Grab-and-go: Lunch on the run in Montreal

So, you’ve got 30 minutes before your next meeting and you’re starving. With so many options to grab a bite in Montreal, it can be overwhelming to pick a lunch spot, and with the clock ticking, there’s not much time to consider your options. We’re here to help with a few quick lunch options where the food is sure to satisfy.

Dépanneur Le Pick Up

7032 rue Waverly, Montréal, QC H2S 3J2

The name says it all. Dépanneur Le Pick Up serves a wide variety of hot sandwiches for under $8. Their pulled-pork sandwich is a hit, as are their daily specials. They also offer vegetarian options. As a bonus, pick up a few necessities, as they are also a dépanneur.

Boulangerie Capanelli

4634 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1S4

This small rustic-chic gem in St-Henri offers fresh and tasty sandwiches. The staff is friendly, and recommends the roast beef sandwich to first-timers. The interior is small and best meant for a grab-and-go lunch that is sure to taste good, If you need an afternoon jilt along with your sandwich, Campanelli offers great coffee.

Joe's Panini

1404, rue Drummond, Montréal, QC H3G 1V9

The affordable and tasty paninis at Joe’s are a good option for a quick lunch to go. Located downtown, this quick lunch sport offers some of the most flavourful sandwiches in town. The Chicken Caesar is a favourite. As a bonus, Joe’s in open 24 hours, so you can also grab a sandwich on your way home from the office, and from the bar.


5033, rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4A 1S8

For a healthy bite, Mandy’s two locations on Sherbrooke and on Laurier offer delicious and filling salads and sandwiches for the on-the-go crowd. You can choose from a wide variety of their signature salads, or build your own with fresh organic ingredients. Don’t worry, they’re pretty hefty so you won’t be hungry by 2 pm. If you need to satisfy a mid-afternoon craving, order a cookie. You won’t be disappointed.

La Foumagerie

4906, rue Sherbrooke O, Westmount, QC H3Z 1H3

La Foumagerie in Westmount offers various gourmet sandwiches to go, all prepared with fresh ingredients and, most importantly, cheese (it’s in the name, after all). Try A Well Dressed Turkey sandwich, with a side of Gazpacho and you won’t be disappointed.

Le Cartet

106, rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2E5

Le Cartet on McGill Street is a perfect spot to grab a quick lunch. It offers many reasonably priced sandwiches and offers lunchboxes that include a half sandwich and side salad, veggies or fruit salad. If you do have a bit more time, stick around and enjoy their à la carte lunch menu with a delicious Illy coffee.

Café Romy

1307, rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3G 1P7

Tucked away in the lower level of Ogilvy, Café Romy offers midday errand runners an oasis of fresh salads, sandwiches and even pierogies. It’s not as trendy as other cafés in the Golden Square Mile, but it’s definitely one of the quickest. It’s cafeteria-style, so grab a tray, pick a few salads from the glass case and enjoy!

Wilensky's Light Lunch

34, av Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M1

This Fairmont Street gem has been family owned and operated since 1932. The Wilensky Special is simple, quick, and hits the spot. It’s an all-beef bologna and salami sandwich, served on a toasted roll, topped with a bit of mustard. It’s best enjoyed with a pickle. If you’re in the mood for a treat, try one of their egg cream sodas.

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