In the 17th and early 18th century, everything North of Old Montreal, including NDG, was a vast forest system with streams and marshes. Today the neighborhood is home to a diverse population, tree-lined streets, brick houses, and closely cropped duplexes. If you're from NDG, or just passing through, there are some lovely spots to grab a drink and a quick bite in this neighborhood. These are some of our favorites, please tell us what we missed!
Another fantastic residential NDG pub makes our list. Honey Martin has everything: "... it's small with old wood floors, small booths with stained glass, taxidermied owl, a wall of whiskeys, bourbons and scotches, Guinness on tap, friendly no stress staff, regulars being friendly to each other and to strangers at the bar." This quote was taken, with no shame, from Montreal Yelp superhero Risa D.Ye Olde Orchard has been in MTLblog's sights before for their enormous and . They make our NDG drinks list for their cheap beer and good pub food, like Sri Lankan curries!Next Door is a lively neighborhood favorite. Next Door has made MTLblog's lists before for their (and chicken fajitas). Now they're back because of their delicious martinis, only $6 on martini Mercredi.This Montreal Greek classic has been on MTLblog before, for their . Great souvlaki, dakos (Greek bruschetta), and Moussaka (eggplant lasagna-type), and a full bar are just some of the reasons to love this piece of Montreal's culinary past and present.This NDG bar has everything you want: cheap booze, good cocktails, and seriously good bar foods like burgers, sweet potato fries, poutine, and wings.La Louisiane is an excellent authentic cajun restaurant. They serve the hearty and spicy bayou favorites like cajun shrimp, crab cakes, blackened fish, and "dinosaur" beef ribs. This restaurant also has a full bar and makes a mean rye Sazerac.Japanese seven course meals for under $30. Complete with jellyfish, Japanese pork pancakes, and seared tuna, this restaurant also offer a range of Japanese beers and sakes.This bar is a piece of Montreal history, serving food since the end of the second Great War. Tie an onion to your belt before you come here, it was the style at the time. Today this bar has pool tables, air hockey, cheap pitchers, and a diverse NDG crowd.This chic new edition to NDG is going to stand the test of time, it's going to stand the rain. Come for good appetizers like octopus and dumplings, and a clean and modern full bar with innovative cocktails like smoked wine, caesars, and more!The Monkland Taverne makes the list for their special honey ginger shrimp and salmon tartare. As the cuisine indicates, this is not an inexpensive stop, but definitely one worth making. Try the Mac n' Cheese.Prohibition is one of Montreal's truly special restaurants. This is an all-day breakfast/brunch spot +souper and dinner, famous for their blueberry pancakes, fried chicken, Bulgarian Benedict, and challah french toast. Would you believe this restaurant also houses a full bar?The Claremont Cafe is a lovely little neighborhood cafe and eatery. Fabulous people watching, a full bar, piles of mussels, and delicious Caesars are just some of the things Claremont does so well.
I honestly don't even know where to begin... I guess I'll start by saying that Montreal sure knows what it's doing when it comes to food! Montreal offers crazy, gourmet, unusual, delicious, and darn right amazing food! You can go from waking up to a rainbow bagel to ending the night with salmon tartare.
Montreal has such a great diversity of food that it's hard to choose what to eat all the time! But, I must say this, there are 31 foods in Montreal that you MUST try before you die because they are that damn good! You might die while eating it because of how delightful it tastes but at least you'll die happy.
For those Montrealer's who just love bringing new people to Montreal but don't know how to show them everything within a short period of time, don't worry because I got you! If you take them to these 10 streets then you will get 50 things out of the way in just a few days !
Montreal has SO many activities do to that it's crazy to try and get them all done when they are spread out over the whole island. Instead, I suggest taking them down these specific streets so that they can get a taste of Montreal without running around all day!
If you and your significant other love to live it up, there's probably no better place than Old Montreal's Somwhr. Promising good drinks, good crowds, and a good time, this is the perfect place to go to celebrate your anniversary, and get a little bit wild.
