Travel Date: June 1-5, 2022

We went on our first road trip to Montreal from June 1-5, 2022. The goal was to try out as many “must eats” as possible suggested from online bloggers. Not only did we want to try the must eats, we wanted to try them from different restaurants and compare them. A google sheet was created by all of us (including the kids) to list out where we would like to eat, type of food, address, opening hours, etc.  in order to fully maximize our three days there. 

Below you will find our review of the “must eats”. I also included restaurants that are not in food blogger websites, but we tried due to the high reviews or being in the area. 

RestaurantOur Order
Kem CobaRose & Lychee Raspberry, Pandan, Sour Sop, Passion Fruit Orange, Mango sorbet
St. Vieteur BagelsSesame bagel and Raisin bagel
Fairmont BagelsSesame bagel and Chocolate bagel
La BanquiseOriginal Poutine
Chez ClaudetteOriginal Poutine
Chalet BBQRotisserie chicken and poutine
Schwartz’s DeliSmoked meat sandwich & poutine
Au Pain DoreRegular croissant, Chocolate Croissant, Chocolatine, Apple Fritter
La Bete A Pain(Griffintown)Almond Croissant, Cookies, Baguette, Chocolatine, Apple pastry
Orange JulepOrange Julep
Breizh CafeL’After Eight Crepe, Snickers Crepe
Juliette et Chocolat55% Hot chocolate and cappuccino
Wilensky’sSalami and bologna sandwich
L’Oeufrier (Masson and De La Montagne locations)Large breakfast menu including crepe, poutine, eggs, fruit salad, etc
Lasalle Drive-In RestaurantPoutine, burger, hot dog and fries

Kem Coba 

Who doesn’t love a good, refreshing dessert? My children loved Kem Coba’s sorbet so much that we came here twice in 3 days! They serve many unique flavours, and during that time, the special was the “Rose & Lychee Raspberry” sorbet. It was delicious with a good balance of rose and lychee flavour. 

There’s always a line up at Kem Coba. Fortunately, while the kids and I waited in line, hubby would grab food from other places nearby such as Fairmont Bagels and Wilensky’s. 

Bagels (Fairmont vs St. Viateur)

Fairmont Bagel was very easy to get to since we were always at Kem Coba area whereas St. Vieteur was a bit further out. St. Veituer’s store was bigger and showed how they make their bagels but Fairmont was only a small cash register with pre-packaged bagels. Overall, we prefer Fairmont’s bagels. We find them slightly sweeter with a better texture. Even without any toppings, it was a joy eating the Fairmont bagels. 


Within 3 days, my son had 6 poutines pretty much to himself. The poutine itself was a meal and you could add many different toppings on it. To compare them, all 6 poutines eaten were the regular flavour. 

Overall La Banquise took top honours. It had tasty gravy and chewy cheese. Chez Claudette was the runner up. Their fries were better than La Banquise and had a sweeter taste to it. The poutine from other places were mediocre but still better than Toronto’s, except for the one from Chalet BBQ. I would not recommend anything from that restaurant if you’ve already had Swiss Chalet.  

Chalet BBQ

This restaurant was said to have the best rotisserie chicken in Montreal with a long history. However, to us, it was as if they ripped off the recipes from Swiss Chalet (or maybe vice-versa), but their version was worse. 

Schwartz’s Deli

You can’t go wrong with a nice smoked meat sandwich from Schwartz’s. It was lacking mustard sauce but overall it still hit the spot. I would order the regular fries instead of the poutine. 

Pastries (La Bete A Pain vs Au Pain Dore)

La Bete a Pain had better pastries than Au Pain Dore but it was farther away from downtown Montreal. You can easily find many Au Pain Dore all over Montreal.  

Orange Julep

You may have seen this iconic restaurant with a big orange on the top. It is famous for their Orange Julep drink and we purposely drove there to try it out after visiting Mont Royale. The drink was very tasty and tasted a bit like creamsicle with a stronger orange juice taste to it. It was definitely worth a visit. 


Breizh Café specializes in crepes and there were so many to choose from! It was our afternoon snack so we went with dessert crepes which were good, but not amazing. I think it’s the variety that makes this restaurant interesting. We actually enjoyed the crepe more from L’Oeufrier in Masson more.

We only ordered drinks from Juliette et Chocolat but it was fun watching them make massive desserts while waiting for our order. It will surely give you a sugar rush eating one of their desserts!

Wilensky’s Wilensky’s is a small corner store by Kem Coba. They have an all-beef salami and bologna sandwich that’s grilled on a roll. It pairs perfectly with a cherry soda. It’s a small sandwich so you can easily grab it as a snack or purchase multiples as a meal, then head to Kem Coba for some sorbet! 


L’Oeufrier is a breakfast restaurant and their portions were huge. We ate at two different locations just because we were in that area (Masson was near the Biodome while De La Montagne was near our hotel). The one at Masson was better overall. The crepes were better, the portion size was bigger, and there were more fruits.  

Lasalle Drive-In Restaurant

This drive-in restaurant was the only restaurant you would find if you were to do a bike ride along St. Lawrence River on Lasalle Boulevard. The food was quite decent (or we were just hungry)! The hot dogs were the small Montreal sized ones but the poutine was actually better than some other restaurants, such as Chalet BBQ or Schwartz’s. 

About Author

Bonnie Ta has been a Travel Advisor since 2015 and chose to move into the travel industry instead of returning to corporate life because travel has always been her passion. An avid traveller herself, having travelled to 5 continents and 30 countries, Bonnie devotes the same amount of care and attention to helping her clients as she would, if she were planning her own trip.

She is very detailed oriented (PMP certified professionally) and takes the time to understand her clients “travel wish list” and takes that into consideration along with their travel style, interests, age group of travellers and of course, budget to curate memorable travel plans. Bonnie has developed deep relationships with world-class travel partners and that helps ensure her clients have the best travel experience each time.

She has experience planning intimate getaways to big group excursions and have taken her clients all around the world seeing the northern lights in Iceland, tulip fields in Amsterdam, countryside of Tuscany, beaches of Maldives to the safaris in Africa, just to name a few. In her own words, “My husband and I want to see the world with our kids and it makes me happy when I can help other families do the same because the memories we have from travelling together will bring us a lifetime of happiness.”

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