Montreal

By michelleberenst

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One of the main reasons I went on this trip was to get out of the daily craziness of New York so starting my days in Montreal with some nature seemed like the good plan. I accidentally missed the very obvious tourist way and ended up wandering the park for a few hours. It was beautiful in the shade and a relaxing hike before I ended up at my intended destination: the panorama point for a skyline view of Montreal.

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Montreal is (kind of) known for its music and during the summer they have Picnique Electronique. Basically, it was a dance party on the beautiful Jean Drapeau Island. You could bring your own food and drinks and sit in the grass to take a break from the EDM. So much fun, would definitely go again if I had the chance.

PS: On the same island you can bike the Formula 1 race tracks which I didn't get to do, but is on the list for next time!

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Spending a rainy day in the beautiful botanical gardens was just what I needed. Acres full of so many different plants, flowers and trees, it was well worth the few bucks I spent for entrance. Right next to the Olympic Stadium that was impressive enough from the outside, I'm glad I made the trek up there.

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One of the main specialties of Quebec is poutine, so famous you can even order it at McDonald's (don't do that though!). I went to La Banquise with two friends and had the version with mushrooms, bacon, and bell peppers added to the traditional cheese, gravy and fries. It was a heart attack waiting to happen but definitely living up to its reputation. The restaurant is open 24 hours and it seems like the perfect snack after a night of going out.

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My last day in Montreal and it's a rainy one. I had planned to do a little shopping, although not much else will fit in my luggage, and it was the perfect day for it. Going through anything from major department stores such as Simons (love that place) to small boutiques to souvenirs shops, The Underground has anything you're looking for and I definitely found a few cute buys.

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I had seen several of these around Montreal, but hadn't gotten to try one yet so to escape the rain and relax my feet after shopping, I stopped at 3 Brasseurs for lunch. It's a microbrewery/gastropub where they have the standard food items (salad, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, etc) but tell you what beer it is best combined with. This location was huge, but the service was fantastic. The exposed brick and open windows made for a fun atmosphere and although I could have done without so many tvs, it is definitely worth going!

Also, their menus resemble a newspaper style and are adorable.

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My hostel was located off St. Catherine's, right at the start of The Village which is one of the many nightlife districts in Montreal. Maybe it's because I live in New York and used to some craziness, but it didn't bother me at all to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle. I never felt unsafe at any hour of the day and was so close to everything I wanted and needed.

The hostel itself was very nice; it got fantastic reviews online and those were well deserved. It was clean, the staff was friendly and helpful and they did fun activities every night. The people staying there are super friendly and approachable, and I quickly made friends as most were traveling alone as well. If you are looking for a budget stay in Montreal but still want to enjoy safety, cleanliness and a central location, stay here!

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