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Where to Eat in Montreal’s Gay Village

From bakery to bistro, and everything in between

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Despite its proximity to downtown Montreal, the Village and the surrounding Centre-Sud district hasn’t had nearly the same restaurant boom as other inner-city areas like Griffintown. And in the past year, we’ve seen the loss of what was perhaps its biggest draw: Arcade Fire-backed Haitian restaurant Agrikol. There remain plenty of culinary gems to check out in the hood nonetheless, including newcomers like Keela and Aperitivo, and more established spots like beloved BYOB O’Thym.

This map looks at eateries in the area enclosed by Berri to the west, Papineau to the east, Sherbrooke to the north, and the river to the south. If you’re looking for something further east, check out our Hochelaga-Maisonneuve map.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pamika

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901 Rue Sherbrooke, Montréal
QC H2L 1L3, Canada
(514) 508-9444
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It’s traditional dishes all the way at this homey Thai spot, as chef Pamika Sukla dreamed of showcasing the wide range of flavours that southeast Asian cuisine can offer. Its fresh salads, soups and curry dishes are all winners, and its cocktails — when on-site dining resumes — add to the impressive menu.

2. Keela

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1237 R. Atateken, Montréal
QC H2L 3K9, Canada
(514) 528-7617
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Quietly opening mere weeks before the city went into its first lockdown in 2020, this cozy Village bistro is building a loyal following enamoured by its main draw: flatbreads cooked in a wood-burning oven and served with a variety of toppings, from veggie and cashew cheese to ham and béchamel. A lineup of sandwiches and salads, also catering to both vegans and carnivores, round out the offering, along with a weekly rotation of ice cream and sorbet.

3. Pataterie Chez Philippe

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1877 R. Atateken, Montréal
QC H2L 3L7, Canada
(514) 528-5957
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Around since 1962, Pataterie Chez Philippe offers up the casse-croûte classics: hamburgers, poutine, club sandwich, and a highly regarded Michigan hot-dog.

4. Le Mousso

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1023, rue Ontario Est
Montreal, QC
(438) 384-7410
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Chef Antonin Mousseau-Rivard’s first restaurant (he previously honed his skills at the Contemporary Art Museum’s in-house resto) has induced many a rave, from critics and civilians alike. (So has his second, more casual spot next door, Le Petit Mousso.) And throughout the pandemic, the restaurant’s creative tasting menus — most recently featuring lobster in Armoricaine sauce, and rhubarb and saffron doughnuts — have been boxed up for a splurge-worthy night in.

5. Aperitivo Village

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1701 R. Atateken, Montréal
QC H2L 3L4, Canada

Le Blind Pig and Bar Minéral owner Mathieu Ménard’s new Italian grocery store has shelve stocked with imported preserves and oils, charcuterie and cheese, and house-made pastas. Looking for something that doesn’t require cooking? Try the mushroom arancini or a “focapizza,” a cross between a focaccia and pizza, featuring toppings like truffle ham and ricotta.

6. Pho Viet

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1663 Rue Amherst, Montréal
QC H2L 3L4, Canada
(514) 522-4116
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Slurp the night away with a Tonkinese soup from this small family-run Vietnamese operation. It’s been around for years, and its fried noodles are a crowd favourite, too.

7. O'Thym

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1112 boul. de Maisonneuve E
Montreal, QC
(514) 525-3443
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One of Montreal’s most beloved BYOW restaurants is this neat spot from Nadine Tessier and chef Noé Lainesse. Hearty dishes showcase Quebec meats, in a way that feels rustic, but with a level of complexity beyond what the descriptor “rustic” implies. Currently offering three-course takeout meals for $35.

8. Kamé Snack Bar

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1190 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H2L 2G7, Canada
(514) 303-0550
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Kamé hit the ground running with its Instagram-friendly pink décor and well-designed plates. This Hawaiian snack bar acts as a great stop for poke and acai bowls, spam musubi, smoothies, and ice cream.

