Bonjour tout le monde! [French: Good day, everybody!] Welcome back to Vagabrothers. This is the second video in our 6 part series on Quebec and we’re in Montreal. Yesterday, we checked out the old town and today we’re checking out Mile-End, The Plateau and Igloofest. Allons-y! [French: Let’s go] Where we at, bro? Okay, so it’s lunch time, it’s Poutine Week and we are at La Banquise which is a 24-hour Poutine joint. It’s supposed to have the best in town, so… In Quebec there’s never too much Poutine and we’re gonna have a little bit more. People have always tried to, like, manipulate Poutine and make it bigger and make it different We always stuck to what it really is: Potatoes, cheese, gravy. We use all local products, we don’t use anything from anywhere else but that is made in Quebec, and for 24 hours and we accommodate any type of client Check this out! Curd, gravy, bacon, beef, chicken balls, sour cream, grilled onions, and more gravy So good! These are like nachos québécois style: We got guacamole, sour cream, tomatoes, it’s kinda like a Tex-Mex take on Poutine. And being from California, you might like this one. Thank you! Dude, that was such a feast! I think we need to walk it off, though. Too much Poutine. We definitely do, so we’re meeting up with Danny from Spade and Palacio. He’s gonna show us around the rest of Le Plateau and also the Mile-End. Sweeeeet! Let’s go! So, right now we’re in the Plateau and it’s pretty cool Like, Montreal is a city of boroughs, there’s 19 different boroughs in the city. And, you know, each one is different and has its own distinct identity Right now we’re on Montreal Street, which is kind of the main street of the plateau. And there’s lots of cool little, like, shops, bookshops, clothing, coffee, art, tons of street art, Diggin’ it! So, there’s, like, murals all over this place and Danny is telling us that that’s for a reason, right? Here in the Plateau it’s one of the most high concentration of artists We’re saying in Canada, maybe even North America So, we estimate that about 1 in 10 people make their money off of art in the Plateau Whether it be visual or classical or music or what so be it. So, high concentration. Not just starving artists, thriving artists. Uh, a mix of both because it’s gotten a bit expensive to live here, so… Starving artists and the ones who are making it as well. He’s one of my favourites. Manu. But unfortunately when I’m travelling, I cannot pick up vinyls, I don’t have any room in my backpack. Alright, we’re gonna check out this neighborhood spot, which is called “Dieu du Ciel” which means, uh, “God of the Heavens” They’re a microbrewery, which won Best Brewery in Canada. And what I want you to get your hands on, is the Espresso Stout We cannot say no to beer! Especially, if it has coffee in it. If it’s a beer and a coffee, we’re sold! Okay, well, cheeky little day beer. But now we are officially in the neighborhood, the borough of Mile-End. Marko and I are always curious to see local producers, people who are making their unique take on style. So, we’re gonna go check out this little clothing shop Vagabrothers in a menswear store with serious style?
Dangerous. I stuck to the two things that I did not bring on this trip: a beanie and some notepads. The essentials. Alright, where to, Danny? We’re gonna head to get some bagels right now. So we’re on our way to a bagel shop and that’s ’cause, like, Montreal I think has the biggest Jewish population of any city in Canada, right? A huge Jewish population, definitely, and a lot of our food scene is brought to us by or influenced by Deli style and Jewish tradition, basically. Cool, so, we’re gonna go check out… what’s the name of the place we’re going to? So, we’re going to St Viateur Bagel, which is one of two in the Mile-End. They’re letting you taste why Montreal’s bagels put New York’s pieces of bread with holes to shame. Boom! That’s just got laid down. So what makes these different to New York style bagels? Because they’re better! Haha! How so? How you guys have a reputation for making big apples, we make great bagels. There you go! Are you guys seeing that? Smoked salmon spread, fresh warm sesame bagel After a night partying: Poutine or bagel? For me definitely bagels. When I was studying, I would wake up every morning with sesame seeds in my bed. One of those nights, when you wake up the next morning covered in sesame seeds, and you’re like “What happened?” –bagels. Duh. I don’t wanna leave this neighborhood, I don’t wanna leave Montreal We’re staying in Quebec, but… These guys are moving here with me to Montreal. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we’re gonna be here this summer. Seriously, pour practiquer le français [French: to practise French] So, we’re in the lower side of the Plateau, but our fun has not plateaued yet! I’m so sorry for that bad joke. We’re gonna meet up with Pierre-Alain from the Mural Project before we go to dinner and then to Igloofest, so, let’s go check it out. It’s actually the Mural Festival, but it’s a pretty cool project. So, just kinda taking a look around this parking lot, you can see so many different like artistic influences and lots of different cultures. Can you kinda talk about how this parking lot and all of these murals are representative of that? Yeah, well, first of all, we always try here at Mural to have a mix of international artists and local artists. So, that’s the diversity in itself. And then we try to represent the different styles that compose street art now. But we really give them a carte blanche.
[Alex] Yeah, like a free reign. And so how long do these installments stick around for? We try to always make them permanent. Basically, in three years we did 60 and then we have 47 still standing. Very legit Chinatown here in Montreal. Smells good, but we’re not having Chinese. We’re on our way to the Foodlab. And we have no idea what’s on the menu. So, Foodlab is located here in the Société des Arts Technologiques, the society of arts and technology. You got, like, all these changing menus, got different themes each time you go there and natural wines. So we’re gonna see what the menu is now and drink wine! Naturellement! [French: Naturally]
Après vous! [French: After you] Everything is super wintery and all the food right now is, like, thick, heavy, rich and absolutely delicious. I’ve never had this before. It’s oat soup with a chicken broth and bacon, a poached egg and croutons. I’m Michelle Marek, I’m the chef at the SAT Foodlab and I run a restaurant with a very small team You guys are gonna try the polenta dish that we have. It’s, like, a ton of different garnishes, a poached egg in the centre and you’re meant to mix it all up and kind of have different flavours with each bite. Wow! Wow wow wow! Well, dinner was delicious. And now we’re gonna top off the night with Igloofest, An electronic music festival here in the old port and it’s supposed to be really good. Best way to warm up in the middle of winter. Mulled wine! And dancing! Dancing with mulled wine! Let’s do it!
Let’s do it! Whop whop whop To the Igloofest [in French accent] Jägershots! Always a good call! We’re in Igloofest, we’re backstage We’re sitting with Nicolas, the founder He’s gonna tell us a bit more about how this whole thing got started and what it’s all about. The vibe behind this it’s like bringing people outside, making them enjoy the goodness of winter, right? Yeah, or tame the winter because it’s national sport in Quebec, people complain about the weather. So, we decided to just give them a good reason to go out and do the partying, enjoy themselves Ladies and Gentlemen! Today has been especatulaire! [French: spectacular] So tomorrow is gonna be also very fun! We’re going to another festival, the Carneval, in Quebec city so make sure you stay tuned for that. If you enjoyed the video, share it with your friends, give it a thumbs up and subscribe to Vagabrothers by clicking the link down there for travel videos every Tuesday and sometimes Thursdays and more. In the meantime, remember to stay curious, keep exploring and we will see all of you Vagabuddies on the road! Á la prochaine! [French: Until next time]


