Part two of my feature on Mont-Royal focuses on my favourite spots to dine, drink, and do some fine shopping west of metro Mont-Royal. Starting from place Gérald-Godin, walking long the avenue will eventually lead you to Mont-Royal park which remains a popular tourist destination with its breathtaking view of the city.
Here are my top picks:
La Binerie (367 Mont-Royal E.) – It’s only fitting that this entry starts with an iconic Montreal restaurant such as La Binerie. If you’re look for traditional Quebec dishes, look no further. Ragoût de boulettes, shepherd’s pie, poutine with pulled pork, etc. are all to be found in this throwback sixties diner!
Bily Kun (356 Mont-Royal E.) – Speaking of iconic locations, this Czech bar has been going on strong for years with no signs of slowing down. Funky vibe with almost nightly live music from 6 to 8 pm and a cool outdoor terrace.
Pintxo (330 Mont-Royal E.) – Basque cuisine in an intimate setting that is ideal for a romantic meal out. You can never go wrong sharing small plates while sipping wine from their extensive wine list.
Kouing Amann (322 Mont-Royal E.) – Named after the French pastry from Brittany, this bakery delivers the goods with the most decadent butter cake you will ever have. Just follow your nose buds and you’ll know that you are at the right place.
Trip de Bouffe (277 Mont-Royal E.) – Great Mediterranean fare that you can take with you when visiting the Mont-Royal park. Healthy and affordable food.
Café la Touche (164 Mont-Royal E.) – Owner Arsène knows his coffee and treats it like wine. The shop has grains from over twenty countries and obviously makes one mean cup of coffee.
Le nouveau Soundcentral (4486, rue Coloniale) – Nobody captures the true essence of what a record store should be like more than Soundcentral. Owner Shawn is really passionate about music, and the store features lots of new and used records mainly in underground and alternative music. A true must for vinyl record lovers in the city.
Le 63 (63 Mont-Royal E.) – The Garage fashion style has made a comeback and this store has everything you need in vintage and new clothing of this fashion style. The store itself is a gem with so many clothing items and paraphernalia to look at that you can literally spend hours browsing.
Mange-Moi (35 Mont-Royal E.) – When your poutine (la Cochonne) wins best poutine in a local contest in 2014, you know you’re in for a treat. With over 20 poutines to choose from you cannot go wrong.
For more information on activities and places to check out on the avenue, visit Mont-Royal.net.