Secret Urban Suppers
inspired by The Mile End, Montréal
Discover the creative story of Mile End, Montréal, where you can pick the language you want to speak whether it's French or English! There's always a vegan cafe nearby or a colourful mural on your way to the local barber's shop converted to a cocktail bar.
"Mile End is a neighbourhood in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is part of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough in terms of Montreal's municipal politics.
Since the 1980s Mile End has been known for its culture as an artistic neighbourhood, home to artists, musicians, writers, and filmmakers such as Arcade Fire, Adam Gollner, Bran Van 3000, Ariane Moffatt, Grimes, Sean Michaels and Plants and Animals, etc. Many art galleries, designers' workshops, boutiques and cafés are found in the neighbourhood, which have played a large role in Mile End being included on numerous lists outlining the world's most cool and unique neighbourhoods."
- Late Brunch -
Mimosas with prosecco, cranberry juice, orange juice, frozen cherries and frozen cranberries
"In Montreal, weekend mornings quintessentially start with brunch. The trendy area of Plateau Mont-Royal has some of the best brunch spots. Each district has their unique take on different dishes and offer various varieties of food from different cultures."
- Street Art Fest -
Rainbow beetroot and rainbow radish carpaccio, dried edible blue cornflower and marigold, Hawaiian black lava salt, Hawaiian bamboo jade salt, beetroot powder, olive oil, pomegranate, dill, pine nuts
"Montreal's creative cauldron, Mile End is home to artists and writers, musicians and filmmakers, as well as galleries, bookstores and entertainment venues packed into an area that barely covers one square mile. The Mile End became home to the most artists per capita in all of North America. In 2005, the neighbourhood was described in several music magazines, notably Spin and Pitchfork Media, as the heart of the city's independent music scene. The neighbourhood continues to be a thriving centre for many artists & musicians. With the amazing artworks left by street-art fest Mural every June, St-Laurent Boulevard is a veritable open-air art gallery year-round."
- Micro Brasseries -
Beer battered tofu tacos, on beetroot corn tortillas, with Oatly and sriracha cream, lime, red cabbage and coriander
"Montrealers love a great craft beer, and take the art of micro brewing rather seriously, which is why the brewpubs tend to be packed with locals. Pretty much every one of them feels as it could be your own favourite neighbourhood bar, where you can enjoy chatting with friends and indulging in one pint after another, or just chilling with a good book. While the province in general has a reputation for its dark beers to match those cold, dark winters, here you’ll find everything from crisp pilsners and barrel aged sours to citrusy IPAs.
Craft beers and micro-breweries populate the Mile End neighborhood.
Visiting beer drinkers often make a beeline to the intimate (and almost always packed) brewpub Fieu du Ciel in the hip Mile End. Their stouts—the creamy Aphrodisiaque (known as Aphrodite in the States) and the hefty, coffee-infused Péché Mortel—would be worth it alone, but then there are the experimental or hoppier offerings, like a Mosaic-hopped pale ale, Mosaika, and an 'India Cream Ale' called Mea Culpa. As their bottled beer distribution grows across North America, Dieu du Ciel has drawn deserved attention to Montreal's beer scene. A visit here then, is an essential and worthy one."
- Bagels & Bookshops -
Montreal style bagels with sesame seeds, vegan cream cheese, organic sprouts, hibiscus salt
"The area is home to the city's two most famous bagel bakeries, Fairmount Bagel and St. Viateur Bagel.
When Holocaust survivor Meyer Lewkowitz left Europe for Montreal, he followed his ambition to open a bakery that would make authentic bagels like those in his native Poland. Half a century later, customers are still enjoying the circular bread the way Lewkowitz intended them to, and his shop has become synonymous with Montreal-style bagels. The best part for patrons -- aside from eating the honey-sweetened bagels -- is watching the bakers masterfully craft each one by hand while taming the mountain of freshly baked ones from the wood-burning oven.
Fairmount Bagel has been in a feud with St-Viateur for decades in a bready battle over whose bagels are best. The bakery, which prides itself as Montreal’s first bagel proprietor, opened its doors back in 1919 on St-Laurent Boulevard before moving to Fairmount Street 30 years later. While St-Viateur has expanded to many corners of Montreal and roams the city with its food truck, Fairmount remains a single, stalwart location rife with history.
The comic book company Drawn & Quarterly was founded in the Mile End in 1989, and in 2007 opened up a flagship store on Bernard that is now regarded as the literary hub of the neighbourhood."
- Au Marché Jean Talon -
Fruit salad with mango, raspberries, passion fruit, fresh basil and basil seeds
"Jean-Talon Market (French: Marché Jean-Talon) is a farmer's market in Montreal.
The market was opened to the public in 1933 while Camillien Houde was the city mayor. Before that, the space the market now occupies was a lacrosse field for the "Shamrock Lacrosse Grounds" club.
The market is open year-round, even during Montreal's severe winters, although during this time walls are placed around the central section of the market while outdoor areas remain vacant. During the peak summer period, between May and October, its open-air arcades are occupied by about 300 vendors, mostly farmers from the countryside around Montreal."
- Culture Fusion -
Spirulina and coconut milk ice cream, mixed dried edible flowers (rose, marigold, blue cornflower)
The Mile End has become the epitome of Montreal’s multicultural standard, and our tour touches upon the deep history of immigration and settlement embedded in these streets. This is an ethnically and linguistically diverse district where you’ll hear a mélange of English, French, Italian, Portuguese and other languages.
The tiny ice cream shop Havre-aux-Glaces, owned and operated by Robert and Richard Lachapelle and Julie Plamondon, has been drawing in customers at Montreal’s Jean-Talon Market since 2004. The secret of the glaces and sorbets here are not only the taste, but their unparalleled textures. The Lachapelles are true artisans who shop at the surrounding market stalls and stores to seek out the most flavourful fruit and spices.
Situated next to Fairmount Bagel in Montreal’s happening Mile End neighbourhood, the co-owners behind Kem CoBa, a funky ice cream shop, are pastry chef couple Diem Ngoc Phan and Vincent Beck, who offer exquisite frozen desserts prepared with premium-quality ingredients, less sugar, and no preservatives or artificial flavours. Most of their exquisite ice creams and sorbets are based on Vietnamese flavours and are, as the block-long lineups prove, extremely popular. Favourite flavours include brown butter, cane sugar with coconut and sesame, and their terrific chocolate.
With no prior ice cream experience, and but a degree in refrigeration mechanics, Richard Bernett threw himself in to the ice cream world. His first year opening Ripples was not an easy one, with obstacles and curveballs around every corner. Montrealers have grown to enjoy warm sunny days and summer nights by strolling along the Main with a scoop of Ripples creamy ice cream, delicious frozen yogourt, or thirst-quenching sorbet.