Around the World in Three Square Blocks

The Discover Montpelier series is sponsored by Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center

For a city of its size, Montpelier is unmatched in cosmopolitan cuisine. Downtown Montpelier offers authentic and delicious dining options from across the globe. Got a hankering for Mediterranean food? Falafel, hummus, and gyros await. How about Vietnamese? Montpelier’s pho is phenomenal. Italian per favore? Sì grazie. Hungry for Mexican? Montpelier’s south-of the-border selections won’t disappoint. Craving Chinese food? We have you covered. Thai? Yes, there’s Thai to tantalize your taste buds here too.



  • The Hippie Chickpea (41 Elm Street): The Hippie Chickpea serves up scrumptious Mediterranean food for carnivores vegetarians and carnivores alike. Try their falafel, made from organic chickpeas, or a mouth-watering gyro, sourced with local ingredients. Chef Vincent Muraco doesn’t skimp on flavor. 


  • Pho Capital (107 State Street): In the shadow of the Vermont State House, slurp pho or sample any number of traditional Vietnamese dishes alongside lawmakers and government staffers. Tucked in a historic building in the heart of Montpelier’s Capitol District, Pho Capital offers a delectable and extensive menu of curries, soups, stir fries, and noodle dishes.

  • Pho Thai Express (54 Main Street): Looking for a casual, counter-serve option on the fly? Pho Thai Express offers an array of flavorful dine-in or take-out soup-and-noodle dishes. The Tom Kha and Tom Yum are fan favorites. Wash your meal down with some Boba Thai iced tea.


  • Sarducci’s (3 Main Street): A cherished fixture of Montpelier for over 25 years, Sarducci’s serves up traditional Italian food, using the freshest available ingredients. Perched on the banks of the Winooski River in Downtown Montpelier, Sarducci’s is a must-stop that supplies classic dishes in a classy setting. 


  • The Mad Taco (72 Main Street): Located in the heart of Montpelier’s downtown, The Mad Taco serves authentic tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas with your choice of yams in-house smoked meats and a choose-your-own-heat-and-flavor salsa selection. The Mad Taco also offers an assortment of mouthwatering, Latin-inspired sandwiches served hot on house-made bread.

  • Julio’s Cantina (54 State Street): A veritable institution of the Montpelier restaurant scene, Julio’s has furnished happy Capital City customers with Mexican fare for over 35 years. Equipped with a full bar and ample tequila selections, enjoy complimentary chips and salsa as your sip. Visit on a Monday for reduced-price margaritas, stop by on Taco Tuesdays for a special deal on your choice of tacos, or try their fajitas served on a sizzling-hot platter any day of the week.


  • China Star (11-15 Main Street): China Star serves up freshly made Chinese food, with plenty of your favorite items to choose from. Conveniently located in downtown Montpelier, China Star offers eat-in or take-out options.


  • Indian Nepali Kitchen (100 Main Street): Indian Nepali Kitchen is the newest addition to Montpelier's international cuisine lineup, and it is quickly becoming a local favorite. Enjoy Tandoori chicken, Nepalese dumplings, Indian breads and a variety of flavorful curries.


  • Wilaiwan’s Kitchen (34 State Street): You’ll know you’ve found Wilaiwan’s when you see the long line of people stretching onto the street waiting to get their lunch-time Thai flavor blast. A local gem, Wiliawan’s offers a triad of exceptional dishes on a weekly rotation. This restaurant’s storefront may be small, but Wilaiwan’s counter-serve bowls pack plenty of zing, zest, and spice.   

  • Royal Orchid Thai Restaurant (38 Elm Street): Warm up to tasty Thai fare served in an inviting atmosphere at Royal Orchid Thai Restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, Royal Thai Orchid’s offers friendly service and a vast menu, with your choice of tofu, chicken, pork, beef, or seafood to accompany its staples, all cooked to your preferred level of spiciness.