Montreal is a cultural melting pot, and into that pot have gone a diverse mix of culinary influences. Here are five great tours to help you appreciate the city’s exciting food scene.
Montreal is a foodie haven and one that is well worth exploring with a tour guide who can take you and your taste buds right to where all the best flavors are. There are many popular food tours on the go right now in Montreal, and below you’ll find a broad selection of the best ones. Factors taken into account during the selection process include the food on offer, the value for money, and of course, the mouth water factor.
Beyond the market food tour in Montreal
The best food is the freshest food, which is why this tour focusses on the best dishes that can be found in the Jean Talon Market and nearby Little Italy. Taste samples of Italian, Latino and Vietnamese dishes along the way, along with coffee and beer. Please note that this tour is available from Thu-Mon and, as it’s generally too cold in the winter months, this tour rarely runs from November to early March. From $72 per person.
Under the surface of Montreal’s Chinatown
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 flavors, 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, such as crispy pork and a bahn mi sandwich. Daily tour departures are available. From $83 per person.
The sip of Montreal food tour
Montreal is home to plenty of exciting microbreweries that are concocting the next craft craze. There are so many different beers to choose from nowadays and this tour is aimed at letting you sample plenty of them to discover your new favorite tipple. Transport between each of the three microbreweries included in the itinerary is taken care of so that you can focus on the suds. This tour only runs on Saturdays and is available throughout the year. From $74 per person.
Montreal five-course dinner cruise
The St Lawrence River swells and swirls all around the Canadian city of Montreal. A great way to see the city in a new light is on a dinner cruise, where you can see the city lights, enjoy a sit-down, five course meal and then dance the rest of the night away. Dishes are exquisitely prepared and presented and there will be plenty of time to enjoy the view on this 3.5-hour journey. This dinner cruise operates on Friday and Saturday evenings only. From $127 per person.
Historical Montreal food tour with 6 tastings
If you are looking for a more personal, private food tour of Montreal, this three-hour option, which can be catered to your dietary preferences, is a great shout. Sample Alsatian tarts and other baked goods that are inspired by culinary traditions brought to the city from France, try gnocchi in Little Italy, fresh bagels and the quintessential Canadian fast-food dish, poutine – consisting of fries, gravy and cheese curds – with a Montreal twist: smoked meat. You’ll also be able to try some local beer. Daily departures available. From $157 per person.