Family Friendly Montreal – Where to Eat

View from Mont Royale
View from Mont Royale

With summer in full swing, it’s time to get out and start exploring. What better place to do a daytrip with little ones than Montreal?

In today’s post, I look at affordable and delicous places to eat with kids in tow.

Where to Eat

  1. If you find yourself exploring the shops on St Catherine street in downtown Montreal, check out Cocktail Hawaii at 1645 Boulevard De Maisonneuve Ouest near rue Guy. They are known for their fresh juices, crepes, smoothies and desserts. It’s been around for ages and is a favourite spot for Concordia students. The atmosphere is very family friendly with colourful decor and large stuffed animals swinging off fake palm trees. The prices are great and all the ingredients are fresh with the crepes and smoothies made in front of you.
  2. If you are a fan of ethnic cuisine, check out Restaurant 786 on Jean Talon (address is 768 rue Jean-Talon Ouest). It is an Indo-Pakistani restaurant serving up traditional meals like biryani (rice with marinated meat), nihari (tender beef stew), chapli kebabs (round, flat beef patty), bbq whole fish and chicken charga (bbq whole chicken). Although the decor is nautical, the restaurant has a limited fish and seafood menu. The prices are very reasonable and the food can be spicy. They have a separate family section where you could eat in privacy. If the little ones are too exhausted to eat in the restaurant, you can order ahead and pick up some food to take home. Be sure to check out the Indian, Greek, and Eastern European stores along the Jean Talon strip to complete your exotic journey to Montreal’s most multicultural neighbourhood.
  3. For those hot summer days and cool nights, visit the outdoor oasis of Jardin Nelson restaurant which is situated in Montreal’s Old Part, just off Cartier Square. On weekends they sometimes have live music and delicious sweet or savoury crepes on the menu. At night, the outdoor garden terrasse is lit up with strings of lights and the whole atmosphere feels like an outdoor party.
  4. Watch how bagels are made in an old fashioned wood burning oven at the Original Fairmount Bagel Bakery at 74 Fairmount West. This family-owned business still makes bagels which are rolled by hand. The Factory started up in 1919 and has been at this location since 1949.

Look for more suggestions on where to eat in Montreal on my recent post on 2Cute Blog – Girls Trip To Montreal.


Photo Credit:  Intiaz Rahim

Ambereen Rahim is a senior analyst, part-time blogger and mom of three year old boy/girl twins. In her spare time you can find her travelling, exploring activities with the kids, trying new recipes and blogging about it. You can follow their adventures on twitter @2cuteblog


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  1. We lived in Montreal for a few years, and my son loved clubhouse sandwiches & poutines from La Belle Province restaurant ( a few locations in Montreal).

  2. I went to the Just for Laughs comedy festival a couple of years ago and tried the Fairmount Bakery Bagels. I recommend them.

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