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Certified Village Cafes of the Eastern Townships

An hour outside of Montreal, visitors to the beautiful four-season vacation area of the Eastern Townships (Cantons-de-l’Est) can join the locals for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just coffee at a new association of local cafes that have been certified for serving quality, healthy meals using local ingredients and products. Strict criteria state the cafes cannot be part of a chain, must be central to community life and often feature the cafe owner behind the counter.

Local village café owners invite visitors to their fine restaurants to enjoy coffee (often organic and sometimes free trade) along with meals prepared using top quality local ingredients as well as locally-produced specialty products for take out, often available frozen for quick make-at-home meals.

This newly created, select group of local cafes is similar to the Cafes de pays found all over rural France.  These cafes also serve as meeting places that are known to be friendly, welcoming and down-to-earth. The owners of these cafés, which are centrally located in the towns and villages of the  Eastern Townships are proud to share their diverse flavours and their beautiful surroundings. The cafes are often located near scenic viewpoints such as alongside lakes and rivers.


An example of a village cafe which produces a specialty product is the one located in the Chocolate Museum in Bromont, founded in 1993. While enjoying such local dishes as salmon pie, chicken crepes or baked beans served with a fresh vegetable salad topped with a home made chocolate and balsamic dressing, visitors can also learn about the history of chocolate and enjoy a wide selection of hand made chocolates and chocolate desserts served with a rich cup of milk or dark hot chocolate.

Cafe de Saveurs
Cafe de Saveurs

Some of these small establishments like Cafe Saveurs et Gourmandises also hold liquor licenses and offer local beers and wines. Sitting on the bank of Lake Massawippi in North Hatley, Saveurs et Gourmandises, specializes in homemade delicacies including a perfectly-sized cake-style chocolate brownie filled with walnuts. For lunch, their hearty French onion soup topped with a generous helping of melted cheese is a great place to start followed by a fillet of salmon sandwich or a warm cheese and ham on a fresh croissant. Their six varieties of pizza are popular too.

Other village cafes in the region specialize in maple syrup products or multiple varieties of homemade bread while still others grew out of central food markets. Some serve as local co-ops and a few feature exhibits by local artists.

Whatever their origins or focus, the village cafes, a prime feature of everyday life in the community, are a great place to experience the Eastern Townships like a local.

Montreal’s Budget Bed and Breakfasts

Visitors to Montreal looking for budget-friendly accommodation should check out these bed and breakfasts. These establishments are centrally located and include a substantial breakfast, but often have shared washrooms. Almost all include free, reliable wireless internet.

Boulanger Bassin Bed and Breakfast

Boulanger Bassin Bed and Breakfast is a cyclist – friendly establishment a block north of the Parc Fontaine in the Plateau district. Each unit has its own bath – not common in this convenient and beautiful area of Montreal.

Host Ken is an excellent cook (baker) and a good guide to the city. His restaurant suggestions should be taken seriously.

Chez Roger Bontemps Bed and Breakfast

Chez Roger Bontemps Bed and Breakfast is a three bedroom ancestral home in the heart of Montreal’s Gay Village. Just steps from the bus station, these rooms start at $45.00 for a single in low season. Roger offers long term bed and breakfast accommodations for two – eight people. The continental breakfast is more than adequate and the shared washroom is for the exclusive use of guests.

1441, rue Wolfe

Montreal, Québec
H2L 3J5


University Bed and Breakfast

University Bed and Breakfast is a five room establishment just west of St. Laurent in the Plateau Mont Royal district. Rooms with shared bath start at 70.00 per night but the best deals is the suite s with private kitchen from $109.00. These suites resemble a small, one bedroom apartment that can accommodate up to four people.

623 Prince Arthur W.
Montreal, QC
H2X 1T9

Bed and Breakfast Chez Nous

For a good night’s sleep in an ultra quiet, cool room reminiscent of a tomb, look no further than Bed and Breakfast Chez Nous. Although the living room is adjacent to the main floor room , the proprietor, Jacqueline listens to her television with headphones so as not to disturb the guests. The Plateau house is impeccable and a great deal starting at just $60.00 for a single. A full breakfast features organic food.

3717 Ste-Famille Street
Montreal, Québec
H2X 2L7

Le Gite Bed and Breakfast

Le Gite Bed and Breakfast is another Plateau find. The home of two artists is well situated just around the corner from the “bring your own wine” restaurants along Prince Arthur Street. Prices start at $65.00 and long stay discounts are available.

3619, rue De Bullion
Montreal, Québec
H2X 3A2

Bed and Breakfast Azur

Bed and Breakfast Azur consists of three sunny, colorful guest rooms starting from $75.00 for a single that includes a full, healthy breakfast served on a terrace, weather permitting. Caroline, the proprietor and registered massage therapist offers sessions for her guests.

1892 Gauthier

Montreal, Québec
H2K 1A3