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10 Montréal “Musts” For First-Time Visitors

A first-time visit to any city can be overwhelming. What to see? What to do? And most importantly — how to prioritize it all?  To simplify your initial Montréal visit, we’ve compiled a simple list of crowd-pleasin’ attractions. Think of it as a “greatest hits” list of what to see and do in a diverse and exciting city. In no particular order, here are ten activities and attractions that first-time Montréal visitors might want to put on their “must see” list. Climb Mount Royal (The Lookout) Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (the same landscape architect who crafted New York’s Central Park), the “mountain” park at the heart of the city is the city’s most iconic landmark — and the most popular place to snap a Montréal selfie. Reach the viewpoint at the top of Mount Royal Park by walking up the stairs or with a guided tour. In the chalet at the summit, visitors will find washrooms and a small canteen for refreshments. Give yourself a breezy two hours. Spree on St-Catherine As one of the longest commercial strips in Canada, Sainte-Catherine Street is the perfect place for retail rehabilitation. You’ll find international fashion mainstays such as Gap, Victoria’s Secret… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Antonio Park

Chef Antonio Park’s road to culinary notoriety has taken him through three continents, five cities, and countless kitchens. This due diligence to his craft has ultimately helped shape his culinary ethos that blends the tastes and flavours of his youth (having grown up in South-America) and the techniques procured while working in kitchens in Tokyo, Osaka, New York, and Toronto. This direction has facilitated the development of a style of cuisine that is uniquely his own – “a blend of the countries I’ve lived in and the cultures that formed me. The international recognition of his Restaurant Park has solidified his role of one of Montréal’s culinary ambassadors bring “his” city to the world’s stage. Having been listed in The Diner’s Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, as well as securing a spot on “must visit” lists of local and international food critics, Restaurant Park is undoubtedly a destination restaurant no matter where you’re from. I had the opportunity to chat with Chef Park in the middle of his busy workday. A typical day that consists of personally talking to local farmers and producers, overseeing his row of Westmount restaurant kitchens – Park, Marché Park and Lavanderia – receiving orders… / Read More →

Cruise ship tours: Montreal in three hours or three days

The island of Montreal offers the contemporary cruise ship passenger innumerable possibilities for their own three-hour stopover tour of the city. Or make it a three-day tour, depending on how long you’re docked…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JULY 21-28)

Whenever I travel to another city, I try to stay for at least a full week if I can. It’s nice to get this daily perspective and take the time to see what city life is really like. Of course, in Montreal, Tuesday has been the new Friday for about two years and a work night means going to sleep at 2 a.m. instead of 4 a.m. And that’s why I’m covering the whole week in this column now! Give in to the Montreal heat wave at one of many festivals – music, comedy, circus and more awaits all week long!

MEET A MONTREALER: BILL BROWNSTEIN

Bill Brownstein is the author of Schwartz’s Hebrew Delicatessen: The Story, the definitive account of the iconic Montreal smoked meat institution. How big is smoked meat in this town? They’re making a musical out of his book…