I’ve asked this question before on the blog
I’ve asked this question before on the blog: Where do you go to eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when you’re a tourist in another city and you don’t have friends in town?
Many restaurants close on Christmas Eve, and most are closed on Christmas Day. The options? There’s always Chinese. We enjoyed a fun dim sum lunch at Ruby Rouge in Montréal’s Chinatown on Christmas 2008. As for dinners, we’ve found our best bet to be hotel restaurants, most of which stay open for their guests, however small the number of guests might be. Our go-to’s for the past 6 years? Bonaparte, which creates a rather beautiful and delicious French/Quebecois meal on Christmas Eve and Christmas night; and Otto at the W Hotel, which offers Italian-inspired food, also quite good.
Otherwise, be prepared for everything to be closed, from shops in the Underground City to the Couche-tard down the street. Particularly in the Old City, it’s not a good day to be in need of a quick snack, a toothbrush or a box of tissues, so think ahead on 12/23 or Christmas Eve so you’re not caught.
In other words, it’s really not that different from a Christmas Day back home, but back home you’re not restricted to what’s in your suitcase. If you’re staying at a hotel or auberge that offers a breakfast, there’s an extra guaranteed meal that you won’t have to think about.
Chowhounders are discussing what restaurants will be open in Montréal this holiday season – check out the conversation and join in, if you have any suggestions. If you’re staying in the city over the holidays, your concierge can help you, and you can consult OpenTable to see which of its participating restaurants.
What’s our plan for this year? Bonaparte on Christmas Eve… and on Christmas night, most likely Otto, unless something more intriguing grabs our attention.
(photo: Laloux on 12/20/09)