  1. Another excellent video, can't stress enough how good is the editing, soundtrack and…pretty much everything else. Just added Montreal to my bucket list! Love from Rio!

  2. Do you guys need an intern? Cause I'll happily travel to all these beautiful places helping you guys lol

  3. Everywhere you travel you make me feel like I'm there with you! You're amazing…! Thank you for the magical trip!
    P.S. I believe it would be super amazing if you make a video like this using the new 360 cameras! Just something to think of…!
    ~Love from Greece!

  4. another amazing video guys!! you should consider visiting Athens, Greece at the end of May, there is a street food festival happening !!

  5. I kind of wanted to share my thoughts regarding this awesome travel vlog channel. I'm 16, from the Philippines and when you're this age living in a third-world country, it's just inspiring to see that the world is not all poverty, corruption, and violence – that in some parts of it, there such cultural diversity, peaceful coexistence, prosperity, and overall well-being. Aside from that, I'd like to comment on the content of their vlogs. Firstly, I love their background music, I do not know where they get it or how they make it (if they do) but their music just hooks you the moment you hear it and sets the vibe and mood for a spectacular viewing experience. Secondly, I love how they briefly explain the history, culture, local lifestyle, and the spots they visit in every place they go to; makes the vlog very informational and substantial but not in a boring manner. Thirdly, I love how they do not just talk, but they show you the place in such an immersive manner – just like you're there with them exploring. I love how they fade out the bg music so we hear the cars humming, people chatting, forks clanking etc. I think this is the essence of making a travel vlog, to make the viewers experience the place on-screen, and they nail it perfectly. They do not just show the famous tourist spots, rather they showcase the city in a very comprehensive and authentic manner by bringing us to local shops, cafes, resto, bars and other cool places which gives viewers really the "feel" of living in that certain place. Lastly, I've been watching their vids from Sept last year, and I just have to say they never cease to amaze me. Thanks for sharing your travel experiences. A certified Filipino Vagabuddy here. 😀

  6. I love to travel but it would be great to meet you guys like ohmygod!! I live 1hr 1/2 away from Montreal 😍

  7. C'est quand même bizzare les poutines qui se font , je suis 100% quebecoise et j'ai jamais essayer avec de ma crème sur !! 🙂 et nachos et poutine :/

  8. love the concept of this series so much, you guys should continue this kind of thing for other cities, exploring different neighborhoods for each video! it's cool that you guys describe the vibe of the neighborhood you're in, not all vloggers do that. loved it yet again! #anothaone

  9. That music at the beginning with the sampling of the Ambrosia song "Baby come back" is SICK!!! Where do you find this stuff? love it! And 24 hour poutine?! Heaven on earth!!! oh i have to get to Quebec soon! I hear it's amazing in the summer.

