It's important to start the day off with a good breakfast in Vieux-Montréal as you'll be walking around for much of the day. Without a doubt, one of the finest places to go is olive+gourmando at the corner of rue Saint Paul Ouest and rue Saint Pierre. Owned by Dyan and Eric, a couple who met while they were both working at the famed restaurant Toqué, just outside the quarter, the spot has been a hit since it opened 13 years ago with locals and tourists alike. The setting is rather rustic, with unfinished wooden floors, red walls and 60s wooden chairs against a backdrop of shelves selling local produce and savon de Marseille and huge blackboards with the suggestions of the day. All food is prepared on site and 75% of their produce, much of which comes from the marché central, is organic. Breakfast consists of yoghurts, fruit, granola, patisseries (served in baskets) and a wide range of coffees as well as delights including banana muffins, scones and the irresistible peanut cookie. If you get into town a little late then why not come for brunch where you can enjoy delicious soups, salads and sandwiches just before the locals in the know come and colonise the place.
Alternatively: Another great place to go is Le Cartet, a delicatessen come café on McGill Street. Come between 7am and 9am to experience the real buzz and fill up on a bagel and smoothie and choose from one of their numerous coffee blends. If you want to take a piece of gourmet Québec back home with you then you'll find a host of top quality products at the front of the shop. But whatever you do, don't leave without trying the legendary tarte au citron - a piece of lemon heaven!