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Guidebook for Montréal

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Guidebook for Montréal

Food Scene
A mix of eat in and take out.
Belgian fries! The best fries in town. Order take-out and bring them back to the apartment as a side or main!
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Frites Alors - Rachel
433 Rue Rachel E
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Belgian fries! The best fries in town. Order take-out and bring them back to the apartment as a side or main!
No time to cook but don't want to eat out? Order a whole roast chicken here (take out) and fries from Frites Alors! You'll thank us later.
Restaurant Au Tarot
500 Rue Marie-Anne
No time to cook but don't want to eat out? Order a whole roast chicken here (take out) and fries from Frites Alors! You'll thank us later.
Excellent value - very affordable - takeout eats. Mostly Italian but generally something for everyone's tastes including vegetarian. Combined with speciality groceries and good deserts.
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La Maison des Pâtes Fraîches
865 Rue Rachel E
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Excellent value - very affordable - takeout eats. Mostly Italian but generally something for everyone's tastes including vegetarian. Combined with speciality groceries and good deserts.
Vegan and vegetarian friendly heath food store. Kinda our local "Whole foods" I guess. Newly located at the corner of Saint-Denis and Rachel streets. Pick-up wrap sandwiches, fruits and veggies for your picnic basket / packed lunch!
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Rachelle-Béry boutiques santé
4201 Rue Saint-Denis
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Vegan and vegetarian friendly heath food store. Kinda our local "Whole foods" I guess. Newly located at the corner of Saint-Denis and Rachel streets. Pick-up wrap sandwiches, fruits and veggies for your picnic basket / packed lunch!
Montreal may not be Paris, but close your eyes while tasting these croissants and you might get that feeling. Warning: made with real butter. There rest of the pastries and bread are just as delicious. Open from 7am; but for Sundays at 8am.
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Boulangerie les Co'pains d'abord
418 Rue Rachel E
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Montreal may not be Paris, but close your eyes while tasting these croissants and you might get that feeling. Warning: made with real butter. There rest of the pastries and bread are just as delicious. Open from 7am; but for Sundays at 8am.
Open 24 hrs. A local reference for Quebec'c speciality "Poutine". There can be lineups between 2 am and 3 am when the bars close: it is THAT popular. In fact there is almost always a line-up.
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La Banquise
994 Rue Rachel E
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Open 24 hrs. A local reference for Quebec'c speciality "Poutine". There can be lineups between 2 am and 3 am when the bars close: it is THAT popular. In fact there is almost always a line-up.
Find out why Montreal Bagels are better than New York bagels. Always warm and they sell cream cheese as well. Or have just one to eat while you walk, they are delicious when fresh & warm.
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St-Viateur Bagel & Café Mont-Royal
1127 Avenue du Mont-Royal E
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Find out why Montreal Bagels are better than New York bagels. Always warm and they sell cream cheese as well. Or have just one to eat while you walk, they are delicious when fresh & warm.
Very popular (too popular?) recently opened by chef Antonio Alves serving authentic Portuguese roast chicken. Great flavor and great success. Take-out for a picnic in the park a stone's throw away is very common for the locals. We found the portions to be very generous for the price. Expert tip: call ahead at 514-522-5175 and place your order. When you arrive you then skip the line-up direct to the telephone order counter. Check the menu on their website.
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Ma Poule Mouillée
969 Rachel St E
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Very popular (too popular?) recently opened by chef Antonio Alves serving authentic Portuguese roast chicken. Great flavor and great success. Take-out for a picnic in the park a stone's throw away is very common for the locals. We found the portions to be very generous for the price. Expert tip: call ahead at 514-522-5175 and place your order. When you arrive you then skip the line-up direct to the telephone order counter. Check the menu on their website.
Kouign Amann is a pastry from Brittany in France and this coffee / pastry shop is the latest darling of Montrealers in the know and visitors from the world over. Open daily from 7am. Arrive before 9:30-10:00am if you hope to get your hands on the house speciality.
