Everyone loves a long weekend! And if you are going to be joining us in Montreal this weekend, you are in for some sunny days and plenty of activities to keep you in trouble… err… occupied.
Here are some of our recommendations!
One of the best ways to see any city is to walk. Montreal is a very pedestrian friendly destination with many popular streets closed to motorized vehicles. If you’re looking for an easy meal on a laid back patio, wander along Prince Arthur on the Plateau. With more than twenty restaurants to choose from, you’ll be certain to find something that tempts the taste buds. For something more colorful, a stroll through the gay village is always the perfect opportunity to people watch and sip sangria. Finally, if romantic architectural charm is what you seek, gandering along the cobblestone streets of St. Paul East in Old Montreal will provide plenty of opportunities to snap photos and pick up souvenirs.
Another way to have a fun Montreal experience is to let someone else take the reins! There are some unique ways to tackle the city by theme: Food, Bike or Boat! If you consider yourself an epicurean then you won’t want to miss the Foodie’s tour of Little Italy. To cover a bit more ground, hope on a bicycle with Ça Roule and peddle your way through the Vista Architecture tour. And if bus that transforms into a boat sounds interesting, jump aboard the AmphiBus to see Montreal from the river!
TASTE THE CITY
Say goodbye to any dieting plans because no trip to Montreal is complete without indulging in the delicious food; the culinary offerings are a principal part of the joie de vivre of the city. As we enter into peak harvest time, the sights and smells of Jean-Talon Market are always an important stopover of any weekend itinerary. If it’s your first time visiting, then you have to make the inaugural stop-off at Schwartz’s Deli on Boulevard Saint Laurent. If you’re ready for your next step, go for the Poutine au foie gras at Au Pied du Cochon. And no visit to Montreal is complete without eating at one or two of the many French Restaurants that serve up the city’s flavor. Bon appétit!
[party] PIKNIC ELECTRONIK – Once a year Montreal’s beloved weekly outdoor dance party is holds a three-day weekend festival. This is the weekend. Local darling Misstress Barbara will be spinning on Sunday!
[spa] STUDIO BEAUTÉ Du MONDE – Discover the delightful physical benefits of a traditional Hammam treatment. Top it off with a massage, and you’ll be a new person.
[gay life] MEC PLUS ULTRA – A bi-weekly party outside of the Gay Village. This MPU is themed “Kung Fu” – so if you stop shaving now, you might have a Fu Manchu mustache by Saturday.
[foodies] OYSTERFEST 2010 – This second annual festival will link the deliciousness of oysters with an awareness of sustainability. Oh, shucks!
[shopping] IL ÉTAIT DEUX FOIS – Unique keepsakes created from previously used material: messenger bags made from inner tubes, earrings cut from 8mm film, notebooks from old record albums. Perfect Montreal souvenirs.
[concert] JONAS BROTHERS – So I guess there’s these brothers from America who play some instruments? Anyway, if you’re into that sort of thing, you might like this.
[film] WORLD FILM FESTIVAL – Montreal’s biggest film festival continues this weekend. This is a truly international gathering, featuring many cutting edge documentaries and the crowd favorite, “Movies Under the Stars”!
[sport] MONTREAL MARATHON – Whether you can run 42 KMs or 5 KMs, or whether you wanna just go cheer on the racers, this is the event that brings all those nutty runners together.
[sexy time] MONTREAL FETISH WEEKEND – Whatever the nature of your fetish, you’re welcome to take part in a most extravagant fantasy festival September 1st through 6th.