Fine Grocery Store Suggestions: Encourage local businesses
The city is full of fine grocery stores where you can find quality gourmet products that may be hard to come by elsewhere. These small addresses often feature local products, so they are an excellent way to encourage local artisans. If you’re seeking some inspiration or a touch of originality for your next apéritif, dinner party, or weekday meal, you’ll be sure to find it at one of these shops.
For most food lovers, grocery shopping is a stimulating activity; we can let ourselves be inspired by the freshness and availability of ingredients to prepare a meal worthy of the greatest restaurants.
Whether you’re looking for ready-to-eat or frozen homemade meals, preserves, fresh pasta, charcuterie, cheese, fresh vegetables, specialty products, desserts, or alcoholic beverages, you will be sure to find what you are looking for in this list of fine grocery stores. The best part? Each of the addresses also offers products from other establishments, such as Luciano’s tomato sauce at La Vieille Europe, Anicet’s honeys at Veux-tu une bière?, and good Quebec wines at Épicerie Butterblume. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice from the passionate people who welcome you at each of these addresses, that’s what they’re there for!
For your cooking breaks, to encourage your favourite restaurants or simply to spoil yourself because you deserve it, check out our list of restaurants open for take-out.
Without further ado, here are a few fine grocery store suggestions that are sure to inspire:
In the heart of the Petite-Patrie on Plaza St-Hubert, Conserva fine grocery store offers homemade products as well as a wide variety of wines and beers from Quebec. Working with local producers, Conserva offers frozen meals, charcuterie, desserts, canned goods, fresh vegetables and even a sandwich counter for take-out. You can order online, by phone or drop in. Photo Alison Slattery
Aliments Viens is a butcher shop specializing in charcuterie, and offers, among other things, local cheeses and meats, sandwiches, and local products such as bread from the Hof Kelsten bakery. Aliments Viens’ charcuteries can already be found in several Montreal restaurants such as Vin Mon Lapin, Elena, Joe Beef and Montreal Plaza. Now, thanks to the boutique located on Saint-Laurent Boulevard in the Mile End, you can purchase their products to savour at home. Photo Alison Slattery
One year after the opening of the beautiful Butterblume restaurant in Mile End, the team opened an adjacent fine food grocery store right next door. With take-out and ready-to-eat meals, this lovely counter offers a nice wine list, several local beers, fresh vegetables, prepared cuts of meat, coffee, and ice cream. Until the dining rooms reopen, the team welcomes you Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grocery side to stock up on great local products. Photo Alison Slattery
Open since 1959, La Vieille Europe is an integral part of the Montreal culinary scene in the Plateau Mont-Royal and beyond. A true institution, this delicatessen offers more than 4,000 products from here and elsewhere, from cheeses and charcuterie to homemade products, to a regularly changing menu as well as kitchen accessories. Open 7 days a week, La Vieille Europe also offers a delivery service as well as the possibility to order online. Photo La Vieille Europe – Facebook
Between the opening of Lawrence and Larry’s, Boucherie Lawrence was opened just up the street from the two restaurants. Offering meats from small local farms, the butcher shop also offers a take-out menu including sandwiches, small dishes and great wines, beers, and other drinks. Like Larry’s, the butcher shop is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and even offers a delivery service. Photo by Alison Slattery
Located a few blocks from the wine bar of the same name, Etna Pastificio is a charming counter to add to your address book for its very good fresh pasta and its fine products imported directly from Spain and Italy. Oils, preserves, panettone, salts and other fine foods to fill your pantry or offer as gifts line the shelves. The products are as good as they are beautiful, and are difficult to find elsewhere in Montreal. The grocery store also offers a nice selection of wine, ciders and beers from here.
Located near the Jean-Talon market, le comptoir Sainte-Cécile is a charming address that offers epicurean products, delicious sandwiches and small dishes to take away. Although the shop wears many hats, we come for their tasty brunches, their wine selection, their soups and sauces ready to be enjoyed at home, and other artisanal products.