Omma (Mile End): Omma is a great Korean restaurant with a huge menu and delicious food. Located on a street corner with a cute patio under a tree.
Arts Café (Mile End): Hip spot for brunch with vintage details and a locally-sourced light fare menu.
O'Bagel (Little Italy): Just outside Marché Jean-Talon. Buy a dozen or have a seat and cozy up with a coffee and a sesame bagel with cream cheese.
Pizzeria Gema (Little Italy): Delicious, local & seasonal pizza. Lively yet intimate atmosphere. Great to come with a group, with family or on a date.
Le Butterblume (Mile End): A great cafe for a delicious take on brunch in Mile End.
La Capital Tacos (Chinatown): Street-inspired Mexican fare in an exposed brick space with a laid-back vibe. Amazing tacos, guacamole and cocktails.
Drogheria Fine (Mile End): A teeny little grocery selling delicious homemade tomato sauce. Walk up to the counter outside and for $5 you can get a carton full of homemade ghocchi from Gnocchi del Nonna.
Fairmount Bagel (Mile End): Best Montreal bagels.
Boxermans (Outremont): No reservations so expect a bit of a queue but the food is outstanding. The interior is beautiful and the vibe is very local and chill.
Chó (Saint-Henri): Delicious Asian-fusion brasserie serving tapas style dishes and mains with a Québécois flare. Recommend trying the grilled shrimp lettuce wraps, edamame, any of the bao buns (salt + pepper tofu is my fave) and the Brussels sprouts.
Beauty's (Plateau-Mont-Royal): Diner-style all-day breakfast/brunch spot specializing in dishes with Montreal bagels.
Mandy’s (Old Montreal): Chain salad shop loved by locals.
Olive et Gourmando (Old Montreal): Cafe and restaurant serving fresh baked goods, salads, sandwiches, breakfast and brunch.
Leaves Cafe (Downtown): A cute little vegan-café and plant shop with great drinks (iced or hot) and dainty baked goods.
Tommy (Old Montreal): Bustling grand cafe with historical architecture, plants lining the ceiling, two levels of seating and light fare.
September Cafe (Little Burgundy): September Cafe is an homage to surf culture and the excitement of "hurricane season," in a cool space that also serves coffee and light fare. Plenty of tables and a chill vibe should you choose to spend an afternoon.
The Sparrow (Mile End): Cool vintage-inspired bar/restaurant with exposed brick walls, great cocktails and a delicious brunch menu.
Big In Japan (Le Plateau): Speakeasy-style, upscale cocktail bar with delicious creations. Classic blues & jazz to set the mood.
Nesta (Le Plateau): For when you want to go out dancing to 90s and 00s music.
Riverside St Henri (St-Henri): Great riverside bar (hence the name) with delicious cocktails, plenty of seating, an area for dj/dancing and a huge patio with communal tables.
Bar Waverly (Mile End): Hip and lively neighbourhood spot with great drinks.
Dragon Flowers (Mile End): Lovely hanging bird-cage covered flower shop with a mystical charm.
Librarie Drawn & Quarterly (Mile End): Lively bookstore specializing in magazines and graphic novels.
Musée des Beaux-Arts Montreal (Downtown): Quebec & Canadian visual arts plus international contemporary artists on view.
Marché Atwater (Little Burgundy): Iconic Montreal market with tons of fresh produce vendors. Situated next to the canal for a little stroll to enjoy your goodies from the market.
Annex Vintage (Mile End): 90s vibe, retro, vintage store with clothes, shoes, accessories, jewelry and stationary.
Boutique Vestibule (Mile End): Great spot for decorative home goods and accessories or women’s clothing.
Beaver Lake: Located on Mount Royal, a nice scenic spot to hang out on a warm sunny day.
Citizen Vintage (Mile End): Fashion-forward secondhand boutique.