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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 carmelized onions, decad…
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 Church in Montréal

Oratoire St-Joseph

The gigantic oratory honors St Joseph, Canada’s patron saint. The largest shrine ever built in honor of Jesus’ father, this Renaissance-style building was completed in 1960 and commands fine views of the northern sl…
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 Cafe in Rivière du Loup


The hippest cafe around serves great-value daily specials to a ska/indie/name-your-cool-music-genre-here soundtrack. It's the best place in town to meet locals; and if you're in a hurry, it serves coffee to go.
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 Asian in Old Montréal

Orange Rouge

Hidden down a narrow lane of Chinatown, Orange Rouge has a quaint, low-lit interior that's rather nondescript save for the bright open kitchen at one end and a neon-lit crab sculpture on the wall. Grab a seat at the…
Top Choice International in Old Montréal


Small, cozy Barroco has stone walls, flickering candles and beautifully presented plates of roast duck, braised short ribs and grilled fish. The selection is small (just six or so mains and an equal number of appeti…
Art in Old Montréal

Galerie Le Chariot

This arts emporium claims to have the largest Inuit collection in Canada. Choose from First Nations art carved mainly from soapstone, as well as fur hats, mountain-goat rugs and fleecy moccasins.
Science Center in Parc Jean-Drapeau


Housed in Buckminster Fuller’s striking geodesic dome built for the American pavilion at Expo '67, this nature center has its own geothermal energy system and fun interactive displays involving hand-pumps and water …