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17 Spots Worth the Drive to the Eastern Townships

Including a roadside nanobrasserie, rock-climbing espresso bar, and vegan canteen

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Looking for some eats southeast of Montreal? Known for its vast spaces, ski hills, and wineries, the Eastern Townships — along with its largest urban centre, Sherbrooke — have been evolving rapidly in recent years, adding plenty of food havens for curious adventurers looking to escape the city. This list features the usual suspects of restaurants and cafes, as well some microbreweries with delightful dining options.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Beat & Betterave Nanobrasserie

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1C0, 41 Rue Principale, Frelighsburg, Quebec
QC J0J, Canada
(579) 440-8600
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Having recently celebrated its sixth anniversary, this quiet roadside café and nanobrasserie run by couple Éloïse Comtois Mainville and Ludovic Bastien has a small, flavour-packed menu featuring items such as a pork-beat burger, falafel, trout gravlax, and just about all vegetables coming from the adjacent garden. With six different beers on tap, alongside a fruity rhubarb lemonade, this is exactly the kind of place to go to slow down and soak it all in.

2. Brasserie Dunham

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3809 Rue Principale, Dunham
QC J0E 1M0, Canada
(450) 295-1500
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Undoubtedly one of the region’s most celebrated microbreweries, Brasserie Dunham offers a high-end pub menu to accompany its plethora of available beers and wines. Think seasonal and embrace some of the funkier options (especially with the brews) to ensure you are making the most out of your visit.

3. Cantine Ben La Bedaine

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599 Rue Principale, Granby
QC J2G 2X9, Canada
(450) 378-2921
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This Insta-famous pit stop in Granby is the perfect place to stuff yourself with griddle cheeseburgers, squeaky cheese curds, and so much more. Don’t miss out on the ice cream or milkshakes either, as their “bar laitier” is arguably just as well-known as their food.

4. Café Bar Backbone

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100 Rue du Rubis, Bromont
QC J2L 0G2, Canada
(450) 534-2422
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Feeling adventurous? Found in a rock-climbing gym just off the main road leading into Bromont, this espresso bar serves as the ideal location to grab coffee in a quiet, idyllic setting after pushing your body to the limits. A small menu complements the options of the café, and there is guaranteed to be no shortage of people-watching, either.

5. Micro et d'Osé

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17b Rue Principale N, Sutton
QC J0E 2K0, Canada

Yet another COVID-era venture brought two female chefs (Mona and Marie-Soleil) together to launch an all-vegan menu of soups and other preserves when takeout reached its peak in mid-2020. At first serving as a regular pop-up, they now have their own location in a lovely backyard setting just off Main Street. Look for items like vegan pad Thai, okonomiyaki, general tao tofu and a jerk burger — all hovering around $20 per dish.

6. La Rumeur Affamee

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15 Rue Principale N, Sutton
QC J0E 2K0, Canada
(450) 538-1888
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While its original location can be found in neighbouring Dunham, this fine-grocery store is a perfect stop to stock up on local products from the area. With a wide selection of curated goods, there’s something for everyone — whether it’s for a souvenir or to eat on the spot.

7. À L'Abordage Microbrasserie

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10 Rue Principale Sud St, Sutton
QC J0E 2K0, Canada
(450) 538-8338
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Built as an expansion to its existing microbrewery just steps away, the taproom comes as a welcome addition to the businesses sprouting like mushrooms in trendy Sutton. Now housing its production equipment and facilities, this watering hole bleeds good vibes and serves up its namesake beers as well as a handful of natural wines. Grab cans to go or sit on the renovated patio space.

8. La Knowlton Co.

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576 Chemin Knowlton, Knowlton
QC J0E 1V0, Canada
(450) 243-9001
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Perhaps better known for its beer and specialization in a now somewhat rare cream ale, this Knowlton hotspot offers a wide range of wood-fired sourdough-based pizzas, served on-site and for takeout. Stick around to enjoy the industrial microbrewery vibe, and if the weather’s nice enough, a seat on the sprawling terrasse out back.

