Mile End, the last Mile, is a small neighborhood between Outremont, Le Plateau, Rosemont and Little Italy. The main commercial streets are parts of St-Viateur, Fairmount, Bernard, Villeneuve, Parc Ave & St-Laurent.
It has bagel shops (2 on Fairmount and 2 on St-Viateur), plenty of little restaurants and shops and is best known for its lively Italian coffee shops.
The nearest metro station is outside the Mile-End: Laurier on the orange line. It is about 15 minutes walk. Alternatively, take the 80 bus from metro stations Place-des-Arts (green line) or Du Parc (blue line).
- 1 Church of St. Michael and St. Anthony, 5580 rue St-Urbain.
- 1 Rialto Theatre, 5723, avenue du Parc.
The two main commercial streets in the Mile-End are Bernard and St-Viateur. Stroll your way through fine food shops, independent book shops and independent clothing shops featuring local designers as well as kitschy vintage second-hand clothing.
The Mile-End is home to the two most renowned bagel shops of Montreal: St-Viateur Bagel and Fairmount Bagel. These shops do not offer seating, but you can sit in a nearby park to eat your bagels while they are hot. For the complete experience, do a picnic with fresh bagels, smoked salmon and cream cheese.
In contrast to the New York-style bagel, which also contains sourdough, the Montreal bagel is smaller, thinner, sweeter and denser, with a larger hole, and is always baked in a wood-fired oven. It contains malt, egg, and no salt, and is boiled in honey-sweetened water before being baked. Many Mmontrealers have strong opinions about whether Fairmount or St-Viateur has the better bagel. Wikivoyage knows better than to take sides in their debate.
- 1 St-Viateur Bagel, 263 St. Viateur West, ☏ +1 514-276-8044. 24/7. The flagship bakery of St-Viateur Bagel.
- 2 Fairmount Bagel, 74 Fairmount West, ☏ +1 514-272-0667. 24/7.
Specialized food stores
The Mile-End is home to many fine food shops and organic markets, including:
- 3 Latina, 185 St-Viateur West, ☏ +1 514-273-6561. Fine food shops boasting an excellent olive bar and many European importations. It is one of the rare places to buy truffles in Montreal.
- 4 [formerly dead link] Le Cagibi, 5490 St. Laurent (corner St-Viateur), ☏ +1 514-509-1199. A nice vegetarian café and bistro, Le Cagibi is also a hot spot of the emerging experimental music scene with live shows most nights of the week.
- La Poule (Bernard between Waverly and de l'Esplanade). open till 22:00. One of the best Portuguese-style chicken restaurants in the entire city (and there are quite a few.) It's owned by an Italian woman and the head chef is a Moroccan man, but no matter. Their chicken is grilled, not rotisserie. Served with piri-piri hot sauce, choice of salads and a huge pile of fresh fries. Lots of other things on the menu but don't bother. It's all about la poule (the chicken).
- Arahova (on St-Viateur near du Parc). A Greek restaurant specialized souvlaki and doner. A chain, and not a great one at that.
- Plus que Parfait, 60 rue Fairmount ouest. Gelato
- Café Olympico. Coffee shop.
- 5 Café Club Social, 180 rue Saint-Viateur Ouest, ☏ +1 514-495-0114. Coffee shop.
- B&M. A restaurant with questionable service. Known for good North American style pizza. Brunches are only fair.
- 6 Comptoir 21, 21 rue St-Viateur Ouest, ☏ +1 514-507-3474. Awesome fish and chips.
- 7 Les Deux Singes de Montarvie, 176 rue St-Viateur Ouest, ☏ +1 514 278-6854.
- 1 Helm brasseur gourmand, 273 rue Bernard Ouest (bus 80), ☏ +1 514-276-0473, email@example.com. 15:00-03:00. A unique bar with emphasis on local products including homemade beers, ciders, and North American wines. On the food side, you will find tapas like platters prepared with fresh ingredients: fish and meat tartares, duck magret, Québec cheeses, rillete, foie-gras, the famous veal mini-burgers, and also vegetable dishes. Food is not necessarily of the quality one would expect for the price, however. $4 draft beer ($5.50 for pint), 5 to 8 prices on tap.
- Sparrow (Le Moineau), 5322 boulevard Saint-Laurent, ☏ +1 514-507-1642.
- Chez Serge
- 1 Pensione Popolo, 4871 St Laurent Blvd, ☏ +1 514-284-0122.