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Trip to Montreal, Suggestions?

I mistakenly posted this in the T cell at first, but I’m taking my wife to Montreal in the middle of october. any recommendatios for soem good restaurants? we’re not worried about economy, but like good quality. Steakhouses, or any other good food? Also, any places with good microbrews or imports, and some good single malts?

Anything interesting we shouldn’t miss? Thanks.

Montreal’s best known steakhouses, in the downtown core, are probably “Queue De Cheval” or “Moishes”, but really you can get a great steak at countless places.

For general dining I also recommend you take a stroll down St-Laurent and St-Denis (both above Sherbrooke avenue) for nice non-franchise elegant restaurants.

Another good spot for restaurants is at the old port (aka: Old Montreal) tons of good food and steakhouses there (I believe Gibby’s might be one of the oldest ones there if you’re into that kind of stuff).

FireGrill is right downtown and has a more updated look…

Baton Rouge is a franchise steakhouse restaurant that’s also pretty good.

I’m pretty sure all these places have websites if you want to get a feel for them before going.

[quote]Protoculture wrote:
Montreal’s best known steakhouses, in the downtown core, are probably “Queue De Cheval” or “Moishes”, but really you can get a great steak at countless places.

For general dining I also recommend you take a stroll down St-Laurent and St-Denis (both above Sherbrooke avenue) for nice non-franchise elegant restaurants.

Another good spot for restaurants is at the old port (aka: Old Montreal) tons of good food and steakhouses there (I believe Gibby’s might be one of the oldest ones there if you’re into that kind of stuff).

FireGrill is right downtown and has a more updated look…

Baton Rouge is a franchise steakhouse restaurant that’s also pretty good.

I’m pretty sure all these places have websites if you want to get a feel for them before going.
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Thanks, we’re staying at the Marriot Chateau Champlain Downtown. I was wondering if this in walking distance of soem interesting sites.

Check out the thread in this forum about the crew doing the Toronto to Montreal motorcycle ride for other suggestions.

[quote]imoko wrote:
Check out the thread in this forum about the crew doing the Toronto to Montreal motorcycle ride for other suggestions.[/quote]

Thanks.

Whenever someone mentions the best strip clubs in Canada, they say Montreal. Just saying.

[quote]tom63 wrote:
Protoculture wrote:
Montreal’s best known steakhouses, in the downtown core, are probably “Queue De Cheval” or “Moishes”, but really you can get a great steak at countless places.

For general dining I also recommend you take a stroll down St-Laurent and St-Denis (both above Sherbrooke avenue) for nice non-franchise elegant restaurants.

Another good spot for restaurants is at the old port (aka: Old Montreal) tons of good food and steakhouses there (I believe Gibby’s might be one of the oldest ones there if you’re into that kind of stuff).

FireGrill is right downtown and has a more updated look…

Baton Rouge is a franchise steakhouse restaurant that’s also pretty good.

I’m pretty sure all these places have websites if you want to get a feel for them before going.

Thanks, we’re staying at the Marriot Chateau Champlain Downtown. I was wondering if this in walking distance of soem interesting sites.

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Just to clarify those places are within walking distance, or just a stop or two away using the Metro.

I’ve attached an image with a pink perimeter showing where you should focus on while visiting here. (Note: Your Hotel is identified with the letter ‘A’). IMHO, you may want to note this on your travel map and the location of a few restaurants (definitely not limited to the ones I listed) and sites you’d like to visit; but that’s just me.

At this time of the year the city starts to slow down. All major summer festivals are over and school is back in session. So what is there left to do?

To enjoy Montreal you have to enjoy putting on some decent clothes/shoes and enjoy trying different restaurants, having a drink on a terrace, shopping, and night life (and maybe the occasional strip club); if not you’ll be limited in your options.

Other places/things of interest:

  • Catching a Montreal Canadiens hockey game (if the season started)
  • Old Port/ Old Montreal - It’s just a few square blocks, but worth seeing
  • Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal and other cathedrals
  • St-Joseph’s Oratory
  • Casino de Montréal is OK, but you probably won’t win any money ! :^)
  • Botanical Gardens - depending on the season
  • Mount Royal Park - nice simple walk amongst the trees and it has a nice point over-looking the city.

Places I would label as ‘low priority’:

  • Biodôme
  • Olympic Stadium
  • Museums (we don’t have the best ones, but I guess that depends on your reference point)
  • Planetarium

Of course these recommendations are strictly based on my opinion and interests.

Old Montreal is wonderful. I stayed there years ago on a visit and think it was one of the best atmospheres of any Canadian city I’ve holidayed in. I’m a history nut though, so take it for what it’s worth.
Check out Schwartz(sp) Deli. Great sandwich and a ton of tradition in that place. It looks like it hasn’t changed a day in the many decades it’s been there.

i heard the strip clubs are awesome.

L’Express on St. Denis is certainly worth a trip - great bistro food, totally French atmosphere. Stand in line for breakfast at Beauty’s on Mount Royal and, if I may put in a plug for some old friends of mine, check out La Taverne sur la Square in Westmount Square. Reservoir on Duluth is a good microbrew pub and Whisky Cafe (http://www.whiskycafe.ca/) has all the single malts you could dream of.

Have fun!