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Where to Eat and Drink in Villeray

From tapas to tacos — and lots of Italian in between

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The largely residential northern neighbourhood of Villeray, with its charmingly leafy streets and proximity to Jean Talon Market and Jarry Park, has seen a big culinary boost in recent years. An array of cool young things — cafés, restaurants, and other neighbourhood haunts — have settled in, but among them are some longtime favourites, like Syrian-Armenian restaurant Alep, Haitian food counter and grocery store Méli-Mélo, and Spanish tapas frontrunner Tapeo. Here are some of the best of both worlds — old and new, food and drink.

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1. Meli-Melo Market

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640 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H2P 1V7, Canada
(514) 277-6409
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The place to go for home-style Haitian food, long-standing community staple Meli-Melo has been serving its flavour-rich griot cubes to Villeray denizens since 1984. Grab an extra jar of pikliz off the shelf of its front-space grocery section to go.

2. Bar Le Record

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7622 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2R 2N6, Canada
(438) 386-9433
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Take a trip back in time at this Saint-Hubert Street spot spinning classic vinyl in a space replete with Mad Man-era vibes. Wines are offered by the glass and the cocktail menu is heavily gin- and bourbon-based. A great place for a date.

3. Tandem

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586 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1H6, Canada
(514) 277-3339
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Tandem isn’t just a fantastic Villeray restaurant or a go-to BYOB — it’s a great restaurant, period. Chef-owner Pascale Turgeon puts on a menu replete with French classics from foie gras to meaty mains laden with mushrooms and buttery sauces.

4. Mr. Azteca

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7349 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2R 2N4, Canada
(438) 387-3876
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A neighbourhood taqueria offering lots beyond the standard taco; they’re also selling chilaquiles rojos, flautas, gorditas, and plenty of vegetarian options to boot.

5. Tapeo

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511 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1H5, Canada
(514) 495-1999
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On the scene since 2004, the focus of this 100-seat Spanish restaurant is strictly tapas. Diners can choose from a wide range of dishes — all meant to be shared — which include must-haves such as the fried calamari, tuna albacore, and grilled shrimp. The paella is another notable highlight.

6. Knuckles Cantine & Vins

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241 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H2P 1T6, Canada
(438) 380-3858
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Its “knuckles” or panzerroti (golden-fried envelopes of dough filled with tomatoes and cheese) may be the inspiration behind this Villeray newcomer’s name, but chef Vincent Lévesque-Lepage (formerly of Hoogan & Beaufort) is also serving up raved-over pasta dishes chock-full of local produce.

7. Restaurant Vesta

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206 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H2P 1T5, Canada
(514) 543-7725
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Unlike the Neapolitan style embraced by sibling restaurant Gema, Villeray’s Vesta does its pizza thicker and crispier, drawing on North American traditions. Still sticking on this side of the Atlantic, it’s also got cheesy Italian-American sides like mozzarella sticks and garlic knots deliciously slathered in a cacio e pepe sauce.

8. Huis Clos

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7659 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2R 2E7, Canada
(514) 419-8579
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This bar exploded onto the scene eight years ago, when few people would think of heading to Villeray as a drinking destination. Upscale bar fare centred around seafood — think oysters and tartare — seals the deal.

9. Restaurant Moccione

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380 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1G9, Canada
(514) 270-4441
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Villeray has a robust contingent of spots where to sample Italian classics, but a seat at this three-year-old eatery may arguably be its most sought-after. Owners Luca Cianciulli and Maxime Landry bring experience from acclaimed Toqué, and the result is simple, sumptuous fare in a super cozy atmosphere.

10. Cafécoquetel

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426 Rue Faillon E, Montréal
QC H2R 1L4, Canada
(514) 543-3542
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This Villeray newcomer takes you from morning rose latte to afternoon cocktail (or mocktail) in a cinch, with grilled cheese and veggie-heavy snacks to keep you fed.

11. Lahmajoune Villeray

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420 Rue Faillon E, Montréal
QC H2R 1L4, Canada
(514) 243-7110

The legacy of defunct lahmajoun bakery Chez Apo lives on at this Villeray newcomer started by one of its former employees in the same locale. Expect the namesake tomatoey, beefy flatbreads, plus a bevy of house-made dips, sweets, and snacks.

