A List of the Must-Visit Mile End Restaurants
Mile End’s hipdom begins somewhere between its bagel battles and its latte wars, both found on St-Viateur street. It then spreads through street art paste-ups, cute spray-painted quotes (such as “welcome home”), and inevitably, the latest ironic streetwear. The vibes of this chic neighborhood are indeed held together by these visual treats and iconic establishments, but as with all communities, its restaurants are arguably what keep the people coming back for more. Whether you’re visiting this lively district for the first time, or a local simply looking to experience its amazing foodie scene, here are 13+ Mile End eateries you simply can’t miss.
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Simplicity is key at Bloomfield. Located on Avenue Van Horne just a short walk from the Outremont metro station, this elegant bistro is truly a hidden gem! Run by the famous Chef and Entrepreneur Caroline Dumas, their small yet sophisticated menu offers mouthwatering dishes such as burrata with kale and fresh herbs, chorizo with figs and balsamic vinegar, and flat iron steak topped with a spicy salsa verde. Open for lunch and dinner, the atmosphere is chic yet also homey and charming thanks to its intimate setting. You can even take some of their delicious items home– the bistro offers imported products from Italy as well as ready-made meals and sauces.
German for buttercup, Butterblume is exactly what you’d expect of a resto-café by its name: pretty dishes, artisanal pastries, flowers, an Instagrammable decor… it’s basically a breath of fresh garden air in eatery form. The food is just as breezy: pretzel BLT (whaaa!?), zucchini, ricotta and duck tart, along with many flowery dessert options for your sweet tooth. It’s well worth the trip to this new Mile End cafégarden. You might even leave with a few decor ideas!
The Mile End Montreal Food Tour is a great way to learn about the district’s rich cultural history. The three hour tour includes 6 unique tasting stops where participants can sample and savour the best food of the area. During the walk, the tour guide explains the fascinating history surrounding the many ethnicities that call the Mile End home and how some of the staple boutiques, shops and restaurants came to be. Discover the ins of the neighbourhood with your local tour guide, and experience the Mile End’s culinary heritage like never before.
In June of 2016, trendy taqueria Maïs transformed their private dining room into a pop-up wine bar and restaurant named Parasol. The place was a hit and they’ve brought it back every summer since. While the menu is updated regularly, Parasol offers more vegetable and seafood-oriented dishes cooked over charcoal– fitting for their beachy decor. Along with a great wine list and some refreshing cocktails, you won’t want to miss this hidden gem once the warm weather (finally) arrives!
Who needs a sit down experience when the Mile End has some of the best mom&pop food in town? For dinner, head to Drogheria Fine on Fairmount street. It’s a tiny Italian store that serves the best homemade gnocchi in a delicious and freshly prepared tomato sauce. The tomato sauce recipe was brought over from the south of Italy by the store owner’s mother, and it’s nothing like you’ve ever been able to make at home. Using only the simplest of ingredients–tomatoes, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper–Drogheria Fine manages to get the best flavour out of every crushed tomato. For 5 dollars, you can get a box of their hot, fresh gnocchi, and savour it on the short walk to Kem Coba for dessert.
Kem Coba‘s ice cream and sorbet is famous all around Montreal. Their artisanal soft ice cream, with a rotating roster of new flavours, is made without any artificial flavours or preservatives. Finish your dining night out with a cone of cold creative goodness!
This Montreal based, Brooklyn-style pizzeria is right where it belongs, in Montreal’s trendiest district. A wood oven burns, crisping the semi-thin crusts to perfection. Magpie‘s decor is classic and artsy without too many frills: tables dance under dim lighting, inviting cool conversation, budding friendship rendez-vous, and sparks of romance. All fluff aside, Magpie’s pizza is considered by many locals as being some of the best pie in the city. A small, frequently updated menu holds all the essentials: generous toppings, inventive combinations, a Margherita to die for, and excellent tomato sauce. A definite must-try for the pizza dreamers out there.
On the hunt for an authentic Vietnamese lunch? Then Banh Mi Banh Yiu is the perfect grab-and-go spot to satisfy all your banh mi cravings. Known for their friendly service and great prices, this sandwicherie is tucked right next to the legendary St. Viateur Bagel— so why not grab a roll (or twelve) on the way home? While this eatery offers a few of the Vietnamese classics like chicken and braised pork, it also has some vegan options like tofu and avocado pâté. A must-try for banh mi connoisseurs and beginners alike!
Okay, I’ll be straight up: Dieu Du Ciel isn’t exactly a restaurant. But you know what? It’s been voted Canada’s best brewery 10 years running by ratebeer.com, and their beers win awards year after year. The menu here is of the quintessentially brewpub variety, featuring flatbreads and charcuteries. While they haven’t won any awards yet, they’re still scrumptious delights. Enjoy these savoury bites in between their famous brews, like the Péché Mortel, the Aphrodisiaque, and many others. Come here for a solid 5 à 7 snack or lunch, and rate the beer for yourself!
Calling all pasta lovers! Il Miglio is a chic, cafeteria-style Italian bistro serving up artisanal pastas at reasonable prices. Their menu changes from week to week, but you can expect quality ingredients and authentic Italian fare no matter what day of the month. This week they’re offering up cannelloni with succulent braised beef, ricotta lasagna with eggplant, as well as a shrimp and saffron risotto. Carb heaven? I think so.
Café, wine bar, lunch spot, brunch spot… Larry’s is the Mile End’s new neighbourhood go-to. Part of the Lawrence family, this new kid on the block consists of a more casual approach to Brit-inspired dining. A mix and match menu that allows for multiple tastings in one sitting, it caters to foodies and hungry conversationalists. Vegetarians will take refuge in their amazing stewed eggplant or creamed cabbage, while meat appreciators will enjoy fennel salami, oxtail pudding, and tons of other savoury meaty delights.
The Mile End is the first district in Montreal to give hummus the attention it deserves. Birona Hummus Bar is the culinary lovechild of a trio of established Montreal foodies: Alon Biron (owner of ART: brgr), Thierry Rassam and Na’eem Adam (co-founders of La Poutine Week and Burger Week). Finally, Mile Enders have a place to come enjoy complex mediterranean flavours, discover a range of hummus varieties, and indulge in finger food that’s classier than a fried potato. A definite must-try if you want to be part of the city’s new buzz, or try some dishes that are good conversation-starters.
Anyone who says they don’t have time to enjoy a hearty lunch hasn’t been to Tsukuyomi. Located in the heart of the Mile End, this eatery offers delicious ramen ready and served in as little as one minute! Their menu makes the choice simple and fast: a Tonkontsu broth or a Vegan option, topped with fresh condiments, and of course, their authentic Japanese noodles which are prepared daily. For those who’ve never tried ramen, Tsukuyomi’s casual atmosphere is a great way to become initiated. They also offer a unique tea selection and a few delicious sides like wasabi flavoured octopus to complete the meal.
Nothing beats a great taco, and La Tamalera is whipping up traditional Mexican dishes with a modern twist. As you might expect from their name, the menu offers a great selection of authentic tamales as well as other Mexican classics like carnitas, shrimp tacos, and barbacoa (tender braised beef). Feeling adventurous? Try out their Taco Villamelon with beef, chorizo and cactus. Their yellow tablecloths and teal chairs create that vibrant atmosphere we’re all looking for when we go for tacos, and they’re even open for brunch! Next time you experience a “sunglasses and Advil” kind of morning, some Huevos Rancheros might just be the perfect hangover cure.