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Mile End

Mile End

Montreal, Quebec

The Basics

Mile End walking tours are often centered around food, as the neighborhood boasts a diverse range of cuisines and specialties. As a longtime hub for Montreal’s Jewish population, walking tours that highlight Jewish history, culture, and heritage are also popular, and often include stops at decades-old restaurants and Mordecai Richler’s old haunts. Bike tours offer a more active experience and enable you to see more than might be possible on foot.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Montreal

star-4
An excellent knowledgeable guide
Denice_G, Oct 2021
Mile End Food Tour
The information about the area. Excellent food choices. Good variety. Good exercise My favorite was the first stop where we meet, le restaurant LaPanthère verte.
star-5
So much fun!
Maximo_P, Oct 2021
Mile End Food Tour
This was SO MUCH FUN!!!! Our host was engaging, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and an so playful! She made everyone very comfortable, we all felt welcome. The tour itself was fantastic, going from place to place, eating manageable portions at each stop. We would get the lowdown on the location, the history of the food, and the reason she picked this example. Did I mention she made it fun? If you can make this part of your trip, do yourself a favor and take the tour. It was the highlight of our trip.
star-5
Awesome!
Darwin_S, Nov 2019
Mile End Food Tour
Had so much fun despite the cold weather with our tour guide Carolina! She was very knowledgeable about the neighborhood and made our tour quite interesting and of course delicious! Our favorites were the champignon bread from the French bakery (forgot the name, sorry!) and the Gnocchi from La Drogherie (sp?). But all in all, would definitely recommend this tour if you're visiting Montreal!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Mile End is a must-do for foodies, thrifters, and history buffs.

  • Don’t forget comfortable shoes, as the best way to explore the neighborhood is on foot.

  • Visit popular restaurants after the lunch rush to avoid notoriously long lines.

  • Street signs, including parking and traffic signs, are written in French.

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How to Get There

Mile End is situated northeast of Mont Royal Park and is easily accessible via Montreal’s comprehensive public transit system. The nearest stops are Saint Laurent and Saint Viateur on bus 55, Avenue du Parc and Fairmount on bus 80, and Laurier metro station on the orange 2 line. Alternatively, a BIXI bike-share dock is located on the southeast corner of Avenue du Parc and Avenue du Mont-Royal Ouest. Metered street parking is available, but often limited.

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When to Get There

Mile End is busiest on weekends—especially during brunch. Beat the crowds by heading to restaurants and cafés before 11am. For a quieter experience, stroll through the neighborhood on a weekday morning. In addition to POP Montreal’s International Film Festival each September, Mile End also hosts the annual summer Marché des Possibles, a public market that features live music, art, films, and pop-up restaurants.

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Battle of the Bagel

Mile End is home to Montreal’s two legendary bagel shops: St. Viateur and Fairmount, located only a few blocks apart. Montrealers are born and bred to have an unwavering loyalty to one or the other, creating a city-wide bagel debate that has been written about and reported on for decades. Try a fresh bagel at each shop and decide for yourself—both are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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