9. Le Bolt Café

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100 Chemin Lakeside, Knowlton
QC J0E 1V0, Canada
(514) 513-1207
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Another pandemic-era restaurant to have emerged in the last few months is Bolt Café, owned and operated by Montreal couple Véronique Lacoursière and Pierre-Etienne Boivin. Having left the city for good in August 2020, they purchased a then-closed restaurant and converted it into the café-buvette. Stop in for a classic grilled cheese, excellent coffee (roasted by Montreal-based Escape Roasters), or natural wine. With a small biergarten expansion already in the works, this daytime locale is quickly becoming a crowd favourite.

10. Les Trois Grâces

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338 Rue Principale, Eastman
QC J0E 1P0, Canada
(450) 297-4291
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In need of a Sunday brunch spot? This quiet bistro on the edge of Eastman is well-known for its sizeable breakfasts, as well as regional classics like duck confit from nearby Brome Lake.

11. Aux 2 Tomates

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2273 Chemin du Parc, Orford
QC J1X 7A2, Canada
(819) 300-2260
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A relative newcomer, this Orford restaurant highlights local, seasonal ingredients, offering a dozen organic-flour pizzas, as well several dishes to reheat at home as part of its weekly menu, which always pairs nicely with its rotating selection of natural wines.

12. Fitch Bay Café

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270 Rue Principale E local 100, Magog
QC J1X 4X5, Canada
(819) 843-2222
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This microroastery on the outskirts of Magog is an excellent stop to grab a coffee for the road – and some beans to boot, with well over a dozen different blends available.

13. Restaurant Le Hatley

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575 Rue Hovey, North Hatley
QC J0B 2C0, Canada
(819) 842-2421
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Under the helm of chef Alexandre Vachon since late 2018, Le Hatley, set on the banks of Lake Massawippi, is an ideal location for a special occasion. Focusing exclusively on locally-sourced ingredients, Le Hatley offers table d’hôte dining, as well as “discovery menus” (including a vegetarian option) for a set price. Bonus: discounts are available for guests of the hotel.

14. La Table Du Chef

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11 Rue Victoria, Sherbrooke
QC J1H 3H8, Canada
(819) 562-2258
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At one of Sherbooke’s more refined culinary encounters, chef Alain Labrie’s cuisine reinterprets classic French dishes with local ingredients. Add to that the setting of a former presbytery — an almost austere dining room dressed up with white tablecloths. Expect pristine aromas and delicate flavours in harmony with a well-thought-out wine selection. — Allison Van Rassel

15. Antidote Foodlab

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35 Rue Belvédère N suite 10, Sherbrooke
QC J1H 4A7, Canada
(819) 791-9117
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This city staple — housed in a heritage building — is a colourful, textured, and modern expression of Québécois comfort food. Its bistro philosophy features dishes where tweezers, nitrogen, and thermocirculators are often used to confront aromatic perceptions. Expect shepherd’s pie (or pâté chinois) to be deconstructed and served with horse and/or beef cheek, corn mousse, and airy potato purée. — Allison Van Rassel

16. Vin Polisson

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197 Rue King Ouest, Sherbrooke
QC J1H 1P4, Canada
(819) 791-2442
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The brainchild of three entrepreneurs by the names of Raphael Rioux, Maxime Verpaelst, and Charlie Abran Fréchette, Vin Polisson went where restaurant owners have yet to go before — at least in Sherbrooke. Not particularly known for wine bars, this trio decided (amid a pandemic) to open a small, upscale restaurant featuring seasonal dishes and natural wines comparable to something you might only find in the “big city.” With less than a year under its belt — not to mention several indoor dining closures — the latest deconfinement efforts are what this high-potential spot needed to really get off its feet.

17. Laiterie De Coaticook Ltée

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1000 Rue Child, Coaticook
QC J1A 2S5, Canada
(800) 846-7224
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Reward yourself after a day of hiking in Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook at this quintessential bar laitier that long ago became a household favourite for Quebecers. Be prepared to stand in line (or take advantage of their drive-through service), but know that it’s well worth the wait.

