As we roll slowly into the month of March, we being to bare witness to the end of winter as we’re teased by the first promising signs of spring. Here in Montreal, March also means its time to start gearing up for the highly anticipated maple season. As the sap starts to flow, some of Montreal’s coolest restaurants and venues jump on the maple bandwagon to help celebrate the sweetest time of year in our city. Here’s a look at our select cabana-à-sucre choices that you don’t want to miss!

Cabane Chez Jean

Chez-Jean-13For the 3rd year in a row, Cabane Chez Jean invites maple enthusiasts to trek out to the beach chalet on the west end of Parc Jean-Drapeau for a spectacular, maple-infused feast featuring marinated beets, savoury pea soup, baked beans, potatoes seared in duck fat and more. With a remarkable view out onto the snow-covered, frozen beach, fans of Cabane Chez Jean feel transported far from the city even though the metro is a hop, skip and a jump from the beach chalet. Take a moment to read about our experience right here. For more information, including price lists and hours visit their website.

Chef à l’érable

Chef-E-1Maple lovers looking to stay a little closer to home will no doubt be flocking to La Scena in Old Montreal for the 3rd edition of Chef a l’erable. We’re excited to see what Chef Laurent Godbout has cooked up for us this year having been treated to an extraordinary meal last year. Located on the Quais du Vieux-Port, La Scena is a spectacularly modern venue that becomes completely transformed for this special occasion. For more, read our full review of last year’s Chef à l’érable here or visit the La Scena website for all your information.

Brunch à l’érable 

Richmond-Brunch-18Le Richmond is one of the hottest restaurants in Montreal, known for their great food, elegant atmosphere and their wildly themed brunches. This year, Le Richmond once again will take maple season to the next level with their Brunch à l’érable. Featuring a special maple themed menu, a taffy station outside on their terrasse, delicious cocktails, mimosas and much more, Le Richmond is not to be missed. Read our review of last year’s event here and as a special preview, click this link to check out this year’s menu.

PDC Cabane à sucre.

Au Pied de cochon is one of Montreal’s most iconic restaurants and for the last few years, fans of the restaurant have portaged all the way out to St-Benoît- de- Mirabel for the PDC cabane-a-sucre. Maple lovers have raved about their experience time and again and have make the trek to the sugar shack a yearly tradition. Advanced reservations are required and loose fitting clothes are recommended. For more information, visit their website here.