A refined Mexican restaurant/bar in Old Montreal, Emiliano's is a cozy and intimate space with good food and seriously good drinks. Their bar features tons of different tequila, so if you and your significant other love everyone's favourite drink (or just my favourite drink?) and want to have a nice, refined night out, you know where to go.
This Verdun bar has all the hallmarks (barmarks? No, nevermind) of an awesome spot to come for a drink. The food is good; the drinks are awesome; and the ambiance is adorable, laid-back, welcoming, and trendy. Take the love of your life to this spot to celebrate your anniversary and sit under their twinkling lights, wither inside or outside on their beautiful terrasse.
An ecclectic Plateau resto/bar serving up cute drinks and tasty Mexican fare, this spot is perfect for the couple who love slightly zany settings and big, strong drinks. Grab your S/O and get yourselves here, and prepare to have an awesome time.
This Rosemont dive bar wins all the points for having one seriously magical, bacon-influenced menu (including bacon drinks, like their Apple Bacon Mule, which is beyond delicious). Other than being a haven for bacon lovers, this spot is cozy and straight-up fun, making for one guaranteed good anniversary time.
A gorgeous bar located in the Plateau, Henrietta is a super awesome place to go if you and bae want to be surrounded by a high-class yet super welcoming atmosphere. Plus, bonus points for their drinks, which are pretty much the tastiest cocktails around.
A wine bar is always a classic choice for any date, but coming to downtown Montreal's Pullman is perfect for that turning that special anniversary night into something beyond amazing. When good wine and good food come together, you know you're in for one seriously good time.
Stepping into Mayfair kind of feels like you're actually stepping into a glammed and glitzed out time machine, and exiting into the jazz era. This spot even boasts cute cocktails and live jazz music, for an extra authentic experience.
Known for their awesome Vietnamese street food cuisine, Le Red Tiger is also home to some seriously unique and tasty drinks. All of this, plus their lively ambiance, comes together perfectly to give you guys an anniversary night you won't soon forget.
Do I even have to explain why Jardin Nelson is the OG date spot? This beautiful bar will impress you with their high-quality offerings, and their seriously magical ambiance, making it a perfect place to show that special someone how much you love them.
If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: Le Sainte-Elisabeth is home to one of the most gorgeous terrasses in the city. It feels like you're chilling in an enchanted tree, or something, which means it's basically a foolproof spot to spend your anniversary at while sipping on some drinks.
Gin loving lovers, this one's for you. Le Pourvoyer is a gin bar in Montreal's Little Italy, but much more than seriously slaying the gin cocktail game, this spot has an intimate and cozy atmosphere, perfect for spending the night with the one you love.
Situated in Montreal's Ahuntsic, Walter Bistro is a really fun rest-bar with a vintage, rustic decor and a casual, fun vibe. They've got awesome dishes and even better drinks, and if you and your anniversary date are down to have an awesome, lively time, this spot is for you.
This pub is life, TBH. Bishop & Bagg is known for serving up seriously good food (they even have brunch!), seriously good drinks, and all in a casual, laid-back, and super welcoming setting. If you and your date want to pass your anniversary together in peace and calmness, then you know where you need to be heading.
Okay, one of the cutest things about this pub? They serve some of their drinks potion style, meaning it comes to you in a beaker. Just like in video games. How awesome is that? Randolph Pub Ludique also serves up board games with your food, so that you and bae can enjoy some drinks, dishes, and games to boot.
First of all, Honey Martin is known for having an actual, legit dog or two in the premises at times. Which means that if you take the love of your life to this spot while there just so happens to be a pup present, you just elevated your status from "aight S/O" to "S/O of the literal millenium." Combine that with Honey Martin's signature laid-back and incredibly fun vibe, and you're in for one incredibly legit date night.
Ah yes, seafood is the one type of food where you absolutely have to pick the perfect restaurant! Well, luckily for you, Montreal is home to several amazing seafood restaurants that are absolutely insane!
Not only do they serve superb dishes that will actually blow your mind, but they all also have a great ambiance! I can guarantee that you won't only fall in love with all this amazing seafood, but you will also fall in love with restaurants!
