When visiting for the first time, be sure to climb up Mont Royal – the views are a more than adequate reward for the effort involved – and walk around the old harbour in the historic quarter. Not to be missed: Gibbys, within the walls of which is served the best filet mignon bar none.
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If you want to escape from the abundance of run-of-the-mill steakhouses and spend an evening somewhere that is truly stylish and classic, then there’s only one address you need to know: 1234 Rue de la Montagne, Le Queue de Cheval. The quality of the meat is superb – as is the service.
1181 rue de la Montagne
Montreal QC H3G 1Z2
+1 514 390 0091
460 bicycle parks ensure optimum mobility in the city – at the bargain price of 5 dollars per day. The only premise is that you need to check your Dixi-Bike back into a park within half an hour, otherwise you'll be charged extra. These rental bikes are free on the last Sunday of every month!
The Cosmos Breakfast bar is a tiny place on Sherbrooke Street West. Ask for the «Mish Mash» for breakfast. You won't regret it! The owner is truly devoted to what he does and delivers an outstanding experience for a small price. Really worth the 15-minute drive from the city centre.
5843 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H4A 1X4
+1 514 486 3814
I recommend a refreshingly alternative way of discovering Montreal – by bike! Fitz & Follwell Co. is a reliable supplier. The bikes are colourful and stylish, and they provide accessories such as helmets, too. For example, I went on a ride to the Olympics Stadium and the Botanical Garden. Montreal is great for exploring by bike. Cycle paths are for the most part flat and well developed.
115 Avenue du Mont-Royal West
Montreal, QC, H2T 2S9
+1 514 840 0739
One of my favourite places to eat is «Au pied de cochon», which serves foie gras specialities. For going out, I recommend the Latin Quarter around Rue Saint Denis and the Boulevard Saint Laurent, where there are lots of bars, clubs and lounges. The city’s most attractive historic building is the Oratoire St. Josèphe near Mont Royal; it is the biggest church in Canada.
Restaurant Au pied de cochon
536 Avenue Duluth Est
Montreal, QC H2L 1A9
This market is located in Little Italy and is open all year round. This is the place to find a wide variety of produce – especially in autumn, when you can admire a multitude of exotic pumpkins and apples – and pick up a cheap lunch, such as bison hot dogs or soup. The open-air market is enormous and comprises a large number of small, prestigious stalls. There's also a bakery and café. It's full of atmosphere!
7070 Avenue Henri Julien
Montreal, QC H2S 3S3
+1 514 277 1588
This market, surrounded by a range of different cafés and restaurants, is located on the banks of the Lanchine river in the Little Burgundy district. We brunched in Ôzeu, which apparently serves up the best Eggs Benedict in the whole of Montreal. Delicious – albeit a little too rich for my taste. You can make the most of your visit by combining it with a stroll along the river, or a bike or canoe tour.
138 Avenue Atwater
Montreal QC H4C 2H6