12. Braseiro

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8261 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2P 2M1, Canada
(514) 389-0606

Far from new and trendy, this Portuguese restaurant is a mainstay for seafood dishes (garlicky shrimp, grilled octopus, and, of course, sardines, to name a few) and grilled chicken — prepare to leave full.

13. Café Ferlucci

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432 Rue de Castelnau E, Montréal
QC H2R 1R3, Canada
(514) 379-6575
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Set on the ground floor of a converted duplex, this café pulls a mean Italian-style espresso, while also serving traditional pastries, panini, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Peep the large collection of VHS tapes, too.

14. Café Vito

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151 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1G4, Canada
(514) 564-3131
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This Italian coffee shop, founded by a barista from Mile End favourite Olimpico has a great community hub vibe, alongside great espresso, cannoli, and panini. Many take their coffee to go, but if you choose to stay it’s almost guaranteed to have a soccer game playing in the background.

15. La Ruelle Épicerie et Café

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7807 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2R 1X1, Canada
(438) 476-7449
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Steps away from Jarry Park is LaRuelle, a Colombian sandwich shop, café, and grocery store, serving up veggie and beef arepas, as well as Southern comfort foods like brisket sandwiches and three-cheese mac and cheese. Stock up on the Colombian coffee, hot sauce, plantains chips that line its grocery shelves.

16. Comptoir Sainte-Cécile

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232 Rue de Castelnau E, Montréal
QC H2R 1P5, Canada
(514) 271-9888
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Five-year-old Comptoir Sainte-Cécile has you covered at lunchtime with salads, soups, sweets, and some not-to-be-missed sandwiches. Recent options include a salmon tartare sandwich filled with potato confit sour cream, and one with mushrooms, carrots, basil, and curry mayo. They’ve also got you covered for drinks, with loads of wines, ciders, and beers from Quebec.

17. Alep/Le Petit Alep

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199 Rue Jean-Talon Est, Montréal
QC H2R 1S8, Canada
(514) 270-6396
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An anchor in the neighbourhood, Alep shines as a premier destination for Syrian and Armenian flavours in a table-clothed setting. Next door, laid-back bistro Le Petit Alep shares a kitchen and offers lunch service with the same full, comprehensive wine list.

1. Meli-Melo Market

640 Rue Jarry E, Montréal, QC H2P 1V7, Canada

The place to go for home-style Haitian food, long-standing community staple Meli-Melo has been serving its flavour-rich griot cubes to Villeray denizens since 1984. Grab an extra jar of pikliz off the shelf of its front-space grocery section to go.

640 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H2P 1V7, Canada

2. Bar Le Record

7622 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2R 2N6, Canada

Take a trip back in time at this Saint-Hubert Street spot spinning classic vinyl in a space replete with Mad Man-era vibes. Wines are offered by the glass and the cocktail menu is heavily gin- and bourbon-based. A great place for a date.

7622 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2R 2N6, Canada

3. Tandem

586 Rue Villeray, Montréal, QC H2R 1H6, Canada

Tandem isn’t just a fantastic Villeray restaurant or a go-to BYOB — it’s a great restaurant, period. Chef-owner Pascale Turgeon puts on a menu replete with French classics from foie gras to meaty mains laden with mushrooms and buttery sauces.

586 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1H6, Canada

4. Mr. Azteca

7349 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2R 2N4, Canada

A neighbourhood taqueria offering lots beyond the standard taco; they’re also selling chilaquiles rojos, flautas, gorditas, and plenty of vegetarian options to boot.

7349 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2R 2N4, Canada

5. Tapeo

511 Rue Villeray, Montréal, QC H2R 1H5, Canada

On the scene since 2004, the focus of this 100-seat Spanish restaurant is strictly tapas. Diners can choose from a wide range of dishes — all meant to be shared — which include must-haves such as the fried calamari, tuna albacore, and grilled shrimp. The paella is another notable highlight.

511 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1H5, Canada

6. Knuckles Cantine & Vins

241 Rue Jarry E, Montréal, QC H2P 1T6, Canada

Its “knuckles” or panzerroti (golden-fried envelopes of dough filled with tomatoes and cheese) may be the inspiration behind this Villeray newcomer’s name, but chef Vincent Lévesque-Lepage (formerly of Hoogan & Beaufort) is also serving up raved-over pasta dishes chock-full of local produce.

