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Montreal: An Insider's Guide

Angus McRitchie

Photo: Angus McRitchie

Stylish, historic, and full of great restaurants, galleries, and bike trails, this Québécois hot spot has evolved into North America's own City of Light. Read the article

Inspired by: Montreal's Moment — by Amy Farley, Published Aug. 2007

Hotels (4)

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    Auberge du Vieux-Port

    Set among the 19th-century warehouses that line the riverside Rue de la Commune, this 27-room inn could pull in guests for its address alone. The a

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    Hôtel Le St.-James

    Stepping into the St-James feels like stepping back into a genteel, Gilded Age manse. Housed in a gracefully restored 19th-century bank building ju

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    Hôtel Gault

    The era of the minimalist design hotel may be drawing to a close, but this surprisingly affordable hotel shows no signs of losing its edge. There’s

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    Hôtel St. Paul

    The too-cool faux-hawked staffers at this über-chic boutique hotel might be off-putting if the rooms weren’t so stylish and comfortable. Playful fa

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Restaurants (4)

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    Garde Manger

    One part restaurant, one part late-night bar, Garde Manger offers innovative seafood and a seat at the hottest party in town. Set in a historic Vie

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    Leméac

    Politicos, journalists, academics, and Francophone matrons all gather at this polished and light-filled dining room in the fashionable Outremont ne

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    Le Club Chasse et Peche

    Set among Vieux-Montréal’s cobblestoned lanes, this eatery is marked only by the antler-and-fish crest hanging outside the door (appropriate, since

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    Joe Beef

    Chef-owners Frédéric Morin and David McMillan are the mavericks behind Joe Beef, a delightfully disheveled counterpoint to the city’s often oversty

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Activities (11)

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    Kamkyl Urban Atelier

    Yvonne and Douglas Mandel, pioneers of the new Vieux, showcase their sharply tailored menswear here.

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    Le Marche Jean-Talon

    Once you have the gourmet accoutrements from the Les Touilleurs kitchenware store, cab it up to Little Italy and this enormous food market, which i

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    Pop! Bar à Vin

    This neighborhood wine bar has a stylish décor that evokes a ‘60s-era Danish living room (Wegner-style chairs, teak bookcases), plus a lively atmos

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    Bar Plan B

    Though Montreal after dark used to mean La Calèche du Sexe and other such red-light joints downtown, the city’s nightlife is now centered around ba

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    Bíly Kun

    The kooky sister establishment to bar Plan B, Bily Kun hangs mounted ostrich heads along its 20-foot-high walls by way of decoration. The look is r

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    Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal

    For a deeper look at Canadian art, don’t miss the Beaux-Arts museum in the heart of downtown’s Golden Square Mile. There is a small (but impressive

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    Belgo Building

    Set on an otherwise unappealing stretch of Rue Sainte-Catherine, the industrial-looking Belgo Building is an inauspicious hub for the city’s contem

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    Parc du Mont-Royal

    After exploring Old Montreal, save time for a walk through Frederick Law Olmsted’s wooded and sprawling, 470-odd-acre Mont-Royal Park, which spans

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    Les Touilleurs

    Proof that Montreal is an epicurean’s dream: this exquisitely ordered kitchenware store in Outremont’s poshest shopping neighborhood. The marble co

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    Couleurs Meubles et Objets

    Rue Saint-Denis, up in the Plateau, is the prettiest shopping street in the city, with pint-size boutiques tucked into gabled houses. At this basem

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    Espace Pepin

    This eclectic little boutique/art gallery showcases paintings by owner Lysanne Pepin, quirky jewelry, and a handful of well-priced bohemian women’s

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Similar Trips (5)

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    Montreal, Vieux-Montréal (Old Montreal), Plateau Mont-Royal, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Rosemont

    An affordable Plan-B alternative to the blockbuster Paris sojourn.

  • Christmas in Montreal

    Montreal, Vieux-Montréal (Old Montreal), Downtown, Plateau Mont-Royal

    Take a spin at an outdoor ice-skating rink, plunge into your hotel's outdoor heated pool, and shop for maple candies and chestnuts in Montreal's bustling outdoor markets.

  • Montreal's Best New Restaurants

    Little Burgundy, Mile End

    One new restaurant's oyster bar is a shellfish-lover's paradise; another caters to carnivores with dishes featuring duck, rabbit, venison, and even bison and horse.

  • Quick Summer Getaway Guide to Montreal

    Vieux-Montréal (Old Montreal), Downtown

    Yes, there are plenty of quaint calèches plying Old Montreal's cobblestoned streets, as well as shops chockablock with fleur-de-lis flags and hockey paraphernalia. But along the neighborhood's sout

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  • Touring Montreal's Cutting-Edge Designs

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    North America’s City of Light has made the jump from historic to hot, with a slew of stylish hotels, shops, and restaurants. Here, even laundromats compete for inspired design awards, in the aptly

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