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 know 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, independant book shops and independent clothing shops featuring local designers as well as kitschy vintage second-hand clothing.
- Mile End Kicks (MEK), 5403 Ave du Parc (Ave du Parc/ South of St. Viateur), ☎ 5146574033, . Sneaker and shoe shop established in 2009. Ladies, mens and kids sneakers. Offering a vast selection of styles and brands. edit
The Mile-End is home to the two most notorious 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, ☎ (514) 276-8044, . 24/7. edit
- Fairmount Bagel, 74 Fairmount West, . 24/7. edit
Specialized food stores
The Mile-End is home to many fine food shops and organic markets, including :
- Latina, 185 St-Viateur West, ☎ (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. edit
- 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. edit
- Ma Poule Mouillée, 969 Rachel St (Across from La Banquise). 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). edit
- Plus que Parfait, 60 rue Fairmount ouest. Gelato edit
- Café Olympico. Coffee shop. edit
- Club Social, ☎ (514) 272-0667. Coffee shop edit
- B&M. restaurant with questionable service. Known for good North American style pizza. Brunches are only fair. edit
- Comptoir 21. Awesome fish and chip edit
- Deux Singes de Montarvie. edit
- Helm brasseur gourmand, 273 rue Bernard Ouest (bus 80), ☎ +1 514 276 0473 ([email protected]), . 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. edit
- Chez Serge