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Why locals love it
The checkered floor that spells out the restaurant’s name in front is the sole indication that you have found L’Express. This eatery has been a Montreal staple for over 30 years – even Anthony Bourdain is a fan. Endlessly open and always lively in atmosphere, it’s as if time has frozen and left you in a classic 1920s French bistro.
Why you should visit it
Jarred pickles, sliced baguette, and Dijon mustard on each table will transport you to the City of Light. Delectable meal choices are endless: Foie gras terrine, bone marrow, duck confit salad, croque-monsieur, steak frites, and for dessert, try a house truffle. Err on the safe side and make a reservation or enjoy people watching from the bar.
L’Express stays open late (until 2am) so you can head over for oysters and tartare after you party.