Montreal, Canada Guide - - Hotels, Restaurants, Nightlife - Classic Travel
Montreal, Quebec's largest city, is thriving. Having recovered from the sluggish economy and political infighting of the 90s, Montreal surges ahead with vibrancy. The business world prospers in the shape of the downtown skyscrapers and delicious restaurants pack a city that has become more beautiful than ever.
Montreal speaks two languages, French and English, but has one heart. With neo-Gothic architecture abound, visitors can see the roots of the French pioneers blended with the more recent British settlers. An incredible blend of the "vieux" and "new", its many lovely neighborhoods make Montreal unique. From the youthful party atmosphere of Old Town to its multi-lingual Chinatown, the city is remarkably easy to navigate whether by metro or foot. Even the snowy winter weather won't slow down visitors as many shops, cinemas and restaurants are built underground and linked by the metro and walkways. Food-lovers will be in heaven as there are fabulous French and internationally eclectic restaurants all over town.
Le Cirque Du Soleil
8400 2nd Avenue
The birthplace of the one of the world’s most amazing acrobatic troupes, Montreal is still the home to Le Cirque du Soleil.
Old Port of Montreal
de la Commune Street
Nestled between the St. Lawrence River and Old Montreal, the Old Port offers numerous year round outdoor activities, exhibits and entertainment. Take a river cruise in the summer or ice skate on the outdoor rink in the winter. The Old Port welcomes seven million visitors each year who are seeking relaxation, enjoyment and pure fun.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1380 Sherbrooke Street West
Boasting more than 30,000 objects, Canada’s oldest museum has strived to provide a heterogeneous collection of Canadian and international works. Inuit sculptures, for example, came on display in 2006. Canadian photography and ancient sub-Saharan works are among other examples of exhibitions.
Basilique Notre Dame-de-Montreal
110 rue Notre-Dame Ouest
This grand basilica was finished in 1829. A protestant architect, James O-Donnell, was so happy with his work that he purportedly converted to Catholicism. The grand neo-Gothic facade is 228 feet high and the neo-Romanesque interior has vaulted ceiling studded with 24-karat gold stars. The largest church bell in North America is in Montreal, weighing in at just over 12 tons.
Lallouz1434 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Several Canadian and American minimalist artists are on display at this shopping activity.
Catch a movie at the beach, watch water polo players duke it out, go biking and hiking, or attend a concert next to the city at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Named for the visionary mayor who brought the World’s Fair to Montreal in 1967, the park encompasses two islands, one of which is made from earth carved out during construction of the subway.
1228 Sherbrooke St.West
Daniel Boulud’s menu is driven by the seasons and bounty of Québec’s local purveyors. You’ll find specialties from Boulud’s New York City restaurants, including Lyonnaise charcuterie, Mediterranean flavors, and even some casual burgers, as well as dishes created just for Maison Boulud. The result: refined yet soulful contemporary French food, prepared here by Executive Chef Riccardo Bertolino.
1227 de la Montagne
“Culinary art at its finest” Fill up your senses as you discover the best of Québec food products exquisitely prepared by two French chefs. Discover a modern and creative cuisine in a warm and intimate ambiance.
900 Place Jean-Paul Riopelle
Internationally renowned chef Norman Laprise has moved this popular restaurant to a new home on the fringes of Old Montreal. The new, sleek interior is a perfect backdrop for Laprise's outstanding menu.
La Queue de Cheval Steakhouse & Cigar
1221 Blvd. Rene-Levesque West
Home to one of the best wine cellars worldwide, has beautiful wood finishes, vaulted ceilings and glowing chandeliers to add to the wonderful ambience of this favorite restaurant. This steakhouse is one of Canada’s premier fine dining steakhouse restaurants specializing in dry-aged USDA Prime beef and fresh seafood.
361 Saint Paul Est
Celebrity chef Chuck Hughes calls his latest baby, Le Bremner, "a kind of a seafood diner." Montreal foodies call it the hottest restaurant of the moment. And if Le Bremner ends up a repeat of Hughes' success with Garde Manger-- his original culinary haunt whose popularity is often attributed to Hughes' high profile via Food Network's Chuck's Day Off
1595 boul St-Laurent
Close to the Quartier des Spectacles and to downtown, this restaurant is giving the area a facelift by presenting diners with an original take on food.
