as rooftop agriculture, urban beekeeping and mushroom cultivation, and a chance to taste a range of sustainably-produced food items. The tour comes to a close after 6 miles, back at the bike shop where you departed.
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.