A Romantic Weekend in Montreal

Ally and I took a nice weekend trip to Montreal in early November, 2006.

St. Paul Hotel

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by tcguide on January 6, 2007

This was a cool medium sized boutique hotel that reminds me of the Royalton Hotel or other Ian Schrager hotels in New York City. There was a unique fireplace in the lobby (see photo) and lounge DJ music setting the urban-hip scene, even though the building exterior seems more classic than modern. They had a free breakfast with cheese, pastries, fruit, juice, coffee, and some hard boiled eggs. The room was spacious and had contemporary minimalist furniture and a flat screen TV. They give you a little box of chocolates when they turn down your bed.

I loved the location. Not exactly in the heart of Old Montreal, but about 5 blocks away from the heart of Old Montreal. You can walk to the old port area in 5 minutes for a walk or a jog along the St. Lawrence, and you are also located in the Old Montreal section with its many restaurants and shops, and romantic cobblestoned streets.

Hotel St. Paul
355 McGill Street
Montreal, Quebec, H2Y2E8
(514) 380-2222

Juliette & Chocolate

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by tcguide on January 6, 2007

We loved this romantic little dessert place for its crepes and its chocolate fondue. It's on the busy Rue St-Denis right in the middle of the latin quarter, which is full of nightlife and restaurants.

We went after dinner on our last night in Montreal, and enjoyed the wonderful specialty chocolate drinks made of exotic chocolate blends from places like Mexico and Madagascar . These drinks were served hot. These drinks were THICK and delicious. Not like wimpy Swiss Miss hot chocolate! The place was full of young couples and groups enjoying late night treats, so it was a little crowded and lively. The chocolate fondue was wonderful with the fresh fruits like pineapple, apple, banana, and grapes. Something about the cold early winter night in Montreal that made it a perfect setting for chocolate drinks and chocolate fondue!
Juliette & Chocolate
1615 St-Denis
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 287-3555


Member Rating 5 out of 5 by tcguide on January 7, 2007

The is a classic old school French bistro that is famous in Montreal. We felt like we were in Paris. The waiters were all men and they spoke French (which is true for all places) and the menu had hand-written specials. Tabletops are covered with white paper on top of white tablecloths. Waiters bring you a pretty big olf-fashioned jar of sweet pickles (cornichons) swimming in pickle juice to snack on.

There is a long bar on one side and the dining room converges into it. Ally enjoyed the pumpkin soup as a first course, and for the main course, she had duck with mashed potatoes. I had the raviolis with mushrooms. Chocolate cake for Ally's dessert was a nice complement to my apple tart with vanilla ice cream. 

L'Express is a very solid and delicious bistro that is a quite memorable Montreal experience. Also, very reasonable prices. They are open practically all day from 8am to 3am.

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


Member Rating 5 out of 5 by tcguide on January 12, 2007

We had an exceptional and special meal at Toque in Montreal. My friend David who works at Travelocity recommended it to me, and it was certainly a high-end treat. Funny, he recommended it to me after a really nice and cheap lunch at Hong Kong Station in Chinatown NYC. Allys and I both had the tasting menu. In early November, it wasn't too hard to get a reservation for a Friday night. In fact, the restaurant wasn't all that full.

I liked Toque because it uses seasonal ingredients from producers in the Quebec region of Canada. Even the sparkling water was from Quebec.
900, Place Jean-Paul Riopelle
Montreal, Quebec, H2Z 2B2
(514) 499-2084


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