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Montreal suggestions, please

Old Oct 18, 14, 12:54 pm
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Montreal suggestions, please

We are going to Montreal for 3 days in a couple of weeks and would appreciate all suggestions for things to do in Montreal: historic, cultural, gay, culinary, etc.

So far, I've gathered:

Gay Nightlife:
The Village on rue Ste Catherine Est. (but any specific places would be much appreciated).

Historic:
- The Notre Dame Basilica. Any others? Walking through old streets just south of the basilica? Is there a certain section with cool cafes, shops, historic buildings?

Culinary:
- Mile End. (Any specific eateries or streets?)
- Atwater Market. (Any others that are more interesting, better?)


I've been looking through this forum, but most of the Montreal suggestions appear old.

Thanks much in advance.

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Old Oct 18, 14, 1:10 pm
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I go to Montreal every couple years for work and tack on a few extra days. My most recent trip was this summer.

The area around Notre Dame is the old city. Just plan to spend some time walking around there after you tour Notre Dame. You will see where the crowds are walking, where bands are playing outside, etc. There are shops, restaurants and galleries.

A few blocks out of the old city is St. Patrick's Basilica. It's beautiful, always open and free. Don't miss it.

I don't know if you gamble, but the Montreal Casino is in a very cool, funky modern building. It's worth seeing. It's definitely not Vegas, but the building is awesome.
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Old Oct 19, 14, 11:12 pm
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I would recommend the biennial that opens this week at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
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Old Oct 20, 14, 4:42 pm
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I would recommend the biennial that opens this week at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
This and the Musee de Beaux Arts are both very worthwhile stops.
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Old Oct 21, 14, 6:32 am
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Once a year(at least) over 15 years visitor here. Montreal is my favorite city in North America.

Rather than the Atwater Market (which is very nice)I would opt for the Marche Jean Talon. Plan on spending some time here and getting a picnic lunch together from the stalls.

Joe Beef, Tuck Shop, Au Petite Extra are 3 of my recommended restos.
The Village is the only place for gay bars these days.

Both Museums mentioned above are great. However you might check out the Point a Callier for a bit of history regarding the founding of Montreal.
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Old Oct 23, 14, 11:45 am
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Just went to Montreal a couple months ago for the first time.

+1 for Joe Beef and its fabulous staff (and I do mean fabulous). Food is excellent as well. If you can't get a reservation, you can do walk in pretty easily on a weekday if you don't mind a little wait or sit at the bar.

Garde Manger for the lobster poutine.

Brasserie T!, sister restaurant to Toque!, was a surprisingly good and less expensive choice in the Art district. Available to book on OpenTable.
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Old Oct 28, 14, 1:39 pm
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Montreal - Jan 16 to 19

Hi there. When are you going? I'll be there Jan 16 - 19. Going alone at the moment and will be at Igloofest for a few hours each night.
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Any recommendations for NYE in Montreal?
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Old Aug 13, 19, 4:19 pm
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Any recent recommendations?

I'd also love a recommendation for a coffee shop where I can work for a couple hours on a weekday.
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Can anyone suggest any 4 or 5 star hotels that are within walking distance to the Gay Village? Thanks!
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Old Oct 8, 19, 10:58 am
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Can anyone suggest any 4 or 5 star hotels that are within walking distance to the Gay Village? Thanks!
Fairfield by Marriott Montreal Downtown is just off the main strip in the Village. It's not a 4- or 5- star hotel, but it's brand new, with modern design, and is decent. If you're taking Aerobus 747, then the hotel is just a block from the terminus.

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Old Oct 18, 19, 7:10 pm
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Fairfield by Marriott Montreal Downtown is just off the main strip in the Village. It's not a 4- or 5- star hotel, but it's brand new, with modern design, and is decent. If you're taking Aerobus 747, then the hotel is just a block from the terminus.

Bon voyage.
I agree with the Fairfield Inn recommendation. In fact, I'm staying here now and it's convenient to the Village. While the hotel is modern and comfortable, the neighborhood has seen better days. Homeless people and panhandlers seem to be everywhere and the area is rather depressing. Unless you plan to party till the wee hours of the morning, it might be better to stay downtown and take the Metro to the village. But if you prefer to walk, the Fairfield Inn is a good choice.
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Old Oct 23, 19, 7:21 pm
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Originally Posted by RideThe22A View Post
I agree with the Fairfield Inn recommendation. In fact, I'm staying here now and it's convenient to the Village. While the hotel is modern and comfortable, the neighborhood has seen better days. Homeless people and panhandlers seem to be everywhere and the area is rather depressing. Unless you plan to party till the wee hours of the morning, it might be better to stay downtown and take the Metro to the village. But if you prefer to walk, the Fairfield Inn is a good choice.
The neighborhood does have some panhandlers but I think it is full of charm. Great metro access and great access to Rue St Denis - the main artery in French Montreal. Spend some time walking up this street toward Marché Jean Talon. It's a great area. I got married in Montreal last spring (and we are Americans living in Chicago) and we put together a guidebook for our visitors that compiles our favorite spots as determined by 10+ visits over the years. Send me a direct message and I can email to you.
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