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An upscale space eatery in Downtown, Miss Prêt à Manger is where locavores in the city can grab organic-rich meals. While Miss Prêt à Manger specializes in putting together lunch boxes and catered meals for private parties, peckish customers can also walk in for a bite of their freshly prepared breakfast, lunch or dinner meals. Feast on some Veggie Cheeseburgers or the beautifully plated salads that come with freshly harvested ingredients. Regulars will tell you that the cupcakes are especially heavenly, and you better believe them. Miss Prêt à Manger has a daily changing menu based on the best ingredients that the kitchen receives that day, so every meal comes as a pleasant surprise.
Le Cartet is a bright, modern cafe that is always bustling with life and cheer. The crowd that is always lined up outside this casual eatery will give you a good idea of the kind of popularity and attention it has garnered since it opened its doors in 2002. The cafe serves a fine selection of light meals, snacks, desserts, pastries, smoothies and coffees, alongside a selection of wines and alcoholic beverages. Although food is served all day, the breakfast, brunch and lunch menus are available only during designated hours, so be sure to check those out depending on the meal you have in mind. Blueberry French toast, crepes with fresh fruit, Ham and Cheese croissants, and the beef tartare are especially good and prepared fresh. Perfect for a relaxed brunch on a lazy afternoon or a quick, light lunch on a busy day, Le Cartet will soon become your go to choice for every occasion.
Vegans and health-food enthusiasts will appreciate Aux Vivres. And if you’re the kind of person who thinks vegan food is bland, this restaurant will show you a thing or two, with fruit smoothies like the choco-classique and sandwich wraps like veggielox packed with capers; they've also got a veggie version of smoked salmon wrapped in a homemade chapati. They even serve got a macrobiotic bowl with brown rice, kraut and sea veggies. Lots of variety, organic ingredients and an eye for quality—and the patio in the back of Aux Vivres is pretty sweet during the scorching summer heat-waves.
Have yourself a bowl full of greens, at Mandy’s salad bar where gourmet salads make the cut with even the strictest health food connoisseur. With three locations spread across Montreal, the Westmount outpost is cozy and quaint, with a small patio where you can grab a quick bite of assorted salads. Freshness is a given at Mandy's - what you really should know is that they make a mean Waldorf salad, replete with romaine lettuce, dried cranberries, walnuts and blue cheese. If you wish to stick with the basics, dig into the classic Caesar Salad served with baked pita chips. Pair this up with their own cold-pressed concoction, the Jus Pur juice. Salad meals are available in handy takeaway containers too, so health-on-the-go is never a problem.