MONTREAL: Lodging, eating, shopping and going out!

Montréal's charm abounds in almost every facet of daily life: the friendliness of its denizens, the meeting of the traditional and the modern, the city's lively terraces and fine restaurants, its ma jestic churches, mountain and river and also its attractive accomodations. Be they modest or more luxurious, with suites that offer mansard ceilings or a romantic fireplace, the following accommodations are sure to win you over.


Bon appétit !

In Montréal, we eat well. The recipe? A successful blend of influences! First we took a solid base of French cooking, then we added a generous helping of knowledge gleaned from the Aboriginals and different cultural communities, we mixed it all together and voilà! The result is modern Québec cuisine, enhanced by the use of quality regional products. A new generation of inspired chefs invites you to sample its menus—some of which are among the continent's finest. 
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The first inhabitants of Québec—for the most part peasant farmers—prepared hearty meals to help them face the harshness of everyday life. A style of home cooking, based on the French tradition, deve-loped over the centuries and feature local fish, game, fruits and vegetables. Tourtière, cipaille (a layered meat pie), baked beans, roast pork, cretons (a kind of pork pâté), sugar pie and buckwheat pancakes are just a few examples of these traditional dishes. While some of these remain everyday fare, others are served on special occasions like big family dinners during the Holiday Season. Traditional recipes are adapted to reflect today's tastes by chefs at major restaurants, which also offer a large selection of fine Québec products, such as foie gras, magret de canard (duck cutlet), caviar de corrégone and ice wine. These regional products give Québec cooking its own identity, much to the delight of gourmets! Looking for something exotic? You'll find ethnic cuisine from the four corners of the world in Montréal, where you can  sample sushi, Portuguese tapas, Thai dishes, Lebanese specialties... and much more! The rich mosaic of international flavours offered in restaurants bears witness to the diversity of cultures that make up the Montréal of today. You will find a selection of restaurants in the 17th édition of Quebec Rainbow Guide or consult our Restaurants RÉPERTOIRE (in French) or the web-mobile DIRECTORY

Attention shoppers!

magasinerMontréal has an innate knack for starting new trends in fashion, furniture and spaces that catch the world's eye. Downtown Montréal's chic boutiques—the serious shoppers' hunting ground—are clustered on the streets of de la Montagne, Sherbrooke and Sainte-Catherine West. And there are 1,700 more boutiques and services spread out through Montréal's vast Underground Pedestrian Network! While Laurier West and Bernard Avenues are the places to go in Mile End for more high-end boutiques, Laurier also has its fabulous art de la table shops. Mont-Royal Ave., Saint-Denis St. and Saint-Laurent Blvd. on the Plateau Mont-Royal offer every kind of clothing boutique—high end, ready-to-wear, vintage, street, frip (unusual second hand) and casual. Saint-Laurent is also the place to find the most forward-looking furniture and home décor, while retro 20th-century objects abound on Amherst Street. In the Village you'll find more specialized shos, but not only... We suggest you to consult our Boutiques RÉPERTOIRE (in French) or the web-mobile DIRECTORY (English). 

Bars, Breweries and Discos!

BarsThe Montréal gay community is known for the wild nightlife of the Village's establishments, as it is known locally since nearly 30 years, one of the largest gay neighbourhoods in the world. On week days, as soon as the clock strikes five, a motley crew of clubbers takes over the bars and cafés for the traditional happy hour, others will wait until 9 pm to go out and pack the place. Ah, the bars – What would we do without them? They've evolved over the years and offer a large array of excitements : themes nights, nude dancers — so specific to Montreal —, drag shows, karaoke nights... On weekends, regulars go to the nightclubs from 11 pm and to the after hours, not before 1 am. But all offer a hot spot where die-hard party devotees can dance the night away. Ready to paint the town red? Find your parties and celebrations by consulting our SORTIES RÉPERTOIRE (in French) or its web-mobile DIRECTORY English version. 

For a great selection of places to stay, to eat, to shop or to go out, consult or dowload the 17th édition of Quebec Rainbow Guide (Guide arc-en-ciel) or browse our web-mobile DIRECTORY !