Montreal on a shoestring



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You do not have to spend much money to have a great time in this cosmopolitain city during the summer. Half the city spends their time people watching, eating and drinking on terraces, North along Bernard ave, East along St.Denis street or downtown, in the heart of the action.

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Rougemont, Canada


St George's Anglican Church

Location:

1101 rue Stanley
(Near de la Gauchetière)
H3B 2S6 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 866 7113
fax: +1 514 866 6096


Pucapuca

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Location:

5400 St-Laurent Boulevard
(Near St-Viateur)
H2T 1S1 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 272 8029


Montreal Canadiens

Location:

1260 de la Gauchetière Ave W
(Molson Centre)
H3B 5E8 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 790 1245 / +1 800 361 4595


Champs

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Location:

3956 bd. St-Laurent
Near rue Duluth
H2W 1Y3 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514/987-6444


Chilenita (La)

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Location:

152 rue Napoléon
(At de Bullion)
H2W 1K8 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 286 6075


Wilensky Light Lunch

Location:

34 rue Fairmount ouest
1 block west of bd. St-Laurent
H2T 2M1 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514/271-0247


Day 1 - Montreal


This week long exploration of Montréal has the Plateau Mont-Royal as home-base. Breakfast on day one is at Dusty’s, a classic Montréal breakfast joint. It has no sign on, or above the door, but is easy enough to find; across the street from the gas station on the corner of Mount-Royal and Park Avenue (ave. du Parc). The rest of the day is spent North of the Plateau in the Mile End. Formerly an artist’s haven with low rents and affordable everything, now this neighbourhood is a mish-mash of students, artists and yuppies and is known as “the place to be”, retaining some of its original colourful crowd and bringing in some new faces and businesses to brighten the overall façade of the quarter.


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Dusty's

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Location:

4510 Parc Avenue
(At Mont-Royal)
H2V 4E3 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 276 8525


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Parc Avenue

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Location:

Parc Avenue at Sherbrooke Street
H2V 4G9 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015(Tourist Information)
fax: +1 514 864 3838 (Tourist Information)


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Mile End

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Location:

Avenue du Parc
H2V 1Y1 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015(Tourist Information)
fax: +1 514 864 3838 (Tourist Information)


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Jardin Du Cari (Le)

Location:

21 rue Saint Viateur Ouest
H2T 2K7 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 495 0565


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Bernard Avenue

Location:

St-Laurent Boulevard west to Outremont Avenue
H2V 1T5 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015(Tourist Information)
fax: +1 514 864 3838 (Tourist Information)


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Romolo Café

Location:

272 Bernard Street West
H2V 1T4 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 272 5035


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Gite "Le Chat Bleu" B&B

Location:

4098 St-Hubert
(Near Duluth)
H2L 4A8 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 1 514 527 3421


Day 2 - Montreal


Day two is spent on “the mountain”. From 11 am until the afternoon wears thin the Park ave. side of Mount-Royal Park, near the statue (you can see it from almost anywhere), is covered in people. Bring a book, a Frisbee, wander over the mountain, dance to the sound of the drums or sit down and soak up the rays of sunshine with half the population of Montréal. After this long afternoon sneak into Lele da Cuca (remember to bring your own wine), a cosy restaurant about five minutes from the Park by foot. Later, if you are not too tired, wander down to Else’s, a local pub. Else’s requires that you buy a little something to eat with your drink (thanks to the convoluted liquor licensing system) but is one of the best places to spend a relaxed Sunday evening in the city.


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Binerie (La)

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Location:

367 Mont-Royal Avenue East
H2T 1R1 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 285 9078


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Mount Royal Park

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Location:

1260 Chemin Remembrance
(des Pins Ave north to Voie Camillien-Houde)
H3H 1A2 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 843 8240
fax: +1 514 843 8255


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Lele da Cuca

Location:

70 rue Marie-Anne Street
Near St-Lawrence Boulevard
H2W 1A2 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 849 6649
fax: 514 849 3972


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Else's

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Location:

156, rue Roy Est
(At de Bullion)
H2W 1M2 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 286 6689


Day 3 - Montreal


Monday plans include discovering the main arteries of the city. After breakfast at the slightly out of the way Mme Bolduc, stroll toward St. Laurent Boulevard. On the way down “the Main” pick-up some sandwiches and cannolli for later in the afternoon at Euro-Deli, one of the rare high quality, affordable joints in this part of town. The character of St. Laurent Boulevard changes dramatically between Sherbrooke Street and St. Catherine Street. If you want to see the less posh side of Montréal, head straight down to St. Catherine on the Main; if not, veer West (right) when you hit Sherbrooke Street, and continue on until Park ave. before turning onto St. Catherine Street.


