Things to Do In Montréal
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Montréal Travel Guide
Get Your Bearings in MontréalWhere to Stay
Montreal's best lodging choices are found in historic Old Montreal. Old Montreal lodgings fit all budgets, from simple hostels to old school European-style luxury hotels. These hotels are located within a 15-minute walk of the city's attractions, the commercial street and a Metro stop. Many of the hotels offer a complimentary continental breakfast.
Caution: Parking options are limited in Old Montreal.
What to Eat
Restaurant districts in Montreal are located in Little Italy and Quartier Latin, which is filled with mid-range eateries catering to a clientele of tourists and students. Mile End is home to famous bagel shops, bakeries, bistros and cafes. Affordable ethnic cuisine, like Indian restaurants, can be found around Jean-Talon market. Vegetarian options are available throughout the city, and most restaurants mention vegetarian options on their menus.
Hot Tips: A group of high-end restaurants offer their high-end cuisine at budget rates in special menus available starting at 9 or 10 p.m.
Things to See
Downtown Montreal is home to McGill University and shopping venues, while Old Montreal contains a plethora of historic buildings, the oldest of which date back to the 17th century. Outdoor opportunities abound in Montreal, including a network of cycling and walking paths through one of the city's many parks. For the more adventurous, river surfing is popular on the Saint Lawrence River, while kayaking opportunities are available on the Lachine rapids. Visitors can also ice skate or participate in cross country skiing in one of many parks.
Avoid: Travel during the summer and Christmas high seasons means big crowds and higher prices.
Hot Tips: The tourist office offers maps for walking tours of Old Montreal.
Places to Party
Montreal has a vibrant night life, from upscale to budget bars, including popular districts for dance clubs like Rue St. Laurent. In the summer, Montreal boasts numerous music and comedy festivals, while winter offers hockey games. The city hosts live music events with world-renowned musicians throughout the year. Montreal has one of the largest active gay communities in North America with gay clubs, cabarets and drag queen shows.
Hot Tips: The bars usually close around 3 am, but some will stay open much later especially in the summer.
Where to Shop
Montreal is especially well known for its antique shops. The Notre Dame antique district is a good place for shopping opportunities, as well as the Rue Sherbrooke -- also a good place for book, jewelry and high-end fashion stores. Boulevard St-Laurent, Rue Ste-Catherine and Ave Mont Royal also house a slew of clothing stores from new designers. The Italian district specializes in European kitchen accessories while Montreal's underground city near Rue Ste-Catherine contains a series of tunnels filled with 15 miles of stores of all kinds.
Hot Tips: For handcrafted mementos, head to Ave Mont Royal's Vive la Difference, which specializes in souvenirs.
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Montréal Is Known for...
Five of Montréal's most unique features and characteristics.European Style
The architecture and cobbled streets in Vieux Montréal (Old Montréal ) have been retained so it has kept its original look dating back to 1642. Whether you’re in the Place Jacques Cartier or along the Old Port, there is a feeling of being in Europe. This style spreads throughout the city with over 600 buildings and churches built before the 1900s. There are the iconic spiral staircases in century-old buildings, neighborhood churches with their ornate facades, public parks and squares with their statues and lovely gardens. The skyscrapers and modern architecture but these have been created to blend into the city, adding to its unique landscape. You won’t ever forget where you are.Smoked Meat, Poutine, Bagels and Breakfasts
Montréalers love food. Here you can bring your own fine bottle of wine to a restaurant and enjoy a fine meal under $50. Restaurants abound serving traditional, ethnic, haute, bistro, Quebécois but there are also some signature dishes not to be missed. Viande fumee (smoked meat) is a deli-style beef brisket that is cured with spices and hot smoked. Poutine is french fries topped with fresh cheese curds and covered with gravy. The fries remain crunchy on the outside but soft on...
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