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Getting to Montreal:
Airports:
-YUL
Main airport - There is an express bus (#747) that goes direct from the airport to downtown for $10 CAD.

-PBG
Plattsburgh is on the US side and therefore may provide cheaper flight options. About 1 hour drive to Montreal.

-BTV
Burlington is on the US side and therefore may provide cheaper flight options. About 1.5 hour drive to Montreal.

Other transport:
-Heiman's Bus (~ 9 hrs) ~$140 RT
Bus from NYC to Montreal. Leaving every night arriving early morning.

-Amtrak (~ 10.5 hrs from NYC) ~$100-$120 RT
Train is much more comfortable than the bus. Schedule not as convenient, leaves early morning arrives late evening. Wi-Fi and Kosher snacks available.
Amtrak TRs here and here

Hotels:
Downtown:
-W hotel  (SPG)
Beautiful and highly recommended.

-Fairmont Queen Elizabeth
Regal hotel, excellent ambiance.

-Intercontinental/St James's
Gorgeous

-Hyatt
Outdated

Airport:
-Sheraton four points (SPG)
5 minute drive (w/o traffic) from kosher area.

Chabad area:
Quality Hotel - Decarie & Plamondon
Walking distance to entire Chabad area. Has kosher breakfast. Rooms are old and outdated. Not a luxury experience to say the least. Has a kosher restaurant on premises.

-Ruby Foo
About 15 minute walk from Chabad area.

Transportation:
Great Metro system that is pretty easy to follow.

Activities:


Museums:


Amusement parks/Thrill rides/Game Rooms:
-Casino (downtown)

-La Ronde
Six flag style amusement park

Beaches/Water Activities:
Boat ride at Old-port

Winter Activities:
Skiing
-Mt Tremblant resort
Best skiing

-Mont St Sauveur
Good skiing. Less touristy.

-Snow tubing
-Ice Skating
-Ice village
Ile des Nieges

Sports:
Montreal Canadiens (NHL - Hockey)

Alouettes (CFL - Football)

Impact (MLS - Soccer)

Other activities:
Beaver Lake/Mount Royal
Old Montreal
Jazz Festival
Comedy Festival
Old Port
Biodome
-Olympic Stadium & Tower
Some felt this was an underwhelming experience.
-Underground city

Shopping:

Hiking/Nature:
-Botanical Gardens
Beautiful gardens, great for a date on a nice day.

Nearby Cities:
Ottawa (2 hours)
Quebec City (3 hours)
Boston (5 hours)
Toronto (5 hours)
Niagara Falls (7 hours)
NYC (7 hours)

Eateries:

- Google map of all the restaurants and stores on the Montreal Kosher website here (probably missed some, saved to my drive to enable edits, so feel free to update accordingly)

Dairy:
-Pizza Pita - Decarie (@ Plamondon) Great hours (open until 11pm? 4am M"S)
Great food all around. There is something here for everyone. Pizza is good, but the real treats lie elsewhere. Poutine is a must as is the pizza eggroll/wrap. Felafel and veggie burger are some of the best in Western hemisphere. Great salad and ice cream bars as well. Has a drive-through.
514-731-7482,  6415 Decarie Blvd, Que, H3W 3E1 pizzapita.com

-Exception (Breakfast/Lunch) Queen Mary Rd.
Good breakfast menu. A bit pricey, but quality food. Delicious pizza

-Bistro Pizza Bar on Westminster

-District Bagel (Formerly Mount Royal Bagels) 709 Lucerne Rd.
 Authentic wood-oven bagels. Great flavors. Blueberry, cinnamon etc. Now available on Uber Eats

-Pizza Gourmetti on Victoria corner of Bourett

-Kosher Pizza Bar at Cavendish Mall in CSL

-Restaurant Mozart on Queen Mary

-Taty Pizza on Darlington

Sushi:
- Yakimono
Best kosher sushi, hands down. Nice ambiance for Montreal standards. Delicious french fries (order half regular and half sweet potato).
4210 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal, QC H4A 3K3 (514) 484-1515
http://www.yakimono.ca/

- Metsuyan Sushi
2113 Rue Saint Louis, Saint-Laurent, QC H4L 1P1 (514) 744-2323
http://www.metsuyansushi.com/
Closed