1. Beat & Betterave Nanobrasserie

1C0, 41 Rue Principale, Frelighsburg, Quebec, QC J0J, Canada

Having recently celebrated its sixth anniversary, this quiet roadside café and nanobrasserie run by couple Éloïse Comtois Mainville and Ludovic Bastien has a small, flavour-packed menu featuring items such as a pork-beat burger, falafel, trout gravlax, and just about all vegetables coming from the adjacent garden. With six different beers on tap, alongside a fruity rhubarb lemonade, this is exactly the kind of place to go to slow down and soak it all in.

1C0, 41 Rue Principale, Frelighsburg, Quebec
QC J0J, Canada

2. Brasserie Dunham

3809 Rue Principale, Dunham, QC J0E 1M0, Canada

Undoubtedly one of the region’s most celebrated microbreweries, Brasserie Dunham offers a high-end pub menu to accompany its plethora of available beers and wines. Think seasonal and embrace some of the funkier options (especially with the brews) to ensure you are making the most out of your visit.

3809 Rue Principale, Dunham
QC J0E 1M0, Canada

3. Cantine Ben La Bedaine

599 Rue Principale, Granby, QC J2G 2X9, Canada

This Insta-famous pit stop in Granby is the perfect place to stuff yourself with griddle cheeseburgers, squeaky cheese curds, and so much more. Don’t miss out on the ice cream or milkshakes either, as their “bar laitier” is arguably just as well-known as their food.

599 Rue Principale, Granby
QC J2G 2X9, Canada

4. Café Bar Backbone

100 Rue du Rubis, Bromont, QC J2L 0G2, Canada

Feeling adventurous? Found in a rock-climbing gym just off the main road leading into Bromont, this espresso bar serves as the ideal location to grab coffee in a quiet, idyllic setting after pushing your body to the limits. A small menu complements the options of the café, and there is guaranteed to be no shortage of people-watching, either.

100 Rue du Rubis, Bromont
QC J2L 0G2, Canada

5. Micro et d'Osé

17b Rue Principale N, Sutton, QC J0E 2K0, Canada

Yet another COVID-era venture brought two female chefs (Mona and Marie-Soleil) together to launch an all-vegan menu of soups and other preserves when takeout reached its peak in mid-2020. At first serving as a regular pop-up, they now have their own location in a lovely backyard setting just off Main Street. Look for items like vegan pad Thai, okonomiyaki, general tao tofu and a jerk burger — all hovering around $20 per dish.

17b Rue Principale N, Sutton
QC J0E 2K0, Canada

6. La Rumeur Affamee

15 Rue Principale N, Sutton, QC J0E 2K0, Canada

While its original location can be found in neighbouring Dunham, this fine-grocery store is a perfect stop to stock up on local products from the area. With a wide selection of curated goods, there’s something for everyone — whether it’s for a souvenir or to eat on the spot.

15 Rue Principale N, Sutton
QC J0E 2K0, Canada

7. À L'Abordage Microbrasserie

10 Rue Principale Sud St, Sutton, QC J0E 2K0, Canada

Built as an expansion to its existing microbrewery just steps away, the taproom comes as a welcome addition to the businesses sprouting like mushrooms in trendy Sutton. Now housing its production equipment and facilities, this watering hole bleeds good vibes and serves up its namesake beers as well as a handful of natural wines. Grab cans to go or sit on the renovated patio space.

10 Rue Principale Sud St, Sutton
QC J0E 2K0, Canada

8. La Knowlton Co.

576 Chemin Knowlton, Knowlton, QC J0E 1V0, Canada

Perhaps better known for its beer and specialization in a now somewhat rare cream ale, this Knowlton hotspot offers a wide range of wood-fired sourdough-based pizzas, served on-site and for takeout. Stick around to enjoy the industrial microbrewery vibe, and if the weather’s nice enough, a seat on the sprawling terrasse out back.

576 Chemin Knowlton, Knowlton
QC J0E 1V0, Canada

9. Le Bolt Café

100 Chemin Lakeside, Knowlton, QC J0E 1V0, Canada

Another pandemic-era restaurant to have emerged in the last few months is Bolt Café, owned and operated by Montreal couple Véronique Lacoursière and Pierre-Etienne Boivin. Having left the city for good in August 2020, they purchased a then-closed restaurant and converted it into the café-buvette. Stop in for a classic grilled cheese, excellent coffee (roasted by Montreal-based Escape Roasters), or natural wine. With a small biergarten expansion already in the works, this daytime locale is quickly becoming a crowd favourite.