Ah yes, Lucille's is best known for their superb PEI oysters and mussels! They are absolutely delicious and it is truly seafood heaven. I strongly recommend checking them out with a hot date since it's classy, gourmet, and a good time! I mean who doesn't love seafood at a classy AF restaurant?
SVP bring me to Maestros SVP! Their platters of scallops, shrimps, oysters, and much more are honestly to die for! First of all, their plates are absolutely huge! You don;t just get a shrimp, you get a pile of them! Their dishes are always served fresh and fishy!
For a truly unique experience and extraordinaire flavors then you must try Captain's Broil! This is how it works; first you choose your catch, then you choose your flavor, and then you choose your heat! This is a 70s inspired Asian Fishermen restaurant that serves crawfish boil with an enhanced the recipe. They added Asian aromatics to the boil - lemon grass, ginger - serving it with garlic butter and a blend of Asian spices.
For some authentic fish and chips when you are on the go or just want to end the day right, then Comptoir 21 is the place for you! At this quick to eat little restaurant, you can choose to top off your fish and chips with some spicy jalapenos and much more! So, get swimming over to Comptoir 21.
If you know of a person who just adores seafood and a fun time, then Notkins is the place for you to treat that special someone! They have a great ambiance where you can be casually or fancy and they have just the tastiest seafood platters! They have kale and oyster caesar salad, lobster hamburgers, and even scallop crudo.
Not only is Ikanos a Greek/Mediterranean restaurant, it's truly a restaurant from out of this world! The specialize in the most delightful savoury seafood dishes! For example, they have scallops seared with a salsa made of apricot and capers, a red mullet dish with prosciutto and red wine sauce, and a lot more.They really spice and flavour things up!
Ok, if you have a lobster obsession like I do, then you HAVE to go to Chez Delmo. Their menu is lobster lover heaven! They’ve got lobster rolls, lobster salad, Lobster Newberg, Lobster Thermidor, and a crap load of more lobster inspired dishes.
For an impressive restaurant that serves even more impressive dishes, you must go to Ossiano! This restaurant specializes in fresh fish seasoned to perfection. They are located in Montreal's West Island and you honest feel like royalty eating here! The decor is classy and you might even love it so much to have your wedding there!
For a mountain of seafood that will 100% fill you up, I suggest heading to EAT être avec toi located in the W Hotel. Not only can you go there for a great dinner, but you can also go there for breakfast if you love seafood because they serve a “Lobster Benedictine”. This restaurant is seriously super trendy and you are guaranteed to have a lovely time!
Ah yes, if you happen to love rice just as much as you love seafood, then I suggest heading to Ferreira! All their seafood comes with delicious flavourful ride! They offer lobster pappardelle with chourico, fried calamari, and grilled octopus. You honestly need to get here ASAP for a seafood meal that ia A+!
For a true culinary experience with gourmet fish food, then Milos is the place to be! They serve fine to dine seafood platters that include octopus, carabinieros, and a raw bar featuring tuna sashimi and of course fresh AF lobster. This Greek restaurant is definitely on my restaurant bucket list!
This restaurant channels their roots in Vietnamese, Japanese and Korean cuisine by having two extraordinary chefs, Chefs Cao & Chang. They specialize in traditions of French & Asian cuisine that you will absolutely fall in love with. You can even bring your own wine and dine on some fresh seafood!
For a vast variety of well-deserved seafood, I strongly recommend heading to Faros! Faros is a great little Greek restaurant where you can enjoy the simple delights of a fresh seafood dish! They have a great menu that includes Black Sea Bass, Pompans, Mediterranean Bas, Jumbo Deep Sea Nova Scotia Lobster, and much more!
For fish imported from all around the world for that gourmet and extra fresh flavor, then this is the place for you! Their fish are never frozen so you know that what you are eating is right off the boat! You should also come here if you are a steak lover!
This Plateau restaurant is insanely good and perfect for a cute little date! Their menu is full od fishy treats that you will definitely love! They serve tuna tartare with nori tempura, scampi risotto featuring mascarpone, and much more!