Montréal’s convention centre — the Palais des congrès de Montréal — is located in the heart of downtown. This means the options for great dining are plentiful.
Here are ten restaurants that we love within a ten-minute walk from the convention centre.
Les Galeries du Palais
Visitors don’t actually need to leave the convention centre to find good food! The Palais has its own shopping mall called Les Galeries du Palais, which includes several restaurants. Grab your colleagues and head for Mexican specialties (read: margaritas!) at 3 Amigos Resto-Bar. Or, if you’re in a rush, opt for one of the many fast-food options, ranging from sandwiches to sushi to pasta.
A gourmet shop and restaurant rolled into one, Le Cartet is a comfortable neighbourhood spot to enjoy breakfast or lunch in a welcoming atmosphere any day of the week. Copious brunches are served on weekends, and fine epicurean delights – from chocolate to homemade take-out meals – line the storefront shelves.
Local produce and fresh ingredients are honoured at Maggie Oakes. The menu offers dishes prepared with simplicity, highlighting the finest Québec products, the best meat, and the highest quality fish. Vegetarian dishes also available.
A great ambassador of Québec gastronomy, Toqué! works with more than 70 small local or regional producers, the main of which are represented on the menu. At lunchtime, Toqué! serves a simplified menu in a bright and friendly atmosphere. In the evening, Toqué! offers the ultimate gastronomy experience, while the bar section serves a variety of house cocktails and an exquisite wine selection.
From Pad Thai to General Tao poutine to wok stir fry, Sésame offers a unique concept: a range of Asian dishes of quality and variety to enjoy in a warm and inviting atmosphere, not to mention an affordable drinks menu.
For over 20 years, Modavie has offered a cozy and jazzy atmosphere for a meal in good company where pastis is king. The bistro's huge wine cellar features a generous selection, all chosen to highlight the delicious lamb, fish, beef, duck, and pasta dishes on the menu. The venue presents live local bands seven nights a week.
At Gandhi in Old Montréal, the aromas of South Asia intoxicate guests as traditional Indian music quietly accompanies their dining experience. The restaurant offers a one-of-a-kind ambiance with a refined décor of white tablecloths and gentle, subdued lighting.
A true haven where you can bask in the warm summer atmosphere, Jardin Nelson is the setting for good food, exceptional service, and an impressive variety of greenery. Savour the pleasures of sangrias, refreshing cocktails, and al fresco dining. Bonus: the open-air restaurant often hosts live music.
An original sabering bar with a long list of private imports for all tastes and budgets — and they’ll lend you a sabre to slash open your own bottle. While the essence of champagne may scream posh, the atmosphere at the Maison Saint-Paul is refined, but casual. Fresh and bright, it offers a lively setting to enjoy bubbles any day of the week.
Kyo Bar Japonais
Nestled near Place d'Armes, Kyo Bar Japonais is the meeting place for Japanese food lovers with its impressive selection of sushi. Proud of its typical Izakaya menu, Kyo offers lunch featuring Bento Boxes, fresh and innovative sushi, and a selection of over 25 sakes
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