Montreal Journals

Winter Holiday in Montreal

A December 2001 trip to Montreal by Shetraveler

Bella Pella Produits de Beaut Photo, Montreal, Quebec More Photos
Quote: Montreal is perfect for North Americans who want a traditional white Christmas without having to travel all the way to the "old World". It's the perfect combo of old world charm and North American sensibility.

Winter Holiday in Montreal

Overview

Typical Old World Architecture Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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*Enjoying the Montreal Ballet's lavish production of The Nutcracker "Caisse Noisette"). *Doing the wave in the Centre Molson during a Montreal Canadians hockey game. *Attending Christmas day mass in Notre Dame Basilica (complete with french liturgy, candles and choir), a true reminder of the meaning of Christmas. *Listening to the native French tell us what the major differences were between them and the French Canadians. It goes way beyond just the language. Quick Tips: If you don't speak French, be sure to have your destination written down to show your cab driver. Some do not speak English. However, most folks in the service industry do speak English and will easi...Read More

InterContinental Montreal

Hotel | "Intercontinental"

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The accomodations are what you expect from this catagory of western hotel: roomy, with minibar, large bathroom, firm beds, lots of towels and 24 hour room service. The location is central to the Old City and Port. It sits right on its edge. In fact, it''s only a 5 minute walk to the Notre Dame Basilica.

The differentiator is the price. With the exchange rate, this pricey hotel becomes affordable for us Americans. Web Specials can bring down the price to $120/US.

There is an excellent restaurant on premise and a small underground mall beneath the hotel. Concierge service is very dependable.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 20, 2002

InterContinental Montreal
360 SAINT ANTOINE OUEST
Montreal, Quebec H2Y3X4
514-987-9900

Toque!

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Restaurant | "Toque"

Toque! Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Toque (meaning "crazy") serves seasonal cuisine that is classical French with a twist. It's truly edible art. It's haute cuisine without the pretension. Clearly Master Chef Normand Laprise has thought out each dish and what it will demand from each of your senses. The service staff is knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing. The dining room bathes you in golden light. Be prepared to spend a couple of hours there as you savor each innovative dish from start to finish. My meal began with an unusual starter: a diminutive Sinku oyster served in a Chinese soup spoon. On the oyster was a combination of vodka, fennel oil, clementine and shallots. A drizzle of cranberry juice made it ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2002

Toque!
900, Place Jean-Paul Riopelle
Montreal, Quebec H2Z 2B2
(514) 499-2084

L' Express

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Restaurant | "L'Express"

L' Express Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Across the street from the other restaurant I reviewed, Toque, L'Express represents the other end of the spectrum when it comes to French food. Here innovation and fusion isn't as important as consistency and depth. It is the kind of restaurant that reminds you of why you fell in love with French cuisine. Fresh, unpretentious dishes served daily to locals who return repeatedly because of the restaurant's consistency with the classics. You'll begin to believe that this kind of food has been prepared as per its orginal recipe. There are even regulars that eat at their spot at the long zinc bar in the simple black and white tiled room. The atmosphere of the restaurant is lively but not loud. Food he...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2002

L' Express
3927 St-Denis St
Montreal, Quebec H2W 2M4
(514) 845-5333

Eggspectation

Restaurant

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If breakfast is your main meal, eat here! This chain is even more popular for brunch on the weekends. Lots of cleverly named egg dishes, like "eggsileration", as well as pancakes and crepes, all served in enormous portions. You can even get pasta or burgers if you in a meat mood. The service is eggspedient and patient. Prices are low, so the whole meal is a good value.

Be prepared for a wait, since they don't take reservations. Turnover is quick though, so take the time to study the encyclopedic menu.

There's another location at 213 rue St Jacques.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 10, 2002

Eggspectation
201 St-Jacques St W
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1M6
+1 514 282 0119

Bella Pella Produits de Beaut

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Attraction | "Bella Pella"

Bella Pella Produits de Beaut Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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For those of you who are familiar with LUSH, Montreal does not yet have one. Bella Pella is like LUSH's petite and quieter cousin. Because the shop is on the small side, it doesn't have the circus-like atmosphere of LUSH; rather, it's like being transported to an exclusive spa. As soon as you walk down the the stairs into the cellar shop, you are immediately comforted by the sounds of a fountain and the smells of lavender from Provence. The products are fresh and fragrant. The bath bombs are meltingly good and the lotions are creamy,quickly absorbed, with a long lasting scent. It is a perfect place for gifts that are regionally produced (forget about buying that maple syrup). They also o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2002

Bella Pella Produits de Beaut
3933 Rue Saint-Denis
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 845-7328