Montreal by Borough: The Best of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie

September 18, 2015,

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.

Independent Cafés
Paquebot Café
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.
le Paquebot: Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie                                                                                                                              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)

La Cornetteria
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.
Cronuts at La Cornetteria - in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie                                                                                                                     Photo by La Cornetteria

or brunch

Régine Café
1840 Rue Beaubien E
A lovely (and sort-of upscale) brunch spot with an artisanal, French-inspired menu.
Cafe Regine in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie                                                                                                                    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. Bottega in Rosemont-La Petite Patrie                                                                                                                            Photo by Bottega

Elio Pizzeria
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.

Pizzeria Napoletana
189 Rue Dante
Pizzeria Napoletana, open since 1948, serves thin-crust pizza in a casual, busy space. Pizzeria Napoletana in Rosemont-La Petite Patrie                                                                                                                Photo by Pizzeria Napoletana

Geppetto Pizza
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).


Jean-Talon Market
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.Jean Talon Market in Rosemont-La Petite Patrie                                                                                                                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.

Parc Molson
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!).Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 5.10.27 PM

Parc Maisonneuve
One of the biggest green spaces in the city with a running track and a bike path (and next door to the botanical gardens).

Dante Park
In the heart of Little Italy, Dante Park is great for people watching and has free movie nights during summer.

Catch a movie

Cinéma Beaubien
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. Cinema Beaubien in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie                                                                                                                        Photo by Cinema Beaubien

and finish off with a drink

Nacho Libre
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!Nacho Libre in Rosemont-La-Petite Patrie                                                                                                                        Photo by MTL Blog

 Over to you!
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  • Reply Ilena Ciricillo September 18, 2015 at 11:30 am

    In one of your Instagram posts(the rainbow seat in a Montreal lane) you said Montreal is magic. You’re right; it is! Great post.

  • Reply Steve September 18, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    These are jewels of our neighbourhood indeed… Especially Molson park!

  • Reply Celia September 19, 2015 at 11:50 am

    You’ll have to help me complete your list:)

  • Reply ora exacta October 3, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Am aflat aceasta pagina, dupa ce am cautat despre Montreal by Borough: The Best of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie pe Google.
    Se pare ca informatia dvs e foarte valoroasa, mai ales ca am mai gasit aici si despre ora, ora exacta, lucruri
    interesante si folositoare. Mult succes in continuare!

  • Reply Gretchen Coolman October 11, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Im no pro, but I think you just made an excellent point. You undoubtedly understand what youre speaking about, and I can definitely get behind that. Thanks for being so upfront and so genuine.

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