Foodie finds: Montreal gourmet grocery stores

There’s no shortage of gourmet grocery stores popping up around town, which is good news for foodies and lovers of high-quality, local products. This list introduces you to some of the new stores on the block, as well as reminding you about some long-standing establishments where you’re sure to find the local products, or rare, imported foods you need for your next gourmet meal.

Marché Italien Le Richmond

333 rue Richmond, Montréal, QC H3J 1T9

Italian restaurant Le Richmond has its own gourmet grocery store in a large space with chic, industrial décor, where you’ll find meat, antipasti, and Italian specialties like pasta, sauces, pizzas, olive oil and prepared dishes for takeaway, all carefully selected. You can also eat on-site, or drink a glass of wine, on the bistro side of the business. You can also indulge your sweet tooth: in addition to a selection of teas and coffees, you can sample traditional desserts like cannoli or tiramisu.

Boucherie Grinder

1654, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1M1

Old-fashioned butchers disappeared several decades ago, only to reappear to meet the growing needs of consumers who care about the quality and source of their meat. To meet this demand, Grinder restaurant has opened its own butcher shop, which specializes in aged meat, with a New York-trained master butcher. They sell beef, including high-end products such as Quebec Wagyu beef and 1855 Black Angus beef, poultry and sausages, as well as sauces and prepared dishes. You can even order online for home delivery. Make your selections from the jewel-like display in their sleek, minimalist space.

Le Petit Coin Épicerie

45 rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1P7

Chef Martin Juneau is omnipresent in this corner of Rosemont, and his presence now includes a neighbourhood grocery store, Le Petit Coin, which he opened with his colleagues, chefs Louis-Philippe Breton and David Ferguson. On the rustic shelves of this gourmet convenience store you’ll find staples like milk and potato chips alongside a carefully selected range of products from Quebec, including venison, pork, sausage and foie gras, alongside seasonal fruits and vegetables and spices in bulk, teas to accompany sweet treats, bread from Arhoma and oil from Société-Orignal.

Fou D'Ici

360 boul de Maisonneuve O, Lachine, QC H3A 0G6

This urban grocery store, a rarity downtown, offers hot and cold ready-to-eat meals, made on-site daily, as well as a tartare station, and a counter for eating and drinking (with beer, wine, and cider). You’ll find Quebec meats, fresh fish and oysters, house-made gravlax, fresh bread from L'Amour du pain, house-made pastries, desserts by Léché and macarons by Point G, to accompany tea or coffee. The cheese section is worth a visit in itself, with more than 300 varieties., while local farms deliver seasonal fruits and vegetables. Round out your shopping with chutneys, mustards, granola, spreads, olive oils and vinegars.

Les Douceurs du Marché

138, av Atwater, Montréal, QC H4C 2G3

Here is a grocery store that is sure to surprise! You’ll unearth products from around the world, especially from Europe, that are either rare or entirely unavailable elsewhere in Montreal. Balsamic pearls from Modena, black truffle chips, Italian tomato sauces, Austrian pumpkin seed oil, coconut vinegar, mustards, jams, maple syrup, premium chocolates, and French delicacies from Comptoir de Mathilde are just a few examples of the rare and refined products on offer here. During the holidays, visit them for specialties like Italian chocolate-hazelnut spread, panettone or the German stollen.

Les 5 Saisons

1250 av Greene, Westmount, QC H3Z 2A3

This Westmount grocer is dedicated to fine gastronomy. A butcher, deli and fishmonger, but also a market for organic traditionally grown fruits and vegetables, you can seek advice in each department to find exactly what you need. The cheese section offers a selection of Quebec, Canadian and imported cheeses, and prepares its own traditional mozzarella. Many sorts of bread are baked on-site several times a day, and ready-to-enjoy dishes and tasty snacks are availableThey take orders for home delivery, and a gift service, whether of a gourmet basket or floral arrangement, is also available.

La Vieille Europe

3855, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9

This veteran grocery store on the Plateau is indeed a favourite destination for French shoppers, who find an array of products from France like Lu cookies, Haribo sweets, syrups from Teisseire and Monin, and chocolate by Milka. Other European delicacies are also found there, such as Spanish turrón and German chocolates. In addition to these indulgences for your sweet tooth, shoppers visit especially for their extensive deli meat and cheese departments, tea, coffee beans roasted on-site, oils and Italian pasta. You can also order a coffee, sandwich or pastry to go.

Epicerie Latina Inc

185, rue Saint-Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2T 2L4

Locavores and foodies in Mile End appreciate this grocery store that features Quebec producers and has adopted ecologically sustainable practices. You can count on a daily menu and catering services created by chef Alex Pernetta, who was crowned best French chef in 2012 in Abu Dhabi. The butcher's counter is a major draw, and offers dry-aged beef, Gaspor piglet and Kamouraska lamb, with all their meat is raised by traditional farmers. Sausages, fish, fruit and vegetables, a bakery, cheese, gourmet foods, and wine, local cider and beer round out their offering. The grocery store takes orders for home delivery.

Would you like a change of pace from downtown shopping, with its teeming sidewalks and super crowded stores? Head to the western end of Sainte-Catherine Street and turn onto Sherbrooke Street West: here, and along Greene and Victoria Avenues, you’ll find the many lovely shops of Westmount!
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