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MONTREAL OYSTERFEST: SHUCKERS, CHEFS, BANDS AND WINE

Montreal’s not a place you’d associate with premium oysters and seriously good shuckers? Well, think again… and if you’re in town on Sunday, September 11, prepare to be pleasantly suprised at the third annual Montreal Oysterfest. The nearest sea may be hundreds of miles away but this is, after all, a food-crazed town where locals have a special weakness for all things served on crushed ice, from the insanely good snowcrab legs at Garde Manger to the exquisite urchins and mussels sourced locally and served at the Brasserie T! (when in season) – not to mention the top-notch oysters at Joe Beef and L’Orignal…

3 SCANDINAVIAN SPAS IN MONTREAL

Some of the best ways to truly treat yourself are right here in the heart of the city- Montreal has more than its share of gorgeous, comfy Scandinavian-type spas—some of them with views so good, they’re an ideal spot from which to watch the seasons change. Below, Montreal Buzz takes a dip in the heart of the city…

BEST MONTREAL APPS 2011

No matter what mundane, trivial task you might be doing, stop using your brain because there’s probably an App for it. It’s 2011 people! Ditch that dusty old Frommers, because this is travel in the time of iThings and ColorBerrys. Montreal is seriously connected, so check out the best Mobile Apps to inform, explore and aid you on your quest in around this city!

DELICIOUS DRINKS ON MONTREAL’S WATERFRONT

Nothing beats having a chilled drink by the water and, since Montreal is an island, there’s no shortage of bars, cafés and restaurants overlooking the St. Lawrence river – especially in Old Montreal. The trick is finding the right spot, as the best and most scenic waterside bars are mostly hidden from view. Here are some of my personal favourites…

MONTREAL’S TOP SOMMELIERES

The quotient of beautiful women in Montreal seems even higher than in my native Brazil. Especially during these warm months, the beauties are everywhere in Montreal: sipping beer on terrasses, biking, walking their dogs and, of course, waitressing at restaurants. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that some of the most qualified sommelières (female sommeliers), aka wine experts, in town also happen to be attractive women.

BOCATA AND BARROCO IN OLD MONTREAL

In the sweetest spot on the sweetest street down in Old Montreal, Rue Saint-Paul (it’s also the oldest), there sits a sweet set of sister restaurants: Bocata, an atmospheric wine bar, and Barroco, a hip little hideaway that feels Old World in just the right way…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JUNE 9-12)

Just as the first real heatwave of the year ends, this weekend begins – but that doesn’t mean it’s not packed with super hot stuff to do. So hot that not even a forecast of scattered showers can put a damper on this action. Which is a good thing because much of what’s going on this weekend happens outdoors: a huge Formula 1 race (and parties and a beer festival to go along with it), a massive celebration of French music from here around the world, weird and wild independent theatre and music and street fairs galore.

THE MONTREAL CASINO: ITS SECRETS REVEALED

When you think of casinos, your thoughts probably turn to poker tables, chiming slot machines and people dressed to the nines looking for an evening of fun. The Casino de Montréal definitely delivers on all those counts, but what really makes the place worth visiting is the vibrant atmosphere…

MONTREAL BEER FESTIVAL: JUNE 8-12

Montreal is a city that honours culture and sophistication. Probably the most important festival of this kind is Le Mondial de la bière, or as it’s known by the elite: BEER FEST.

5 BEERS IN 5 MONTREAL BARS

Since our 5 Shots in 5 Bars post went over so well, we decided to initiate another study in the highly scientific series where we visit some of Montreal’s best bars, pubs and clubs and sample their best drinks. Here then is 5 Beers in 5 Bars…