More to Mon­treal

Come for the in­no­va­tive food and drink, stay for the cul­ture

StarMetro Vancouver - - DAILY LIFE - Elaine Glusac

MON­TREAL—ITS cob­ble­stone streets and French ar­chi­tec­ture make Old Mon­treal, the orig­i­nal set­tle­ment on the St. Lawrence Se­away, com­pelling. But Mon­treal, now 376 years old, also has much to of­fer in its sur­round­ing neigh­bour­hoods. From the new res­tau­rants of the Gay Vil­lage to the an­nu­ally up­dated mu­rals of the Plateau and the trendy shop­ping of Mile End, the city’s dis­tricts make a strong case for buy­ing a sub­way pass. Street fes­ti­vals, out­door per­for­mances, pop-up mar­kets: Mon­treal so likes to min­gle that even tourism boost­ers call it “the smok­ing and drink­ing sec­tion of Canada.” Come for the in­no­va­tive food and drink — namely, the re­cently opened nat­u­ral wine bars, speakeasies and res­tau­rants serv­ing Que­be­cois small plates — and stay for the cul­ture, es­pe­cially the new mu­ral tours, dig­i­tal light shows and sym­phonic ex­per­i­ments.


At Mon­treal Plaza, an en­er­getic brasserie with an open kitchen, din­ers can en­joy dishes, in­clud­ing tuna “soup.” Habi­tat 67, a hous­ing com­plex de­signed orig­i­nally as a Pav­il­lon for Expo 67 by ar­chi­tect Moshe Safdie.The dome of Bon­sec­ours Mar­ket, as seen through Le Grande roue de Mon­treal, an ob­ser­va­tion wheel, in Old Mon­treal.

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