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The Perfect Foodie Day Supporting Black Owned Businesses in Montreal, Canada

Written By Clara Vulpisi

As the city with the second biggest population in the country, Montreal prides itself on being one, if not THE most culturally diverse city in Canada. With over half of its population being made up of immigrants from all over the world, the food scene reflects more and more the mosaic of cultures the city is made up of. The BLM movement has created momentum and space for each one of us to think about what we stand for and wish to see in this world, so I took it upon myself to dig deeper and create a foodie day supporting black-owned businesses all over town. I want to thank every one of the employees and owners that took the time to share with me and let me into their places of work; I cannot wait to discover more. Scroll down to check out a few of the incredible #paoworthy spots that can feed your stomach as much as your soul while you make your way around the city!


Café le 5e


“Le 5e is a black-owned, zero waste café that is so cozy! They have a lemonade cold brew (first photo) that you HAVE to try and the grilled cheese was bomb diggity. They are plant-based and make their own kombucha, which I’m trying next time around. You can either bring your own mason jar for your coffee or you can pay a 1$ deposit for one that you can keep reusing every time or bring back eventually. They also have such cute succulents for sale and a table to study if you want to spend time there. PSA: the owner and barista are super chill, which made it even better! 10/10 rec.”


MTL Bagel


“MTL Bagel is a hole-in-the-wall and you NEED to go! They make their own bagels every day, have a funky array of bagels and great deals. For breakfast, you can get a bagel-coffee duo whereas a lunch trio is bagel-soda-chips. They have great pricing on their half and full dozens to bring home! I got the smoked salmon on a ~spicy all-dressed~ and it was mindblowing. Definitely going back and you should check it out too! #blackowned”


Phyllo Bar Melina’s

Plateau Mont-Royal

“Melina’s was INCREDIBLE! A phyllo bar in honor of Melina Mercouri – spanakopita, bougatsa, prassopita (vegan) or tyropita; you name it and they have it. The fresh smell when you walk in is to die for. I also got one of their frappes and a hot latte – coffee is always a must and these did not disappoint! They are only open 11-5 right now and you can’t really go in but Joanna, the owner, was extremely kind and let me snap a few pics (take the time to chat when you go, she is awesome!) A 10/10 rec and a MUST-HAVE if you’re into Greek treats; I can’t wait to head back! #blackowned”



The Village (Gay Village)

“Support local black-owned businesses!! This place was INCREDIBLE. The mac ‘n cheese was to die for with a hint of spice; definitely my main rec. We ended up getting dinner for the entire family, so in order: mac ‘n cheese, veggies and griot (pork), jerk chicken, plantains and accras (fried cod). You just cannot go wrong, everything was phenomenal. We got takeout but I can’t wait to head back because the aesthetic and art in this place was unique and I hear their rhum cocktails are bomb. A PSA on their schedule: 5-11 Tuesday through Sunday, also 11-3 on Sundays and closed on Mondays.”

Meet Clara!

Pao Username: @Claravulpisi

Bio: I like food, new adventures, and a double dose of coffee for the road.

Fun fact: I speak four languages fluently: Romanian, Spanish, French and English! And I’m leaning Italian right now!

Her fave part of Pao: I love the opportunity to be part of a community that loves traveling and spending time outdoors as much as I do! I love that I get to share where I’ve been and that I discover spots that aren’t on the tourist’s map.

Download Pao now to discover Clara’s Montreal spots and all the other place’s she’s been to like Greece, San Francisco, New Zealand, etc!

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Anna Zervos


Anna graduated from UCLA in 2017 where she studied psychology and cognitive science. Her passion for travel, design, and psychology fuel her passion for Pao. On the Pao team she is in charge of feature development, business strategy, UI/UX, and big picture marketing strategies. Anna has been to over 40 countries and plans to keep that number growing. She hopes to inspire people to get outside their comfort zones and eventually give back to people who aren’t able to.

Favorite food

Tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas

Favorite band

The 1975

Favorite movie genre

Psychological horror/thriller

Favorite hobby

Singing and playing guitar

Favorite place in the world

Antipaxos, Greece

Sara Zervos


Sara is has a PhD in Economics and spent 22 years in the finance industry managing teams and over $20bn in assets. She is Pao’s CFO and CTO, and also spearheads business development and AI initiatives. She has traveled to over 57 countries, adores animals and the outdoors. Sara loves to connect with people and help them learn and strive to be their best selves.

Favorite food

Peanut Butter

Favorite band


Favorite movie genre

Sci Fi

Favorite hobby

Salsa Dancing

Favorite place in the world

Kauai & New Zealand are tied