Montreal is a foodie’s heaven. Best of all, you don’t have to shell out your precious pennies to enjoy it. There are a variety of tasty cheap eats available at your finger tips.Thanks to several large university campuses located on this tiny island. You just need to know where to look.
1. Le Cagibi
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Mexican
Average spend: breakfast €2 – 7, lunch/dinner €6 – 8
This indie cafe/bar features an appetising menu of fresh soups, salads, burritos and sandwiches accompanied by an excellent selection of tea and coffee. It also offers a simple brunch and breakfast menu that is definitely easy on the wallet. The free Wi-Fi is ideal for travellers on the go and the music isn’t so bad either, so stick around a bit. Check out the daily soup and salad combos. Lentil, lemon and coconut never tasted so good together! See the menu.
5490 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
2. Restaurant Boustan
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Average spend: pitas €2.50 – 3, combos for €6
For authentic Middle Eastern food on the go, Boustan serves up vegetarian and meat shawarma varieties and platters to satisfy your nightly cravings (open from 11 a.m. until 4 a.m.). Menu highlights include the shish taouk (also known as a kebab, doner or shawarma) and roasted potatoes smothered in the house garlic sauce. The line-up out the door shows just how much Montrealers love this little hole-in-the-wall. See the menu.
2020 Rue Crescent
3. Les Folies
Cuisine: Vegetarian, French and Canadian
Average spend: starters €3 – 5, brunch €8 – 10, mains €11 – 12
Les Folies (meaning crazy-ness) is a lovely little brunch spot with an outdoor patio overlooking bustling Avenue Du Mont Royal East in Montreal’s Le Plateau neighborhood. Brunch items like omelettes, crepes and homefries are a staple of any Canadian cosmopolitan diet and are worth a try at this unique restaurant. Also featured are creative salads and juicy burgers for your meat-eating friends. Try La Fraîche: refreshing greens mixed with fresh fruit, seeds and creamy raspberry vinaigrette. The cocktails are also surprisingly delicious (like the tart raspberry mojito), which are available in pitchers to share. See the menu (French only).