Montreal's Chinatown is arguably one of the most culturally diverse places in the entire city. At any given time while walking down the street you can hear people speaking Cantonese, Mandarin, French and English. Truly a melting pot of diverse cultural backgrounds!
But other than the few hotspots in the neighbourhood everyone knows about, there are quite a few Chinatown staples that stay pretty hidden. If you don't know where these places are, you're totally missing out. Not to worry though, we've got you covered.
You wouldn't even believe these cute little steamed bun creatures were made fresh in-house. Not only that, but this spot serves up some of the best bubble tea in the city as well as a few other delicious traditional baked goods.
Legend has it this stuff was created by a Hong Kong chef thousands of years ago when he was trying to impress an emperor. The sweet candy is often topped with sliced coconut and chopped peanuts. Definitely a treat you're going to want to try ASAP.
If you're looking for authentic Chinese food, this is the spot. Their fresh and made-to-order egg noodles compliment multiple dishes you'll never get enough of. Don't forget to order some of their savory dumplings while you're there.
This Asian-style Tiki bar takes the word "hidden" to another level. Serving unbelievable Chinese tapas and tiki-style cocktails, you'll be amazed by how the clashing cultures make for an amazing experience. The only catch is that the only way to find this spot is to look for the neon pineapple that hangs outside, otherwise you will totally miss the doors to this gem.
Hidden Street Art
With all of the historical and cultural value in Montreal's Chinatown comes the artist's interpretation of the scene. At every corner you'll have no problem finding some of the most obscure murals, paintings and sculptures that will help you discover more about both Asian cultures and Montreal. So grab some steamed buns and bubble tea and take a stroll through the streets to see some of the most beautiful secret art in all of the city.
Now that you know all of the places in Chinatown that are definitely worth stopping by at least once this Summer, what are you waiting for! This is an outing that is definitely going to have you coming back for more.