How is Montreal?

iOrlando

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how is the city for nightlife and stuff to do? any time of year better than others?

just looking for general thoughts.
 

chstr

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I've been in the summer. It can be a fun town. I like the fact that you don't have to be a part of a group to go out and enjoy yourself. People are open compaered to the states. That being said, they do prefer french over english
 

leekohler

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I talked to Iscariot about maybe taking the train there next time I go to Toronto. Sounds like a great place, and I know enough French to get by.
 

snberk103

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I've been in the summer. It can be a fun town. I like the fact that you don't have to be a part of a group to go out and enjoy yourself. People are open compaered to the states. That being said, they do prefer french over english
Its been years since I've visited, but... it likes to call itself the city of festivals, so check out their website and time your trip accordingly. I think if you make an honest effort to master and use the 4 to 8 necessary French words you'll get by in English just fine. "Please, Thank You, Right, Left, How far ... ,Where is ... , How much .... , etc."
 

coupdetat

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If you are going to party, here's my advice...

The strip clubs are expensive, and the hottest girl is Joanine (sp?) at Super Sexe! I went with my girlfriend and another couple, and we all got dances from her. Full contact clubs are way better than what they have in the US :p

Also, pregame because everything is really expensive and, if you go to the clubs, watered down.

Montreal food is mostly crap compared to what you'd find in places like NYC or Boston, and the prices are very high. There's some interesting shopping around, also, but it's still pricey compared to the States.

Personally, I found Quebec City to be a more interesting place to visit because it's just fun to walk down the city streets, stop in at little shops, sit around and people-watch. It has much more of a European atmosphere to it. Montreal is an expensive party town for people under 21 who can't party in the US.
 

leekohler

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If you are going to party, here's my advice...

The strip clubs are expensive, and the hottest girl is Joanine (sp?) at Super Sexe! I went with my girlfriend and another couple, and we all got dances from her. Full contact clubs are way better than what they have in the US :p

Also, pregame because everything is really expensive and, if you go to the clubs, watered down.

Montreal food is mostly crap compared to what you'd find in places like NYC or Boston, and the prices are very high. There's some interesting shopping around, also, but it's still pricey compared to the States.

Personally, I found Quebec City to be a more interesting place to visit because it's just fun to walk down the city streets, stop in at little shops, sit around and people-watch. It has much more of a European atmosphere to it. Montreal is an expensive party town for people under 21 who can't party in the US.
Ah...Quebec City... I really want to go there.
 

heehee

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I love montreal, especially the strip clubs. :p I told my gf she would have to go to a strip club with me and I will take her to a male strip club the next day. The girls/women customers were crazy. :eek::D

Things are expensive though, especially hotels. We stayed at the "W", the nicest hotel I've stayed in.
 

rdowns

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According to Wikipedia, Montreal has the highest per capita rate of IHOP restaurants.
 

mfacey

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I was disappointed by Montreal to honest. I was there last october and i felt its really missing some kind of stand-out feature. It is also very run-down in certain areas. the center is like any other US/Canadian city with high rise and the usual hustle and bustle. The old town reallly isn't very spectacular. I spent two full days in Montreal and was ready to move on afterwards.

There are a few nice restaurants around but make sure you get some advice from a local. We went to a bring your own alcohol place and the food was spectacular and very affordable.

The park is good on a nice day, but in general the city was not very memorable.:(
 

leekohler

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I was disappointed by Montreal to honest. I was there last october and i felt its really missing some kind of stand-out feature. It is also very run-down in certain areas.
Now I REALLY want to go. Art and culture thrive in run-down areas. If tourists say they don't like certain areas, they're usually areas I want to be. ;) Iscariot! We're going to Montreal! :)

Well the French have always been partial to a crêpe or two…
Mmmm....crêpes!
 

Eraserhead

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I know enough French to get by.
I got by with no French at all :p.

Montreal has got a fair few things to do. Out of Montreal you can go to the Laurentians, you can go to Quebec City if you want a pretty good European experience crossed with vast numbers of shops.

Then in the city itself there is Mont Royal and the awesome view over the city, the Notre Dame cathedral, the Montrael History museum was good, the Olympic stadium and the Biosphere where great. Then there is the Biodome which is good for kids, but there is an Ecohome which unlike the Chicago one is actually good :p. The fine art museum is also supposed to be pretty awesome.

And to top it off its got an excellent public transport system - as far as I can tell its one of the best in the Americas.

On nightlife I can't really comment as everyone in my hostel was fairly boring and we only made it to an Irish bar which was pretty cool. Theres also supposed to be a restaurant where you get served food in the dark which is supposed to be interesting.

There are a few areas which are a bit dodgy but its not too bad.

Ah...Quebec City... I really want to go there.
Its pretty good, but it didn't wow me. Then again I went on a coach tour.
 

zioxide

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Montreal is awesome. You don't need to know French, almost all of the people there spoke both French and English. Stay downtown near St Catherine St, theres tons of bars, stores, strip clubs, etc. It's a blast.

I've been there two separate times for a night. I don't really remember the nights though :D
 

Teh Don Ditty

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I was there in '05 to see an Islanders/Habs game. Friggin' awesome. Great town and people.

The strips clubs live up to their hype and of course the bars are great.

I'd also check out the casino as well.
 

mfacey

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Now I REALLY want to go. Art and culture thrive in run-down areas. If tourists say they don't like certain areas, they're usually areas I want to be. ;) Iscariot! We're going to Montreal! :)

If that was the case then I would have been quite pleased. I guess I'm just spoiled... :rolleyes::D
 

mfacey

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Well, I can't imagine much in North America being better than the Netherlands. Yeah, you are spoiled and I'm jealous. :)
Trust me... old buildings, bridges, churches, etc gets a little dull after a while. ;)
North America has amazing nature! I also love the ambiance of Boston, for example. I was hoping for a similar buzz in Montreal but it really didn't strike any chord whatsoever.
 

Eraserhead

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A coach tour? For shame! Have you learned nothing in your travels? ;)
LOL, it was cheaper than taking the public bus And as I can't drive (yet) I don't have any better options :(. Next time I'm taking the public bus as it was much worse than the tours I've taken in other countries.