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Pâtisserie Au Kouign Amann
316 Avenue du Mont-Royal E
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Kouign Amann is a pastry from Brittany in France and this coffee / pastry shop is the latest darling of Montrealers in the know and visitors from the world over. Open daily from 7am. Arrive before 9:30-10:00am if you hope to get your hands on the house speciality.
Fancy pants breakfast. Still going strong and VERY popular since opening over 25 years ago. We were back there again recently and admittedly, they deserve the ongoing popularity.
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L'Avenue
922 Avenue du Mont-Royal E
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Fancy pants breakfast. Still going strong and VERY popular since opening over 25 years ago. We were back there again recently and admittedly, they deserve the ongoing popularity.
Typical breakfast - 2 eggs, bacon, homefries, toast & jam - for minuscule price. Great deal - local institution. Uncomplicated service.
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Restaurant Chez Claudette
351 Avenue Laurier E
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Typical breakfast - 2 eggs, bacon, homefries, toast & jam - for minuscule price. Great deal - local institution. Uncomplicated service.
Parks & Nature
Your starting point for ice cream cone in the tree shade followed by a leisurely walk along Prince-Arthur towards Saint-Laurent boulevard. Then visit the eclectic commerce along this iconic Montreal street leading north to Mount-Royal boulevard and you walk back towards home while dropping in on a few vintage clothing stores along the way.
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Square Saint-Louis
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Your starting point for ice cream cone in the tree shade followed by a leisurely walk along Prince-Arthur towards Saint-Laurent boulevard. Then visit the eclectic commerce along this iconic Montreal street leading north to Mount-Royal boulevard and you walk back towards home while dropping in on a few vintage clothing stores along the way.
The wonderful century old trees and classic architecture of surrounding streets! 'nuff said.
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La Fontaine Park
1619 QC-138
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The wonderful century old trees and classic architecture of surrounding streets! 'nuff said.
Hike up to the Kondiaronk belvedere for obligatory views of Montreal and the mighty St.Lawrence river, on a clear day the adirondak mountains of New York. Trails from the Sir George-Etienne Cartier monument at the base of the mountain's eastern slope at the end of Rachel street.
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Mount Royal
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Hike up to the Kondiaronk belvedere for obligatory views of Montreal and the mighty St.Lawrence river, on a clear day the adirondak mountains of New York. Trails from the Sir George-Etienne Cartier monument at the base of the mountain's eastern slope at the end of Rachel street.
Have young kids and there's a heat wave? Do like local residents do and take them to this shady park with waterworks sprays to cool off. The city keeps this park open and the water flowing into the late evenings during heat waves. We've already been here with our toddlers at 11 pm and a lot of other families were here too!
Parc Gilles-Lefebvre
4535 Avenue Henri-Julien
Have young kids and there's a heat wave? Do like local residents do and take them to this shady park with waterworks sprays to cool off. The city keeps this park open and the water flowing into the late evenings during heat waves. We've already been here with our toddlers at 11 pm and a lot of other families were here too!
Be like a local after supper. Small shady neighbourhood park with a ping pong table - we have the paddles and balls in the game closet for your enjoyment or friendly competition.
Parc De Bullion
Be like a local after supper. Small shady neighbourhood park with a ping pong table - we have the paddles and balls in the game closet for your enjoyment or friendly competition.
Soccer pitch, baseball diamond, public pool, ping-pong tables, petanque, mature trees and picnic tables.
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Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park
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Soccer pitch, baseball diamond, public pool, ping-pong tables, petanque, mature trees and picnic tables.
Essentials
Local pharmacy. They have it here.
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PJC Jean Coutu
501 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est
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Local pharmacy. They have it here.
The local grocery, not too big, not too small, sometimes crowded. Open 'til midnight! Another location further east at 1670 Mont-Royal is open 24hrs!
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Intermarché Boyer
1000 Avenue du Mont-Royal E
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The local grocery, not too big, not too small, sometimes crowded. Open 'til midnight! Another location further east at 1670 Mont-Royal is open 24hrs!
Wine, spirits & imported beers. Extensive selection; 5 minute walk. Open 11am - 10pm - 7 days / week.
