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About Montréal

Montréal is the most bilingual city in North America. Gone are the days of the 70s, when the french and english lived separate lives. Montréalers today have embraced the best of both cultures and the vast majority of its inhabitants speak both languages fluently so don't hesitate to address people in whichever language you're comfortable in.

          Places to Stay

          In the downtown sector near the university "boutique hotels" and Bed & Breakfasts are by far the best choice.

          • Appartements Trylon Fully furnished studio appartments, renting by the day within a few blocks or McGill. Rates are typically ~$60/night when visiting the physics department with an invitation.
          • Edison Residence
            • across the street from the physics department. This is a residence with shared bathrooms. In the summer they rent rooms with a single bed, tiny kitchen, and shared bathroom for $1050 per month.


          • Nyk's Bistro and Pub
          • Olivieri
            • Bistro near UdM serving locally produced food. Located in the back of a bookstore.
            • http://www.librairieolivieri.com/
          • Ouzeri (trendy Greek tapas)
            • 4690 Rue St. Denis, Montreal, 514-845-1336
            • Recommend the fried octopus and the lamb with feta cheese.
          • Laloux - http://www.laloux.com/
            • 514-287-9127, 250 des Pins E
            • french bistro style
          • Labo Culinaire, SAT
          • Restaurant Pintxo 514-844-0222
            • Spanish Tapas, menu online - $30 fixed course meal.
            • highly recommended by our group high altitude doctor
            • near Roy & Laval
          • Aux Vivres
            • 4631 Boul. St Laurent, 514-842-3479
            • hippie vegetarian food. St Laurent near villeneuve. Good.
          • Sala Rosa (Spanish Cultural center)
            • 4848 St. Laurent, 514.844.4227 
            • Offers good meals (try the tapas - goat's cheese in honey and the vegetarian antipasto plate) which they can sell to you without taxes because they're a cultural center. Also flamenco shows.
            • http://www.casadelpopolo.com/salaresto/about.htm
          • Cafe Santropol (lunch)
            • http://www.santropol.com/
            • the biggest sandwiches you'll ever see ($8) - haven't changed for 15 years.
          • Om Restaurant (Tibetan Food), 4382 St. Laurent, 287-3553
          • Au Pied De Cochon, 536 AVENUE DULUTH EST, MONTRÉAL, QC H2L 1A9, Canada
            • back to the country cuisine at a metrosexual price. Many people love the pig's feet and proclaim it as one of Montreal's best restaurants. We agree it is one of the best known, but there are other better choices (e.g. Montee de Lait).
          • L'Express (Paris style bistro on St Denis)
            • very popular/busy. Good steak tartare.
          • Culinary Institute of Montreal 
            Hotel de l'Institut du tourisme et de l'hotellerie du Québec, 3535 Saint-Denis Street, Montréal, 514-282-5161 
            There are two restaurants
            • regular school - serves two means a day, Tue-Fri only, at noon and 5pm. Cooked by the younger students.
            • fancier - cooked by the final year students, serves means anytime, typically $25-37. TAble d'hote only. One vegetarian option.
          • Try this someday: http://www.emsb.qc.ca/stpiusculinary/pages/dine_with_us.html (cooking school guinea pig: wed or friday only)

          Restaurants - Mile End Neighborhood

            The mile-end has some of the best restauranting in the city... Here's our personalized Google Maps walking tour guide to the Mile End.

          • Lemeac www.restaurantlemeac.com 514-270-0999a good French resto on Laurier
            • review: http://www.montrealmirror.com/ARCHIVES/2003/041003/resto.html
            • after 10pm they serve their table d'hote for $22 - a good deal for what you get. Try the salmon tartare and the goat cheese salad. yum.
          • L'Assommoir Bernard Inc, 112 RUE BERNARD O., MONTRÉAL, (514) 272-0777
            • good saviche (marinated raw fish) and big plates of meat.
          • Chez Leveque on Laurier, a French bistro: http://www.montrealfood.com/restos/chezleveque.html,
          • La Chronique, 99 Laurier O., 514-271-3095 www.lachronique.ca
            • French style resto with an amazing cheese plate. Great food, but it's easy to find equally exciting food elsewhere more affordably than their $80(!) table d'hote.
          • Restaurant Tonnerre De Brest, 1134 AVENUE VAN HORNE, (514) 278-6061
            • french bistro, $15-30
          • Bistro Justine, 1268 Van Horne Ave. (near Champagneur Ave.), (514) 277-2728
            • outremont's bargain secret French bistro. Highly recommended.
          • Restaurant Christophe, (BYOB), Van Horne $40/entreeGood, traditional french food
            • http://www.restaurantchristophe.com/christophe-html/accueil.html
          • Arts Cafe 201 Fairmount Ave., 514-274-0919
          • Le Figaro, 5200 rue Hutchison corner Fairmont
            • french bistro. salads and sandwiches ($8-10) and a table d'hote ($14). Open very late.
          • Other restaurants on Rue Bernard:
            • [[http://www.google.com/local?f=l&hl=en&q=restaurants&near=rue+bernard+O+and+Rue+st-urbain,+Montr%C3%A9al,+QC,+Canada][Google Local]]

