Montreal’s convention centre, the Palais des Congrès, brings crowds to the area for conferences and conventions alike. While the building itself houses some fast, casual food options (mostly chains), local restaurants offer up dining experiences that are more than mere sustenance. Chinatown restaurants like Nouilles de Lan Zhou and Qing Hua offer expedient service with a negligible price tag, whereas heavy hitters like Toqué and L’Orignal are better geared towards a sit-down meal where neither time nor money are any object.Read More
Where to Eat Around Palais des Congrès
Escape that conference for a lovely lunch or a delicious dinner, from noodles to fine French fare.
1. Qing Hua Dumpling
This St. Laurent mainstay is one of Chinatown’s best options for dumplings of all kinds, but especially for their xiaolongbao (soup dumplings). Pork and broth mix for a self-saucing effect of sorts, but take care not to end up with a burnt mouth from the hot liquid inside them.
2. Nouilles de Lan Zhou
Palais des Congrès borders Chinatown, so it would be a shame to miss out on beloved local noodle shop Nouilles de Lan Zhou. Noodles are hand-pulled on-site and come in a variety of thicknesses, complete with an array of accoutrements to choose from, and plenty of beef and chili oil.
3. Terrasse Place D'Armes
Come summertime in Montreal, saddling up at the nearest terrasse (in this case, a rooftop) with a brew and some bites is a must. Nearest to Palais des Congrès is Terrasse Place d’Armes in the Hotel Place d’Armes. Finger food features heavily here, with plenty of beer, wine, and cocktails to wash it all down.
4. La Finca Coffee & office
Just up the hill from Palais des Congrès is coffee shop and co-working space La Finca. Perfect for a mid-morning coffee and pastry, or a light lunch (think soups, salads, and sandwiches, all made from scratch). Open until 6 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. on weekends.
Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Tiradito offers one of the more interesting menus in the area, with dishes ranging from ceviches to yucca fries and papas rellenas. Tropical-leaning cocktails don’t hurt either when it comes to blowing off steam after a long work day. If you’re looking for booze more than food, consider downstairs bar, Pelicano.
6. Invitation V
Burgers, brunch, and bowls all grace the menu at this vegetarian restaurant on St. Jacques Street. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, their plant-based cuisine is available all throughout the day.
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Whether it’s being written off as a business expense or not, a meal at Toqué is one of the best that Montreal has to offer, and one of the finest versions of Québécois cuisine out there. Go all in with the multi-course tasting menu for dinner or, if work isn’t paying for it, get a taste of the more affordable lunch table d’hôte (with wine pairings, of course).
Having been in business for over a decade now, L’Orignal has proven its staying power in Old Montreal’s competitive restaurant scene. Focusing on fancy takes on rustic Quebec cuisine, and local products served without pretense, menu items range from deer shank stew to lobster risotto with chanterelles.
9. Crew Collective & Café
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This opulent café in a former bank is ideal for both working solo and hosting meetings. Plus, it offers coffee, tea, and pastries to boot, as well as a small selection of on-the-go breakfast and lunch items.
LOV’s original McGill Street location garnered an obsessive following for this plant-based, eco-friendly restaurant, offering all-vegan options to rival their meaty counterparts. Who needs a cheeseburger when there’s jackfruit barbecue burgers and kimchi fries to be had instead?