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Eat and must see around Montreal /Québec, Canada?

Any suggestions on places to go eat , places to see during winter, unique shops, and maybe a great pizza place ?

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Restaurant L'Academie is great for a bring your own wine Italian meal. Reasonable prices and there are two locations. st.denis and crescent street.

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Laura from Montreal, Quebec


there is a really great pizza place called Il Focolaio It has a wood burning oven and makes around 75 different pizzas. If you go to the West Island area there is a place on the water called Pointe Claire village, it is full of unique shops (kitchen ware, bookstore, pastries...) and there is a good restaurant there called Piazza Romana.  Also in the west island is a restaurant called Ricardo's Pizza( the eggplant Parmesan is amazing. It is a small family run restaurant with a great atmosphere and friendly staff. One of the main tourist areas is Vieux-Montréal / Old Montreal - I have never been skating there but it is supposed to be nice, lots of nice restaurants and stores.  hope this helps, if you have any other questions let me know, I have lived here all my life!

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  2. Pointe Claire (city)
  3. Piazza Romana (restaurant)
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Juli from Salem (Massachusetts)

We just came back from a long weekend in Montreal.  We are dedicated people who travel for food.  Here were the highlights of our trip.  We started off on a “light” foot with a lovely vegetarian lunch at Propulsion Cantine Végétalienne  Even if you are not a vegetarian, you are going to love this place.  Funky, fun, and delicious!

That light lunch was in preparation for an exact “opposite” dinner that night, Restaurant au Pied de Cochon — the main reason for our trip to Montreal from Salem (Massachusetts).  No sign, and you better have reservations, this place specializes in all things “pig” and foie gras.  Put yourself in the hands of one of the great servers, and you won’t go wrong.

The next day we went in search of great smoked meat sandwiches.  A visitor to Salem who was from Montreal recommended we go to Smoke Meat Pete which is about a 25 minute drive out of downtown Montreal but oh-so-worth the trip.  We had eaten at Schwartz's a number of times, but sorry guys, Pete has you beat to pieces, and we used to think you were the tops.  Just be sure to bring lots of cash because they don’t take credit cards.  Try their combo plate with their own, made fresh fries — amazing!

On the way out of town on Sunday morning we stopped for bagels St-Viateur Bagel.  Be sure to bring cash here as well.  Don’t miss their just-out-of-the-oven bagels, of course, but also their sesame matzoh.  OMG!!

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  2. Restaurant au Pied de Cochon (restaurant)
  3. Salem (Massachusetts) (city)
  4. Smoke Meat Pete (restaurant)
  5. Montreal (city)
  6. Schwartz's (restaurant)
  7. St-Viateur Bagel (attraction)
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answered by
Polly from Washington, DC

I'm hesitant to oversell it, but dinner at Restaurant le Patriarche may have been my favorite meal, anywhere. It was expensive, but if you're up for a splurge, better here than in a larger city. Aux Anciens Canadiens was also good, hearty winter food.

Winter is a wonderful time to see Quebec City. The old town is very walkable - make sure you do both the upper and lower parts. If you're looking for a unique day trip, the Hôtel de Glace does tours for those who'd rather skip staying overnight.

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Roxanne from Montreal

One of the good pizzas in Montreal is Il Focolaio.  A small wood oven pizza place, lost of choices. Full on week days lunch time but quieter at night. In the center of town, near Ste-Cathrine street and all the underground shoping centers.

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  2. Il Focolaio (restaurant)

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