Montreal offers a diverse array of restaurants for all tastes and preferences. One student recently pointed out two unique and delicious (and cheap!) spots for warm meals and great company.
Rabit Hole Cafe:
The Rabbit Hole Café is a safe haven where students living in Montreal can go to enjoy a delicious, warm meal and some great company on a Friday afternoon. From 12:30 to 3:30 pm, Rabbit Hole Cafe opens its doors to invite students to eat a scrumptious 3-course vegan meal for just two dollars (and washing your dishes after)! All the proceeds go directly into sustaining the program. We will not turn away students who cannot pay the suggested donation. (The last time I was there, they had a chocolate chip cookie with an oreo baked inside.)
The Midnight Kitchen is a non-profit, volunteer and worker run food collective dedicated to providing affordable, healthy food to as many people as possible. Based out of McGill University in Montreal, QC we provide free/by donation vegan lunches 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, at 12:30 in the Shatner building on McGill campus.
Another locations for connecting with food and community:
The People’s Potato
The People’s Potato is a vegan soup kitchen at Concordia University – a student initiated project. We offer by donation meals each day of the week during the Fall and Winter semesters. We serve more than 400 meals daily to students, community members with the help of our dedicated volunteers. We are committed to educating about healthy cooking and food politics and to broader goals of social and environmental justice.
Contact us: 514-848-2424 x7590 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 1455 de Maisonneuve west, H-733, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8
It’s Sunday and you’re hungry, but you don’t want to cook or go to an expensive restaurant. And since you’re a student, most restaurants are ‘expensive’. Therefore, there’s only one thing to do: Go get $0.69 Tacos at 3 Amigos! Continue reading
You might have heard rumors in your pre-departure planning that Ireland is a tea-drinking country, and the Starbucks in the airport is going to be the last decent cup of coffee you’ll get until you return to the Land of the Free. You get off the plane and, as you’re heading into the city, you look around. You’re searching, desperately, along every street and down every alley. Not for the consulate or Gardaí presence, not for pubs (you’ll find those later, they look better by nightfall); you’re looking for what will be the focal point of your city map, the central position from where you will embark each morning: a good café.
Bonjour mes amis!
Every time I introduce a friend or family member to Montreal, the first stop is always Frite Alors! This place is a Belgian-Style bistro that offers a variety of burgers, sandwiches, and other lunch or dinner items, but the main attraction is Poutine. If you study abroad in Montreal but don’t try Poutine, you haven’t studied abroad in Montreal! This infamous dish is Frite Alors! home-made fries, drizzled with a special gravy, covered with melted cheese curds, and served with a sauce of your choice on the side. And that’s just the basics- you can also get a number of different kinds of Poutine which have everything from mushrooms and peppers to bits of bacon and steak!
Speaking of steak, the other specialty that I personally recommend (though not for vegetarians) from Frite Alors! is the horse steak. Yes, horse steak. It sounds weird at first, but you’ll never get it in the US because it’s mostly illegal there. Spoilers, it pretty much tastes like any steak you’ve had in the past, but a little greasier and (in my opinion) a little tastier. The best way to get it is to split one with a friend, that way it’s half the price and you can compare notes on the subject afterwards.
There’s a small Frite Alors! branch on St. Laurent street, down and across the street from the TD Bank, and there’s a larger one down on St. Denis. There are more around Montreal, but those are the two most convenient for we Champlain Students.
Here’s the website for further research.
Bon Appetit! — Emilie