Montreal Trip

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  1. Z6128 macrumors regular

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    So my friend and I are going to Montreal the first week of October.

    Anyone have recommendations for things to see and places to eat (there seems to be a million places to eat which all look really good :D).
     
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  3. zioxide macrumors 603

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    Montreal rocks.

    Get a hotel near St. Catherine's street. There's tons of fancy shops, restaurants, bars, strip clubs, and more. :D The streets that intersect with St. Catherine's, including Crescent and Peel streets, have even more bars and shops too. Peel pub was one of my favorites, and there's also a little brewpub called Brutopia that has awesome house-brewed beers.
     
  4. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    I just got back from montreal 2 days ago. Its a great city. I stayed at the Omni Mount Royal.
    Food: Eat at Schwartzs, Gibbys, and I forget the third :(
    Attractions: Check out the zoo at olympic park with the penguins!
    Transportation: STM is excellent, clean, safe. Taxis are plentiful
    Shopping: St. Catherines has some excellent stores, generally the Quebec market has way different stuff then other places. Check out "Simons" clothing
    The furniture shops are really neat as well.
    BTW you don't need to speak french

    EDIT: Ferrarri Italian Restaurant was AMAZING (on cresent I think)
     
  5. heehee macrumors 68020

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    There are a bunch of unique boutiques on Rue Saint-Denis.
     
  6. Z6128 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i cant wait to go! i love the colder weather, so i dont see the weather in the beginning of october being an issue.

    we're staying at the Hotel Intercontinental so it's close to old Montreal.

    Sights so far we're looking to going to are the Olympic Stadium, Notre Dame, Pointe-a-calliere, and Bonsecours market. I saw a boat tour around Montreal online that looked like it would be nice. And of course shopping and bars along St Catherine St.

    My friend and I have a few years of high school French under our belts, we'll see how much we remember haha :eek:

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    also, we're looking to go out to the bars and clubs downtown at night around St. Catherine, is it hard to find a cab home at night around midnight-2am? Is it a safe area?
     
  7. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    Montreal is ****ing amazing. I went for the first time back in March. Want to go again sometime soon.

    Cabs are super easy to find. Don't worry about it. Places are still open at 2am in Montreal. There will be tons of people outside.

    Make sure you go to the Casino. I'm not a gambler, but I had a blast. I took $10 and went in to see how much I could make. Came out with $400. Blew it all that night :D

    If you want to discuss clubs, bars, and strip clubs, PM me. Me and my buddies did a ton of trial and error. I'll help you weed out the crappy places and not waste your time wasting outside in the lines.
     
  8. zioxide macrumors 603

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    You'll be greeted in French (it's the law) but just about everyone you run into in restaurants, stores, etc. speak English too.

    You should be fine. St. Catherine's will be popping. Tons of people around. Cabs are pretty easy to find too.

    Put it this way.. I was walking around with a Bruins hat on the night of a home Habs game and didn't have any problems.
     
  9. aerok, Aug 31, 2013
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    I live in Montreal and been here for 25 years now.

    One thing you need to try is a poutine which is fries, gravy and cheese.

    For bars and clubs, go on Crescent street. That street is full of clubs and bars. Just avoid the ones offering you a free drink, they are usually the empty ones. Most people on Crescent speak English.

    For a good cheap pub, try Peel Pub. I usually go there to predrink since drinks at clubs are way more expensive and it's not too far from Crescent (About 5 minutes walk sober, 15 minutes when drunk)

    Montreal is also known for its strip clubs lol, $10 per song with "less restrictions" if you know what I mean...

    It is very safe here, one of the most safest metropolitain cities in North America. Clubs and bars are open until 3 AM.
     
  10. Ericcc macrumors member

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    I second this. Up St-Denis street and St-Laurent street (north of downtown), you'll also find possibly the best culinary hotspot of Montreal around Duluth avenue (http://www.restomontreal.ca/districts/Avenue-Duluth/99?lang=en).

    I also recommend you trying a steamed all-dressed hot dog from a small local restaurant (any La Belle Province location will also do). Make sure it's all-dressed. You can't get that taste anywhere else. I've heard of Ontario police stopping in Quebec along the border to get 3 or 4 of those at a time :D
     
  11. Roller macrumors 68020

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    October's a great time to visit Montreal - it'll definitely feel like Fall, but still will be pleasant.

    If you like bagels, check out the St-Viateur Bagel bakery. I haven't found bagels as good anywhere else. Montreal smoked meat is also worth the trip - similar to corned beef or pastrami, but better.
     
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    There's a sports bar on St. Catherine's that's great for breakfast. Some clubs I can recommend are 1234 and Circus (this one is late night though).

    Oh and stop by Octopussy ;)
     
  13. aerok macrumors 65816

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    I prefer Club Dowtown (Name is more discreet)
     
  14. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    I went there on my last trip to Montreal. Great Montreal bagels. You can watch them make them right in front of you.
     
  15. /V\acpower macrumors 6502a

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    As a Montrealer, I really can't stress enough about trying a Smoked Meat sandwich at Schwartz.

    Even if somebody tells you that it's all the same thing if you go to Dunn's or Reubens, don't listen to them, Schwartz smoked meat really is in a league of it's own, it is different. Take it at least "medium" or "fat", just don't take lean.

    However, Schwartz is a small restaurant, old and really not very comfy, but the meat is really worth it. I mean, try not to go at normal meal hours and you won't have to wait very long.

    In general Montreal have a very strong restaurant scene.

    If I had to suggest just a couple of places, "Au Pied de Cochon" and "Joe Beef" are two highly popular and praised by critics restaurants. Both are "quality without being snobbish". There is also the Toqué!, which is more about very high quality and fancy cuisine. More expensive, but a different experience.

    You can buy the "Guide Resto Voir", which is a little magazine printed every year that is considered the "go-to" restaurant guide for Montreal. It should be very easy to find in any tourist spot.

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    Watch this video : http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xo2kqf_the-layover-s01e06-montreal_travel

    It's a pretty good summary of good place to eat in Montreal.
     
  16. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    Bump.

    I'm gonna be there during Columbus Day weekend.

    Can I get Cubans there?
     
  17. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    The people, the sandwiches, or the cigars?

    I imagine you could find all three. ;)
     
  18. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    :D

    Are the cigars hard to find? I'm sure they will probably be $$$ because of all the Americans. :(

    Anyone know if I can bring back a dozen or so?
     

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