100 Chemin Lakeside, Knowlton
QC J0E 1V0, Canada

10. Les Trois Grâces

338 Rue Principale, Eastman, QC J0E 1P0, Canada

In need of a Sunday brunch spot? This quiet bistro on the edge of Eastman is well-known for its sizeable breakfasts, as well as regional classics like duck confit from nearby Brome Lake.

338 Rue Principale, Eastman
QC J0E 1P0, Canada

11. Aux 2 Tomates

2273 Chemin du Parc, Orford, QC J1X 7A2, Canada

A relative newcomer, this Orford restaurant highlights local, seasonal ingredients, offering a dozen organic-flour pizzas, as well several dishes to reheat at home as part of its weekly menu, which always pairs nicely with its rotating selection of natural wines.

2273 Chemin du Parc, Orford
QC J1X 7A2, Canada

12. Fitch Bay Café

270 Rue Principale E local 100, Magog, QC J1X 4X5, Canada

This microroastery on the outskirts of Magog is an excellent stop to grab a coffee for the road – and some beans to boot, with well over a dozen different blends available.

270 Rue Principale E local 100, Magog
QC J1X 4X5, Canada

13. Restaurant Le Hatley

575 Rue Hovey, North Hatley, QC J0B 2C0, Canada

Under the helm of chef Alexandre Vachon since late 2018, Le Hatley, set on the banks of Lake Massawippi, is an ideal location for a special occasion. Focusing exclusively on locally-sourced ingredients, Le Hatley offers table d’hôte dining, as well as “discovery menus” (including a vegetarian option) for a set price. Bonus: discounts are available for guests of the hotel.

575 Rue Hovey, North Hatley
QC J0B 2C0, Canada

14. La Table Du Chef

11 Rue Victoria, Sherbrooke, QC J1H 3H8, Canada

At one of Sherbooke’s more refined culinary encounters, chef Alain Labrie’s cuisine reinterprets classic French dishes with local ingredients. Add to that the setting of a former presbytery — an almost austere dining room dressed up with white tablecloths. Expect pristine aromas and delicate flavours in harmony with a well-thought-out wine selection. — Allison Van Rassel

11 Rue Victoria, Sherbrooke
QC J1H 3H8, Canada

15. Antidote Foodlab

35 Rue Belvédère N suite 10, Sherbrooke, QC J1H 4A7, Canada

This city staple — housed in a heritage building — is a colourful, textured, and modern expression of Québécois comfort food. Its bistro philosophy features dishes where tweezers, nitrogen, and thermocirculators are often used to confront aromatic perceptions. Expect shepherd’s pie (or pâté chinois) to be deconstructed and served with horse and/or beef cheek, corn mousse, and airy potato purée. — Allison Van Rassel

35 Rue Belvédère N suite 10, Sherbrooke
QC J1H 4A7, Canada

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16. Vin Polisson

197 Rue King Ouest, Sherbrooke, QC J1H 1P4, Canada

The brainchild of three entrepreneurs by the names of Raphael Rioux, Maxime Verpaelst, and Charlie Abran Fréchette, Vin Polisson went where restaurant owners have yet to go before — at least in Sherbrooke. Not particularly known for wine bars, this trio decided (amid a pandemic) to open a small, upscale restaurant featuring seasonal dishes and natural wines comparable to something you might only find in the “big city.” With less than a year under its belt — not to mention several indoor dining closures — the latest deconfinement efforts are what this high-potential spot needed to really get off its feet.

197 Rue King Ouest, Sherbrooke
QC J1H 1P4, Canada

17. Laiterie De Coaticook Ltée

1000 Rue Child, Coaticook, QC J1A 2S5, Canada

Reward yourself after a day of hiking in Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook at this quintessential bar laitier that long ago became a household favourite for Quebecers. Be prepared to stand in line (or take advantage of their drive-through service), but know that it’s well worth the wait.

1000 Rue Child, Coaticook
QC J1A 2S5, Canada

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