MONTREAL - A city at its best!
Montréal is MY city and I take great pride in it. Rich in cultural history as well as the best European inspired food, sports, fashion, arts, and entertainment this side of the Atlantic.
If you are from out of town, here are some fun tips to make your travel more efficient and cost-effective, as well as exciting on off days.
ACCOMMODATIONS - Where to stay?
There are almost 27,000 hotel rooms on the island of Montreal with 15,000 located right downtown and 8,000 in deluxe properties. Summer is high season for almost all cities in the world, and Montreal is no exception. Hotel prices spike and are almost fully booked by late May. If you are coming in from out of town, we suggest you book way in advance.
We have great discounts through TOURISM MONTRÉAL for the athletes and spectators. Check the website in early June for more info. AirBnB is also a great option for those who’d rather not stay in a hotel. Please note: Car camping is NOT ALLOWED in public parks in Montreal, as city ordinance, which includes the PARC JEAN-DRAPEAU.
FOOD - What about the food?
Montreal is a culinary epicenter. There are more restaurants in Montreal, per capita, than any other city in the world. The food is fresh, clean and safe, as is the drinking water throughout the city and the rest of the country.
Trip Advisor or Google are great ways to find suggestions and reviews. Rest assured, even the most discerning foodie will never run out of options. Grocery stores abound and making lunches are a great option to save some money.
Feel like bumping into the crew that organizes the Psicobloc while you're here? Below are a few of our favorite digs and meeting spots:
Bar Furco 425 Mayor St, Montreal, QC H3A 1N9
Upbeat and trendy downtown food served by the owners of La Buvette, and 'farm to table' is an understatement, they actually own their own farms... Love you, Joel!!!
Buvette Chez Simone 4869 Park Ave, Montreal, QC H2V 4E7
Nightcap or tapas served perfectly, this is the place. Don't expect a seat. Wall to wall standing room is the norm. Speakeasy.
Cafe Cherrier 3635 St Denis St, Montreal, QC H2X 3L6
A Montreal institution for French cuisine served by black tie waiters and a laid back french bistro atmosphere. Ulric can usually be found sitting at the bar after 8, working on his next big ideas…
L'Express 3927 St Denis St, Montreal, QC H2W 2M4
Flying in late? Want an upscale dinner at 2 am? This is the place. In-house smoked salmon served by some of the most award-winning waiters in Montreal. Great wine cellar. Pricey.
TRANSIT & COMMUTING
Montreal has a great public transport system with a vast network of underground subway systems (5 am to 1 am) and 24H bus lines running through all the major arteries of the city and its suburbs. We highly suggest you use the subway to get around. It's cheap ($ 3.00), it's safe & clean and will drop you right at the venue (20 feet away). Weekly passes are available, check HERE for more details. Another great way to get around is Uber. From the airport to the venue, you should count on paying about $ 40.
NIGHTLIFE - Disappear like a ninja...
They say NYC is the city that never sleeps, and what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. If the day has 24hours, then Montréal has 25 and if Vegas is party central, then Montreal is the equivalent of putting a booster pack filled with nitrous on a chihuahua. You get the point. Google your entertainment needs, Montreal serves it up better than anywhere else on the planet.
Click HERE for the Montreal NIGHTLIFE section...
MISC. - Arts, Music and Shopping
Holy lord are you in luck. Montreal's art scene is out of this world. From Fine Arts Museums to ballet, live music and festivals it's hard to put a single link to where to find everything we just mentioned. We know shopping is also a huge part of traveling, and we are not immune to it either. Whatever your heart desires, you will find it in Montreal.
Before you indulge yourself, please note that Canada has its own currency, the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Euros, American Dollars or other currencies can be changed at the airport or at a host of exchange desks in the downtown core. We highly recommend you change currency before traveling. All major credit cards and every kind of electronic payments are accepted widely. Banks abound for any emergencies.