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Simple budget question for food

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Simple budget question for food

Hi and thanks for reading!

My husband and I will be in Montreal in September for a long weekend. We plan to throw down serious cash for one or two nice dinners ($150 or so usd per meal.)

However, when out sightseeing and grabbing typical lunches or lighter dinners, how much should we budget?

Also, what's the average price point for a cocktail or beer in your experience?

We're staying in Old Montreal, if that helps.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Simple budget question for food

A beer is about $8 plus tax and a cocktail is generally from $9-$15 depending on the place.

Food is not too bad... I would say $15 a meal plus tip at a cheaper place. Old Montreal is the most expensive part of town, so if you’re planning on eating there all the time, probably closer to $20 plus tip.(this is in Canadian dollars)

Make sure you explore other areas because there are so many cool neighbourhoods in Montreal.

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2. Re: Simple budget question for food

Whatever you would spend in a large city, it's going to be similar here...but in CAD.

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3. Re: Simple budget question for food

For light lunches, excluding drinks, you're looking at $15-25 per person.

For casual dinners, factor in $30-45 per person, assuming starter + main dish.

Beers are $5-8, cocktails $8-15, depending on the place.

Everything cited here is before taxes, tips, drinks and in Canadian Dollars. Taxes are about 15%, tips another 15%, so you're really adding 33% on top of all these figures.

Edited: 13 June 2018, 23:41
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4. Re: Simple budget question for food

I find food prices pretty close to what I'm used to in Boston so you can use your location of DC as a guide.

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5. Re: Simple budget question for food

One of the great things about Montreal is the wonderful cheap eats. From piping hot bagels to delicious samosas at Pushap's to Qin Hua dumplings to Nutella crepes or orange juleps, there is a plethora of awesome grub to be had for under $10, and sometimes even less than $5!

https://www.mtlblog.com/20-montreal-restaura…

I rarely bother with the $15-$20 restaurants in Montreal because I like experiential eats. Many of the cheap hole-in-the-wall places offer both great food and a cool experience, while many of the mid-range places are blander both food and experience wise. That said, some excellent restaurants offer $15 lunch menus (wine is extra).

Have fun, and don't be afraid of going cheap. Some of the best restaurants in Montreal cost about the same as MacDonald's.

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6. Re: Simple budget question for food

15$ is what a nice lunch will cost. Nice dinner without wine is like 30$/person. This is in CAD and before taxes and tip. Use tripadvisor to look the Economic restaurants and their ratings, as well as the fine dining options. Just know that Montreal is a foodie destination and you can't go wrong! I generally get a beer for about 6$ in restaurants and wine between 8-12$/glass. In bars that can get cheaper!

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7. Re: Simple budget question for food

Wow in Old Montreal, just walk St. Paul Street I would suggest Montreal Poutine, Usine Spaghetti, Crèpe Suzette, Modavie (jazz included) . The sandwiches at Van Winkle on St. Paul are really good. Basically you cannot go wrong by walking St. Paul Street from Marché Bonsecours (a required stop in Old Montreal) and St. Pierre Street. And since you will be on St. Paul street walk in the various art galleries, there are many they are all beautiful.

If you have not picked you expensive dinners, I would like to suggest Au Pied de Cochon and Queue de Cheval.

Enjoy, Montreal is a beautiful city

Edited: 25 June 2018, 02:57
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