          Restaurants - Lunch near McGill

          • McGill Food Services (Generally low quality food and overpriced)
          • Google Local: Google Local
          • Cafe Lola Rosa, 545 RUE MILTON, 287-9337
            • good vegetarian food, the closest restaurant to Rutherford bldg
          • Cafe Il Mundo - good sandwiches. Milton and du Parc
          • Asha Indian, 3490 AVENUE DU PARC, 844-3178
            • nothing special, but close.
          • Il Focolaio Pizza Resto (European-style thin pizza), 1223 Rue Du Square Phillips, Montreal, QC H3B 3H3
          • Thompson House
          • Sandwich place on McGill College str.
          • Super Sandwich
            • fast, value sandwiche to go. 1115 Sherbrooke (& peel)
          • Atti Restaurant - fancy Korean, University and Sherbrooke http://attirestaurant.com/

          Bars and pub food

          • Reservoir
            • duluth just east of St. Laurent.
            • roof-top patio, good microbrew beer, good food.
          • Dieu de Ciel
            • Hands down the best brewpub I've found in montreal.
            • Lauier at Clark
          • Bierre and Company
            • 4350 ST. Denis, 844-0394
          • Else's
            • a neighborhood pub with character. Serves tapas.
            • 156 Roy (halfway b/t st-denis and st-laurent), 286-6689

          Live Music

          Check out the weekly Midnight Poutine Podcast, which is a play list of live shows for the upcoming week.

          Montreal and McGill In The Press

          • [we stopped updating this in 2009... sorry!]
          • (Nov 2009) Lonely Planet thinks Montreal is one of the best places on the planet to party. Article on reuters
          • (Sept 2009) New York Times article glorifying the Plateau Neighborhood adjacent to McGill
          • (Nov 2007) Times Higher Education ranks McGill University the cream of Canadian schools, the best public university in North America, and 12th internationally among the world's top 200 universities (according to the prestigious THES/QS global survey). Montreal Gazette articleGlobe and Mail article
          • (Nov 2007) McGill ranked number 1 university in Canada for post-doctoral and medical studies CNW release
          • (Oct 2006) McGill's international reputation as Canada's flagship university is reaffirmed again in Britain by the Times Higher Education Supplement's World University Rankings - placing McGill number 1 in Canada and 21st in the world. http://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/news/?ItemID=22166(http://www.thes.co.uk/worldrankings/)
          • (March 2006) Gourmet Magazine's dedicated their entire March issue to a City guide of Montreal's flourishing and original restaurant scene. It is only the 6th time Gourmet has done so (Paris, Rome, San Francisco, New York and London are the only other cities that have been covered). Montrealer's were a little shy about being called "North America's Most European City", but we're sure it is meant as a compliment when coming from the US-based Gourmet magazine. Here's a Review of the review. Ask to borrow Matt's copy if you are visiting.
          • (Apr 2005) "The American music media are proclaiming Montreal the new musical hotspot. Spin magazine sparked the hype when it published its February `Next Big Thing' issue" http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/livewire/archived/canadian_rockers_shrug_at_hype/
          • (Nov 2005) In the Maclean's Magazine review of universities in Canada, McGill and UofT tie for best academic/research university (not surprising!).http://www.macleans.ca/universities/article.jsp?content=20051104_162820_5764
          • (Sept. 2005) Playboy Magazine names McGill as one of the Top 10 Party Schools in North America. McGill is the only Canadian university to be assigned this dubious honour. We like to think that it is a comment about Quebec's "Joie de Vivre".http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20050930/mcgill_party_050930/20050930?hub=Canada
          • The New York Times reports (May 2005) http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F60914FD395D0C778EDDAC0894DD404482 "Those nice people up North are taking over the universe. Yes, Canada, by at least one measure, is No.1 in astronomy. According to a recent analysis by the Institute for Scientific Information in Philadelphia, which monitors scientific publications, Canadian astronomers deliver the most scientific bang for the buck. Their..."

          Links To Ski Resorts Easily Accessible from Montreal

          NameDistance From MontrealSummit AltitudeVerticalAve SnowfallComments
          Le Massif, Charlevoix375km (4 hrs) north shore st. Lawrence806m770m6mBeautiful setting, largest vertical, and the most snow. Slopes descend to the St. Lawrence
          Mount Orford130km eastern townships HWY 55850m589m  
          Mt Tremblant125 km north on HWY 15875m645m3.8mPark on northside to avoid crowds
          Mt. St. Anne3 hours, just NE of Quebec City800m625m4mProximity to QC makes it busy
          Massif du Sud320km. SE of Quebec city.915m515m  
          Jay Peak153km (2+ hrs) SW, vermont1210m656m Has its own micro climate-lots of snow. Best glade skiing in the east.
          Whiteface2 hours S, Adirondacks, NY1410m965m5m 

          (The small family hills like Bromont, St.-Sauveur, Mt. Gabrielle aren't listed here.)