Chinatown is a bustling part of the city, filled with a jumble of retail shops, specialty grocery stores and, of course, restaurants. It's easy to get lost amongst the happy array of storefronts. The abundance of choice in the area can even get overwhelming.
However, fear not. We've assembled a list of the absolute best places to eat and drink in Montreal's Chinatown. You'd be surprised at the variety of Chinese restaurants in the area, as well as the number of eateries and bars that are not at all Chinese.
Restaurant Orange Rouge
Where: 106 rue de la Gauchetière O.
What: This restaurant effortlessly combines a mix of cuisines to create amazing fusion dishes. They also have a fantastic cocktail and beer menu to complement your meal.
Le Mal Nécéssaire
Where: 1106B blvd. St-Laurent
What: "Tiki bar" may not exactly be the first thing that comes to mind when you think "good bars in Chinatown," but this place is uber-popular for a reason. Their tropical drinks are perfect for a warm night out on the town.
Where: 85 rue de la Gauchetière O.
What: Chinese desserts are underrated AF. Try anything that has cheese. This particular shop specializes in bubble tea and pastries. Yum!
Qing Hua Dumplings
Where: 1019 blvd. St-Laurent
What: What this restaurant lacks in ambience it more than makes up for in food. They have a really good selection of dumplings, which you can choose to have steamed or fried. The pork and coriander dumplings are a crowd favourite.
Pho Bang New York
Where: 1001 blvd. St-Laurent
What: This hole-in-the-wall serves up bowls of steaming hot pho which will leave you warm and satisfied. The portions are huge, the prices are fantastic and the communal tables make for a fun and cozy atmosphere.
Lan Zhou Noodles
Where: 1006 blv. St-Laurent
What: The chefs make their noodles fresh in-store. You can see the staff making the noodles from their glass storefront, and it's truly impressive. The restaurant is small and can't sit many people, which makes it cozy. And the broth for their soup is to-die-for.
Kagayaki Shabu Shabu
Where: 75 rue de la Gauchetière O.
What: This restaurant serves up fresh "Japanese Fondue," and it tastes a lot better than it sounds. The fact that this restaurant has been serving Montrealers for over ten years is proof that the city just can't get enough.
Where: 52-C rue de la Gauchetière O.
What: Yes, this place may be a chain with locations all over the world, but their bubble tea is so darned delicious that it deserves a mention here. Go for the classic pearl milk tea with tapioca pearls.
Where: 1050 rue Clark
What: This casual restaurant serves dumplings made fresh each day. Their selection is unparalleled and it's a great spot to fill up without breaking the bank. Definitely a must-try.
Dobe & Andy
Where: 1111 rue Saint-Urbain #12
What: One Yelp reviewer sums up this Chinese BBQ restaurant as "a truly authentic hole in the wall" and we couldn't agree more.
Chinatown is a treasure chest filled with hidden gems, and I encourage you to take some time to explore the area yourself. Try the places we've mentioned here, but don't be afraid to go out and try new places, too!