Destinations

Insider’s Guide to MTL

May 30, 2016 / Montreal

Welcome to town! No matter what brings you here, the beautiful city of Montreal has plenty to offer. To help you navigate your way through town, here’s some insight on our favorite destinations to visit in the area:

MTL Drinks

Cocktails // Le Mal Nécessaire

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© La Pique-Assiette

A tiki bar in Chinatown? Yep! Find the green neon pineapple and go downstairs to sip on delicious drinks in real pineapples and coconuts.

Wine // Loïc

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© La Pique-Assiette

Located in a century-old bank in booming St-Henri neighbourhood, bar Loïc offers wonderful wines – from nature to orange to bubbles – and yummy small dishes to share with friends.

MTL Eats

French-Quebecois cuisine // Pastaga

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“Pastaga” is slang for Pastis, the famous anise-flavoured spirit from France. The cuisine is obviously French-inspired, but Chef Martin Juneau is purely Quebecois and makes very creative and local dishes. They also serve beautiful nature wines, if you’re up for trying something new!

Tacos tacos tacos // Grumman’78

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It all started with a foodtruck. Today, Grumman’78 is also a very festive restaurant to drink margaritas and eat tacos. Oh and make sure to get the octopus with Fritos 😉

Typical Montreal food // Poutine, Bagel and Smoked Meat

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Poutine: French fries + gravy + cheese curds. The perfect snack at anytime, but especially at 3AM. Open 24/7, try one of the 30 poutines from La Banquise, but please be ready for a lineup!

Bagel: Montreal is famous for its hand-rolled bagels, so make sure to taste both St-Viateur Bagel and Fairmount Bagel to decide on which side you sit.

Smoked Meat: Open on St-Laurent boulevard “The Main” since 1928, Schwartz’s serves world famous smoked meat. You may also want to try Le Green Spot, in Little Burgundy neighbourhood.

 

MTL To-Dos

Go for a walk // Mount-Royal Park and Old Port

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Climb to the top of Mount-Royal Park to catch the rays of sunshine and the colourful tulips. You may also want to explore Old Port of Montreal for its architecture & history, Cirque du Soleil show or Bota Bota Spa.