With its European feel, fantastic restaurants, eclectic neighborhoods, and infinite nightlife options, Montreal has plenty for every type of traveler. While it gets incredibly cold in winter (inspiring city planners to build an underground portion of the city with malls, restaurants, and...more
Onoir is probably my favorite Montreal restaurant for its atmosphere, but for sheer quality and creativity of the food, El Pintxo is one of my favorites. Inspired by cuisine from the Basque region of Spain, "pintxo" is the regional equivalent of tapas. It's pricey, but the seafood...more
One of Montreal's best breakfast/brunch chains, you'll have a hard time finishing the massive pancakes, French toat, and omlettes served here. There's often a line out the door on weekends, so get here early.
Terrific food served, as the name implies, in the dark. And I mean pitch black. The restaurant simulates the experience of being blind. You can look at a menu in a dimly lit entrance way (or you can be brave and order the ambiguous special and "see" what you get), but then your blind wait staff...more
This expansive botanical garden is my favorite place to escape the city after a few days in Montreal. You can stroll through various themed gardens, including a stunning Chinese garden with authentic architecture, or hop on a small train to get a quicker tour....more
Even if you generally don't make churches part of your tourist itinerary, Notre Dame is worth an exception. Stained glass murals soar towards the domed ceiling far above. You'll quickly see why there's a multi-year wait list for weekend weddings here....more
The atmospheric heart of an already very atmospheric city, Old Montreal is a great place to stroll or bike along cobblestone streets alongside the river. This area is packed with shops, restaurants, and museums, but maintains and old European feel....more
If you're in the mood for some decadent, cheesy goodness, this cleverly named fondue spot is one of the best. I never would have believed anyone could create such an extensive, varied fondue menu (so many cheeses!). Save room for dessert fondues!...more
Nobody else knows it, but Montreal thinks they have a bagel rivalry with New York City, and the walls of most bagel bakeries in the city are plastered with newspaper articles claiming they've won. The difference, among other subtle techniques, is that they add honey to their bagel dough, and I...more
Montreal's educational biodome explores various habitats and climates. It's much more open than a typical zoo - you can walk right through most of each habitat, with butterflies and other animals darting around you.