  10. Cette série de vlog me rend fier de ma province 😀 and by the way, your French is good! Continue the good work

  11. I wish I knew you guys were here. I'm living a few steps from all these places you visited in Mille End!
    Make sure you come back sometimes in the summer, too. There's a lot more to see!

  12. Okay…I really like your production value. i HAVE to ask about the music that you're using…who? what (type)? I've got to listen to these artists while I'm at work. Thanks, in advance!

  13. I still have a question. How do you guys take your aerial shots? Are you guys using drones? But you have never shown it.

  14. Love the tiny bit of cuteness at 5:31/5:32, though short-lived. Heading to Montreal for a very short trip in less than a month; hoping to find the quiet gems and perfect non-touristy spots (never been to Montreal). Your videos are helpful and fun to watch ~ Thanks!

  15. thank you for doing what you do! these videos are super solid. also this: "new york's pieces of bread with holes in them." ha! dayummm

  16. Awesome video guys! You truly gives the viewers a taste of the feel of the city. You should come back in the summer time, the city will give you a totally different impression. Hope to see you come back soon in our city 🙂

  17. Great video! Thanks for coming in winter. Next time, come in Summer. Com-ple-te-ly different city, and even more amazing! PS: your French prononciation is quite good, compared to most Americans. How come? Been familiar with the language before? Take care!

  18. So impressed with the videos guys! Like most other things in your videos, your music selections are totally on point. Where do you guys discover all your cool music? Is there a spotify playlist or radio station you listen to a lot when you travel?

  19. Keep up the excellent work. I haven't been to Montreal since 1988. I have always loved this city and would love to move there.

  20. I love, love, love Montreal. I live in Boston (from NY) and have been a few times. You guys really capture its spirit. Your videos are AWESOME. I just subscribed. Thank you for your work and passion.

  21. I mean, you know Manu Chao (and La Mano Negra ?) – so happy to see some Californian guys knowing – and loving – French artists.

  22. I need to say it's a few small areas of Montreal that are full Jewish most of the other cities are everything else french, Irish, etc. I know cause I know cause I live in Verdun Montreal and there's nothing Jewish here same withost towns I go to there will be some Jewish people but not the heavy beard and hat ones

  23. Hey guys. Hopefully I'll be going to Montreal this March. Could anyone recommend good places serving vegan, halal or kosher food? Basically wanted to know more about the food scene around the city. And please clothing and shoe recommendation for a person from a hot and humid climate. Thanks in advance and lots of love <3

  24. Living here is such a different experience. I feel like there is so much of my city that I still need to see, and apparently eat…

  25. come to NYC and tell me our bagels are pieces of bread with holes. NYC has better food than cali or montreal any day bro

  26. Well, you guys literally just helped me change my mind on where I want to move.  Originally I craved Vancouver, but Montreal looks freaking awesome! I think I wanna move there!

  27. As a montrealer, I must say your videos are so entertaining and I was extremely pleased to see a Mile-end and plateau segment! I think that the murals, cool restaurants and hip shops are really worth the trip. It is by far the most exciting part of the city!! I was born bilingual, half american and half québécoise and I must compliment your french. It is very well spoken! Love it!! xx

  28. Nothing but respect for you guys. Took my first trip out of the country a couple weeks ago to Montreal. Because of your inclusion of La Banquise, I had to have my first meal there. ended up getting lost while biking around the first couple of days (should have relized Mont Royal Was down the road from Guy Concordia 🙃), I wouldn't trade the trade the experiences. How can you not fall in love with Montreal?

  29. I love your vídeos guys,hugs and kind Regards from Perú, Quebec is the favorite Province to emigrate in Canada for the people in my country

  30. i JUST got back from Montreal and quebec 2 days ago, it was an AWESOME trip with all the food, snow and marche de noel's…. and i got to eat at la banquise as well!

  31. you where in Montreal for teo days and you didn't try smoked meat (better than pastrami)
    Also you didn't go down St Catherine street for the shopping

  32. Omg guys Im so used to follow ur clips and it feel so weird to watch you beeing in my home town mtl. Born and raised near le plateau. I now live on the south shore just a little smaller and less expensive rent but just 20 mins from mtl. I love u guys. My family arrived in the 70s its the best gift they could give me. Btw originally from haiti meaning I speak french haitian creole and a lot of spanish. A travel in haiti from u guys would be great u would loveee it there. Make me wanna travel again like when I was in my 20s xoxo take care.

  33. I'm learning so much about my city for example that 24hr poutine restaurant like were have you been hiding my whole life.

  34. Cool video. The video is more interesting than a full time life in the city, probably just me. Thanks. Do more, they're really good.

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