Written by Erica Spina on 08.06.14

St-Martin Hotel & Suites Montreal used to be home of Montreal’s famous Bens Delicatessen. Today, the deli’s famous sign still hangs in the lobby of the hotel to pay homage to one of the best and most well known delis in Montreal. Bens was a major icon for Montreal because it established the identity of the Jewish community and eventually became a place recognized and known by many tourists.

Bens was very popular with the avid nightlife crowd because it was open 24 hours. It was the perfect spot to grab a delicious meal in the wee hours of the morning after a night of partying. Besides its delicious smoked meat, the atmosphere at Bens was enjoyed by many, even renowned celebrities like Michael Jackson.

Montreal is reminding us of the good memories many have shared and is providing those who never got the chance to experience a piece of our history the opportunity to create new ones. The McCord Museum is hosting an exhibition from June 19 to November 23, 2014, showcasing the deli’s best years. Bens: Legendary Deli exhibit shares the experience of Montreal’s famous landmark with archival items and artifacts. Admission for the exhibitions at McCord Museum is $14 but on Wednesday nights it is free.

690 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3A 1E9
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