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SAQ
4008 Rue Saint-Denis
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Wine, spirits & imported beers. Extensive selection; 5 minute walk. Open 11am - 10pm - 7 days / week.
Wine, spirits & imported beers. 12 minute walk. Open 7 days a week - 11am to 10pm.
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SAQ Express
940 Avenue du Mont-Royal E
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Wine, spirits & imported beers. 12 minute walk. Open 7 days a week - 11am to 10pm.
Getting Around
Your local subway station. Note that the local weed dealers are harmless.
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Mont-Royal
470 Av. du Mont-Royal Est
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Your local subway station. Note that the local weed dealers are harmless.
Bike rentals and guided tours. We tried a 75$ walking tour exploring the flavours of Mile End up to Little Italy. Entertaining and tasty. The tour ends at Jean-Talon market where you may want to buy a few local specialities: bring a shopping bag. Bike rentals include helmet an by lock - 40$-50$ / 24 hrs. High quality rentals for longer & more comfortable ride than Bixi could offer.
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Fitz & Follwell Co.
1251 Rue Rachel E
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Bike rentals and guided tours. We tried a 75$ walking tour exploring the flavours of Mile End up to Little Italy. Entertaining and tasty. The tour ends at Jean-Talon market where you may want to buy a few local specialities: bring a shopping bag. Bike rentals include helmet an by lock - 40$-50$ / 24 hrs. High quality rentals for longer & more comfortable ride than Bixi could offer.
This local hardware store rents bicycles! Cheaper alternative to the shared bikes if you want for a longer trip up the Lachine canal or to the parks along the back river (Rivière des Prairies).
RONA Quincaillerie Jean Hebert Inc.
1115 Avenue du Mont-Royal E
This local hardware store rents bicycles! Cheaper alternative to the shared bikes if you want for a longer trip up the Lachine canal or to the parks along the back river (Rivière des Prairies).
Sightseeing
A must in the early evening, check out the "Techno-Historic" circuit with multimedia projections on historic buildings. Download the app at montrealenhistoires.com or book a guided tour. Well worth it.
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Old Montreal
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A must in the early evening, check out the "Techno-Historic" circuit with multimedia projections on historic buildings. Download the app at montrealenhistoires.com or book a guided tour. Well worth it.
DYAD offers 3 different guided tours on electric scooters. Checkout their website at dyadcycles.com / Sightseeing Tours.
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Dyad
80 Rue Prince Arthur E
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DYAD offers 3 different guided tours on electric scooters. Checkout their website at dyadcycles.com / Sightseeing Tours.
Entertainment & Activities
Rent a bike for a longer tour than Bixi will allow? Yes please! http://caroulemontreal.com/en/bike-rentals Download their PDF bike path map. On a pretty summer day we recommend the long outing from the bike shop to the sculpture garden at the western end of the Lachine canal bike path.
Montreal on Wheels
27 Rue de la Commune E
Rent a bike for a longer tour than Bixi will allow? Yes please! http://caroulemontreal.com/en/bike-rentals Download their PDF bike path map. On a pretty summer day we recommend the long outing from the bike shop to the sculpture garden at the western end of the Lachine canal bike path.
Highly rated local pool. Need to keep up your daily routine and get a couple of laps in? Check the schedule daily: 514 872-2823
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Piscine Lévesque
955 Rue Marie-Anne
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Highly rated local pool. Need to keep up your daily routine and get a couple of laps in? Check the schedule daily: 514 872-2823
Shopping
More organic and fair trade vegetarian and vegan friendly grocery.
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Les Marchés Tau
4238 Rue Saint-Denis
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More organic and fair trade vegetarian and vegan friendly grocery.
Into craft beers? This is your lucky day! The ultimate craft beer store is located at a leisurely 10 minute walk from the apartment.
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La Maison des Bières / The House of Beers
4485 Rue De Lanaudière
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Into craft beers? This is your lucky day! The ultimate craft beer store is located at a leisurely 10 minute walk from the apartment.