9. Le Red Tiger

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1201 de Maisonneuve Est
Montreal, QC
(514) 439-7006
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Vietnamese street food that goes well beyond regular ol’ pho reins at this cool pub on de Maisonneuve, where papaya salad, noodles, and fresh flavours like lemongrass abound. Delivery is handled through Resto Loco.

10. Café Sfouf

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1250 rue Ontario
Montreal, QC
(514) 507-8777
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This bright, easygoing neighbourhood café’s primary food offering is its tartines — toast topped with options like labneh, za’atar, and mint; and goat cheese, pistachios, and honey — that are all worth a try.

11. Arte & Farina

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1256, rue Ontario Est
Montreal, QC
(514) 806-5185
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One of very few Italian bakeries on this side of town, Arte & Farina’s wagon is firmly hitched on its panettone (a 72-hour labour of love), but if you don’t need a full hunky loaf, there’s no shortage of biscotti, focaccia, bombolone, and sandwiches with charcuterie.

12. Sachère Desserts

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1274 Boul. de Maisonneuve E, Montréal
QC H2L 2A3, Canada
(514) 357-8390
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Sweets specialist Sonya Sammut has been running her Gay Village bakery for about three years now — and it just keeps getting better and better. Go for a tartellette, gorgeous cake, or, in the summer, a weekly soft serve twist.

13. Restaurant Tendresse

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1259 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H2L 2H3, Canada

Open since winter 2019, this vegan bistro caters to more than just herbivores. Tendresse serves brunch, lunch, and coffee, and its eye-catching pink bar stools compliment the leafy, minimalist décor. The food skips the granola vegetarian stereotypes in favour of menu items like mushroom waffles, gazpacho, and General Tao tofu.

14. Palme

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1487 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H2L 2H9, Canada
(514) 529-8480
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The carefully crafted Caribbean menu at Palme covers islands from Jamaica to Haiti, offering everything from jerk chicken to tropical ceviche — currently available for delivery in picnic baskets fit for four.

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1. Pamika

901 Rue Sherbrooke, Montréal, QC H2L 1L3, Canada

It’s traditional dishes all the way at this homey Thai spot, as chef Pamika Sukla dreamed of showcasing the wide range of flavours that southeast Asian cuisine can offer. Its fresh salads, soups and curry dishes are all winners, and its cocktails — when on-site dining resumes — add to the impressive menu.

901 Rue Sherbrooke, Montréal
QC H2L 1L3, Canada

2. Keela

1237 R. Atateken, Montréal, QC H2L 3K9, Canada

Quietly opening mere weeks before the city went into its first lockdown in 2020, this cozy Village bistro is building a loyal following enamoured by its main draw: flatbreads cooked in a wood-burning oven and served with a variety of toppings, from veggie and cashew cheese to ham and béchamel. A lineup of sandwiches and salads, also catering to both vegans and carnivores, round out the offering, along with a weekly rotation of ice cream and sorbet.

1237 R. Atateken, Montréal
QC H2L 3K9, Canada

3. Pataterie Chez Philippe

1877 R. Atateken, Montréal, QC H2L 3L7, Canada

Around since 1962, Pataterie Chez Philippe offers up the casse-croûte classics: hamburgers, poutine, club sandwich, and a highly regarded Michigan hot-dog.

1877 R. Atateken, Montréal
QC H2L 3L7, Canada

4. Le Mousso

1023, rue Ontario Est, Montreal, QC

Chef Antonin Mousseau-Rivard’s first restaurant (he previously honed his skills at the Contemporary Art Museum’s in-house resto) has induced many a rave, from critics and civilians alike. (So has his second, more casual spot next door, Le Petit Mousso.) And throughout the pandemic, the restaurant’s creative tasting menus — most recently featuring lobster in Armoricaine sauce, and rhubarb and saffron doughnuts — have been boxed up for a splurge-worthy night in.

