The complete gourmet: Where to find all things gourmet in Montreal

Do you dream of premium ingredients and superior foodstuffs? Do you crave spices, covet kitchen gadgets, and yearn for farm-fresh, organic goods? Then bliss awaits at Montréal's best gourmet stores. These culinary havens are a treasure trove of everything you need for incredible meals and impressive entertaining. Plus, they're local, which means the owners and staff tap into neighborhood needs and handle special requests easily. Drooling yet? Then make a beeline to Les Chocolats de Chloé, a Montréal mainstay. Are you a canner or a sausage-maker? Perhaps homemade pasta is you're thing. You're in good hands here. Looking for valuable tips on how to prepare the table for special dinner guests? Want to try new recipes and techniques? How about foods and ingredients you may not have heard of? Montreal has it all over the city from the newest foodie area of Montreal - north and northwest of Little Italy and the Jean Talon Market to the specialty shops in Old Montreal to hipster joints on the Plateau and Mile end. Enjoy!

Quincaillerie Dante


A Quincaillerie is a hardware store, but this is no ordinary hardware store. On one side of the family-operated shop you'll find hunting gear and rifles and such, but the other side is all cookware. It's a familiar haunt for the city's chefs and...  Read More

Olive & Olives


An entire store fervently devoted almost entirely to olive oil. There are bottles of varying grades from Spain, Italy, Chile and Australia. A tempting selection of olives, vinegars and items made with olive oil are also on offer. You can sample...  Read More

Boulangerie Première Moisson


Presenting 40 artisan breads and an eye-popping array of gorgeous pastries, not to mention the coffee, this bakery is as much a delight for the nose as it is for the stomach. Light lunch options include sandwiches and salads, leaving plenty of...  Read More

Le Fromentier
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Montréal's Laurier Avenue East has more than its fair share of specialty food shops and gourmet cafes, and Le Fromentier offers what many consider to be the best breads and pastries not only in the neighborhood, but in the entire city. The shop...  Read More

Gourmet Laurier
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For over half a century, this wonderful shop has supplied Montréal cooks with an inspirational inventory of gourmet and hard-to-find ingredients. Rare spices, the finest extra virgin olive oils, exquisite chocolates, specialty teas and coffees,...  Read More

Les Chocolats de Chloé


Another of Montréal's famed chocolatiers. Chloé creates luscious ganache centers with intense flavors like anise, honey, raspberries, Earl Grey tea, and passion fruit, all covered in the smoothest Valrhona chocolate. You can also choose...  Read More



A long-time favorite with Montréal's cooks and foodies, Arthur Quentin has everything you need for your kitchen. From the practical items you use every day to smart gadgets you didn't know you needed; from fine crystal, flatware and china to...  Read More

Olives et Épices
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Owned by the De Vienne family (much revered among Montréal's foodie circles), this Jean-Talon Market enterprise is illuminating to say the least. The specialty here is olive oils and spices, and it's virtually a given that you'll find some...  Read More



The finest ingredients and carefully chosen flavors are the hallmarks of Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois. Sometimes, the combinations might sound a bit strange – the Monte Cristo is infused with cigar leaves, Balsamico is made with 25-year-old...  Read More

Librairie Gourmande


For the chef on your list, or for yourself or anyone interested in food, a visit to Librairie Gourmande is a must. This "thinking person's" guide to all things culinary, the bookstore specializes in cookbooks, with a huge selection in both...  Read More


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