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Best things to do in Montreal

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Farmers Market
“Come see the huge variety of fresh products at Jean-Talon market, in the middle of Little Italy!”
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Park
“It is big park with lake and many places to hang out, make a picnic, play different sports or just chill out. ”
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Poutine Place
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“Canada, Montreal... Poutine. They have a lot of receipes. We love La Matty and Boogalou. We stand sometimes outside for 20 min at -20 Celsius, so it can be crowdy, but we never turn around. ”
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Restaurant
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“One of the original smoked meat Deli's in the world! World famous and often line ups out the door for a reason... they are incredible!”
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Market
“Immerse yourself in the best market in Montreal with an enormous variety of fresh produce from local producers. 3.1 km from the Mapmaker’s House (38 minutes walk or 15 minutes by car).”
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Art Museum
“Great range of exhibitions and permanent collections showcasing all periods and styles of art.”
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Park
“Encompassing 190 acres of gardens and greenhouses, Montreal’s Botanical Garden was founded in 1931 and offers a variety of themed green spaces including the First Nations Garden, the Alpine Garden, and the Japanese Garden. There are 10 greenhouses in total, and more than 22,000 species of flora can be explored around the peaceful grounds.”
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Mountain
“Take a hike up Mont Royal and tackle the city's namesake for stunning views of downtown Montreal and the surrounding urban areas. All year around. Access via Parc Mont-Royal. Montez jusqu'au sommet du Mont-Royal pour admirer une magnifique vue sur le centre-ville de Montréal et les environs. 4 saisons. Accès via Parc Mont-Royal.”
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Performing Arts Venue
“plaza with several concert halls, outdoor sculptures/art, and underground malls”
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Neighbourhood
“The infamous Old Port of Montreal. Here you will see magnificent architecture and amazing restaurants and bars.”
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Bagel Shop
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“Montreal Bagels are a must do. There is much debate between St-Viateur and Fairmont for who does the best bagel. I have my preference. Also part of an exploration of the Mile End, an area that has more good food than you can eat! ~ 35-40 minute walk ~ 20-25 minutes on the bus (55N up St-Laurent) ~15-20 minutes on a Bixi (shared bike)”
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Park
“Gorgeous and huge park, perfect for walking, jogging, going swimming or picnics!”
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Zoo
“Originally the site of cycling and judo events during the 1976 Summer Olympics, Montreal’s Biodome houses four distinct ecosystems: a polar environment; a tropical rainforest, a Laurentian forest, and the St. Lawrence marine system. Here, you can explore over 4,500 animals from around the world, including 500 plant species, all under one roof. Along with the Botanical Garden, the Montreal Insectarium, and the Planetarium, the Biodome is part of the biggest natural science museum complex in Canada, under the umbrella of Space for Life.”
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Historic Site
“Old Port Montreal is a tourist attraction, you can take good pictures and have fun with your friends!”
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Church
“It's so close - just take the shortcut through Summit Woods and a quick walk through Montreal's fanciest neighborhood, Westmount. You will arrive at the Oratoire's back entrance and go through its beautiful gardens in order to reach the front and the breathtaking view of Montreal available from there. You can also take a peek inside and, why not, squeeze in a work out session by taking the many (many many) stairs up and down. ”
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Monument / Landmark
“Mount Royal is absolutely amazing. There's atleast 3 amazing lookouts giving you entire unhindered views of the cityscape. Big forests and lots of trails to hike! We've also got a massive beautifully kept graveyard open to the public, it's a huge attraction. Lots of people jog these paths in the morning for the serenity and calmness. This is the number one place to be for the best pictures, hands down.”
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