Things to do in Montreal?

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  1. Mark Pfeiffer

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    I'm going to be in Toronto and Montreal in late August. I've been to Toronto before, so I have a general idea of where to go, but I've never been to Montreal. Assuming I can swing it, I'm looking to stay downtown, so I'm hoping getting around the city should be easy with mass transit.

    Anyway, any recommendations in regard to movies, live music, restaurants, etc.?
     
  2. Max Leung

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    Where to start?

    I know... The Supersex! [​IMG]

    There is a great Japanese restaurant somewhere downtown. Damned if I can remember the name...all I know is it is near a small independent theater. Best in Montreal apparently.

    Go to any food court downtown - they are better than most sit-in restaurants here in Calgary.

    Have a look at the cathedral...it's nice!

    Visit the Botanical Gardens. Get on the train and it'll take you close to it (walking distance).

    It's been several years since I've been there, hence the hazy memory. [​IMG]

    You'll see the best dressed women in Canada in Montreal.

    Oh - and bring a gas mask, I swear that everyone over the age of 18 smokes! [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks to Google, I found the sushi restaurant:


    I actually stayed at a hotel 2 blocks away from this gem. Great food, prices are reasonable! At the time, me and my friends did not know it was one of the best in Montreal. We really lucked out...
     
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    Go to the casino. It is one of the nicest I have ever seen. I seem to recall that it is the second largest in the world... but I could be wrong.
     
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    Montreal casino is not that large; certainly not the 2nd largest in the world.

    Try Crescent Street any time in the evening. Tons of restaurants, bars, pubs, etc. You can't go wrong there.
     
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    The Botanical Gardens and the Biodome are good ways to spend an afternoon. They're located at the Olympic Stadium, so it's easy access.

    I never made it to Supersex, but had a great time at Chez Paris.
     
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    Montreal World Film Festival
    http://www.ffm-montreal.org/fr_index.html
    August 26 to September 6.

    You can also visit the mountain or check out the used books, Cds and DVD shops on Mount-Royal Avenue, both located at the Mont-Royal metro station (a stone's throw from my home).

    Old Montreal is always a tourist favourite (or tourist trap). Champ-De-Mars or Place d'Armes stations.

    For shopping (mostly underground -- we're like the movie Metropolis but in reverse [​IMG] ), McGill metro is the "central station".

    Botanical Gardens and Olympic Stadium (we're still paying for it [​IMG] ), Pie-IX station.

    Museum of Fine Arts or Crescent and Bishop Streets, Peel or Guy-Concordia stations, then head north to Sherbrooke street for the museums, or stay on de Maisonneuve for the restaurant streets.

    For food, that's not very hard to find as has already been pointed out. Avoid the mainstream fares and check out the lesser-known venues even in the food courts.

    If you'll be arriving by train or will be passing through the train station, you can actually eat there too! Be warned that during lunch, it can get VERY crowded!

    And of course, Super-Sexe, Chez Paree or Wanda's for the *ahem* "scenery". [​IMG]

    The casino is definitely NOT one of the biggest in the world. Even worse, it's been going downhill in the last few years. If you ever end up in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, definitely go to the Lac Leamy casino. It's much nicer and worth the trip.

    Any other suggestions out there?
     
  8. Mark Pfeiffer

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    I'm going to be missing the Montreal World Film Festival by a few days, most likely. I considered rerranging some plans for the first couple days, but I wasn't all that interested in the offerings then. Thanks for the recommendations so far, and keep 'em coming!
     
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    Definitely check out Old Montreal with its' narrow cobblestone streets and street cafes....it's a nice place to sit back and take it all in.
     
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    If you're in Montreal, there are two things you need to hit up (food wise that is):

    Smoked Meat-Montreal smoked meat is one of those things that you may have had elsewhere, but you've never had right until you've had it in Montreal. Schwartz's deli is great for it (if busy), and Ben's is also a very worthy substitute.

    Poutine-For those not in the know, this is French Fries with gravy and cheese curds, which is actually a great food combination that you really have to try to believe that it's really really good. There's lots of places to get good poutine in Montreal.
     

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