Top 10 things to do while visiting Montreal
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Sep 9, 2009 5:58 AM
Top 10 things to do while visiting MontrealHello all,
I will be making a very quick visit to Montreal. Arriving Sept 12 and Departing Sept 16, 2009....I have always had interest in visiting Montreal because I have always heard many great things about this place, from its people, to the nightlife, and beautiful scenery...however, I have no clue of what to do, where to eat, where to go (or not to) while visiting Montreal. All I know so far is that I'm interested in going to an event called piknik elektrik this sunday. A little about me, I am a 29 year old guy that has been traveling for several months...and up for anything.
So, please enlighten me with your Top 10 things to do while visiting Montreal.
Also, any suggestions for centrally located hostels or places to stay in Montreal are greatly appreciated!
thanks much! =)
Sep 9, 2009 12:11 PM
1Piknic Electronik is #1 on my list! It's best around sunset.
Other than that...walk around the city, especially the Plateau, Mile-End and the Old Port. I'm less excited about downtown. My favourite walk is along Avenue Duluth from St. Laurent east to Parc Lafontaine. If it's nice out, lounging by the pond at Parc Lafontaine is really great. It's also worth dropping in on Tam-Tams (a big drum circle) at Parc Mont-Royal on Sunday, perhaps before Piknic. Of course, climbing up the mountain for a view of the city is a must.
And eat: Schwartz's, Poutine, Bagels. If you're interested in food at all visit www.chowhound.com. There are many threads detailing Montreal's "must" restaurants, including threads on cheap eats. If you like beer, there are some excellent brewpubs in Montreal (Dieu du Ciel, L'Amere a Boire, Le Cheval Blanc for starters). Nightlife is centred on St. Laurent, Mont-Royal and Crescent/Bishop Streets. Look up www.montrealmirror.com for all info on clubs, concerts, theatre, etc.
If you can, browse a Lonely Planet or other guide to the city. It'll help get you oriented.
Sep 9, 2009 8:45 PM
2I just got back from a long weekend trip to montreal on monday, so maybe i can help answer some of your questions
i stayed at a hostel called montreal central, which as the name suggests is very central and id definitely recommend it.
as for sights, there is the mountain, old montreal, the ile notre dame, olympic area. depends what you're into really. or you could just go for a walk down st catherines which is kind of the main street and goes on forevever with shops, bars, restaurants, and some seedy establishments as well.
as for food, its got to be schartz's and poutine!
Sep 12, 2009 7:54 AM
I live in Montreal and I totally agree with ref_traveller. You have to leave downtown and the rest that is suggested, Nothing to add really. All good.
Sep 17, 2009 7:40 PM
4The Old Port,
Rue St Laurant / Rue St Denis for people watching,
Little Italy for food,
Jean Talon markets,
a stroll along the St Lawrence,
Brew Pubs suggested above,
The Village for people watching of a different kind,
The underground shopping, just for a look,
And last but not least, I see you have already been and gone, judging by the dates in your OP, so I trust you enjoyed Montreal.
Sep 19, 2009 1:11 AM
5just spent a week in montreal with my bf--i lived there and love it. he didn't get what all the fuss was.
i think the problem was staying on st catherine street--damned central, but you don't actually see many montrealers there.
i'd stay somewhere on the plateau or even rosemont/little italy (petit patrie).
longer commute, but you'll get a better sense of the city's vibe. and the restaurants are dang cheap in little italy, beaumont bagels is a great source for your picnics.
Sep 22, 2009 10:15 PM
6For bagels, the most famous (and delicious) institution is St. Viatuer bagels at 273 St. Viateur Ouest (they have a very good web site).
Lac-aux-Castors on Mont Royal (during nice weather only).
Day trip north to the mountains (Laurentides), if you have a car.
Trying to to get through the Decarie circle at rush hour. :)
Sep 23, 2009 1:12 AM
Sep 23, 2009 2:07 AM
Feb 5, 2013 11:32 AM
9I agree with the great suggestions on bagels and Schwartz's of course. My wife and I compiled a list of some of the best traditional foods and drinks last June (which include these two), but there is some much more!
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