BEYOND THE BAGEL

BEYOND THE BAGEL

Renowned worldwide for its unique take on Jewish cuisine, Montreal is the birthplace of countless Jewish foods, both iconic and overlooked. Experience the rich and delicious Jewish food culture of Montreal’s Mile End and Plateau neighbourhoods by visiting decades-old food institutions alongside new businesses that are revitalizing the city’s food scene. We’ll also travel to backyards and alleyways to uncover this city’s hidden Jewish food history and taste nearly forgotten delicacies. And of course you’ll get to feast on the classics like smoked meat and bagels, so make sure to bring a healthy appetite!

MILE END / PLATEAU
3–4 HOURS
FOOD TOUR
OUTDOOR

TOUR PRICES

$77 ADULTS
$55 STUDENTS
$55 AGES 14–17
$35 AGES 6–13
AGES 0–5 ARE FREE

 Prices do not incl. tax & are subject to EZ Tix fees
 For private groups, please contact tours@imjm.ca

TOUR PRICES

$77 ADULTS
$55 STUDENTS
$55 AGES 14–17
$35 AGES 6–13
AGES 0–5 ARE FREE

Prices do not incl. tax & are subject to EZ Tix fees.
* For private groups, please contact tours@imjm.ca

  • Created by a Jewish food historian and experts in Montreal’s Jewish history, this tour offers a unique take on the city’s Jewish food history through personal narratives, recipes, and photos gathered from restaurants, business owners and their families.
  • Our various food tastings include some of Montreal’s iconic dishes: a Schwartz’s smoked meat sandwich, bagels from Saint-Viateur and Fairmount, and Wilensky’s Light Lunch. Come with a healthy appetite!
  • Get an insider’s perspective on the stories behind Montreal’s Jewish culinary institutions, including well-known spots like Beauty’s and Moishes, foods from Montreal’s Hasidic community, and tastes of businesses that no longer exist.
  • Learn about the resurgence of Montreal’s Jewish food scene and visit the establishments that are contributing to this movement.
  • Explore the main streets and back alleys of the eclectic Plateau and Mile End neighbourhoods while learning the fascinating history of these traditionally Jewish neighbourhoods.
  • Our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides are university-level researchers and will answer your questions and lead discussions throughout the tour experience.
  • This tour is not certified kosher/kashrut, and cannot provide vegan, gluten, or allergen-free alternatives. If you are vegetarian, please contact us in advance at tours@imjm.ca for more details. Food is included in the price of the Beyond the Bagel tour.

START POINT
The Rialto Theatre, 5723 Park Ave (Corner rue Bernard Ouest)

END POINT
4040 boul. St-Laurent (intersection Duluth)

  • Moderate walking (tour is approx. 3.5 km and lasts 3 to 4 hours)
  • Please inform the Museum of any relevant accessibility needs upon booking your tour.
  • Tours can generally be made to accommodate different mobility and accessibility needs. Note that Montreal’s sidewalks and roads are often under construction or poorly kept, which can further impact accessing our tours.
  • This tour is not entirely wheelchair accessible; some visited food establishments have steps. However, we are happy to provide accommodation for all levels of mobility to the best of our ability.
  • The Museum of Jewish Montreal’s space is wheelchair accessible.
  • Tour ticket exchanges must be requested 48 hours in advance; only cancellations made 24 hours in advance of tours will be refunded. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will only be refunded in the event of severe storm conditions or in the presence of lightning.
  • For rates and availabilities for group or private tours, contact tours@imjm.ca.
  • We do not provide bus, bike, or car tours. We can provide recommendations for bus or car tour guides if desired.
  • For the Beyond the Bagel food tour, tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours before the tour start time. Our outdoor tours run from mid-March to mid-November (weather permitting). Bookable public tour dates are released a minimum of 2 months prior to the date of the tour.
  • Special requests for private walking tours from mid-November to mid-March can be arranged (weather permitting) by contacting tours@imjm.ca.
  • Get 15% off at Fletchers Cafe (located inside the Museum of Jewish Montreal) on the day of your tour with proof of tour ticket purchase.
  • You must wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose to be welcomed onto a walking tour and you must not remove your mask for the duration of the tour.
  • You must bring your own face mask. The Museum will not provide you with one.
  • You must endeavour as much as possible to maintain a distance of 2 meters between yourself and other tour guests (who are not part of your family) and the guide for the duration of the walking tour.
  • The size of walking tour groups will be limited to 12 people.
  • Anyone who feels unwell or has cold or flu-like symptoms should not attend the tour and will be allowed to reschedule their tour or receive a refund for tickets purchased.
  • As of September 1, 2021, the Quebec government requires all persons aged 13 and above to have proof of vaccination for walking tours.

Image courtesy of Vince Morena and St. Viateur Bagel