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Top Choice Bistro in Downtown

Café Parvis

Hidden away on a quiet downtown lane, Café Parvis is set with oversized windows, hanging plants, old wooden floorboards and vintage fixtures. Once part of the fur district, this cleverly repurposed room serves up de…
Top Choice Québécois in Downtown

Liverpool House

The sister establishment (and neighbor) of Joe Beef, Liverpool House sets the standard so many Québec restaurants are racing for: an ambience that feels laid-back, like a friend's dinner party, where the food is sen…
Top Choice French in Plateau Mont-Royal

L'Express

L’Express has all the hallmarks of a Parisian bistro – black-and-white checkered floor, art-deco globe lights, papered tables and mirrored walls. High-end bistro fare completes the picture with excellent dishes such…
Top Choice Area in Quartier Latin & the Village

Rue St-Denis

The backbone of Montréal’s Francophone shopping district, Rue St-Denis is lined with hat and garment shops, uber-hip record stores and terrace cafes designed to keep people from getting any work done. Summer crowds …
Top Choice Park in Old Montréal

Vieux-Port de Montréal

Montréal's Old Port has morphed into a park and fun zone paralleling the mighty St Lawrence River for 2.5km and punctuated by four grand quais. Locals and visitors alike come here for strolling, cycling and in-line …
Top Choice Church in Old Montréal

Basilique Notre-Dame

Montréal's famous landmark, Notre-Dame Basilica, is a visually pleasing if slightly gaudy symphony of carved wood, paintings, gilded sculptures and stained-glass windows. Built in 1829 on the site of an older and sm…
Top Choice Museum in Downtown

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal

A must for art lovers, the Museum of Fine Arts has amassed several millennia worth of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, furniture, prints, drawings and photographs. European heavyweights include Rembrandt, Pica…
Top Choice Québécois in Southwest & Outer Montréal

Tuck Shop

Set in the heart of working-class St-Henri, Tuck Shop could have been plucked from London or New York if it weren’t for its distinctly local menu, a delightful blend of market and terroir (locally sourced) offerings…
Top Choice Vintage in Little Italy, Mile End & Outremont

Monastiraki

This unclassifiable store named after a flea-market neighborhood in Athens calls itself a ‘hybrid curiosity shop/art space,’ but that doesn’t do justice to what illustrator Billy Mavreas sells: 1960s comic books, co…
Top Choice Cafe in Old Montréal

Olive + Gourmando

Named after the owners’ two cats, this bakery-cafe is legendary in town for its hot panini, plump salads and flaky baked goods. Excellent choices include the melted goat's-cheese panini with caramelized onions, deca…