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    Le Westin Montreal

    Montreal, Canada


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    Saint-Louis Square
    Montreal, Canada
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    Color on the Carré Saint-Louis
    By Joseph Cyr

    The Carré Saint-Louis (also known as St. Louis Square) is one of Montréal's most important literary streetscapes. Famed Québecois poets Émile Nelligan and Gaston Miron called this home. Brightly painted Victorian/Second Empire graystone rowhouses line the square—one of the best leafy spaces in the city. (It's been called "the closest thing to a European neighborhood square you'll find this side of the Atlantic" by the Project for Public Spaces.)

    A few blocks away is the fabled Schwartz's Deli. Grab a "smoked meat" to go, then come here to chow down by the fountain, surrounded by trees and 19th-century façades. (The nearest subway is Sherbrooke station on the Orange Line.)

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    Les 3 Brasseurs Resto Microbrasserie
    732 Sainte-Catherine Street West
    Montreal, Canada
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    Fresh Beer, Every Time
    By Marie-Eve Vallieres

    Les Trois Brasseurs (literally The Three Brewers) formed in Northern France in the late 1980s and aimed to recreate the tradition of small-scale beer-making, all while offering tasty, local dishes. Mission accomplished!

    An authentic microbrewery atmosphere mixed with both European décor and some local flavor makes this place inimitable. Sacks of barley are stacked shoulder-high, and gigantic, gleaming copper tanks sit in the middle of the restaurant.

    Now with over 20 locations in France and several in Montreal, Les Trois Brasseurs offers a true microbrewery experience. Every restaurant brews its own beers on site—four traditional ones that are offered in every location, and one local specialty. Mix that with traditional brasserie-style Northern European comfort food, and you are onto a calorie-filled but oh-so-tasty evening out.

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    Olimpico
    124 Rue St-Viateur Ouest
    Montreal, Canada
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    Classic Montreal: (Cafe) Olimpico
    By Natalie Taylor

    Olimpico is one of those places I visit whenever I return to Montreal. It is the quintessential cafe in the heart of Mile End.

    The decor is a mish-mash of sports bar and old-time hang out; there's a lot of Team Italia posters and soccer regalia plastered over the walls and a TV tuned into the sports channel in the corner. Of course, a Canadian flag hangs above the door.

    The old (French) Italians are gone and the hipsters congregate, anchored by the mustachioed barista. All kidding aside, this place is where you'll find the locals mingling interchangeably in French and English. I solely come here to people watch.

    Olimpico is old-school all the way: there's no cash register; order and leave your change at the counter. You can drink at the counter as well. This is not a place for frappucinos or chai lattes. At Olimpico, I order straight-up espresso.

    Olimpico is very traditional, but full of character—just like Montreal.

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    The Original Fairmount Bagel Bakery
    74 Avenue Fairmount Ouest
    Montreal, Canada
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    The Absolute Best Bagels in Montreal
    By Marie-Eve Vallieres

    New York City vs Montreal. Oh, the debate.

    In the ongoing Great War of the Bagels between the two cities, Montreal has always been the favorite contender, both among the proud locals and the tourists. Let's be honest here—Montreal wins, and there is no such thing as better bagels than Montreal bagels.

    If you agree with the premise of this highlight, then you might want to add this to your next Montreal trip: the Fairmount Bagel Bakery in the Mile End area. Founded by Jewish immigrant Isadore Shlafman in 1919, the knowledge was transmitted from generation to generation, and the family still uses the same methods even today. Everything is done by hand, and with love!

    It's very rewarding, as a consumer, to buy things locally and encourage an almost-century-old family-owned business. And in this case, it's double the reward: good conscience, and full stomach. What's not to like?

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    Rustique Pie Kitchen
    4515 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
    Montreal, Canada
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    Small Pies with The Perfect Crust: Betcha Can't Eat Just One!
    By Annette Baesel

    Who needs cupcakes or doughnuts when there is pie? Especially when the pie comes in four-bite-sized portions. The tiny pies come a variety of ways:double crust, cream, and meringue and in a variety of flavors: fruit, pecan, key lime, lemon meringue, coconut cream, and more.

    Advertised as "A Country Pie Stand...in the City," Rustique Pie Kitchen opened in the St-Henri neighborhood of Montreal in February. Through a fortuitous heads-up from @ToulasTake on Twitter, we were there on opening day. The winter sun streamed in through large store-front windows. The smell of butter, baking pies, fruit, and espresso wafted through the air. We sat at a small wooden table, drank good espresso, and ate six of the small pastry jewels. Our two favorites that day were the lemon meringue and pecan pielets with apple a very close third.

    Two days later we headed for the airport to fly home to Florida. We asked our taxi driver to stop at Rustique where I got a box of six small pies for the flight (they were consumed long before I walked through Gate 82). We tipped him with a bit of cash and a pie. He took a bite, his eyes popped open wide, and he said "I'm taking the kids there tomorrow."

    Rustique also sells full-sized pies, cookies, bars, cakes, marshmallows, barks, and brittles. Everything is made on the premises. Locally grown/produced ingredients are preferred when available.

    They are happy to cater events with as many teeny, delicious pies as can fit on a platter. Wedding pie anyone?

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    Atwater Market
    138 Avenue Atwater
    Montreal, Canada
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    Atwater Market: The Perfect Culinary Stop in Montreal
    By Aram Kudurshian

    A late morning stroll through Atwater Market will bring out the hunger in anyone. Between fruit and vegetable vendors, you'll find local cheeses, maple syrup, honey, and and a wide a range of pastries all vying for your attention. If an hour of grazing still doesn't fill you up, the dozen or so cafes and food vendors should help finish the job!