Les 400 Coups
400 Notre-Dame Est.
Tel. 514 985 0400
Located in the Old Montréal neighborhood of Montréal, Les 400 Coups has a casual atmosphere and specializes in Bistro, Contemporary / Eclectic, Fusion and Market cuisine.
312 Rue Saint-Paul West (corner Saint-Pierre)
Slightly off the beaten tourist track and located on the ground floor of an old Napoleonic greystone, Barroco will serve a menu of rustic French, Spanish, and Italian fare and a selection of private import wines.
Le Club Chasse Et Peche
423 rue St. Claude (Old Montreal)
Designed to look like an intimate private club, Le Club has become one of the most popular restaurants in Montreal since it opened in late 2004.
3455 Boulevard St.-Laurent
Free-range meat and poultry and organic produce make this fine dining stalwart that opened in 1993 a good destination for live jazz or strawberry rhubarb martini.
For a truly sexy and chic shoe shop in Montreal, look no further than Mona Moore. It’s in the Golden Square Mile section and about a dozen designers’ works are on hand.
1446 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
The best hat store in Canada, Henri Henri is, also, perhaps the most famous. In the 50’s and 60’s, the store awarded individual NHL hockey players a free hat for scoring three goals or more in a game. Henri Henri is where the common sports term "hat trick" came from.
189 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest
Every garment at Kanuk is made in Quebec and flashes the ubiquitous owl logo. Their jackets and long coats make Kanuk famous, but the company also has a wonderful line of classy and understated raincoats and anoraks for a brisk spring day.
485 rue Rachel Est
This manufacturer has an easy-access showroom featuring furs for many different budgets. Montreal is a major fur city, and Mega has Russian sable, mink/leather coats, and beaver available.
397 Mayor Street
La Maison Ogilvy
Distinguished British brand Aquascutum, Jones New York, Luisa Serano, Anne Fontaine, Betty Barclay, Margaret M, Hugo Boss and more call this department store home.
1307 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest
Nadya Toto is one of Canada’s finest designers. Her clothes are light and soft and always ready to wrap the body in comfort. Ruffled sleeves and nipped waists are characteristic of her lines.
2057 rue de la Montagne
Tel. 514.350. 9090
For a great harbor tour, try the amphibious vehicle tour that skirts around Old Montreal and then splashes into the harbor.
Spa Bota Bota
Old Port of Montreal
Corner de la Commune West and McGill
Bota Bota pulls you into a world of relaxation and infinite wonders, where gentle waves lull your soul. This floating spa combines luminance, tranquility, design and an astonishing 360 degree view. Enjoy the relaxing and energizing properties of water circuit therapy.
71 de la Commune West
Located in Old Montreal, Scandinave Les Bains Vieux-Montréal is a 12,000 square foot thermal bath where you will find the age-old tradition of the Scandinavian bath and the benefits of massage in an authentic environment with a contemporary touch.
French Immersion Courses at LSC
Take a French course in the world’s second largest French-Speaking country. This school was founded in 1962 and is a supplier of language services to the Canadian Federal Government and a member of the International Association of Language Centers.
Ca Roule Bike Tours
With 350 kilometers of bike paths, Montreal is easily discoverable by bike.
For more information about attractions, festivals and other services visit:
A list of some taxi companies in Montreal:
Atlas Taxi (Tel. 514.485.8585).
Champlain Taxi (Tel. 514.273.2435 or 514/271-1111).
Co-op Taxi (: 514/725-9885).
Unitaxi (Tel. 514.482.3000).
Hurley’s Irish Pub
With 18 beers on tap, 40 single malts and eight whiskeys, Hurley’s is a fine place for lazy summer afternoon or evening. Try a local brew, such as a St. Ambroise Pale Ale or Duminot Cider.
1225 rue Crescent
1476 rue Crescent
A vibrant lounge atmosphere with a welcoming terrace, Don’t leave without trying their exotic & unique cocktails.
5800 St. Laurent Boul.
Make your way here! Whisky Café offers one of the few sanctioned cigar lounges in the city. Choose from any number of fine Cuban cohibas of varying quality and enjoy a puff or three accompanied by one of their 150 whiskeys’ selection in this relaxed and friendly lounge environment.
Jello Martini Lounge
151 rue Ontario est
Feeling retro chic? Jello’s specialty, delicious martinis, are offered in more than 50 different kinds. Along with its 1960’s colors and patterns, Jello’s live music every night livens up a cold Montreal night. Check out Aka Soulo on a Tuesday night. This is where the young and beautiful go.