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 (situated outside the Mile-End) is Laurier (orange line), and is about 15 minutes walk. Alternatively, take the 80 bus from metro stations Place-des-Arts (green line) or Du Parc (blue line).
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.
- St-Viateur Bagel, 263 St. Viateur West, ☎ +1 514 276-8044. 24/7.
- Fairmount Bagel, 74 Fairmount West. 24/7.
Specialized food stores
The Mile-End is home to many fine food shops and organic markets, including :
- 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.
- Le Cagibi (St-Laurent corner St-Viateur). 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 10pm. 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.
- Club Social, ☎ +1 514 272-0667. Coffee shop
- B&M. restaurant with questionable service. Known for good North American style pizza. Brunches are only fair.
- Comptoir 21. Awesome fish and chip
- 3 Singes de Montarvie.
- Helm brasseur gourmand, 273 rue Bernard Ouest (bus 80), ☎ +1 514 276 0473, e-mail: email@example.com. 3PM-3AM. 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.
- Chez Serge