Montreal travel guide

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Montreal Tourism | Montreal Guide

You're Going to Love Montreal

Everyone who has been there adores Montreal. Canada’s second largest city, Montreal offers a unique mixture of French and English culture, along with great nightlife, food, and outdoor attractions.

Where else in North America can you wander around Parisian-style boulevards and winding 17th-century streets? Visiting Montreal is a history-lovers paradise – with beautiful sights like the Notre-Dame Basilica, elegant squares, and a host of museums.

Montreal has more up-to-date charms as well. Try the Poutine (fries and cheese curds topped with gravy) at La Banquise, catch an up and coming band at Divan Orange or an art show at Station 16, and dance until dawn at Muzique.

Whether you want a restful sight-seeing tour or a hectic week of partying, Montreal has it all.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Montreal

What to do in Montreal

When to Visit Montreal

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Visitors to Montreal need to remember that the city gets very cold during the winter months, so dress for the weather between November and March. The best time to visit is probably summer. It’s warm (usually around 77 Fahrenheit) and the city hosts major events, including the International Fireworks Competition and the Canadian Grand Prix. Spring is a good alternative (March to June) when the blossom comes out, and the city awakes after its hibernation.

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How to Get to Montreal

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Where to Stay in Montreal

Montreal has a broad range of excellent hotels. In the Downtown area, Hotel Le Germain is a good boutique option, and the conveniently located Gouverneur Hotel offers a cheaper alternative. Good places to stay in Old Montreal include Le Petit Hotel and Hotel Nelligan, while in the Plateau area check out Auberge Chez Jean for cheap dorm beds and filling breakfasts.

Popular Districts

Where to stay in popular areas of Montreal

Most booked hotels in Montreal

How to Get Around Montreal

The Cost of Living in Montreal

Shopping Streets

Montreal is a cheap city to live in and is around a third cheaper than New York City. It’s also a good city to in which to head out for some window shopping. Some of the best fashion stores can be found on Rue Ste-Catherine, including well-known brands like Urban Outfitters and local designers like Boutique 1861. Rue Sherbrooke is home to Holt Renfrew, the city’s major luxury department store, while the Rue St-Laurent is also packed with stores.

Groceries and Other

The best place to buy groceries in Montreal is Jean Talon market, where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables at reasonable prices. However, there are plenty of supermarkets in town as well, including the organic store Segal’s Market and chain supermarkets like Supermarché P.A. Expect to pay around C$3.30 for 12 eggs and C$15 for a bottle of wine.

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Where to Eat in Montreal

Try local specialities like smoked meat sandwiches at Schwartz’s Deli, poutine at La Banquise, or “all-dressed” pizza (with green peppers, mushroom and pepperoni) at D'Agostino. Plateau is a great district to visit for restaurants. Check out the high-value and high-quality meals at La Binerie, the empanadas at Chez José and the Afghan biryanis and curries at Khyber Pass (bring your own wine). Expect to pay around C$15 for a cheaper meal and anything up to C$100 at an up-market restaurant.