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The Best Food and Coffee Around Concordia University (Downtown)

Concordia students and staff are spoiled with a huge range of cuisines right at their doorstep.

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Students have descended on downtown Montreal as university classes resume, and many will need sustenance beyond a can of Red Bull to keep up their study habits. Out of Montreal’s four main universities, Concordia students are blessed with the biggest selection of places to eat and drink close to campus. But the downside is that many of the options around are just passable — chains with a focus on getting the masses in and out, fast.

But there’s some great bets: here are 20 diverse spots to grab an affordable lunches, dinners, or just a decent coffee around the downtown campus (sometimes known as the Sir George Williams, or SGW campus) — without going anywhere east of Drummond, west of Fort, north of Sherbrooke, or south of Rene-Levesque.

Looking to eat somewhere around McGill University? That campus guide is over here. Looking for a good café for study? That one’s covered too.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Ganadara

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This Korean restaurant is a Concordia staple, leaning heavily on the addition of comfort food elements to its bibimbaps, ramyun, and tteokbooki (including various items with cheese). Despite the long lines, it has some detractors, including a former Eater editor who lamented the intense heaviness of it all, but the popularity is undeniable.

Restaurant Nilufar

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Owner Nilufar Al-Shourbaji could be Montreal’s most beloved falafel maker. Her all-vegetarian restaurant is the cheapest meal around the Concordia area — a sandwich with the fried chickpea patties costs loose change. Alternatively, there’s Nilufar’s take on poutine, with fries, pieces of falafel, tahini, and hot sauce.

Sammi & Soupe Dumpling

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Sammi and Soupe’s affordable soup dumplings are always delicious and bursting with broth. This popular spot certainly isn’t a hidden gem, though, and gets quite busy during the lunchtime rush.

Wawel Patisserie

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Montreal’s most notable Polish bakery counts five locations around the city. It’s sweet eats only at the St-Marc location, with cheesecake and jam-filled paczki (doughnuts) amongst the favourites.

The generous thali (large platters comprised of various dishes along with rice and naan) served at this vegetarian-friendly Indian joint are full of rich flavours, and best of all, will fill you up for the day without breaking the bank. 

Fusion is done right at Picks, which mixes a classic fast food burger with Korean flavours — get that marinated meat topped with kimchi (amongst numerous other options), or opt for K-tacos, with chicken or shrimp. There’s also the hefty pogo, which shuns the traditional corn coating for fries.

Al-Baghdadi Pastry

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Al-Baghdadi covers sweet and savoury bases with flair, day and night: there’s manakeesh topped with zaatar, cheese, meat, and more, hummus, breakfast, and plenty of Middle Eastern pastries from sticky baklava to cheesy knafeh.

Café Aunja

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This charming café with Persian vibes has an excellent selection of teas and sweets, alongside coffee, sandwiches, and a few bigger meals. The prices are a tiny bit elevated relative to some other cafés in the area, but Aunja has the distinct advantage of having ample comfortable seating, courtesy of its comparatively spacious basement set-up.

I Am Pho

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This simple spot brings large, reasonably-priced, and really good⁠ bowls of Vietnamese pho to the downtown masses (the spicy bun bo hu is a fan favourite). Enjoy your meal with a beer or with one of a tasty Vietnamese iced coffee.

Qing Hua Dumpling

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Plates loaded up with jiaozi dumplings in a rainbow of fillings start around $8 at Qing Hua, one of the city’s dumpling mainstays.

Otto Yakitori Izakaya

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As per the name, Otto’s focus is char-grilled yakitori skewers (though there are non-skewered dishes), which have drawn line-ups out front since opening in 2016.

Antep Kebap

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Char-grilled chicken sandwiches, pides, and platters piled high are the features of this popular Turkish fast food spot on de Maisonneuve.

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il Panino - café méditerranéo

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Il Panino takes a student staple — simple sandwiches — and offers them at a fair price without compromising taste. The Mediterranian-inspired spot does salads, pastries and coffee as well, but the warm, gooey, well-filled paninis are the highlight.

Ramen Misoya Montreal

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Though it doesn’t look like it, Misoya is actually the Montreal extension of a Japanese chain — and its miso-based ramen bowls are amongst the best in the city.

Café Myriade

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Now ten years old, Montreal’s original third-wave café gave rise to other coffee shops in all corners of the city. Original owner Anthony Benda may have sold it, but Myriade on Mackay is still one of the best in the city.

