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Anthony Bourdain spends less than 24 hours in Montreal. According to Tony, "This is where the cool kids hang." Check out Tony's best tips from The Layover: Montreal episode -- be sure to check them out before your next trip.

 

Arriving in Montreal

"Montreal is an hour and change from New York City. It's in South West Quebec. You can take a cab from the airport for about $38 or limo for twice that amount. There's also an $8 shuttle to the bus station where you can connect to the metro, but this method is a pain if you have luggage."

 

Although Montreal is a bilingual city, “the traffic signs and street signs are in French.” If you’re driving to Montreal, this is what you need to know:

 

The country uses the river as a reference point, so north is almost west, south is almost east. Bring your smart phone (Android, iPhone, etc.) and use the city app. And the speed limits are in kilometers, not miles.

 

Montreal's Food

"You don't come to Montreal to eat French food. Food is, however, a major reason to come to Montreal."

 

Montreal's "Underground City"

A collection of cheap clothing stores, drug stores, metro stations, etc. -- it’s a shopping mall. Enough said.

 

Best Places to Eat

"Unapologetically over the top. This place is where you want to be: sucking down oysters and good wine at Joe Beef."

 

A visit to Schwartz's (beef) is a must. "You can’t not do this when you come to Montreal."

 

Old Montreal

"It's old. It's pretty. Nowadays it's a magnet for tourists."

 

Getting Around

"Modeled after the Paris Metro, the Montreal metro is not bad. Ride the train for about $3 for a trip, or $8 for a 24-hour pass."

 

Traveler's Tip

"About to get on a plane? Eat something good before you go to the airport -- something big and good that will knock you on your ass. Then you're 'out' on the plane."

 

http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/host-central/articles/anthony-bourdains-montreal-travel-tips

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that will be the second time he comes to montreal/quebec for a show, he did an episode of No Reservations a few years ago where he, among other things, went through the whole menu at Pied de Cochon, and went to northern quebec with the inuits to hunt and eat with them.

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that will be the second time he comes to montreal/quebec for a show, he did an episode of No Reservations a few years ago where he, among other things, went through the whole menu at Pied de Cochon, and went to northern quebec with the inuits to hunt and eat with them.

 

I remember that episode quite well. I ended up re-watching part of it an hour ago. I think that is the most he ever tried in any episode and at one time, but I can be mistaken.

 

I really need to go back to Au Pied de Cochon.

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Withenshaw bullshitte sans arrêt: French AND english both official languages? N'importe quoi.

 

Ce que je trouve dommage aussi, c'est que les gars semblent prendre plaisir à raconter qu'il fait -40 en hiver. Come on. C'est exceptionnel et rarissime. C'est comme dire qu'il fait +40 à l'ombre en été pcq ça arrive une fois de temps en temps.

 

Le fait est que ça fait tellement peur aux touristes qu'ils ne veulent pas venir en hiver. Pourtant, la ville prend une toute autre allure et mérite d'être visitée deux fois plutôt qu'une justement pcq elle a deux visages complètement distincts selon les deux saisons extrêmes. Peu de villes de taille moyenne dans le monde ont l'avantage de Montréal: offrir des visages complètement différents selon les saisons et, donc, justifier d'y revenir plusieurs fois! Il faudrait qu'on arrête collectivement de penser qu'on ferme la baraque pendant le froid. On a plutôt avantage à vendre notre hiver (et à l'activer, l'habiter, le festoyer) comme une expérience urbaine unique et originale.

 

D'ailleurs ça a commencé avec Mtl en Lumières il y a déjà un bout, et ça continue avec le Village de Glace (excellente initiative!).

 

De toutes façons, l'hiver est moins long et moins froid qu'avant, et la moyenne de température tourne autour de -7 -8 avec des redoux et quelques creux moins fréquents que dans ma jeunesse.

 

Faisons de l'hiver un avantage stratégique plutôt qu'une nuisance.

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Peur ... -20 c'est épeurant

 

Arrete ca .. Tu devrais le remercier ... Il fait une belle pub pour cette ville de diversité .

 

Mais je suis d'accord avec toi que Montreal en Lumieres est fantastique :-)

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