What to do, Where to eat, in Montreal

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    May 29, 2015 2:12 PM GMT
    I'm in Montreal this upcoming Tuesday for about ten days and I get to be a tourist in the city I was born in. I want to hear it from here what some of the good places to go are?

    I'm staying in NDG and I plan to cycle around and take the metro and buses. Mount Royal. UofM. Bagel places.

    What are some good restaurants?

    What are your favourite places?


    Thanks in advance!
  • MateoYoung

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    May 29, 2015 5:28 PM GMT
    The view is best at Mont-Royal. If you want an amazing poutine, go to "La Banquise". You might wait in line (for 10-15 min! lol) but it's totally worth it. icon_biggrin.gif
    You should definitely walk around McGill, it's a beautiful university.
    If you want to party, I suggest you "Velvet". They have an underground dancefloor with really good music and ambiance (and cute guys).

    Have fun in MTL!
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    May 29, 2015 6:05 PM GMT
    Poutineville on Ontario est blows La Banquise out of the water. I like the 5 alarm with sweet potato fries.
    Walk around the Village. Now that it's warm they've closed it to cars. Aigle Noir, Sky and Saloon are all good places for drinking and ogling.
    There are good reasonably priced restaurants in the plateau.
    At the base of Mt Royale on the east side there is a drum circle on Sundays. just ask how to get to the Tam Tams.
  • hfx_velo

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    May 29, 2015 10:01 PM GMT
    Also go cycling around Jean Drapeau Park if it is not closed off during the F1 race. It's awesome!
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    May 30, 2015 4:37 AM GMT
    I love the old Montreal section even though it can tend to the touristy side.

    Mount Royal was a fun hike in the rain....definitely make your way to the the view at the Chalet is absolutely breath taking.

    Per others a walk around McGill on the way up to Mount Royal is a great walk. Dorchester Square is a nice visit and the Cathedral is an exact replica of St. Peters in Rome. The light show at the old cathedral is worth the un-air conditioned stifling heat hour. The Beaux Arts Museum is a must stop and the restaurants in that area for fantastic. We hiked all the way around Parc Jean Drapeau and suggest it would be a better bike ride.

    It is a great biking city. Enjoy.
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    May 30, 2015 2:13 PM GMT
    It's a vibrant city! One of the best places I've ever visited. You should definitely take a walk through St Catherine's, there are plenty of music festivals and activities going on especially now that cold season is over. Old Montréal is amazing, cool stuff to see/do.

    Bon voyage!!

  • Breeman

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    May 30, 2015 6:18 PM GMT
    I was there recently. It might not be your thing but you could drop in to one of the old historic churches. They are incredible for the architecture alone.

    Of particular note is the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours (Our Lady of Good Heart) if my French is correct. This was built back in the 1700's.

    If you're not a vegitarian, try Schwartz's deli for their famous Montreal smoked meat deli sandwiches.
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    May 30, 2015 7:43 PM GMT
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    May 31, 2015 3:09 AM GMT
    OK...someone already mentioned Schwartz's and Fairmount Bagel.

    Old Montreal isn't bad - (hard to impress those of us who grew up in Quebec City, which still has the entire walled city to play in icon_razz.gif)

    What are your food preferences?

    Sometimes it's the small places that make things interesting - sadly, Cosmos in NDG is no more....that was a remarkable place for breakfast - especially in the summer.

    If you're into the church visiting thing - Mark Twain did say Montreal was a city where you couldn't throw a brick without breaking a church window - I'd suggest St-Joseph's Oratory. Not so much for the Oratory itself - which is impressively *huge*, but dull. The crypt church beneath it is traditional Catholic decor - but they have a marble statue in there that was carved from one single piece of marble - it is magnificent.

    Even NDG has a number of restaurants famous in their own right - so...what *don't* you like to eat?

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    May 31, 2015 3:13 AM GMT
    Don't to rain on people's parades, but Montreal bagels taste like slightly sweet bread with a hole in the middle. If you want good bagels go to NY.
    Best cheap eats I've had so far was at Romados. A half chicken meal is too much food for one person and is around 10 bucks!
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    May 31, 2015 3:34 AM GMT
    Le Steak Frites on St Catherine. My favorite steakhouse when you consider both food and atmosphere.

    It's posh enough and you can bring your own wine from the SAQ shop a few feet away. So a fine meal with good wine will cost you maybe $50. Or I'll spend more on wine than food and have an even better meal.

    Otherwise eating on St Catherine's is overpriced and deficient in quality and imagination.
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    May 31, 2015 3:56 AM GMT
    When I used to live near Montreal (i.e., an hour away in Plattsburgh, NY) I used to love to go to the various Commensal vegetarian cafeterias, and also to a Polish restaurant called Mazurka on the pedestrian only section of Prince Arthur Street. (Alas I just looked it up and apparently it closed a few years ago...)

    Atwater Market was sort of cool.

    And the Italian section of town is (Jean Talon?) I remember being nice.

    (Watch the movie Mambo Italiano to get a flavor of it...)
  • aznmtl

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    May 31, 2015 1:59 PM GMT
    Chasse et Peche...my favorite restaurant in MTL!
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    Jun 01, 2015 1:05 AM GMT
    I don't think you've gotten the right ones, then. Montreal has numerous bagel makers - but not all of them do it correctly. "Sweet bread with a hole in the middle" was exactly what I thought of bagels in Ottawa - but then, I was used to Montreal ones. You'd have to get them from one of the old standbys that still do them properly...

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    Wyndahoi saidDon't to rain on people's parades, but Montreal bagels taste like slightly sweet bread with a hole in the middle. If you want good bagels go to NY.
    Best cheap eats I've had so far was at Romados. A half chicken meal is too much food for one person and is around 10 bucks!
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    Jun 01, 2015 11:36 PM GMT
    How about for nice clothes? What malls/areas to look out for?