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Boustan

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Montreal’s most recognizable shawarma-slicer is known as a late-night, drunk food spot (perhaps due to its Crescent Street location), but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with stopping by for a pita and garlic potatoes during daylight hours. Every pita trio clocks in at under $10, too.

Pigeon Espresso Bar

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It has never been made clear why Pigeon decided to employ reverse psychology when it first opened, touting that it offers the “world’s worst coffee”, but in any case, the third-wave brews here are actually some of the best in the area, even if students used to the burnt-hair brews at Tim Horton’s might baulk at the prices. There’s also pastries and kombucha.

Dumplings and steamed buns are the two big draws at no-nonsense Mei, but an extensive menu also features jianbing (Chinese crepes), noodle dishes, and more.

Garage Beirut

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By night, this Lebanese restaurant is a bit more of a sit-down spot (at least compared to other Middle Eastern places on this map), but it still does a host of sandwiches and snacks for under $10.

Joe’s Panini

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This straightforward (but often busy) panini joint is a favourite among cash-strapped students, serving up sandwiches of a quality that belie the low price. It’s also open 24 hours a day, helping you fuel up during all-night study sessions (or after a drunken night out). 

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Ganadara

This Korean restaurant is a Concordia staple, leaning heavily on the addition of comfort food elements to its bibimbaps, ramyun, and tteokbooki (including various items with cheese). Despite the long lines, it has some detractors, including a former Eater editor who lamented the intense heaviness of it all, but the popularity is undeniable.

Restaurant Nilufar

Owner Nilufar Al-Shourbaji could be Montreal’s most beloved falafel maker. Her all-vegetarian restaurant is the cheapest meal around the Concordia area — a sandwich with the fried chickpea patties costs loose change. Alternatively, there’s Nilufar’s take on poutine, with fries, pieces of falafel, tahini, and hot sauce.

Sammi & Soupe Dumpling

Sammi and Soupe’s affordable soup dumplings are always delicious and bursting with broth. This popular spot certainly isn’t a hidden gem, though, and gets quite busy during the lunchtime rush.

Wawel Patisserie

Montreal’s most notable Polish bakery counts five locations around the city. It’s sweet eats only at the St-Marc location, with cheesecake and jam-filled paczki (doughnuts) amongst the favourites.

Thali

The generous thali (large platters comprised of various dishes along with rice and naan) served at this vegetarian-friendly Indian joint are full of rich flavours, and best of all, will fill you up for the day without breaking the bank. 

Picks

Fusion is done right at Picks, which mixes a classic fast food burger with Korean flavours — get that marinated meat topped with kimchi (amongst numerous other options), or opt for K-tacos, with chicken or shrimp. There’s also the hefty pogo, which shuns the traditional corn coating for fries.

Al-Baghdadi Pastry

Al-Baghdadi covers sweet and savoury bases with flair, day and night: there’s manakeesh topped with zaatar, cheese, meat, and more, hummus, breakfast, and plenty of Middle Eastern pastries from sticky baklava to cheesy knafeh.

Café Aunja

This charming café with Persian vibes has an excellent selection of teas and sweets, alongside coffee, sandwiches, and a few bigger meals. The prices are a tiny bit elevated relative to some other cafés in the area, but Aunja has the distinct advantage of having ample comfortable seating, courtesy of its comparatively spacious basement set-up.

I Am Pho

This simple spot brings large, reasonably-priced, and really good⁠ bowls of Vietnamese pho to the downtown masses (the spicy bun bo hu is a fan favourite). Enjoy your meal with a beer or with one of a tasty Vietnamese iced coffee.

Qing Hua Dumpling

Plates loaded up with jiaozi dumplings in a rainbow of fillings start around $8 at Qing Hua, one of the city’s dumpling mainstays.

Otto Yakitori Izakaya

As per the name, Otto’s focus is char-grilled yakitori skewers (though there are non-skewered dishes), which have drawn line-ups out front since opening in 2016.

Antep Kebap

Char-grilled chicken sandwiches, pides, and platters piled high are the features of this popular Turkish fast food spot on de Maisonneuve.

A post shared by @Eat (@shehaaz) on

il Panino - café méditerranéo

Il Panino takes a student staple — simple sandwiches — and offers them at a fair price without compromising taste. The Mediterranian-inspired spot does salads, pastries and coffee as well, but the warm, gooey, well-filled paninis are the highlight.