Jewish Montreal in a Day


Jewish Eats in Montreal

Montreal is home to a rich lode of Jewish food (kosher and not), ranging from the city’s unique and justly famous bagels (at St. Viateur) to Canada’s own version of pastrami, known as smoked meat, served in raffish deli style at Schwartz’s. You’ll find superb babkas and ruggelah at Boulangerie Cheskie’s, and and one of the finest steak dinners in North America at Moishes, where side dishes include marvelous latkes (potato pancakes) and meals begin with chopped liver or herring in cream sauce. No culinary visit to La Métropole would be complete without a baloney & salami sandwich at Wilensky’s Light Lunch and a kitchen sink “Mish Mash” omelet at Beauty’s Luncheonette.


St. Viateur

Montreal bagels are boiled in honey water and baked in a wood-fired oven to become one of North America's best breads. St. Viateur sets the gold standard.

Must Eats

Boulangerie Cheskie

Boulangerie Cheskie is in the old Jewish neighborhood of Montreal. Poppy-seed ruggelah are wonderful. The babka is huge and heavy. All take-out.


Wilensky’s Light Lunch

A Montreal best bet, the Wilensky Special is thin slices of beef baloney and salami on a roll, the whole package cooked in a press. To drink: genuine egg cream.


Beauty’s Luncheonette

An old fashioned coffee shop/ deli famous for its kitchen-sink mish mash omelet, smoothies, mac 'n' cheese, and rice pudding, Beauty's is a Montreal best bet.



The smoked meat of Montreal's Jewish neighborhood is at its best at Schwartz's, where countermen make sandwiches with meat piled impossibly high on good rye.



Moishe's is Montreal's high-end steak house with a Jewish accent. Side a gorgeous filet mignon with latkes (potato pancakes) or twice baked Monte Carlo potato.