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1. Posted by kaieisle (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

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I'll be travelling to Montreal at the end of July for vacation. Does anybody have any good tips on where to eat, sleep, etc.? Any really cool sites I should check out? I was looking at the Champs de Mars budget hotel on Rue Berri in the Old Port...is this a good choice? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! =)

Cheers!
Kaie

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I live here, so I couldn't tell you where to stay. I've only ever stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel, and that's because I worked there during the ice storm in 1998 and couldn't get home.

However! As for yummy places to eat:

  • ShoDan for sushi (ask for the Romeo and Juliet)
  • Ben's for deli fare (I don't like it personally, but there are celeb pictures all over the walls)
  • Toque (if you are very rich)
  • Fondumentale for fondue
  • Academie (a little fancy, but affordable since the chefs are students)
  • Anywhere on Duluth for bring-your-own-wine Greek restaurants
  • Anywhere in little Italy (try Pizza Napolitana or the more expensive Quelli Dela Notte - or just stop for coffee at Cafe Epoca)
  • Jardin Nelson in Old Montreal (it's gorgeous - an open-air restaurant in the summer, with plants and trees and jazz bands)

I'm getting hungry...

3. Posted by Parasol (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

Sounds like you've picked a good hotel... at least the location is wonderful though I can't comment on the hotel in particular. For good eats, I would recommend Santropol on St. Urbain. Just have a look at this sandwich: http://www.placeandthyme.com/000582.php
It's a real treat to eat there - it's laid back and the food is very beautiful but also delicious! It's a bit of a hike up the street, but well worth it.

For FABULOUS vegetarian Thai food check out Chu Chai on St. Denis. This place is a tad fancier and a tad more expensive.

Take a morning and hike up to the top of Mont Royal. It will give you a gorgeous panoramic view of the city. Stroll through Old Montreal for an old world experience. Take advantage of the great shopping to be had on St. Catherine (esp. Simon's), and the cute boutiques on St. Laurent and St. Denis. Every Sunday in the early afternoon in Parc Mont Royal there is a informal, impromptu drumming circle that draws a laid back crowd. It's close to Santropol so you can do those things together in an afternoon.

Montreal is a fantastic city - especially in the summer - and I know you're going to have a great time!

4. Posted by jolliette (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

I live here too, so I can't comment on the hotel either... A place I really enjoy eating at is McKibbon's Irish Pub.. it's on Bishop Street near St. Catherine.. Metro stop Guy/Concordia. It's a great pub with excellent food.

During the summer this city comes alive.. The Old Port is great with lots of outdoor entertainment in the evening.. Enjoy Montreal.. I am sure you will have a great time :)

5. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 11y

For sites on what to see and what to do, check out www.madeinmtl.com. It's a very cool looking website, and you can make your itinerary based on what kind of things you are interested in doing. There you can find suggestions on places to eat, bars, nightclubs, places to stay, etc. Like the other Montrealers, I wouldn't know where to stay, but Alt. Backpackers (358 rue St-Pierre) seems to be a nice and affordable place closeby the Old Port (this is a suggestion from the site).

Everyone seems to have made some suggestions that I would have made! I will ditto the Jardin Nelson, Chu Chai, and McKibbon's. I will add

    Java U (the one in Old Mtl is really nice) and

    Pistol (on St-Laurent street)


for good sandwich-y food

    Schwartz' smoked meat and

    St-Viateur bagels (although I've never had those bagels but they're supposed to be amazing)

for Montreal specialties,

    Frite Alors! in Old Montreal (and other locations) for AMAZING belgian fries with the best sauces in the world

and last BUT NOT LEAST

    BeaverTails in Old Montreal.

Don't worry about the last one. It's a really yummy pastry.

So that's about it. I'd echo parasol and say wander through Old Montreal and the Old Port, and you will definitely discover some of your own finds, and you can also have some fun on the quadricycle, and sometimes there is even a trapeze. Have fun!

Tam

P.S. I apologize if my bullets look crappy! I have yet to learn what i am doing with them!

6. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 11y

Or they won't appear at all! Never mind with those things....

7. Posted by kaieisle (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Thanks for all the advice guys! I am so excited for my trip!

Merci,
Kaie

8. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Hi Kaie.....sorry for the late reply! I tend to neglect the N.A. forum because I live there

One web site I visit is More Montreal: http://www.toutmontreal.com/english/index.php

It seems a lot like the site Tamar suggested, but it's always good to have a different perspective on things! It has everything, from news to going out tips to even weather. There's a tourism guide and even a rideshare program. I didn't go to all the pages but it looks pretty helpful.

As for places to go, I will ditto McKibbon's, Jardin Nelson, ShoDan, and St. Viateur for bagels (they are so yummy you'll pass out!).

Here are the Katie recommenations....

Best breakfast place: Eggspectation (they have them all over the city, but a nice one is on Maisonneuve street corner de Montange, I believe)

Best cheap/not-too-expensive sit down place(s): A lot of people love Schwatrz's, but I can't vouch for it because I'm not a smoked meat sandwich lover. Great pickles, though. Shed Cafe on St Laurent street is good, and if you go at night the music is pumpin and it's a great place to lounge. Upstairs on MacKay is a great place for sandwichs and nachoes, and they have live Jazz music at night.

Best Lounge(s): GoGo Lounge on St. Laurent is great. The drinks are awesome and they play lots of classic music...love it! Tyme supper bar on St. Jacques corner Peel is great, go for eats and then stay for a hip club. Budda Bar is also pretty cool.

Best Club (s): There's a new club called 12-34 that everyone is raving about. 737 is a classic when you come to the city.

Best bar(s)/pub(s): As I said McGibbins. I also like Brutopia and Hurley's.

That's all for me. Just remember to explore, explore, explore. St. Laurent Street is good for clubs, Bishop and Cresent good for bars. St Catherine, St Laurent and St. Denis are good for shopping. Also check out Prince Aurthur street for cheap eats (it's a pedestrian street between St Laurent and St Denis.

Cheers,
Katie ;)

9. Posted by patrickbri (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Like everyone said, Montreal is a great location in summer... eating is a must in this city. Alot of fine places.
Queue de cheval for steaks
St-Laurent has some good italian places
St-Denis is full of good small restaurants
Kaizen and Petit Treehouse for sushi...
Here is another tool for restaurants http://www.qdg.ca/

Bon Appetit!