Queer Eye's Guide To Montreal's Best Restaurants, Cafes, And Markets

10 spots Antoni personally recommends!
Queer Eye's Guide To Montreal's Best Restaurants, Cafes, And Markets

Antoni Porowski, of Netflix's Queer Eye fame, sat down with The Montreal Gazette last year to talk about his love of Montreal's food diversity, Quebec corn and even where he used to grab his favourite bagel.

So if you've ever wondered where the fierce and fabulous Montrealer spent his days before moving to NYC... or where you're most likely to see him when he's back in town, scroll down to see the ten places he loves the most in Montreal.

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TL;DR Queer Eye star, Antoni Porowski, sat down with La Gazette to talk about his favourite Montreal spots. Here's your guide to Antoni's top cafes, markets and restaurants in the city!

From coffee to bagels and even markets, Antoni bared all when he sat down with La Gazette.

We've highlighted all the places he shared his love for in their article including where you can find these spots and what they're best known for.

Cafe Olimpico

Known for the ultra-authentic Italian coffee and clientele from all walks of life, this Mile End cafe is a must for a perfectly sized iced-Americano

Where: 124 Rue St-Viateur & in Old MTL 419 Rue St-Vincent

Stash Café 

It's no surprise that Mr. Porowski mentioned this Polish staple in Old Montreal. They are famous for their homemade periogi and sausages.

Where: 200 rue Saint Paul Ouest

Garde Manger

Antoni actually worked at this restaurant with famous chef Chuck Hughes. Try anything braised or dive into one of their many fresh seafood dishes.

Where: 408 St François Xavier


Milos is a worldwide Mediterranean phenomenon, with their newest restaurant open in New York's new Hudson Yards. Head to the Montreal location for the very best in gourmet Greek.

Where: 5357 avenue du Parc

Queue de Cheval

If you're craving a steak, look no further than Queue de Cheval in downtown Montreal. They also serve up a tasting menu every Friday with wine pairings.

Where: 1181 rue de la Montagne

Au Pied de Cochon

While Antoni did admit to the Gazette that he wasn't above a good "Belle Prov" poutine, we all know he's a real fancy boy. So Au Pied's foie gras poutine topped his list of fave spots to get the regional dish. Honourable mention: Lobster Poutine from Garde Manger, mentioned above.

Where: 536 Duluth Est, Montreal
Cabane à Sucre: 11382 Rang de la Fresnière, St-Benoît de Mirabel

La Banquise

La Banquise also got a shout out for their exceptional gravy. Antoni's personal fave Banquise poutine creation? La Galvaude.

Where: 994 rue Rachel est

Jean-Talon Market

When it comes to shopping, everyone in Montreal knows that the open-air magic of Marche Jean-Talon is unbeatable. And apparently, Antoni agrees.

Where: 7070 avenue Henri Julien

Marché Adonis

Clearly, our boy is a fan of Mediterranean fare because Marché Adonis is another spot that specializes in the treasures of that region. The owners move to Canada from Lebanon and now have shops in Quebec and Ontario.

Where: 2173 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, 2001 rue Sauvé Ouest & 3100 boulevard Thimens in Montreal. Other locations here.

St-Viateur Bagel

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Though he now lives in New York, Antoni had no problem laying down the law and committing his love to the Montreal bagel. Grab a no-frills bagel at their St-V location, or sit down and enjoy an unreal bagel-wich at their cafe-resto on Mont-Royal.

Where: 263 rue St-Viateur Ouest & 1127 ave Mont-Royal Est

If you'd like to read the full interview La Gazette did before the second season of Queer Eye, head to their site here.

And if you head anywhere on this list, be sure to tag us in your Instagram photos and videos @MTLblog!

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