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Montreal 10-17 to 10-21

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Montreal 10-17 to 10-21

Hi- My boyfriend and I are driving from NJ to Montreal. We are interested in possibly stopping along the way, any suggestions for quick stops? Also, we are interested in seeing the many neighborhoods of Montreal and exploring the city but not much into museums. What and where would you suggest to do? We enjoy eating and drinking, window shopping, and being off the beaten track in order to avoid tourist traps. We will have a car and would also like to take a day trip from Montreal. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: Montreal 10-17 to 10-21

Hey... Welcome to Canada!

We always drive down to New Jersey/New York area!

Stay at a hotel either in Downtown (Centre-ville) or in Old Town (Looks like being in Europe). If you get a hotel in old town, I recommend you staying there especially if it's your first time visit.

Rue Saint Catherine is Montreal's 5th Ave of New York (main shopping street) where you will see tons of shops, malls, restaurants, etc.

Check out Notre-Dame Cathedral, St. Joseph's Cathedral (highest in the world) and Mont-Royal mountain same person who designed Central Park in New York. Walk around McGill University right in downtown.

Check out FAQ on this site over more things to see/do.

I would recommend you going to Quebec City... so beautiful there! Laurentians are also nice.

PS! Road signs in Quebec are in French, and we use the metric system. Don't forget your passports.

Bienvenue / Welcome.

Edited: 30 August 2014, 04:22
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Montreal is filled with many parks, including the obvious Mont Royal. If you are at all active type people there are tons of stuff for you to enjoy. To get an overview, I suggest...

Get to, TripAdvisor Montreal /Things to do /Activities.... Look at the top tours... They might interest you and provide better information than random suggestions...

Check out... specifically - Fitz and Follwell bike and walking tours (Hidden Jems) or- Montreal on Wheels, bike tours. Both are great tours and they will take you through a variety of less touristy areas including :

Latin Quarter, La Fontaine Park, Le Plateau, St. Viateur, Jean-Talon Market, Lachine Canal... etc.. Biking in Montreal is very safe. Miles and miles of dedicated paths. Fitz and Follwell also offers a food tasting walking tour and will give you tons of different non touristy restaurant options. Read the reviews. Everyone who takes either company is very happy. More info available on their respective Web sites, or call them directly. You won't be disappointed! Weather when you get to Montreal is more or less the same as NJ. Good luck and have fun!

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By the way... You should consider getting a 3DAY all access pass to the bus and Metro(subway). The city is easily accessible by public transit. You're liable to be a more than a little frustrated with traffic and PARKING! if your hotel has parking, use it. Usually around $20 per day. Still less expensive than parking fees in city streets and also metro, bus and just walking will be much less stressful, and a lot more fun. Plus you'll feel like a local. City is VERY SAFE! Just a suggestion...

Edited: 30 August 2014, 20:35
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Here are a few restaurant suggestions that are bound to please (and definitely not aimed at tourists), and that are in great areas that you should discover anyway:

Dinner: Barroco (Old Montreal), Dominion Square Tavern (Downtown), Jun I & Milos (Mile-End)

Breakfast/Brunch: Beauty's (Plateau)

Bars: Baldwin Barmacie (Mile-End), Ludger (Saint-Henri), SuWu (The Main)

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For a day trip, you could drive out, North of Montreal to Saint Saveur, and the Laurentian Mountains.. Highway 15, 45 min drive. Check out the fall colours and just relax. Here's a link.

bonjourquebec.com/qc-en/attractions-director…

For restaurants... You could hit the Crescent Street strip - reasonable prices for bars, pubs, restaurants, bars and more pubs.

-Something more romantic... Old Montreal and Modavie #25 TA live jazz, reasonable price.

- Old Montreal - Bistro style at Holder #41 TA...great food.

- Classic French bistro (steak frites) at L'Express #80 TA (avoid lunch hour business crowd)... But if you want the Montreal vibe with classic French food, that's it.

- old Montreal - Relaxed, casual, at Jardin Nelson #69 TA live jazz evenings at INSIDE garden terrasse. Food is good. Vibe is great!

Note... Barocca is very PRICY! Also note, dining in Montreal is a going to be at a very RELAXED pace. So just breath and slow down... Lol.

Hope that helps. Have fun!

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By the way... My suggestions for restaurants are slightly touristy, but I think they are still worthy. Each one has a special vibe to it. L'Express is Montreal. Crescent street, well... It's a bar, resto, pub strip, but prices are OK and the beer is cold.

Edited: 31 August 2014, 15:06
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Oh gosh. A few corrections and a few more suggestions are needed.

"Rue Saint Catherine is Montreal's 5th Ave of New York (main shopping street) where you will see tons of shops, malls, restaurants, etc." Indeed it is a shopping street but certainly not comparable to Fifth Avenue.

"Check out Notre-Dame Cathedral, St. Joseph's Cathedral " Nope there is only Catholic cathedral and it is Mary Queen of The World located downtown. Not really so much to see inside. More to see at Saint-Joseph ORATORY but the interior, except for the votive chapel is quite boring. Notre-Dame BASILICA is in Old Montréal and is stunning inside so a must do.

L'Express is Montreal. Crescent Street. " Well that doesn't add up since L'Express is in the Plateau borough while Crescent Street is downtown. But yes Crescent Street is good for bar hopping and L'Express is a typical French Bistro, worthwhile and, even if we recommend it a lot here it is still the hangout of the Montréal intelligentsia so tourists are always far outnumbered by locals. Reservations are necessary though and you might want to keep the address with you as it doesn't have a sign in front and can easily be missed.

OK now a few more suggestions.

You will be in Montréal during the Lights Festival at the Botanical Garden. To circumvent the crowd arrive a few hours before sunset and visit around. Then have something to eat at the café or bring something and head to the Chinese Garden before sunset and before the big crowds arrive. Secure a spot and wait for the darkness when the lanterns all around take a life of their own. Afterward you can walk to the Japanese Garden where the lighting is more subtle and a bit eerie.

Day trip, you will be too late for fall colors in the countryside, in fact the best show at this time will be in Montréal proper so, yes a visit to Mount-Royal Park is "de rigueur".

For one meal you should go to Schwartz's, a Montréal institution. A deli that serves the old fashioned smoked meat that is even better than NYC pastrami. You could take time to visit around. In fact you could do Mount Royal Schwartz's, L'Express, etc. in the same day and explore a bit the Mile End and Plateau districts.

As per a day trip Québec City wins hands down but it is a 3 hours drive to get there. You might think of an overnight stay instead. Closer Ottawa, our nation’s Capital is a 2 hours drive.

Stop between NJ and Canada, Saratoga fits perfectly.

Finally just a bit of warning about staying in Old Montréal. I lived there for a whole fall and winter season and discovered that, particularly in bad weather, the place can be a bit gloomy.

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Old Town? That's Quebec City. Old Montreal!

Old Montreal is the old part of the city, beautiful, pricey and a different vibe at night.

Downtown Montreal is the central business district. Much of which clears out at night when the stores are closed, except for a few party streets.

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Thank you to all who took the time to add their two cents! MUCH appreciated!!!

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