241 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H2P 1T6, Canada

7. Restaurant Vesta

206 Rue Jarry E, Montréal, QC H2P 1T5, Canada

Unlike the Neapolitan style embraced by sibling restaurant Gema, Villeray’s Vesta does its pizza thicker and crispier, drawing on North American traditions. Still sticking on this side of the Atlantic, it’s also got cheesy Italian-American sides like mozzarella sticks and garlic knots deliciously slathered in a cacio e pepe sauce.

206 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H2P 1T5, Canada

8. Huis Clos

7659 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2R 2E7, Canada

This bar exploded onto the scene eight years ago, when few people would think of heading to Villeray as a drinking destination. Upscale bar fare centred around seafood — think oysters and tartare — seals the deal.

7659 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2R 2E7, Canada

9. Restaurant Moccione

380 Rue Villeray, Montréal, QC H2R 1G9, Canada

Villeray has a robust contingent of spots where to sample Italian classics, but a seat at this three-year-old eatery may arguably be its most sought-after. Owners Luca Cianciulli and Maxime Landry bring experience from acclaimed Toqué, and the result is simple, sumptuous fare in a super cozy atmosphere.

380 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1G9, Canada

10. Cafécoquetel

426 Rue Faillon E, Montréal, QC H2R 1L4, Canada

This Villeray newcomer takes you from morning rose latte to afternoon cocktail (or mocktail) in a cinch, with grilled cheese and veggie-heavy snacks to keep you fed.

426 Rue Faillon E, Montréal
QC H2R 1L4, Canada

11. Lahmajoune Villeray

420 Rue Faillon E, Montréal, QC H2R 1L4, Canada

The legacy of defunct lahmajoun bakery Chez Apo lives on at this Villeray newcomer started by one of its former employees in the same locale. Expect the namesake tomatoey, beefy flatbreads, plus a bevy of house-made dips, sweets, and snacks.

420 Rue Faillon E, Montréal
QC H2R 1L4, Canada

12. Braseiro

8261 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2P 2M1, Canada

Far from new and trendy, this Portuguese restaurant is a mainstay for seafood dishes (garlicky shrimp, grilled octopus, and, of course, sardines, to name a few) and grilled chicken — prepare to leave full.

8261 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2P 2M1, Canada

13. Café Ferlucci

432 Rue de Castelnau E, Montréal, QC H2R 1R3, Canada

Set on the ground floor of a converted duplex, this café pulls a mean Italian-style espresso, while also serving traditional pastries, panini, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Peep the large collection of VHS tapes, too.

432 Rue de Castelnau E, Montréal
QC H2R 1R3, Canada

14. Café Vito

151 Rue Villeray, Montréal, QC H2R 1G4, Canada

This Italian coffee shop, founded by a barista from Mile End favourite Olimpico has a great community hub vibe, alongside great espresso, cannoli, and panini. Many take their coffee to go, but if you choose to stay it’s almost guaranteed to have a soccer game playing in the background.

151 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1G4, Canada

15. La Ruelle Épicerie et Café

7807 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2R 1X1, Canada

Steps away from Jarry Park is LaRuelle, a Colombian sandwich shop, café, and grocery store, serving up veggie and beef arepas, as well as Southern comfort foods like brisket sandwiches and three-cheese mac and cheese. Stock up on the Colombian coffee, hot sauce, plantains chips that line its grocery shelves.

7807 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2R 1X1, Canada

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16. Comptoir Sainte-Cécile

232 Rue de Castelnau E, Montréal, QC H2R 1P5, Canada

Five-year-old Comptoir Sainte-Cécile has you covered at lunchtime with salads, soups, sweets, and some not-to-be-missed sandwiches. Recent options include a salmon tartare sandwich filled with potato confit sour cream, and one with mushrooms, carrots, basil, and curry mayo. They’ve also got you covered for drinks, with loads of wines, ciders, and beers from Quebec.

232 Rue de Castelnau E, Montréal
QC H2R 1P5, Canada

17. Alep/Le Petit Alep

199 Rue Jean-Talon Est, Montréal, QC H2R 1S8, Canada

An anchor in the neighbourhood, Alep shines as a premier destination for Syrian and Armenian flavours in a table-clothed setting. Next door, laid-back bistro Le Petit Alep shares a kitchen and offers lunch service with the same full, comprehensive wine list.

199 Rue Jean-Talon Est, Montréal
QC H2R 1S8, Canada

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