Though everyone living here already knew this, Verdun was officially named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world by Time Out. Ranked among neighbourhoods in Hong Kong, Berlin, and Paris, Montreal's humble little riverside borough stood head and shoulders above those stereotypically "cool" neighbourhoods in cities like Amsterdam, Bangkok, and Dublin.\nTime Out Montreal's Jean-Pierre Karwacki said that "despite renewed lockdown restrictions hitting the city in October, Verdun’s continued rallying cry of local flavours, sights and sounds in the face of uncertainty demonstrates how Montreal – and cities everywhere – can and will get through this."\nIndeed, if the spirit of the neighbourhood and its local residents makes Verdun stand out among the world's best, its the neighbourhood's hidden gems that make people stick around.\nVerdun is blessed with local businesses run by hardworking families and young entrepreneurs. From beer stores to cafés, you can find everything your heart desires in Verdun.\nEditor's Choice: This Week's Montreal Weather Forecast Looks Like An Emotional Roller Coaster\nMaltéhops\nAddress: 4817 rue Wellington\nWhy You Need To Go: Maltéhops is a tiny shop with one of the largest selections of Quebec-made beers, ciders, and snacks you'll ever see. The owners are lovely people who will gladly help you find the beer you've always dreamt about.\nVendredi #Soif ?\nNous avons ce qu’il te faut et même plus !\nLes brasseries sont en feu 🔥\nLes petits fruits du Québec...Posted by Maltéhops on Friday, August 28, 2020\nWebsite\nChez Jacquie et France\nAddress: 4609 avenue Bannantyne\nWhy You Need To Go: This sea-themed diner is a perfect spot for a way-too-huge brunch or a quick lunch.\nThe owners invite all Montrealers to come and experience a little piece of Acadian Quebec in Montreal.\nView this post on Instagram La place! #petitdejeuner #verdun #verdunluv #eatplaylive #eatingoutmontreal #514 #mtlmoments #foodielife #foodblog #restaurantblog #blog #blogger A post shared by Marie-Christine P (@eatingoutmontreal) on Mar 3, 2017 at 8:48pm PST\nWebsite\nBistro Entre Ciel et Terre\nAddress: 750 rue de l'Église\nWhy You Need To Go: If you've always wanted to try some fine bistro meals but are worried about the damage to your bank account, look no further than the quaint and wonderful Bistro Entre Ciel et Terre.\nIn normal times, the bistro is usually packed with people thanks to amazing food and its huge hidden terrasse.\nPosted by Bistro Entre Ciel et Terre on Wednesday, May 22, 2019\nWebsite\nKomma Rosta\nAddress: 5300 rue Wellington\nWhy You Need To Go: This super cute café/Japanese-fusion restaurant has quickly become a go-to neighbourhood hangout perfect for working on your award-winning screenplay.\nAnd of course, in normal times you can take a swing on Komma Rosta's indoor swing — that's what it's there for you silly head.\nView this post on Instagram NEW CAFÉ IN VERDUN Komma Rosta is a specialty café and Home-made Canadian-Japanese food that serves home cooked meals and juicy #th3rdwave coffee. Takeout and delivery available for the moment! Photo → @the_coffee_analysts A post shared by Th3rdwave: a coffee startup (@th3rdwave) on Apr 5, 2020 at 5:00am PDT\nWebsite\nPalais d'Ajit\nAddress: 4801 avenue de Verdun\nWhy You Need To Go: Super comforting Indian food at a reasonable price. Perfect for chilly winter evenings. Need we say more?\nPosted by Palais D'Ajit / Ajit Palace on Wednesday, January 28, 2015\nWebsite\nRestaurant Pierrette Patates\nAddress: 3900 avenue de Verdun\nWhy You Need To Go: If your poutine isn't served in heaping portions bigger than your head, you're doing Quebec casse-croûtes wrong. The pizza at Pierrette Patates is also superb.\nPosted by Restaurant Pierrette Patates on Friday, November 22, 2013\nWebsite\nDépanneur Variétés Savoie\nAddress: 4906 avenue Bannantyne\nWhy You Need To Go: I'd be remiss if I didn't include one of the best deps in Montreal. Owned and operated by Roy — who's lived in Verdun since the dawn of time and the literal embodiment of the neighbourhood's spirit — the dep is a one-stop-shop for not only chips and beer but for learning about the rich history of this incredible neighbourhood.\nIf it's a quiet afternoon, stick around for a chat with Roy and discover what the spirit of Verdun is all about.\nGoogle Maps\nWebsite? LOL, just go there.\nThe opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Narcity Media.