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A Culinary and Cultural Stroll Through Montréal's Ethnic Neighbourhoods

  • 350 years of immigrant food and history
  • 13 nationalities whose flavours and heritage are savoured
  • 05 Montréal ethnic neighbourhoods walked

Stroll Montréal's Saint-Laurent Boulevard tasting your way through vibrant ethnic neighbourhoods on a culinary walking tour.
Learn about the city’s diverse immigrant heritage while nibbling the specialities of Chinatown, the Jewish Quarter and Little Portugal. Taste artisanal Hungarian sausage, Montréal smoked meat and Little Italy's sweets. Visit delis, gourmet emporiums, cafés and food-stands, chatting with locals about the cuisine and lifestyles they brought from their Spanish, Vietnamese and Latin American homelands. Discover Quebec’s “cuisine de terroir” – from maple goodies and boutique cheese to unique “ice cider” – at the bustling Jean-Talon Market, a farmer's cornucopia that is North America’s biggest open-air marketplace.

Why you should visit

• Tasting Montréal’s famous smoked meat.
• Experiencing a rare insider’s glimpse into Montréal’s international cuisine and immigrant heritage.
• Savouring Quebec’s unique artisanal products like “ice cider” and maple taffy chilled on snow.
• Learning secrets about the city that even locals don’t know.
• Smelling freshly roasted spicy Portuguese chicken and wood-fired bagels, then  sinking your teeth into them.
• Browsing the lively, fresh produce-lined aisles of a giant open-air urban farmer’s market.
• Visiting hideaways like fortune cookie and bagel factories, and an Italian church with a unique fresco.
• Prowling the neighbourhoods that literary legends Leonard Cohen and Mordecai Richler called home.
• Getting to know the characters who create the city’s rich multi-cultural scene.

Weather

• Montréal summers (June through August) can be very warm and often humid. Winters (December through March) are chilly with a good chance of snow. Spring and the long fall season are pleasant, warm during the day and cool at night. Snow is possible from November through April and thunderstorms are not uncommon in summer.
• Discover local weather information.  Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.

Visitor information

Hours & Prices.
• Walking tours available year-round. Tuesdays through Sundays.
• There are two different half-day tours, each 4.5 hours long.
• It is possible to do both half-day tours in one full day.
• Many of the food samples contain meat. Make it known in advance if you are a vegetarian.
• Bank machines and shops nearby.
• Bicycles and accessories available Fitz & Follwell bike shop at their headquarters.

When to go

• July and August are the warmest weather.
• Week days are less busy.
• The Jean-Talon Market’s selection of fresh goods is best June through September.
• For Quebec winter specialties like maple taffy pulled off snow - March and April.

Need to know

• The tour is largely wheelchair accessible.
• Wear comfortable walking shoes.
• Bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast.
•  In winter, dress warmly with waterproof boots, warm gloves and a hat.
• Children over 13 welcome.

Getting Here

• It is best to take the Metro subway system to the nearest meeting point for your tour, Place d'Armes station.
• If you drive, there are many parking lots in the area.
• Taxis are plentiful in Montréal.