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An insider’s guide to Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood

Mile End restaurants

An insider’s guide to Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood

If you're planning a holiday in Montr?al, you'll almost surely encounter Mile EndExternal Link Title in your research. 


Oui, this neighbourhood is trendy and boho, a hip hangout with an industrial, working-class past. Representing about 40 blocks, and bordered by iconic Montr?al streets like Mont-Royal Avenue and Saint-Laurent Boulevard, it's your spot for haute design, edgy art, and craft coffee.


Don't miss these top things to eat, drink, see, buy, and do. But above all, take it easy. Slip into the Qu?b?cois joie de vivre and savour the moment.

Get creative

Mile End is filled with artist collectives and  eccentric characters. Ask a local about which to pop into -- for example, the atelier of visual mixed media creative NADine Samuel, Art HivesExternal Link Title, Red Bird StudiosExternal Link Title, or screen print master Chris Robertson's workshopExternal Link Title. You can also visit a more mainstream gallery like Galerie Simon BlaisExternal Link Title which showcases Qu?bec headliners, or Galerie-EspaceExternal Link Title with rotating featured artists.


First, pick up a cream cheese bagel at one of two legendary bagel shops: St-Viateur BagelExternal Link Title and Fairmount BagelExternal Link Title. Then, shop St-Viateur Street for everything you want, but don't need: an artisan cappuccino at Caf? OlimpicoExternal Link Title, inventive women's wear at Myco AnnaExternal Link Title from Qu?bec designer Christiane Garant, colourful home design accentsExternal Link Title, and handcrafted furnitureExternal Link Title. Branch out to pick up a graphic novel at staple bookshop Drawn & QuarterlyExternal Link Title, browse vintage collectibles at Antiques Loft 9External Link Title, and listen to a local act at Le Depanneur Caf?External Link Title. You might find chatting with shopkeepers is as fun as the shopping itself.

Eat all day long

Try something new. Vegan is huge here, as you'll see at Soupe SoupExternal Link Title (soup, obviously, and salad) or La Panth?re VerteExternal Link Title (falafel). Or for a sexy date night, sit at the bar of Hotel HermanExternal Link Title, where food is art and you nibble on edible flowers. Qu?bec star-chef Danny St-Pierre reigns at La Petite MaisonExternal Link Title, where in an inviting stone cottage he delivers sublime dishes critics call "ingenious simplicityExternal Link Title." Mile End is your destination for a Montr?al food tourExternal Link Title, where you can delve into the astonishing range of low-budget eats to cutting-edge fine dining.

Join a neighbourhood event

A community-run initiative set in the park at rue St-Dominique and Bernard, Le March? de PossiblesExternal Link Title doubles as a summer events venue. Find out what's on and join an arts and crafts market, residents' barbecue, film screening, food truck meet up, or open-air biergarten. Stroll and people-watch or dine at a pop-up restaurant. You won't be disappointed.

Stay up late

Sultry, Russian-themed Bar DatchaExternal Link Title nightclub is perfect for late-night boogying on the smoky, DJ-directed dance floor. After dancing, go next door to sister Bar KabinetExternal Link Title for high-end homeland cocktails, like a Moscow Mule, in a pre-Revolution-inspired setting. If you stay up really late, KabinetExternal Link Title morphs into a coffeehouse by day. Na Zdorovie!

Play ping pong

Nosh on a mac 'n cheese ball, milkshake, and alphabet soup, while challenging your partner to foosball, Jenga, or table tennis at Ping Pong ClubExternal Link Title, a restaurant-bar and Montr?al's first foray into the international ping pong craze. Even if you lose, take solace in one of the tasty Slurpee-style cocktails, served ironically in paper cups. If playing is not your bag, just chill at this cozy spot fans call Montr?al at its best.


Get to know Mile End, but you might need to return just to eat your way through all of Montr?al, a city known for culinary indulgence and bold experimentation.