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Maam' Bolduc

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Location:

4351 Avenue de Lorimier
H2H 2B3 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 527 3884


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Saint-Laurent Boulevard

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Location:

St-Lawrence River north to city limits
H2W 1X9 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 286 0334
fax: +1 514 286 0967


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Euro-Deli

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Location:

3619 St-Laurent Boulevard
(Near Prince Arthur)
H2X 2V5 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 843 7853


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Phillips Square

Location:

Ste-Catherine St at Union Avenue
H3B 3E3 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015(Tourist Information)
fax: +1 514 864 3838(Tourist Information)


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Ste-Catherine Street

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Location:

Rue Ste-Catherine
H3B 4W3 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015(Tourist Information)
fax: +1 514 864 3838(Tourist Information)


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Quartier Latin Pub

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Location:

318 Ontario Street East
(Near St-Denis)
H2X 1H6 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 845 3301


Day 4 - Montreal


Beauty’s is a well known breakfast spot. Do not get turned away by the exterior, it has become known as an institution for a reason. Head down to the Contemporary Art Museum (easy to get to, take the 80 bus South on Park ave., get off at St. Catherine- the stop after the metro). The Musée d’Art Contemporain is located at the Place des Arts, the city’s cultural centre.


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Beauty's

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Location:

93 Mont-Royal Avenue West
(At St-Urbain)
H2T 2S5 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 849 8883
fax: +1 514 849 5908


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Musée d'Art Contemporain Boutique

Location:

185 rue Ste-Catherine ouest
At rue Jeanne-Mance, downtown
H2X 3X5 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514/847-6904
fax: +1 514 847 6292


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1000 de la Gauchetière

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Location:

1000 de la Gauchetière Street W
(Near St-André)
H3B 4W5 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 395 1000
fax: +1 514 395 1005


4

Christ Church Cathedral

Location:

1444 Union Avenue
(At St Catherine & University)
H3A 2B8 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 843 6577
fax: +1 514 843 6344


5

McGill University

Location:

805 Sherbrooke Street W
(At McGill College)
H3A 2K6 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 398 4086
fax: +1 514 398 3185


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Place Ville-Marie

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Location:

4 Place Ville Marie
(René-Lévesque Blvd and University St)
H3B 4A7 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 866 0808
fax: +1 514 861 4560


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Chez Doval

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Location:

150 rue Marie-Anne East
H2W 1A5 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 843 3390


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Bily Kun

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Location:

354 Mont-Royal Ave East
(Near St-Denis)
H2T 1P9 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 845 5392


Day 5 - Montreal


Jean-Talon market is in little Italy, and is teeming with people searching for the best price and the best vegetables. If you wander slightly outside of the confines of the market area you will find some of the best coffee spots in town. Le Club Espanol is a great place to sit and unwind- it has a relaxed atmosphere and fabulous sangria. Be careful, it packs a punch!


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Jean-Talon Market

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Location:

7070 rue Henri-Julien
(Near Jean-Talon)
H2S 3A3 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 277 1588 / +1 514 277 1379
fax: +1 514 937 7688


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Little Italy

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Location:

6389 Boulevard Saint Laurent
H2S 1L1 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015(Tourist Information)


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Club Espagnol de Quebec

Location:

4388 St. Laurent Boulevard
Suite 309
H2W 1Z5 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 849 1737 / 514 842 6301
fax: +1 514 849 1737


Day 6 - Montreal


Thursday starts with a trip down St. Denis Street. The bistros and boutiques of this well-trodden shopper’s paradise are often overflowing with people, from morning to night, begging the question “do Montrealers work?” Shying away from the crowds on St. Denis Street lunch is scheduled at Tampopo, where you can sit on the floor in true Thai style, or at the stools at the bar to enjoy your eats. Sticking to the fun and funky trend for the afternoon, Oboro and Galerie B312 are two of Montreal's contemporary art museums, often featuring up and coming young artists from Montréal. I suggest going to L'Ile Noire for a quick drink before dinner. Dinner is at Bistro L’Entrepont, one of the most pleasantly surprising restaurants hidden away in the Plateau, just North of Mount-Royal. Make reservations the day you get into town, or even before you leave for your trip, because this mini restaurant has limited seating- and is in high demand. There are two sittings, one at 6pm and one at 9pm. Bring your own wine and a handful of cash or a Mastercard. They do not accept any other form of payment. This is the only stop on the trip that is a higher budget type of event.


