A June 2002 trip
to Montreal by Rachelle
Quote: Trendy weekend getaway, the next best thing to Monaco,expensive but worth every penny.
As if the races were not exciting enough, the city is full of different events to keep you busy from morning to night. Montreal is a mecca of great shopping and fine dining. It's definitely an unforgettable experience, and one you will want to repeat every year, as I have for the past 9 years.
Downtown is another hotel wich I have stayed at many times, the St Germain (www.hotelgermain.com - it is very "zen" and a great place to replenish from all the hustle and bustle.
A couple of my favorite restaurant are: Weinstein & Gavinos, packed with people all day long, great decor with a huge wraparound bar, and an open air kitchen serving great
casual Italian food at a reasonable price. Try and sit on the terrace overlooking Crescent St.
If you are looking for some finer dining and people watching, Blvd. St. Laurent is the place to be, with each restaurant better and trendier than the next. Some of my favorites: the Mediteraneo, Baila, Buenna Note and Globe.
And finally if you are looking for a steakhouse, look no further than the Queue de Cheval on Blvd. Rene Levesque. They will help you chose your perfect cut of meat by
bringing a sample of each to your table. This restaurant is a must try, but unfortunately very expensive, especially with the wine which is overpriced.
Walking is definitely the best way to experience the city, so make sure you bring good walking shoes.
The races are on Ile Ste Helene, and the best way to reach the island is by subway, though some choose to take the 1 hour long walk.
At night, taxis are the best bets to get from one area to another.
The bathroom has heated floors, with a very large free standing tub.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2002
449 RUE STE HELENE
Montreal, Quebec H2Y2K9
Reasonably priced wine list.
Very eclectic, great people watching.
Rated the top restaurant of the city this year.
355 McGill Street
Attraction | "Notre Dame Basilica"
There is a small intresting museum next to the chapel dealing with the history of the church and Roman Catholicism.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 22, 2002
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
110 Notre-dame Street West
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1T1
North Salem, New York