The Best Haitian Addresses in Montreal: Our suggestions
One of the most beautiful aspects of Montreal is its cultural diversity. This is reflected in the city’s culinary scene, which allows you to taste a huge and varied range of products and flavours. Among the many types of cuisine found in Montreal, Haitian cuisine is one that we love!
Haitian immigration to the city began almost 100 years ago. In fact, the Centre d’histoire de Montréal has recorded that, as early as 1930, many young Haitians were studying in Montreal! It was not until the mid-1940s and again in 1970 that waves of immigration to Quebec took place, mainly because of the political, economic and geological context in Haiti. Today, the Haitian community and its dynamic culture are actively involved in building Montreal’s excellent gastronomic reputation.
Here is our list of the best Haitian restaurants in Montreal, to help you discover (or rediscover) this excellent cuisine:
SPECIAL MENTIONS to these addresses:
- Bonne Bouffe Créole: Located in Hochelaga, La Bonne Bouffe Créole is a restaurant offering authentic, tasty and comforting dishes.
- Steve-Anna: Steve-Anna is a very popular Haitian snack bar located in Saint-Michel. With its counter formula, the house offers a variety of dishes rich in tropical flavours.
- Fourchette Antillaise: A great restaurant located on Salaberry Street, this place offers a fine Haitian cuisine experience. Cabri in sauce, creole shrimps and beef tasso, are a few of the delights on the menu.
- Sous Le Palmier: Whether you want to eat in or take out, Sous Le Palmier offers a delicious, authentic menu in a friendly and unpretentious space.
- Shandmas: Located in the borough of Sainte-Marie, Shandmas offers succulent Haitian cuisine. The neighbourhood establishment serves good classic dishes with generous portions, in a very nice decor.
- Chez Toutou: Chez Toutou is an address that was highly recommended by our readers! Located on Bélanger Street East, in Saint-Michel, this small restaurant invites you to enjoy Creole-flavoured dishes.
Note that the team has also prepared a list of excellent Caribbean restaurants in Montreal!
Marché Méli Mélo initially opened its doors on Jarry Street as a small grocery store in 1984. After having been a great success with the residents of the neighbourhood, the address opened its restaurant counter a few years later. Since then, one can savour delicious Haitian dishes, to eat in or take-out. These dishes reflect the cultural diversity of the neighbourhood. We love this neighbourhood staple and their generous, delicious and affordable dishes.
The menu at Le Palme (short for palm tree) is like a journey through the West Indies thanks to its flavours or, as in the chef’s words, a representation of the countries where palm trees grow. The destination lends itself perfectly to summer and one comes here to savour delicious accras, jerk chicken, tasso de cabri—a traditional West Indian dish interpreted by the chef—, griot salad and many others in a place that is both refined and very welcoming.
Sissi et Paul is a very popular casse-croûte located on Jean-Talon Street east. In a cozy little dining room, the house offers a variety of delicious Haitian dishes. Griot, macaroni salad, accras and much more await you here! Our favourite: the griot. It is without a doubt a staple on their menu.
Kwizinn is an excellent restaurant that offers delicious Haitian dishes on Plaza Saint-Hubert. Since 2017, the house offers dishes with warm flavours, including a succulent griot, a tasty tassot de cabrit, and spicy BBQ chicken—just the way we like it. We strongly recommend that you finish your meal with their excellent banana fritters. What a treat! You can also visit their second location in Verdun.