Montreal by Borough: The Best of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie
Tourists visiting Montreal often spend the bulk of their time exploring the Old Town (what Montrealers call the Old Port or Old Montreal) and downtown. Some might venture a little further into Le Plateau or the Mile End. Instead of spending all of your time in these tourist hubs, I suggest checking out another borough of the city – just venture a little northeast and discover Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie.
I might be a little biased – I grew up in Rosemont (and still live here). Nonetheless, locals in Montreal are finally recognizing Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie as the new place to be and dine. So when you come to visit Montreal, spend some time discovering the best of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie/Little Italy. How and where you ask?
I’ve listed 20 spots to dine at, shop and hang out.
2110 Rue Bélanger
Paquebot is a brand new café in the borough but has quickly garnered local media attention. With the establishment’s attention to detail (to design and to product quality), Paquebot deserves to be scoped out.
Photo by Paquebot
Le Café du Romancier
1991 Rue Beaubien E
(Update December 2015: Le Romancier has closed permanently – a new café is scheduled to reopen at the location). This small but unique café is decorated with novels. “Le roman” is French for novel and the owner is a writer, hence the establishment’s name.
Caffé San Simeon
39 Rue Dante
San Simeon is located in the heart of Little Italy and is an Italian-style caffè-bar.
With a side of cronuts (and Italian pastries)
6528 Boul St-Laurent
La Cornetteria bakes the best cronuts in the city (they call them cronettos) – even selling them to other coffee shops throughout Montreal. Visit this location for fresh cronuts and authentic Italian pastries.
Photo by La Cornetteria
1840 Rue Beaubien E
A lovely (and sort-of upscale) brunch spot with an artisanal, French-inspired menu.
Photo by Régine Café
Le Vieux Vélo
59 Rue Beaubien E
For a more laidback option, visit Le Vieux Vélo. It’s a back-to-basics breakfast spot with a creative spin on the classics.
Grab a fresh juice
Mangue et Melon
7070 Avenue Henri Julien (inside the Jean Talon Market)
Located inside the Jean Talon Market, Mangue et Melon is a juice bar on wheels, serving fresh juice to thirsty locals and tourists (juice is made upon ordering).
Head to one of the best pizzerias for dinner
65 Rue Saint Zotique East
Fancy but fun, Bottega is the place you go for a special occasion – or if you’re craving an authentic, wood fired, brick oven pizza. Photo by Bottega
351 Rue de Bellechasse
Elio is a no-fuss Italian pizzeria and eatery. Dough and toppings are a little heavier (than Bottega) but still delicious.
189 Rue Dante
Pizzeria Napoletana, open since 1948, serves thin-crust pizza in a casual, busy space. Photo by Pizzeria Napoletana
2510 Rue Beaubien E
Geppetto uses a brick oven, serving great pizza in a charming and modern space.
and the best gelateria for dessert
2221 Rue Bélanger
Roberto serves authentic, Italian gelato (and sorbet) in an array of flavours. But Roberto is more than a gelateria – housing a storefront for Italian specialty items and a takeout counter (food is prepared on site) and an Italian restaurant (so, a fifth place for pizza).
7070 Avenue Henri Julien
The biggest outdoor market in North America – seriously. The Market houses a number of shops and restaurants as well as produce stands. Check it out. Photo by Jean Talon Market
2700 Rue Beaubien E
Crystals, angel cards, books, incense and soy candles – all that good stuff.
Bottes et Baskets
1130 Rue Beaubien E
An independent boutique, selling shoes, boots and accessories (for women and men).
Then relax in nature
Because in Montreal, parks are our beaches.
A green haven across from cafés and restaurants on Rue Beaubien. Parc Molson has free Wi-Fi and an outdoor skating rink in winter. A local artist carved a number of tree-gnomes throughout the park – see if you can find any (and tell me where they are… I haven’t found any myself yet!).
One of the biggest green spaces in the city with a running track and a bike path (and next door to the botanical gardens).
In the heart of Little Italy, Dante Park is great for people watching and has free movie nights during summer.
Catch a movie
2396 Rue Beaubien E
Independent (and non-profit) theatre screening independent films primarily in French – from Quebec or France – and occasionally from elsewhere. It’s a landmark in Rosemont and is cherished by locals. Photo by Cinema Beaubien
and finish off with a drink
913 Rue Beaubien E
I’m not much of a drinker but I’ve heard that Nacho Libre has swinging chairs and old-school video game consoles and that sounds like fun to me! Photo by MTL Blog
Over to you!
Have you ever been to Montreal? Have you visited Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie?