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04-15-2012, 10:57 PM
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As I said above, me and friends are going to Montreal for a short trip/vacation. We're not making an itinerary or anything detailed, but made a list of things we'll see:

Old Montreal
Underground City
Montréal's Old Port
Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal
Olympic Park
Biodôme de Montréal
Tower of Montreal
Downtown Montreal
Parc Mont-Royal
Redpath Museum
McGill University
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal
Casino

Good? Bad? Leaving anything good out? I'll be honest, I haven't done much research and half the stuff on that list I have no clue what it is.
You can also try the Botanical Garden and Insectarium if you're into that. It's right across the street from the Biodome and Olympic Stadium.

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Going to be a warm one today! Headed to Velo Montreal to pick up a bike, then ride up to Mont Royal.

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As I said above, me and friends are going to Montreal for a short trip/vacation. We're not making an itinerary or anything detailed, but made a list of things we'll see:

Old Montreal
Underground City
Montréal's Old Port
Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal
Olympic Park
Biodôme de Montréal
Tower of Montreal
Downtown Montreal
Parc Mont-Royal
Redpath Museum
McGill University
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal
Casino

Good? Bad? Leaving anything good out? I'll be honest, I haven't done much research and half the stuff on that list I have no clue what it is.
If you don't have time to do everything and need to skip something, I would skip old montreal.

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@Meow, food?
We don't have specific restaurants or anything like that planned. Figure when we get hungry we'll go to a place that looks good.

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If you don't have time to do everything and need to skip something, I would skip old montreal.
Got it.

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Yeah not much to do in old montreal unless in fall when there's a music festival and on Canada Day. Most of the hype in Montreal is in the Plateau for most of the year. I would advise anyone planning to visit to do it during the Jazz fest, the F1 grand prix and the Just For Laughs fest. All in June/July or the tennis open for the fans.

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Looking at this thread has made me feel bad. I've lived in the Montreal area for over a year now, and yet I've never even really done anything in Montreal, apart from all the main tourist attractions, which had all been covered before moving into the area anyways.

I really need to start getting out.

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Did Mont Real, the Pierre Trudeau bridge and down to the Biodome (didn't enter), then up to the Olympic Stadium yesterday, by bike.

Toured Old Montreal earlier today - neo-classicism everywhere, some of it quite nice, but... I left a bit disappointed, tbh.

I found a store in the underground megaplace called rock & rebel earlier in the week. Anyone heard of Au Noir shirts? Damn, they're good looking. Expensive, but good looking.

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Did Mont Real, the Pierre Trudeau bridge and down to the Biodome (didn't enter), then up to the Olympic Stadium yesterday, by bike.

Toured Old Montreal earlier today - neo-classicism everywhere, some of it quite nice, but... I left a bit disappointed, tbh.

I found a store in the underground megaplace called rock & rebel earlier in the week. Anyone heard of Au Noir shirts? Damn, they're good looking. Expensive, but good looking.
No surprise there, old Montreal is nice but not really exciting. It's really fun to work or live there although for that you have to be a millionaire, I've worked there a while back and the only things I've really enjoyed is Montreal en lumière ( Montreal in lights ) in January, where you have different shows in the old port. There are a few other occasions where there are different festivals but other than that the place is quiet.

If you're ever looking for a cool bar to spend an evening try l'abreuvoir.

http://www.abreuvoir.ca/

403, rue Ontario E

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If you don't have time to do everything and need to skip something, I would skip old montreal.
I would too... I was a bit dissapointed. Old Quebec is a lot better. It was still nice, but there's a lot better things to do in Montreal.

Old Quebec on the other hand is the best part of Quebec City.

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Hey, I'm in Montreal next week and looking at a few temp places. How safe is Cote-des-Neiges??

I've heard it's a 'sketchier' part of town....then again ppl say the whole city is dangerous and I've never had an issue (in the past i've been in Boisbriend, Longeuil, and down by the Bell Centre, looking for a diff part of the city to explore)

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As I said above, me and friends are going to Montreal for a short trip/vacation. We're not making an itinerary or anything detailed, but made a list of things we'll see:

Old Montreal
Underground City
Montréal's Old Port
Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal
Olympic Park
Biodôme de Montréal
Tower of Montreal
Downtown Montreal
Parc Mont-Royal
Redpath Museum
McGill University
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal
Casino

Good? Bad? Leaving anything good out? I'll be honest, I haven't done much research and half the stuff on that list I have no clue what it is.
Go see the Chinese Quarter, esp if you are loking for good cheap food during the day I've also heard good things about the Latin Quarter in terms of enterainment

Longeuil is also beautiful if you have the time, but i wouldn't cram too much in at once...some of the stuff on your list is better enjoyed at a comfortable pace

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Hey, I'm in Montreal next week and looking at a few temp places. How safe is Cote-des-Neiges??

I've heard it's a 'sketchier' part of town....then again ppl say the whole city is dangerous and I've never had an issue (in the past i've been in Boisbriend, Longeuil, and down by the Bell Centre, looking for a diff part of the city to explore)
Uh, who says Montreal is dangerous? There's basically no 'dangerous' parts of the city. Cote-des-Neiges is just fine. It's lower-middle class and a lot of immigrants live in the area, but that's all.

What are you wanting to do in terms of exploring, though? Boisbriand and Longueuil don't really have much to explore . . .


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As I said above, me and friends are going to Montreal for a short trip/vacation. We're not making an itinerary or anything detailed, but made a list of things we'll see:

Old Montreal
Underground City
Montréal's Old Port
Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal
Olympic Park
Biodôme de Montréal
Tower of Montreal
Downtown Montreal
Parc Mont-Royal
Redpath Museum
McGill University
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal
Casino

Good? Bad? Leaving anything good out? I'll be honest, I haven't done much research and half the stuff on that list I have no clue what it is.
Really depends on the person, in terms of what type of visit you're looking for and your age range. Are you looking to get to know the city, and do general sight-seeing? To get a feel for the character of the city, I'd recommend checking the main downtown area (where you can start around Redpath, checking out Crescent, walking east toward McGill College then turning up to check out McGill); the Plateau area (which is a few blocks east + north of McGill -- definitely worth researching interesting eateries in the area there -- even if only Schwartz or St Viateur bagels); then the 'grittier' area of St Denis -- if you walk southward on St Denis, it takes you below Sherbrooke and continue on into the Old Port.

I think those 4 areas would make for a long walk, but ultimately great snapshot of the city.

The four areas being:

1. Redpath/museums/Crescent/downtown/McGill
2. Plateau -- eats in Schwartz/St. Viateur, or one of the numerous local joints
3. St. Denis down toward Old Montreal
4. Finally, Old Montreal

...

I take it from your post that you and your friends are looking to get a glimpse of the city and its culture, and this type of walk-about would give you that snapshot IMO.

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I am in need of some itinerary help for Montreal. Next month, me & a friend are going through Toronto, Montreal, Boston and New York, but only staying 2 1/2 days in Montreal, so i really only want to visit some of the vital areas.

So some key things to consider: staying at the Sheraton, my friend is a foodie blogger, and we do not want to see any of the biodome/olympic stuff, do not party or club, but both are under 25 yrs old, so we don't want to be bored. Museums are not a must, we will be going to enough in NYC, but it seems like thats a major thing in Montreal.

I tried to look at everything on the map, but i'm not sure if there is something we can do about being more efficient with our time, etc.

Day 1 (1/2 day)
-Museum of Fine Arts
-Dinner Downtown
-Underground City/St.Catherines walking (when does everything close or begin to? This is a Tuesday)

Day 2
-Parc Mont Royal (Is St Joseph's Oratory worth the time?)
-Schwartz
-Plateau (St Denis and more eating)
-Dinner at L'Express
-Back DT to Museum of Contemporary Arts

Day 3
-McGill & Redpath
-Jean Talon Market
-Lunch (Any recommendations here)
-Old Montreal
-Dinner
-?? I have no idea. I thought about cirque Amaluna, but $$$. Anyone know if they have cheaper tickets on the day of? Or recommend something else to see at night?

Also, I want to fit in Romados & St.Viateur & Patati Patata in there, but i don't know where without stuffing myself silly on one day! The plateau has so many places to eat... too little time.

Any help is much appreciated.

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Any budget on food, and any preferences in type of cooking? You've got nice eats in there, but they're of the quick and easy variety.

Why are you choosing L'Express?

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At the airport now, getting ready to head back home.

I started out on Maissonneuve, near the UQAM, for the first few days. Very simple, small hotel, but with the weather being what it was, the longish walk to downtown was ok.

Wednesday, I moved to a hotel on Victoria Square, where I had a nice view of all the rioting going on at the Palace des Congres. Interesting stuff. I gather it's about tuition hikes?

Anyway, I can across a store in the Mont Royal bit of the underground shopping area called Rock and Rebel. They sell Au Noir dress shirts. Hot digity! They're expensive, but WOW.

Bussed it to Ottawa one of the days, just to change it up a bit. That's a nice city, too. I have previously only spent any length of my time in Canada out West, so it's good to see some of the "older" areas. Didn't get to go to Quebec City, but such is life.

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Any budget on food, and any preferences in type of cooking? You've got nice eats in there, but they're of the quick and easy variety.

Why are you choosing L'Express?
We aren't looking for fine dining really so meals under $30/person is fine. No real preferences in cooking, just want good food. But since we are from Vancouver, we probably would not go out of our way to look for asian cuisine. We have enough here.

L'Express because it got good reviews, but I'm of course open to suggestions if you have any!

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We aren't looking for fine dining really so meals under $30/person is fine. No real preferences in cooking, just want good food. But since we are from Vancouver, we probably would not go out of our way to look for asian cuisine. We have enough here.

L'Express because it got good reviews, but I'm of course open to suggestions if you have any!
I mentioned some restaurants on the last page in this thread. Check that out if you're interested.

For under $30 or thereabouts, I'd recommend Decca77. Right downtown, best bang-for-your-buck restaurant in the city. It is fine dining, but not pricey. Check the menus on their site: http://www.decca77.com

Lunch prix fixe is $25; dinner is $35.

L'Express used to be a nice bistro once upon a time. It's lived off its reputation for a long time now.

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I am in need of some itinerary help for Montreal. Next month, me & a friend are going through Toronto, Montreal, Boston and New York, but only staying 2 1/2 days in Montreal, so i really only want to visit some of the vital areas.

So some key things to consider: staying at the Sheraton, my friend is a foodie blogger, and we do not want to see any of the biodome/olympic stuff, do not party or club, but both are under 25 yrs old, so we don't want to be bored. Museums are not a must, we will be going to enough in NYC, but it seems like thats a major thing in Montreal.

I tried to look at everything on the map, but i'm not sure if there is something we can do about being more efficient with our time, etc.

Day 1 (1/2 day)
-Museum of Fine Arts
-Dinner Downtown
-Underground City/St.Catherines walking (when does everything close or begin to? This is a Tuesday)

Day 2
-Parc Mont Royal (Is St Joseph's Oratory worth the time?)
-Schwartz
-Plateau (St Denis and more eating)
-Dinner at L'Express
-Back DT to Museum of Contemporary Arts

Day 3
-McGill & Redpath
-Jean Talon Market
-Lunch (Any recommendations here)
-Old Montreal
-Dinner
-?? I have no idea. I thought about cirque Amaluna, but $$$. Anyone know if they have cheaper tickets on the day of? Or recommend something else to see at night?

Also, I want to fit in Romados & St.Viateur & Patati Patata in there, but i don't know where without stuffing myself silly on one day! The plateau has so many places to eat... too little time.

Any help is much appreciated.
McGill is right by Mont Royal, so I would hit both of those on the same day. Patati Patata is a short walk from Shwartz's. Get a Sandwich and Schwartz's then walk to Patata for the Poutine.

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At the airport now, getting ready to head back home.

I started out on Maissonneuve, near the UQAM, for the first few days. Very simple, small hotel, but with the weather being what it was, the longish walk to downtown was ok.

Wednesday, I moved to a hotel on Victoria Square, where I had a nice view of all the rioting going on at the Palace des Congres. Interesting stuff. I gather it's about tuition hikes?

Anyway, I can across a store in the Mont Royal bit of the underground shopping area called Rock and Rebel. They sell Au Noir dress shirts. Hot digity! They're expensive, but WOW.

Bussed it to Ottawa one of the days, just to change it up a bit. That's a nice city, too. I have previously only spent any length of my time in Canada out West, so it's good to see some of the "older" areas. Didn't get to go to Quebec City, but such is life.
You should've gone to Quebec City instead of Ottawa. There isn't much to see in Ottawa except for the Government buildings and the river.

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I am in need of some itinerary help for Montreal. Next month, me & a friend are going through Toronto, Montreal, Boston and New York, but only staying 2 1/2 days in Montreal, so i really only want to visit some of the vital areas.

So some key things to consider: staying at the Sheraton, my friend is a foodie blogger, and we do not want to see any of the biodome/olympic stuff, do not party or club, but both are under 25 yrs old, so we don't want to be bored. Museums are not a must, we will be going to enough in NYC, but it seems like thats a major thing in Montreal.

I tried to look at everything on the map, but i'm not sure if there is something we can do about being more efficient with our time, etc.

Day 1 (1/2 day)
-Museum of Fine Arts
-Dinner Downtown
-Underground City/St.Catherines walking (when does everything close or begin to? This is a Tuesday)

Day 2
-Parc Mont Royal (Is St Joseph's Oratory worth the time?)
-Schwartz
-Plateau (St Denis and more eating)
-Dinner at L'Express
-Back DT to Museum of Contemporary Arts

Day 3
-McGill & Redpath
-Jean Talon Market
-Lunch (Any recommendations here)
-Old Montreal
-Dinner
-?? I have no idea. I thought about cirque Amaluna, but $$$. Anyone know if they have cheaper tickets on the day of? Or recommend something else to see at night?

Also, I want to fit in Romados & St.Viateur & Patati Patata in there, but i don't know where without stuffing myself silly on one day! The plateau has so many places to eat... too little time.

Any help is much appreciated.
That's a wonderful list, but I'm not sure what you would do in Jean-Talon market since you'll be crossing the border and if youre planning on buying fruits and vegetables that's the only thing you'd be able to do over there.

Instead you should plan on going to the biodome at the olympic stadium.

http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/biodome/

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We aren't looking for fine dining really so meals under $30/person is fine. No real preferences in cooking, just want good food. But since we are from Vancouver, we probably would not go out of our way to look for asian cuisine. We have enough here.

L'Express because it got good reviews, but I'm of course open to suggestions if you have any!
Dont know if this is to late but you need to try tapeo a great tapas place

its on Berry in Villeray/St-michelle

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Sorry to bother all of you but I had a small question. I'm in Montreal for the weekend and was wondering if any of you know of bars that may play the audio of the Rangers/Caps tomorrow and in particular, an English broadcast.

So far my best guesses have been Peel Pub or MVP but I was curious if you knew of others

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