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20 great reasons to visit Montréal in 2016

Because the food is fabulous 1. Get ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome Joël Robuchon, who starting in fall 2016 will be tickling our taste buds at Atelier, in the Montréal Casino on beautiful Île Notre-Dame. The famed French chef has 28 Michelin stars to his name—want to bet Atelier garners him more? 2. There are dozens upon dozens of award winning restaurants in La Belle Ville, including Joe Beef, Au Pied de Cochon, Park, Toqué, Laloux, Pastaga, Lawrence, Le Bremner, Le Serpent, Chez Lévêque, Foodlab… the city is your oyster. Find other suggestions here. 3. Montréal’s festivals are renowned, and some of them are tasty as heck. There’s a mouth-watering calendar of food fests, from Poutine Week in February to Happy November! in, well November, not to mention our very special restaurant week, MTL à TABLE, which brings flavour to the end of October every year by joining dozens of local restaurants together to offer prix-fixe menus that give everyone a chance to enjoy their out-of-sight delights. Come taste for yourself! Because it never sleeps 4. With a promoter like Evenko, Montréal doesn’t miss a thing. Not only do they put on world-famous festivals Osheaga and Heavy… / Read More →

A sampling of Montréal restaurants open on Christmas Day

During the holidays, December 25 is an important day for some, but an ordinary day for others. So if you observe Christmas or are just celebrating Friday this year, here are some of Montreal’s restaurants that will be open on December 25. Chez Lévêque – 1030 Laurier Avenue West Chez Lévêque has a Holiday Season Christmas Menu that features classic French dishes with a modern twist. With dishes like crispy veal sweetbreads and pan-seared scallops, celeriac mash, morel sauce and kale chips, if you weren’t sentimental about December 25 before, this may well inspire you. Vieux-Port Steakhouse – 39 Saint-Paul Street East Christmas day brunch is a tradition for many people and if you’re in town and want to keep the tradition going, visit this Old Port landmark, the Vieux-Port Steakhouse. From a classic “American Breakfast Station” to a meat station for prime roast beef, pasta and seafood, you can give the gift of a food-coma this year.   Verses Restaurant – 100 Saint-Paul Street West Another option for brunch on the 25th is at Verses Restaurant. Pick from dishes like a hearty Steak and Eggs Benedict with horseradish Hollandaise sauce, and Yorkshire pudding or a waffle slider with tomato… / Read More →

Glitzy girls’ weekend in Montréal

For the best kind of girls’ getaway, you need a simple yet essential list of ingredients: 1) No men; 2) Lots of pampering; 3) Great spots to gab (and laugh like idiots); 4) Amazing food and drinks; and 5) Chocolate. Lots of chocolate. You’re in luck: Montréal has got it all, against the backdrop of an incredibly culture-rich city you’ll fall in love with for all kinds of other reasons too. SATURDAY Brunching There’s nothing better to get the weekend rolling than brunch, and Montréal knows brunch. Choose from a sophisticated menu (tipples included) at Le Comptoir on St-Laurent or a heartier eggs-n-bacon style selection at Fabergé (try the breakfast poutine!) in Mile End – and did we mention the gazillion options downtown? If you’re in Old Montreal, let the gabbing begin at Le Cartet, a beautiful space on McGill Avenue that serves punchy coffee, delicious mimosas and a dish that involves crêpes topped with fruit coulis and nut-and-maple French with apple butter and blueberries, plus a bowl of homemade granola. Whaaa? Yes. Learning Oh, chocolate, how we love thee. One of the funnest things to do in Montréal is learn stuff – you really know a trip will stay… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Nick Farkas

As cofounder of festivals Osheaga, Ile Soniq, Heavy MTL and, starting this September, YUL EAT, Nick Farkas never stops. The only downside to his culturally immersed life is that sometimes, he’s too busy to enjoy other people’s events, like Just For Laughs and the Rogers Cup! This is how he experiences Montréal. Job: Vice President, Concert and Events, Evenko. Favourite pastime: Listening to music. How long have you been a Montrealer? Since 1970, when I was 5 years old. My parents came from Hamilton. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done so far this year? Osheaga this weekend! The next three weekends of festivals, with Osheaga followed by Heavy Montréal and then Ile Soniq, are our busiest time in the year. What’s the next big thing you’re planning? We’re doing a new festival called YUL EAT in Old Montreal, near the Clock Tower, in the beginning of September, over Labour Day weekend. In the midst of doing our other three festivals and the 13,000 shows we do a year, the team decided it was time to do another festival. Tons of chefs, cooking classes, brunches, dinners, free concerts and more. What’s your favourite thing about organizing events? Definitely seeing the reaction… / Read More →

Guide to bike paths, bicycle rentals, BIXI, and all things biking in Montreal

Spring, summer and early fall in Montreal bring cyclists of every stripe to the city, taking leisurely day trips, professional tours, and show-hopping night rides every day of the week. With city-wide bike rentals, 600 kilometres of bike paths and plenty of food-and-drink stops along the way, cycling lets riders see all the city sights.

Queer MTL Travel Guide: Montreal Boy Episodes 5 & 6

In Logo’s webseries Montreal Boy, Stephane and Hugh are having a blast in Montreal. They’re seeing the sights, seeing the city, and definitely seeing each other. Have you watched all six episodes of Montreal Boy yet? Check them out on LogoTV.com/MontrealBoy! Find out more about all the places they visit in Montreal by scrolling through this Queer MTL Travel Guide:

Things to Do in Montreal: April 18-24

Spring and sunshine come together this week in Montreal for Easter brunches and concerts, hockey playoffs, internationally-acclaimed art, theatre, film and dance, and a wide world of live music…

Things to do in Montreal this Spring 2014

Spring has arrived in Montreal! And while the city keeps winter bright and busy with colourful light installations, arts and culture festivals and an array of winter sports, there’s nothing like the exuberance of spring and Montreal’s many and varied April and May activities…

Things to Do in Montreal: March 21-27

Now that it’s officially spring, Montreal is warming up to the idea with seasonal sugar shack menus, a few final ice skates and snowshoe adventures, hints of new life at Botanical Garden, fresh theatre, dance, art and film and enlivening music…

Montreal’s Best Japanese Restaurants

Compiling a list of “best Japanese” restaurants in Montreal would be like asking a mother to pick her favourite child; impossible, because they are all different, each have unique characters, are loved differently even though each will most probably drive you into debt and lunacy in one way or another.