Discover the Jewish Heritage of Montreal with Mélissa Simard


Thank you to Mélissa Simard for the fantastic Jewish Food Tour of Montreal on May 16 2018 with Round Table Tours. I LOVED our day exploring!

See it come to life in my video:

Where did we go?

Lisa and Melissa at Lesters Deli
Lisa and Melissa at Lesters Deli
Photo by Paul Shiro

*Lester’s Deli


Cheskie Bakery has the best Rugelach in Montreal! Photo by Paul Shiro
Cheskie Bakery has the best Rugelach in Montreal! Photo by Paul Shiro

*Cheski Bakery


My favorite bagel on the planet is from St. Viateur Bagel! Photo by Paul Shiro

*St. Viateur Bagel Shop

*Home of Mordechai Richler

*Former B’nai Jacob synagogue

*Fairmont Bagel Factory


Sharon Wilensky is the third generation to run Wilensky's Light Lunch! Photo by Paul Shiro
Sharon Wilensky is the third generation to run Wilensky’s Light Lunch! Photo by Paul Shiro

*Wilensky’s Light Lunch

*Hof Kelstein Bakery

*Steinberg’s Grocery

*Leonard Cohen’s home

*Globe Theater (now Cinema L’Amore)

*Cooper Building


Schwartz's Deli: World famous smoked meat in Montreal. Photo by Paul Shiro
Schwartz’s Deli: World famous smoked meat in Montreal. Photo by Paul Shiro

*Schwartz’s Deli

*Bagg Street Shul

and don’t miss the Shalom Montreal exhibit at McCord Museum.

Musée McCord Shalom Montreal Exhibit. Photo by Paul Shiro
Musée McCord Shalom Montreal Exhibit. Photo by Paul Shiro

Thank you again to Mélissa Simard for making the Jewish heritage of Montreal come to life. My grandfather was born here and this was my 1st visit to this marvelous city.


More about ‘Round Table Tours:

‘Round Table Tours offers a guided exploration of Montreal’s diverse neighbourhoods, cultures and food establishments. Your adventure will bring you beyond cheap clichés normally destined for tourists.

  • Weave together the tasting of culinary delights with the stories of the chefs and entrepreneurs that create those dishes
  • Discover flourishing communities, their histories and interesting and diverse people from the past and present
  • Explore emerging styles of cuisine and business models that are eco-responsible, including urban farms, restaurants, food trucks and food production sites

More about Travel Classics Montreal:

I was in Montreal to participation in “The World’s Most Exclusive Conferences for Professional Travel Writers and Editors.”  I am honored to be able to participate. Want to know more about it? Watch this video: Why Go to Travel Classics? Ask the Editors:

Lisa and Melissa Montreal Jewish Food tour

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.7 million views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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