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Romance for all in Montréal

Beautiful views, European charm, award-winning dining, entertainment that never sleeps… Montréal has got all the markers of a winning romantic weekend for any type of couple. This Valentine’s Day, whether you like things sporty, luxurious or classic (because long-stem roses never go out of style), here are five getaway ideas from us to you – with love. A classic kind of love Wining and dining is a sure way to pretty much anyone’s heart. With hotel specials like the Valentine’s Day package at the beautiful Le Germain in Old Montréal, you’re already half way there. After picking up some chocolates at Maison Christian Faure and some flowers at the stand in Square Victoria, grab a horse-drawn carriage tour of Old Montréal across the street from Notre-Dame Basilica, where Céline Dion got married (it’ll set the mood). Next, book a tête-à-tête to sample the special V Day offerings at 400 Coups (a five-course meal featuring crab ravioli and foie gras mousse), Le Quindici (short ribs braised in wine, anyone?) or the warm, European flavoured Branzino. If you can’t choose, how about one on Friday, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday? Then stroll up from Old Montréal to downtown for… / Read More →

Late-night dining in Montréal

[Updated on April 15, 2016] Summer in Montréal is an exciting time of year. From festivals and sidewalk sales to movies in the park and a plethora of other activities and events to keep you busy, there’s no rest of the weary. Keeping yourself fueled for moonlit walks along the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal, or taking in the sights and sounds of Place des Festivals is essential. In a city that barely sleeps during the summer, here are some of my favourite places for late-night dining. No matter what time of year, Montréal’s nightlife is bustling – there is always something going on in the city. Whether it’s grabbing a bite, or making a pit stop to charge your batteries during your nocturnal shenanigans, here are some places that should be on your itinerary when discovering Montréal at night. L’Express – 3927 Saint-Denis Street The quintessential Parisian-style bistro. Open until 3 a.m. daily, and 2 a.m. on Sundays, L’Express is a popular dining destination for locals at any hour. With dishes like their famous bone marrow starter to calf liver with tarragon, their take on classic French dishes will leave you wanting more. Leméac – 1045 Laurier Avenue West Leméac is another… / Read More →

Brunch around the world in Montréal

Coming to Montréal soon? Then you might want to take part in Montrealers’ favourite weekend activity: going out for brunch. More than a meal, it’s a religion; think of it as the Québec version of the traditional Sunday family dinner. Whether your brunch is terroir, exotic, tucked away in a bakery or an old-world tea salon, here are some great spots to try, no matter what your fancy, Saturday and Sunday included. Do it like the French! The restaurant: Leméac The neighbourhood: Outremont The ambiance: Refined and chic, Leméac has been a much-loved Montreal institution since 2001. Enjoy a Parisian-style brasserie ambiance, retro décor and cuisine that serves bistro essentials. Heads-up: you need a reservation here. What to order: poached eggs, smoked salmon and Spanish caviar on blinis ($18) and French toast, caramelized bananas and chocolate sauce ($15) When: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We also recommend: Chez Lévêque and Holder A great québécois classic The restaurant: Le Cartet The neighbourhood: Old Montréal The ambiance: A cross between fine food store and gourmet canteen, this is the go-to spot for professionals during the week; on the weekend it’s just as busy. With its long wood tables… / Read More →

Montreal’s best family-friendly restaurants

  A great way to spend time with family is to gather up around the table for a delicious meal. Finding the right restaurant to accommodate everyone’s standards (and age group) can be a challenge but it’s not impossible…

10 Delicious Montreal Food Experiences

Fresh ingredients, cozy eateries, late nights and good company are all part of Montreal’s culinary culture. Try these local favorites to please your taste buds and feed your joie de vivre. Warning, the names might not roll off your tongue…