The 7 Hidden Gems Of NDG

NDG is often regarded as a “neighbourhood within a neighbourhood.” It’s a quaint and subtle area, with a diverse population. Filled with shops, restaurants, bars, and green space, this picturesque area is aptly suited for young couples, families, and singles.


So today we’re exploring the seven hidden gems of NDG that are highly regarded by both locals and tourists.

#1 Monkland Village

Firstly, we can’t talk about NDG without mentioning the famous Monkland Village. It’s a cute and picturesque area located on the main stretch of Monkland Avenue just off of the Decarie Expressway. Take a stroll on a Saturday morning and explore the unique restaurants and shops that dot the landscape.

#2 Organic & Local 

If you’re in the mood for a healthy snack, check out Café Juicy Lotus in Monkland Village. This trendy establishment uses organic and local ingredients to create an ever-changing menu that typically features mouth-watering sandwiches, soups, and salads. If you’re the ultimate foodie, call in advance and ask for their vegan pizza! Made with quinoa crust and cashew cheese, treat your taste buds to this glorious (yet healthy) delicacy.

#3 Breakfast In The City

Where’s comedian Sugar Sammy’s favourite breakfast place in NDG? Look no further than Café Orange on Decarie Boulevard! This legendary restaurant is packed on weekends, but it’s worth the wait.

Once you sit down, you’ll be mesmerized by the endless menu options – but we suggest sticking to the classic breakfast plate featuring eggs, bacon, a bit of fruit, and their legendary potatoes.

#4 Mexican Fiesta

Are you craving some authentic Mexican food? Head to Tacos Tijuana on Sherbrooke Street West to sample some fantastic $5 tacos. This establishment is a true diamond in the rough because it’s tough to get a cheap and tasty taco in Montreal.

The spiced meat mixed with the fresh guacamole will simply melt in your mouth. Not a fan of beef though? Don’t worry; you can always get shrimp for an extra dollar! Just note the restaurant is tiny, so it’s best if you take your taco to go.

#5 Next Door Pub

Switching gears, we thought it’s essential to highlight NDG’s emerging bar and pub scene. The first on our list has to be Next Door Pub, which attracts locals for a pint and some delicious pub food. The space is rather small, but it creates a familiar and cozy ambiance that serves as the perfect backdrop for a chill Thursday night with your friends.

#6 Honey Martin

Are you great at pub trivia? Test your skills at Honey Martin every Tuesday evening and socialize with the regulars over a few drinks. The dark wood and the dim orange lighting feel a bit like a quaint Irish pub, so round up a few buddies and get ready for a fun evening of drinks and laughter.

#7 Frozen Delight

To top off our list, we recommend trying Ca Lem, a new creamery on Sherbrooke Street West that offers artisanal ice cream and sorbet. Just take one look at their Instagram page, and you’ll be seduced by the endless images of colourful ice cream scoops and bold swirls of colour. Boasting a range of 18 flavours, a visit to Ca Lem will satisfy your sweet tooth.

If you’re thinking about moving to NDG, check out DevMcGill’s latest projects. Explore the new Beaumont project, which is 80 percent sold and is right in the heart of the neighbourhood. So give us a call for more information at (514) 800-6841.


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