-CHIYOKO Sushi Bar & Steakhouse
2113 Rue Saint-Louis, Saint-Laurent, QC H4L 1P1
(514) 804-0581
https://www.chiyokosushi.com/

- Metsuyan Sushi Express at Cavendish Mall in CSL
Certified by MK

- Saizen Sushi on Decarie
Certified by MK

- Chanoch's Sushi on Darlington

Meat:
- Ernie & Ellie's (Chinese) Decarie Square Mall
Good Chinese food. They have a tasting menu (all you can eat style) once a week that some recommend.
Certified by MK

- Chops (upscale)
Good steakhouse

- Benny & Fils
4944 Queen Mary Rd, Montreal, QC H3W 1X3
(same owners as Chez Benny that closed)

- City Grill
5055 Queen Mary NEW!
Certified by MK

-Luzzatto At Ramada Plaza Glatt Kosher Fine Italian Cuisine
6445 Decarie Blvd, Montreal, QC H3W 3E1
http://luzzattorestaurant.com/
Certified by CK (A new hechsher)

-The BSTRO / La Renaissance Gourmet
5663-A avenue Royalmount, Mont-Royal, QC H4P 2P9 (Industrial Park)
(514) 731-1862
https://larenaissancegourmet.com
Certified by MK

- CHIYOKO Sushi Bar & Steakhouse
2113 Rue Saint-Louis, Saint-Laurent, QC H4L 1P1
(514) 804-0581
https://www.chiyokosushi.com/
Certified by MK

-Deli 770
Comfy, kosher deli in a strip mall preparing sandwiches, charcuterie & salads to eat in or take out.
265 Alexis-Nihon Blvd, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 2A4
(514) 748-0770
Certified by Chabad of Montréal

- Jerusalem Express at Cavendish Mall

- Deli Boys (Sorsky's) at Cavendish Mall
Certified by MK

- Chez Benny (American/Israeli) Queen Mary Rd.
Fast food/cafeteria style. Delicious Shawarma.
Closed

- Kimly Kosher at Cavendish Mall Closed

- The Grill (American) Decarie & Plamondon in the Quality Hotel
Decent food, about what you would expect for something called "the grill"
Closed

-Mega Burger on Decarie Closed


Takeout:
- Deli365 (heimish takeout)
365 Bernard

- Oinegs (heimish takeout)
360 st viateur  Montreal, QC H2V4G9
(514) 277-3600

- Adar on Westminster

- Fooderie - Mid-Town (Formally Montreal Kosher) in Wilderton Shopping Center

- One Stop Kosher on Darlington

Bakeries/Others:
- Cheskies
The cheese muffins had an indescribably great flavor. The flaky cheese danish with confectioners sugar and large cheese florets were equally great. You really can’t go wrong with any of the other cheese baked goods.
359 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montréal, QC H2V 4H3
(514) 271-2253

- Westminster gourmet - Cote St. Luc

- Kosher Quality on Victoria corner of Bourret

- Montreal Kosher, three different locations with main branch on Victoria.

- Citi Cachere on Van Horne close to Victoria

- Mount Royal Bagel (Bagels) Jean Talon [See above District Bagel]

- Paradise Kosher in DDO (Bakery, Takeout, Meat - a mini market)

- Sprinklz Now changed to Glidaz under new management
Fun self-serve yogurt. Some Cholov Yisroel and Pareve choices. Charged by weight.

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #260 on: September 21, 2014, 09:11:51 AM »
Map is not too accurate. Yakimono is way off, it the other way down decarie from chabad area. They are missing sprinkz, and pizza gourmetti moved location.
Thanks for the update. Are you from Montreal btw?

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #261 on: September 21, 2014, 12:43:52 PM »
Thanks for the update. Are you from Montreal btw?

Nope, but I'm there often enough.

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #262 on: September 21, 2014, 12:47:39 PM »
Anyone drive from ny to Montreal with just a driver's license? Website says adults need passports to get back into USA.thinking about going for succos but don't wanna deal with passport renewal.

