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Art / design and veggie eats

Headed to Montreal for a long weekend. First time in the city and into art, architecture / design and food (vegetarian but doesn't need to be veggie only restaurants as companions eat fish/meat). Staying downtown near Ville-Marie. Any must see and must eats?

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top answer by
Patrick from Rotorua

Hi Kevin,

For art and design you'll love Montréal! It is a designated city of design by UNESCO so you'll have a great time. Be sure to explore the underground city which is also the world's largest public art gallery! Around Old Montreal and the convention centre there are some wonderful sights. Be sure to visit st-Denis street for some unique Montreal buildings. 

The Montreal fine arts museum is a wonderful place especially in the new wing.

Montreal is a food Mecca, so most restaurants will have lots of vegetarian options, especially the Indian, Lebanese and Mediterranean restaurants. If you are looking for something unique try Crudessence  a restaurant on Rachel street that is quite well reputed for raw/vegan only dining. You also have Aux Vivresa restaurant on Saint-Laurent a great spot for some unique vegetrian dining. Lastly there is ChuChai, can't say I loved it but a greatly loved option from my vegeie-loving friends. Visit the Tourism Montreal blog for some pretty good suggestions.

You'll love Montreal, it is a love affair that never really ends... 

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  1. ChuChai (restaurant)
  2. Crudessence (attraction)
  3. Aux Vivres (attraction)
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answered first by
Hélène from Montreal

You have to hang out in the Avenue du Mont-Royal and also in the Parc du Mont-Royal Lookout, up to the top, beautiful view of Montreal. Old Montreal is very nice also.....lots of thing to see in Montreal. You have to taste the "poutine" in La Banquise. You will find resto and terrasse everywhere in Montreal.

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  1. Montreal (city)
  2. Avenue du Mont-Royal (attraction)
  3. Parc du Mont-Royal Lookout (attraction)
  4. La Banquise (restaurant)
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answered by
Kay from Vermont

The Montreal Museum Of Fine Art is fantastic and free (some of the visiting exhibits are extra) and the museum is on both sides of the street. There is an underground tunnel connecting both buildings. I highly recommend it for an afternoon.

As far as food goes, I love their markets! Jean-Talon Market and Marché Atwater are both great experiences. My parents took me there as a child and now when I bring friends up to visit Montreal, I always bring people! Première Moisson is an authentic French bakery at both markets. Their chocolate almond croissants are to die for!! 

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  1. Montreal Museum Of Fine Art (attraction)
  2. Jean-Talon Market (neighborhood)
  3. Marché Atwater (restaurant)
  4. Première Moisson (restaurant)
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answered by
Matt from London

Everything is walking distance if you want to enjoy cool stuff. If you don't visit Schwartz's on St Laurent then you are missing out: 

Walk up the Mont Royal to get the best view of the city's architecture (in aggregate). Pop into a performance at the Shulich School of Music McGill University of Arcade Fire fame. 

Le Plateau area offers a true Quebecois experience. Actually, go anywhere that is not in the Golden Square Mile in order to experience le awesomeness that is French-Canadian culture. 

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  1. Schwartz's (restaurant)
  2. Mont Royal (attraction)
  3. McGill University (attraction)
  4. Le Plateau (neighborhood)
  5. Golden Square Mile (attraction)
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Canadian Centre for ArchitectureMontreal Museum Of Fine Artand maybe Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.

Montreal is a great food town and veg options exist but it's not what I'd go there for.I will recommend L'actuel on Peel. 

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  1. Canadian Centre for Architecture (attraction)
  2. Montreal Museum Of Fine Art (attraction)
  3. Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (attraction)
  4. L'actuel (restaurant)
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