Take a bite out of these crazy good sandwiches in Montreal

In Montreal, the sandwich is an art form, though perhaps it's more accurate to call it a mad science. There's the wild grilled-cheese fusions offered by artisanal food truck vendors as well as quiet cafés tucked away in Old Montreal. Seafood-themed sandwiches are also popular among traditional restaurants and cafés that are eclectic in both their menus and decor. [Image credit: iStock.com/NightAndDayIimages]

Café Santropol

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3990, rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal, QC H2W 1T7

Part of a block that was set for demolition in the mid-1970s, Café Santropol began with a simple idea of offering modest fare such as salads, soups and sandwiches, though it eventually grew into an eclectic café. There's the house special: Santropol, which combines cream and blue cheese with meat and veggies. Up the ante with the Pepper Island Pesto, which has cream cheese and Café Santropol's own hot pepper jelly, along with crunchy cucumbers and ham.

P.A. & Gargantua (Food Truck)

QC

Evoking the gluttony and excess of "Gargantua and Pantagruel" by Francois Rabelais, the food truck that bears the name is best known for its gourmet grilled-cheese sandwiches, popular with the St-Denis construction workers who, on sunny afternoons, can be seen lounging on picnic tables in the nearby park while downing these fried wonders. Try a little Thanksgiving-themed number with grilled cheese, apple and cranberries. Or grab a fix for your gourmand urge on a hot summer day with the strawberry-rhubarb version.

Pas D'Cochon Dans Mon Salon

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2325 Dandurand, Montréal, QC H2G 1Z3

Pas D'Cochon Dans Mon Salon does have a regular location, but because it's also a food truck, you can usually find it parked in the same lot as P.A. & Gargantua. The most popular item is the pulled-pork sandwich, which offers a fat, juicy portion of pork, slow cooked in a combination of sweet and spicy sauce, and served with pickles and lettuce on a good-sized Kaiser bun.

Café Titanic

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445, rue Saint-Pierre, Montréal, QC H2Y 2M8

Old Montreal's got some sweet sandwich shops, and Café Titanic is one of the best. Nestled in between Notre-Dame and Saint-Paul Streets, it's got the food to match the pretty decor (inside and out). They cater and offer in-house dining, making their killer sandwiches a good option for any occasion. Try the grilled cheese on a plank (it's just what it sounds like) or the Italian-themed Milanese pork cutlet sandwich. If you prefer white meat, go for the chicken cutlet sandwich, which has roasted peppers.

Café Pavé

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243, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T4

This is another Old Montreal original located on Notre-Dame West, not far from the Basilica. A favourite among regulars is pulled pork on a baguette with an artichoke and spinach spread, topped with Monterey cheese. Montreal boasts outstanding Italian fare, and Café Pavé also has the goods. The pesto-flavoured chicken and prosciutto Genova sandwich stands up to the best of them, and there's even a gluten-free variation.

Hof Kelsten

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4524 boul St Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T 1R3

Hof Kelsten is right in the heart of the Plateau and holds its own among other famous Montreal sandwich establishments. These guys stand out for their bread. Baker Jeffrey Finkelstein makes a rye and caraway bread that goes quite well with his own smoked gravlax topped with cream cheese, fennel and cucumbers. He's also no slouch when it comes to traditional breads like the French baguette. The chopped liver and brisket are also popular items.

Cafe Vasco Da Gama

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1472, rue Peel, Montréal, QC H3A 1S8

Café Vasco da Gama is on one of the side streets not far from Ste-Catherine West, the popular downtown shopping hub. This place is usually hopping at lunchtime, mainly because of the duck confit sandwich, which consists of fig and duck purée (not kidding) on fresh bread with slices of rich São Jorge cheese (from Portugal), all grilled panini-style. For something completely different (and seafood-themed), a shrimp wrap with mango and avocado might be a good choice.

Known for its seafood, Halifax has quickly become a bastion of Indian restaurants, cafes and vendors scattered throughout the city's downtown streets, malls and markets. From grand buffets for family gathering to scrumptious weekend brunches to quick appetizer fixes, if you're hungry for it, you'll find it here.
Famous for its poutine and smoked meat, Montreal also boasts a number of standout bánh mì joints. Bánh mì literally translates to "all kinds of bread," though it has come to mean simply a Vietnamese sandwich. This alternative to fast food offers a sensory experience that accesses all the areas of the palate – salty, sweet, tangy and spicy. [Image credit: iStock.com/oannatkaczuk]
Montreal has a diverse number of stationery stores to suit your mood, occasion or business profile. Writers, artists and office managers alike have their pick of stationery manufacturers who supply beautiful hand-made products, in a range of paper formats, with printers or quality pens to supply that colourful ink. [Image credit: iStock.com/ollinka]
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