What to see in a few hours in Montreal?

Old Nov 25th, 2002, 06:22 PM
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What to see in a few hours in Montreal?

We will be skiing at Mont Tremblant in February and would like to stop in Montreal for a few hours on our way back home.

Any suggestion on what to see in such a short time period and where to have lunch? I have never been to Montreal and my husband visited for a short time many years ago. We will have our 9 year old daughter with us.
Old Nov 25th, 2002, 06:58 PM
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We like the Bistro Detente on Peel. You can walk along rue Sherbrook, go to the Museum of Fine Art, walk down Peel and have lunch. Great mussels and frites. Wines are good, just get the days house wine, red or white. They have comfortable seating and good sandwiches also.
I would also recommend Alexandre a few doors away. The food is good, but the service can be lacking and it can be pretty smokey.
The Underground shopping area is good if the weather is too cold or wet.
Old Nov 25th, 2002, 07:33 PM
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Option 2 - walk up St Laurent (the main) from sherbrooke to mont royal street (about 15 blocks) to get out of downtown and into vibrant local scene. Lots of restos and bars all prices, including smoked meat sandwiches at Schwartz' or the Main. Lots of small stores and local colour, although it's pretty trendy too. Cut across - east down Mont Royal to St. Denis(runs parallel to St. Laurent) - there is a Metro stop there to get you where you need to go after exploring around there.
You'll probably get more of a feel for Montreal on this loop than if you stay downtown.

Old Nov 26th, 2002, 06:27 AM
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We were in Montreal in Oct and found that walking along St Laurent, we were in a really crappy neighborhood, so we walked back over to St Denis. But for eating and shopping and being warm, I think downtown is better. Of course, this is just MHO.
Old Nov 27th, 2002, 05:26 AM
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You're right JMHO - lower St. Laurent - from Rene Levesque up to Sherbrooke is not the nicest place to be in Montreal, just as St. Denis between Sherbrooke and Rachel is a bit of a drag. St Laurent above Sherbrooke is a whole different world though. Any tourist in Montreal is really missing out if they spend their trip downtown in the malls -in the opinion of a local.
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