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Allison from Brooklyn asked

Spring weekend in Montreal, what should we do?

My boyfriend and I are heading to Montreal in May for three days. What should we do, see and -- more importantly -- EAT? Any recommendations for neighborhoods to stay in? Probably doing AirBnb, small budget, etc. Would love advice! 

Montreal (Canada)

3 Answers
answered by
Roxanne from Montreal

In spring, at the Jardin Botanique the butterflies go free in the indoor exhibit. See there site

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answered by
Kim from Canada

Montreal is a food lovers paradise!

Like Sue said Schwartz's is an institution for Montreal smoked meat - get the medium cut sandwich with mustard and a black cherry coke - it's worth the line-ups. Another MUST visit for food is La Banquise Resto for the BEST poutine, they have over 30 different kinds and are open 24 hours a day, my favourite is La Galvaude. Also check out St-Viateur Bagel to get a taste of a real bagel fresh out of a wood oven and of course if you are a coffee drinker the local cafes are the best everywhere you go. 

For great walking neighbourhoods check out Old Port of MontrealLe Plateau and Rue Saint Catherine (sorry the map point wasn't great) and a trip up Mont-Royal Stay in the area around Avenue McGill College or Rue University which because of their high student populations are very walkable and have lots of closely accessible amenities.

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  2. La Banquise Resto (restaurant)
  3. St-Viateur Bagel (attraction)
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  5. Le Plateau (neighborhood)
  6. Mont-Royal (city)
  7. Avenue McGill College (attraction)
  8. Rue University (attraction)
answered first by
Sue from Vancouver

We went to Montreal with our family last summer and enjoyed quite a few restaurants.  Bear in mind we were travelling with our three kids, aged 9, 8 and 1 so we were somewhat limited as to where we could take them.

Schwartz's Montreal Smoked meat is a must.  The line up to dine in was really long so we opted for take out and ate our lunch at our AirBnb apartment.

We celebrated my husband's birthday La Salle à Manger and had awesome service, delicious food and fun cocktails.

As a treat for the kids we went to Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois and ice cream at KemCoba.

We also had breakfast at the famous Beautys Luncheonette where the original owner, now in his 90's still serves.  

When in Montreal, you must also try poutine and you can find that anywhere.  We had it a few times and the best was at a place in Old Montreal but really, it is hard to go wrong with fries, gravy and cheese curds.

Have a great trip!

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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Schwartz's (restaurant)
  2. La Salle à Manger (restaurant)
  3. Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois (restaurant)
  4. KemCoba (restaurant)
  5. Beautys Luncheonette (restaurant)

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