1023, rue Ontario Est
Montreal, QC

5. Aperitivo Village

1701 R. Atateken, Montréal, QC H2L 3L4, Canada

Le Blind Pig and Bar Minéral owner Mathieu Ménard’s new Italian grocery store has shelve stocked with imported preserves and oils, charcuterie and cheese, and house-made pastas. Looking for something that doesn’t require cooking? Try the mushroom arancini or a “focapizza,” a cross between a focaccia and pizza, featuring toppings like truffle ham and ricotta.

1701 R. Atateken, Montréal
QC H2L 3L4, Canada

6. Pho Viet

1663 Rue Amherst, Montréal, QC H2L 3L4, Canada

Slurp the night away with a Tonkinese soup from this small family-run Vietnamese operation. It’s been around for years, and its fried noodles are a crowd favourite, too.

1663 Rue Amherst, Montréal
QC H2L 3L4, Canada

7. O'Thym

1112 boul. de Maisonneuve E, Montreal, QC

One of Montreal’s most beloved BYOW restaurants is this neat spot from Nadine Tessier and chef Noé Lainesse. Hearty dishes showcase Quebec meats, in a way that feels rustic, but with a level of complexity beyond what the descriptor “rustic” implies. Currently offering three-course takeout meals for $35.

1112 boul. de Maisonneuve E
Montreal, QC

8. Kamé Snack Bar

1190 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC H2L 2G7, Canada

Kamé hit the ground running with its Instagram-friendly pink décor and well-designed plates. This Hawaiian snack bar acts as a great stop for poke and acai bowls, spam musubi, smoothies, and ice cream.

1190 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H2L 2G7, Canada

9. Le Red Tiger

1201 de Maisonneuve Est, Montreal, QC

Vietnamese street food that goes well beyond regular ol’ pho reins at this cool pub on de Maisonneuve, where papaya salad, noodles, and fresh flavours like lemongrass abound. Delivery is handled through Resto Loco.

1201 de Maisonneuve Est
Montreal, QC

10. Café Sfouf

1250 rue Ontario, Montreal, QC

This bright, easygoing neighbourhood café’s primary food offering is its tartines — toast topped with options like labneh, za’atar, and mint; and goat cheese, pistachios, and honey — that are all worth a try.

1250 rue Ontario
Montreal, QC

11. Arte & Farina

1256, rue Ontario Est, Montreal, QC

One of very few Italian bakeries on this side of town, Arte & Farina’s wagon is firmly hitched on its panettone (a 72-hour labour of love), but if you don’t need a full hunky loaf, there’s no shortage of biscotti, focaccia, bombolone, and sandwiches with charcuterie.

1256, rue Ontario Est
Montreal, QC

12. Sachère Desserts

1274 Boul. de Maisonneuve E, Montréal, QC H2L 2A3, Canada

Sweets specialist Sonya Sammut has been running her Gay Village bakery for about three years now — and it just keeps getting better and better. Go for a tartellette, gorgeous cake, or, in the summer, a weekly soft serve twist.

1274 Boul. de Maisonneuve E, Montréal
QC H2L 2A3, Canada

13. Restaurant Tendresse

1259 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC H2L 2H3, Canada

Open since winter 2019, this vegan bistro caters to more than just herbivores. Tendresse serves brunch, lunch, and coffee, and its eye-catching pink bar stools compliment the leafy, minimalist décor. The food skips the granola vegetarian stereotypes in favour of menu items like mushroom waffles, gazpacho, and General Tao tofu.

1259 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H2L 2H3, Canada

14. Palme

1487 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC H2L 2H9, Canada

The carefully crafted Caribbean menu at Palme covers islands from Jamaica to Haiti, offering everything from jerk chicken to tropical ceviche — currently available for delivery in picnic baskets fit for four.

1487 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H2L 2H9, Canada

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