Montreal has great live music and great food at very affordable prices. If you want to escape from the site of the Jazz Festival and are willing to discover other districts, here is a list of restaurants and luncheonettes that will give you a taste of what Montreal has to offer. These restaurants have been tried over and over again (and enjoyed) by Montrealers! All of them are situated at walking distance from the Montreal Jazz Festival site.

Here are two excellent suggestions where you will eat excellent food for an affordable price.

Café Titanic (breakfast and lunch; closed on Saturdays and Sundays)

445 Saint-Pierre Street (Old Montreal).
Tel.: (514) 849-0894 (no reservations).
Business hours: from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Metro: Square Victoria or Place d’armes or 15 min walking distance from downtown
Business hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price per person: around $15, taxes included.

Our all time favourite! A little jewel! Situated in Old Montreal, 15 minutes walk from Downtown. You will be able to eat on the spot or take out to eat your lunch on the lawns of the Old Port. The cuisine, Mediterranean style, tasty and spicy, is truly excellent: not to be missed, fresh antipasto available daily: marinated and grilled eggplants; asparagus al dente, seasoned carrots; marinated mushrooms, salads (tuna, potatoes with sour cream and shallots), olives, etc. Also offered are the specials of the day, a large selection of sandwiches on fresh baguette as well as deserts. The staff is efficient and always in good spirit, the atmosphere is lively, the décor (bricks and hardwood floor) is pleasant and the music never gets on your nerves! To be noted: portions are really generous. (Sabine Thuilleaux)


Olive et Gourmando

351 Saint-Paul Street (Old Montreal).
Tel.: (514) 350-1083 (no reservations).
Metro: Square Victoria or Place d’armes, or 15 min walking distance from downtown
Business hours: from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday (closed on Sundays and Mondays).
Price per person: around $15, taxes included.

Nice place to have lunch. It is very busy but there is always room. You can also easily order to take out. Good atmosphere, chic, quite trendy. Soups, sandwiches, and salads are truly tasty and really excellent. They offer a large selection of cheeses and "charcuteries" from Quebec. And, because it is also a real bakery, you will be able to buy great fresh bread. (Sabine Thuilleaux)


Hoàng Oanh

1071 Saint-Laurent boulevard. Tel.: (514) 842-3110.
Metro: Place d’armes.
Business hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., everyday.
Price per person: around $7, taxes included.

Excellent Vietnamese sandwiches (banh mì) on baguette: different kinds of meat, served with marinated and lightly sweetened carrots and radishes, mustard or mayonnaise (striking taste) and hot peppers for amateurs, all that topped with a touch of coriander. Delicious! Sandwiches are made on the spot. Other Vietnamese specialties as well as exotic juices are also available at the store. It’s a perfect spot for a quick, tasty and cheap lunch. (Sabine Thuilleaux)


Le Commensal (lunch and supper seven days a week; brunch on Saturdays and Sundays)

1204 McGill College (Downtown).
Business hours: 11 h 00 to 22 h 30.
Price per person: around $15, taxes included.

A classic in Montreal! This vegetarian restaurant is on the first floor of a building situated at the corner of Sainte-Catherine and McGill College. Its large windows will give you a view on the permanent stream of people walking up and down the street. It is a self-service restaurant and the food is fresh and tasty. You will find a large selection of salads, vegetarian dishes and deserts that must not be missed. The food is priced according to the weight of the food. And you’re in luck, because during the jazz festival they change the music to jazz! (Sabine Thuilleaux)

Restaurant La Paryse
(lunch and supper. Opened seven days a week)

302 Ontario East.
Tel.: 842-2040 (no reservations).
Business hours: from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Saturdays: from12 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays: from 12 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price per person: around $13, all taxes included.

Another Montreal jewel! Great hamburger place where you can eat good French fries with mayonnaise! It is rather small but the atmosphere is very pleasant. The decor reminiscent of the fifties is colourful and the staff is always pleasant. The music is great! Try the hamburger "Special" (with cream cheese). Deserts are excellent (carrot cake). (Sabine Thuilleaux)


Thai express

In the mall situated below the Simons store on Saint-Catherine street, in the heart of downtown.
Price per person: around $10.

Two excellent dishes are to be sampled: pad thaï et papaya salad, well spiced. (Sabine Thuilleaux)


PLATEAU (Saint-Laurent boulevard, also called The Main)
Patati Patata (Breakfast, lunch and supper. Opened seven days a week)

4177 Saint-Laurent (at the corner of Rachel). 30 min walk from downtown.
Tel: (514) 844-0216 (no reservations).
Business hours: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Monday to Friday. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Price per person: around $8, all taxes included.

Another excellent place for hamburgers: Mediterranean with feta cheese, fish hamburger (my favourite) and vegeburger. Try their "rôti au jus" (roastbeef with sauce) and a tasty borsch served with garlic bread. Salad and French fries accompany hamburgers. This little restaurant is loaded with character and the staff is really nice. The place is small, but the flow of customers is constant. You can order to take out and eat your lunch in the nearby Mont Royal mountain. (Sabine Thuilleaux)


Café Santropol (lunch and supper. Opened seven days a week)

3990 Saint Urbain. <br>
Tel.: (514) 842-3110 (no reservations). 30 min walk from downtown.<br>
Business hours: 11:30 a.m. to Midnight. Saturday and Sunday: 12 a.m. to 1 a.m. <br>
Price per person: around $15 all taxes included.

This restaurant is very close from the Mont Royal mountain. It offers a good choice of excellent salads and sandwiches accompanied with fresh fruits. It’s a warm place and the music is pleasant. In the summer, the terrace is really enjoyable. (Sabine Thuilleaux)





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