    Built in 1933, Atwater Market was originally built as an exposition hall, only to later be requisitioned by the Canadian Military. Post-war, the market was the site for political rallies, sporting events, and of course now, a fantastic indoor/outdoor market.

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    Le Faubourg Ste-Catherine
    1616 Sainte-Catherine Street West
    Montreal, Canada
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    Lamb Curry Tacos Worth Your While
    By Jodi Ettenberg

    I'm from Montreal, but I moved away in 2001. However, on my return visits—and there have been many—I've tried the new foods the city has to offer. Recently, I came across Grumman 78, a taco truck that also has an outpost in the Le Faubourg mall near Concordia. Both the lamb curry with mango and the chicken tacos were fantastic, and I'm looking forward to trying the rest next time I'm in town.

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    Notre Dame Basilica
    424 Rue Saint Sulpice
    Montreal, Canada
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    Notre Dame Basilica
    By Meghan Casey

    Last February I took a weekend trip to Montreal with two friends from school. A local friend told us to stop by the basilica and I'm so glad we did. Once in a while you find yourself in a place so hauntingly beautiful there are no words to describe it. We found ourselves sitting on a pew just staring at the altar in silence.

    Definitely a must see on any trip to Montreal.

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    Olive+Gourmando
    351 Rue Saint Paul Ouest
    Montreal, Canada
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    Brunch or Lunch at Olive et Gourmando
    By Natalie Taylor

    Olive et Gourmando is the quintessential Montreal brunch/lunch spot, located in Old Montreal. Pastries are all up front and sandwiches/gourmet dishes ready to order are in the back. Grab a table, go to the back and make your order, cafeteria style. Sit back down and someone will bring you your food. Not only is the food amazing—hello, truffled mac 'n' cheese—but the scene of the interchangeable English/French hybrid of locals in this bustling yet cozy room is fascinating to watch.

    If you can’t get a seat, get a croissant or ten to go.

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    Sainte Elisabeth
    1412 Rue Sainte Élisabeth
    Montreal, Canada
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    Imbibe in Ste. Elisabeth's Secret Garden
    By Flash Parker

    Tucked down a nondescript route off a much busier thoroughfare, the building out front isn't something to write home about. But the secret garden out back is one of the best places in town to grab a pint. The bar serves a litany of cocktails and a selection of excellent craft beers.

    We heard that the locals swear by this joint, and judging by the sounds of the goings-on, we may have been the only crew from the West in attendance. We would have never found this place if not for our new friends at Le Gros Jambon. Good times.

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    Olive+Gourmando
    351 Rue Saint Paul Ouest
    Montreal, Canada
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    Crack the Cafe Code
    By Flash Parker

    O+G has been one of downtown Montreal's most popular cafes since it opened more than 12 years ago.

    The bakery dishes a multitude of doughy treats, while the rolls and tarts remain my favorites. A great way to spend an afternoon: Order a cup of tea and a bowl of chickpea salad, grab a chair by the window, and watch the tourists roll through Old Montreal. If you're nice, you'll tell them all about O+G, but I wouldn't blame you if you want to keep it to yourself.

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    Maison Christian Faure
    355 Place Royale
    Montreal, Canada
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    "Make Life a Dream, and the Dream, Reality"
    By Marie-Eve Vallieres

    This is the closest you'll get to France without actually going. The shop of famed pâtissier Christian Faure recently opened in the heart of Old Montreal, on the site of the first public market, and it's already become a must-do. A look at the picture above might explain the instant popularity.

    The title of this highlight is a quote from Antoine-de-Saint-Exupéry—and a longtime motto of the talented pâtissier. It represents his brand quite perfectly. Biting into one of his creations is indeed nothing short of a dreamy experience.

    The shop also offers pastry courses so you can learn to replicate the dream creations yourself.

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    Place d'Armes
    159 Saint Antoine Street West
    Montreal, Canada
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    An Ode to Montreal
    By Marie-Eve Vallieres

    To me, no other place in Montreal represents the city better than Place d'Armes.

    After all, it is the second oldest public site in the city, and its center is home to a statue of Paul de Chomeydey, the founder of Montreal. And the varied architectural styles surround the square in a way that clearly demonstrates just how old and historic Montreal is. A blend of Gothic Revival, classic Art Deco, and ultra-modern sleek skyscrapers illustrates the major periods of Montreal's development.

    Definitely a great place to start or end an Old Montreal exploratory tour, or to stop and people watch!

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    Olimpico
    124 Rue St-Viateur Ouest
    Montreal, Canada
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    Classic Montreal: (Cafe) Olimpico
    By Natalie Taylor

    Olimpico is one of those places I visit whenever I return to Montreal. It is the quintessential cafe in the heart of Mile End.

    The decor is a mish-mash of sports bar and old-time hang out; there's a lot of Team Italia posters and soccer regalia plastered over the walls and a TV tuned into the sports channel in the corner. Of course, a Canadian flag hangs above the door.

    The old (French) Italians are gone and the hipsters congregate, anchored by the mustachioed barista. All kidding aside, this place is where you'll find the locals mingling interchangeably in French and English. I solely come here to people watch.

    Olimpico is old-school all the way: there's no cash register; order and leave your change at the counter. You can drink at the counter as well. This is not a place for frappucinos or chai lattes. At Olimpico, I order straight-up espresso.

    Olimpico is very traditional, but full of character—just like Montreal.

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