Eat your way up Montreal's most famous street 

This is a food tour with depth. We wander through four cultural communities, learn the stories of their inhabitants and mom & pop shop owners, and sample the food & drink most symbolic to their identity in Montreal. On this South tour, samples include tea and Dragon Bear candy in Chinatown, Québecois poutine in the old Red Light, famous smoked meat in the Jewish Quarter, and a tasty traditional pasteis de nata tart in Little Portugal!

The Main Food Tour - South Circuit

Highlights :

Chinatown / Red Light District / Jewish Quarter / Little Portugal / Plateau Mont-Royal

Schedule : Daily

Departure at 10.30am

Price :

13 and over: $75; 12 and under: $65

Duration : 2h45

Easy pace walk, 2 miles

What's included

6 food sampling stops

A Cultural Food Tour with Depth

Like New York's Lower East Side, for three centuries immigrants to Montreal have settled along the city’s main boulevard, Blvd St. Laurent, known as “The Main.” French, British, Chinese, Eastern European, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American and North African – all have found their time and place on this historic street. 

This action-packed tasting tour - deemed a ‘Canadian Signature Experience’ by the Canadian Tourism Commission - tells the story of the arrival of these groups of immigrants, their roots, and the communities they formed in Montreal. You'll learn about the traditional foods and recipes they brought with them to Canada, and others that were created here in Quebec crossing cultures.  We visit landmarks, ethnic grocers, delis, specialty shops, lunch counters, restaurants, cafes, and marketplaces, many of the mom & pop variety in business for between 50-100 years, all with their own unique stories that will be recounted by your guide.

Of course, the best way to learn is to taste! This South Tour meets adjacent to Old Montreal in the heart of the Chinatown neighbourhood.  There we visit a historic factory still producing fortune cookies and noodles, and a local tea shop with a truly impressive selection of blooming teas. A few blocks away we arrive in the former Red Light district and stop at a 100 year old former pool hall to try some Quebecois poutine! After a short bus ride we arrive in the former Jewish Quarter for the main event of the tour - a smoked meat sandwich from Schwartz's deli.  This area of the Plateau neighbourhood blends into Little Portugal and we finish the tour with a pasteis de nata tart, near the former home of Montreal poet/songwriter Leonard Cohen.
We recommend to continue your discover with the second segment of this tour, Flavours of Montreal - North!

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