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Where to Eat at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport

Bagels, burgers, and sushi for sustenance on the fly


Local tourism officials project roughly eight million people will visit Montreal this year in what’s shaping up to be a major rebound after the pandemic travel lull. The end of public health measures and the return of headlining events, such as the International Jazz Festival and the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, are expected to draw tourists in large numbers this summer. At the same time, relaxed border restrictions around the globe are sure to entice Montrealers out of town. So far, this has meant more delays and prolonged waits as Quebec’s busiest airport contends with traffic spikes — and likely also more people looking for somewhere to eat before (or after) they fly.

It should come as no surprise that your top Montreal meal will likely not be had at its airport, but there are some serviceable dining options to keep you full as you fly. The airport’s offerings remain scaled-back, with several still temporarily closed, so be sure to check its website for up-to-date information regarding dining options.

This guide is divided into four sections: the public area (open to non-travellers) and domestic, international, and U.S. departures. It includes all that’s currently open, no matter how mass-produced or mediocre. The restaurants in bold denote best bets.

Public Area

  • Burger King: The makers of the Whopper are your only option for a burger in this part of the airport. [Departures]
  • Java U: Montreal-based café chain with breakfasts, soups, sandwiches and wraps, salads, and pastries. [Departures]
  • Paramount: A Canadian chain doing a range of Lebanese-leaning options like shawarma, falafel, and salads. [Departures]
  • St-Hubert Express: Certainly not the best rotisserie chicken in the city, but this iconic homegrown (though no longer Quebec-owned) chain has been serving it since 1951. [Departures]
  • Subway: Its former spokesperson Jared Fogle may be in prison, but this sandwich chain is still something that exists. [Arrivals]
  • Tim Hortons: Hands down the cheapest thing to eat at the airport, including debatably drinkable coffee and Justin Bieber-endorsed doughnuts. [Arrivals]

Pork & Pickle/Official

Restricted Zone: Canadian Departures

  • Starbucks: Tall, grande, venti — you know the drill at this multinational coffee shop serving microwavable snacks. [Gate 1]
  • Java U: See above [Gate 1]
  • YUL Pizza: Pizza, salads, and snacks, all served relatively quickly. [Gate 2]
  • Pork & Pickle: A Southern barbecue spot, or at least the airport chain version of it. Expect lots of smoky meat (ribs and brisket) and generally heavier comfort fare like burgers and mac and cheese. [Gate 3]
  • Tim Hortons: See above [Gate 3]
  • Urban Crave: A hodgepodge of internationally inspired street eats ranging from samosas to Cubano sandwiches. [Gate 9]
  • Six Pints: A brasserie serving draft beer, sports on screens, and standard pub fare. [Gate 34]
  • ICE Bar: Your generic airport bar — featuring beer, strong liquor, and runway views. [Gate 47]
  • Bistrot Montréal: It leans more café casual than bistro chic, but there’s pasta, soup, crepes, and more. [Gate 48]
  • Ryu: Sushi, smoothies, and poke bowls from a popular Montreal spot. [Gate 49]
  • Camden: Health-oriented fare that can cater to allergies and intolerances. [Gate 50]
  • La Biscuitery: A shop selling cookies and macarons for those who want something sweet to go. [Gate 50]
  • Archibald: A decent bet as far as airport eats, featuring burgers and breakfast poutine. [Gate 51]
sushi and poke bowl Ryu/Official

Restricted Zone: International Departures

  • Café Montréal Bagel: Fairmount bagels served in sandwich form — it’s tough to screw that up. [Gate 52]
  • Hurleys: A spin-off of a staple on Montreal’s Irish pub scene; it serves Guinness, whiskey, and meaty stews. [Gate 52]
  • Java U: See above [Gate 52]
  • L’Auberge St-Gabriel: This airport offshoot of an iconic Montreal institution is a decent bet for something a little more upscale. [Gate 52]
  • Mr. Pretzel: An outpost of an international chain specializing in soft pretzels. [Gate 53]
  • U-Bar: Standard airport bar with cocktails and pub-leaning food. [Gate 53]
  • Bistrot Montréal: See above [Gate 59]
pile of bagels Café Montréal Bagel/Official

Restricted Zone: United States Departures

  • Urban Crave: See above [Gate 73]
  • Starbucks: See above [Gate 73, 84]
  • Houston: Hunker down for a pre-flight steak, burger, or some ribs at this meaty restaurant chain. [Gate 77]
  • Le petit comptoir à sandwich: The folks behind Wienstein & Gavino’s make basic sandwiches, salads, and pizzas for those on the go. [Gate 79]
  • Ryu: See above [Gate 79]

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