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St Denis Street

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Location:

rue St-Denis
H2X 1Y9 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015(Tourist Information)


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Tampopo

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Location:

4449 rue de Mentana
(Near Mont-Royal)
H2J 3B4 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 526 0001


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Oboro

Location:

4001 Berri Street
(Near Duluth)
H2L 4H2 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 844 3250
fax: +1 514 847 0330


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Galerie B-312

Location:

372 Ste-Catherine Street W
espace 403
H3B 1A2 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 874 9423
fax: +1 514 874 9423


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Ile Noire (L')

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Location:

1649 rue St-Denis
(Near St-Denis)
H2X 1H8 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 982 0866
fax: 514 982 0584


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Bistro l'Entrepont

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Location:

4622 Hôtel-de-Ville
H2T 2B1 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 845 1369


Day 7 - Montreal


The last of the trip schedules in Schwartz’s delicatessen for lunch, THE home of smoked meat in Montréal now that Ben’s Delicatessen has closed. The waiters are brusque to the point of being rude, but the salty taste of smoked meat on rye is unforgettable. While you are there, go all out; buy yourself the classic drink to match a smoked meat sandwich, a cherry coke. Take a wander around Chinatown in the afternoon. Smell the smells, eat the egg rolls and indulge on the indescribably sweet, melt-in your mouth desserts that are sold from a shop window on de la Gauchetière Street just off St. Laurent blvd. If you are feeling ambitious head toward the water (South) and explore a bit of the old city before or after stopping at VIP on Clark Street for dinner. This restaurant is open 24 hours a day, so don't worry about heading in for dinner late. Head out late to Blizzarts. This is your last night in Montréal, take full advantage of it. You may have to pay a slight cover charge, but the funky décor and energetic crowd (that only shows up after 11pm or midnight) make this one of the best nights out on the town. If you are not up for the late late night activities there are a plethora of bars and pubs nearby to choose from that start their evenings earlier including the Reservoir (pub) on Duluth Street, Miami (dive bar) on St. Laurent Street, Pistols (pub) on St. Laurent Street and Champs sports bar right next door.


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Schwartz's Delicatessen

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Location:

3895 Saint Laurent Boulevard
H2W 1X9 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 842 4813
fax: 514 842 0800


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Chinatown

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Location:

St-Laurent Boulevard
(Near de la Gauchetière)
H2Z 1E9 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015(Tourist Information)


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Maison VIP

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Location:

1077 rue Clark
(Near René-Lévesque)
H2Z 1K3 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 861 1943


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Champ-de-Mars

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Location:

Rue Notre Dame
(West of Gosford)
H2Y 1C6 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015(Tourist Information)
fax: +1 514 864 3838(Tourist Information)


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Old Port

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Location:

333 de la Commune Street West (Office)
(Near Place Jacques-Cartier)
H2Y 2E2 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 496 7678 / +1 800 971 7678 (Toll Free)
fax: +1 514 283 8423


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Place Jacques Cartier

Location:

Between Notre-Dame and de la Commune St
H2Y 3B1 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015 (Tourist Information)


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Marché Bonsecours

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Location:

350 Rue Saint Paul Est
At the foot of rue St-Claude
H2Y 1H2 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514/872-7730
fax: +1 514 872 8477


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Old Montreal

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Location:

Old Montreal
(Bleury St east to St-Denis St)
H2Y 3B2 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015(Tourist Information)
fax: +1 514 864 3838(Tourist Information)


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Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel

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Location:

400 St-Paul St E
(Near St-Denis)
H2Y 1H4 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 282 8670
fax: +1 514 282 8672


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Blizzarts

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Location:

3956A Saint Laurent Boulevard
(Near Duluth)
H2W 1Y3 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 843 4860


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