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2:59 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Terrifically Cosmopolitan Montreal

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal was established in 1860, making it Canada's oldest art institution.
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal was established in 1860, making it Canada's oldest art institution.
Credit Daryl Mitchell / flickr

Combining the best of old-world charm and modern sophistication, travel contributor Elaine Labalme finds Canada’s second largest city, Montreal to be “terrifically cosmopolitan.”

She suggests her favorite spots for food, arts and rest in this northern city.

Where to eat:

La Banquise - You’ll never be late! They’re open 24/7 and feature 28 varieties of “poutine” (french fries with brown gravy and cheese curds).

Schwartz’s Deli - Known for smoked meat sandwiches, which you can order lean or fat. Labalme finds the food and the prices “phenomenal!”

Garde Manger - This high class restaurant is often visited by celebrity chefs.

L'Express - “Everything we ate was incredible,” says Labalme, detailing her experience with chicken liver mousses and a dish of calf’s liver.

What to see:

Musee des Beaux Arts - Current exhibits are elaborate and beautiful and even feature a “musical tour” to accompany visitors.

Cirque du Solei - This venture started in Montreal and plays shows year round.

Where to stay:

Hotel Le Place d'Armes - This old hotel with exposed brick and gorgeous architecture comes with delicious French breakfast.