Caffe San Simeon
This simple cafe has great coffee and a loyal following among Italian residents. It’s a social scene on weekends, with dozens of people spilling onto the sidewalk. If you go another route, two other local favorites are Caffe Italia (on Saint-Laurent) or Cafe San Gennaro (on Saint-Zotique).
39 Rue Dante, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2S 1J6
Triple Crown Dinette
The American Southern dishes here are very good, but the concept is even better. Order at the counter, and they’ll send you away with your fried chicken and a loaned picnic basket filled with plates, cutlery and a tablecloth. At the Parc Petite Italie, observe couples’ evening dance lessons in the gazebo, or head across the street to watch pickup basketball.
6704 Rue Clark, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2S 3E9
Petite-Patrie is full of excellent pupusas, the Salvadoran specialty stuffed with cheese, beans or meat. One of the best options for it is Los Planes, a friendly, busy place with amazing homemade hot sauce and pickled cabbage topping, both crucial to the meal.
531 Rue Bélanger, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2S 1G5
Venture farther north along Saint-Laurent — technically, you’re no longer in Petite-Patrie — to Jarry Park, the onetime home of the Expos and still a much-loved, multicultural gathering place. It has free adult and kids’ outdoor pools, a pond with a grandiose fountain, half a dozen sports fields, and copious green space for barbecues and birthday parties.
99 Rue Gary-Carter, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2R 2V7
Marché Hung Phat
If you want an open-air meal with no hassle, act like a local and get banh mi, Vietnamese baguette sandwiches. Marché Hung Phat will have you out in under five minutes with a top-quality sandwich for $5 Canadian. Just check the opening hours first.
7099 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2S 2S5
This bar and microbrewery is away from the action, on an otherwise low-key stretch of Jean-Talon Street, but its ambiance is so intoxicating that it’s worth settling in here for the night. The beer list is expansive, and there’s plenty of food.
95 Rue Jean-Talon Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2R 2W8
Vin Mon Lapin
This small, top-shelf wine bar is owned by Montreal’s most famous restaurateurs, David McMillan and Fred Morin, who are known outside Quebec for their friendship with the late Anthony Bourdain. It’s not cheap or easy to get a seat at (they don’t take reservations), but the small plates are absurdly good.
150 Rue Saint-Zotique, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2S 1K9