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #263 on: September 21, 2014, 12:51:59 PM »
Anyone drive from ny to Montreal with just a driver's license? Website says adults need passports to get back into USA.thinking about going for succos but don't wanna deal with passport renewal.
Officially you can't (unless you have an enhanced driver's license). I've made it INTO ny with just a licence but YMMV (and I'm pretty sure that wouldn't work into Canada).

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #264 on: September 21, 2014, 12:55:34 PM »
Officially you can't (unless you have an enhanced driver's license). I've made it INTO ny with just a licence but YMMV (and I'm pretty sure that wouldn't work into Canada).
Thank.this guy wrote the passport office was a breeze. http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=45034.0

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #265 on: September 21, 2014, 06:52:44 PM »
Anyone drive from ny to Montreal with just a driver's license? Website says adults need passports to get back into USA.thinking about going for succos but don't wanna deal with passport renewal.
I go all the time, I forgot my Passport once, it was such a pain, I had to get someone to fax copies of the first page of the Passport, would not advise to try without one, unless you have no choice

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #266 on: September 21, 2014, 07:58:00 PM »
I go all the time, I forgot my Passport once, it was such a pain, I had to get someone to fax copies of the first page of the Passport, would not advise to try without one, unless you have no choice
I have a passport but it's expired

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #267 on: September 21, 2014, 08:00:35 PM »
I have a passport but it's expired
They MIGHT let you through with that but then again I wouldn't rely on that Lechatchilah (and by that I mean I would only rely on that if I was already in Plattsburgh and realized I brought the wrong passport).

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #268 on: September 21, 2014, 08:10:17 PM »
I have a passport but it's expired
Banned.
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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #269 on: September 21, 2014, 08:28:24 PM »
Only fair.

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #270 on: September 21, 2014, 09:12:27 PM »
an expired passport is Lechatchilah, when crossing at the new York plaztburg border.  I asked at the border a few months ago

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #272 on: October 01, 2014, 03:32:21 PM »
anybody experienced CHOPS in Montreal lately ?? how is the food? prices?

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #273 on: October 01, 2014, 04:30:56 PM »
Definitely need a car.
I've been doing some research on the need for a car. Since we're only going to be in town for 28 hours, we will end up having to pay for 1 day and 2 hours or so before we need to get back to the airport.

Our travels will take us:

YUL-Residence Inn Westmount (RIW)-Restaurant-RIW-Mount Royal Park-Old Port-RIW-Restaurant-YUL

All the restaurants we want to visit are right near subway stops, as is everything else (bus to the park).

We'd each need a 3 day pass for $18 (unless we're delayed and get in late in which case we'll just get $10 day passes).

At $36 via public transit vs $59 just for a car without gas I find it hard to rationalize renting a car.

Yes, it will take 30 vs 12 minutes to get from the hotel to the restaurants in the Chabad area, but besides that, is there a reason I'm missing as to why we should rent a car?

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #274 on: October 01, 2014, 05:31:34 PM »
When are you going? Winter-time? Assuming you are 2 adults (w/out excessive luggage) and you have confirmed that all of your destinations are directly on metro stops it's not unreasonable. I can't imagine not having a car to explore a new city, but if you don't plan on deviating from your plan the metro is actually really convenient in Montreal (I've never taken it to the airport though).

I've been doing some research on the need for a car. Since we're only going to be in town for 28 hours, we will end up having to pay for 1 day and 2 hours or so before we need to get back to the airport.

Our travels will take us:

YUL-Residence Inn Westmount (RIW)-Restaurant-RIW-Mount Royal Park-Old Port-RIW-Restaurant-YUL

All the restaurants we want to visit are right near subway stops, as is everything else (bus to the park).

We'd each need a 3 day pass for $18 (unless we're delayed and get in late in which case we'll just get $10 day passes).

At $36 via public transit vs $59 just for a car without gas I find it hard to rationalize renting a car.

Yes, it will take 30 vs 12 minutes to get from the hotel to the restaurants in the Chabad area, but besides that, is there a reason I'm missing as to why we should rent a car?

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #275 on: October 01, 2014, 05:36:05 PM »
When are you going? Winter-time? Assuming you are 2 adults (w/out excessive luggage) and you have confirmed that all of your destinations are directly on metro stops it's not unreasonable. I can't imagine not having a car to explore a new city, but if you don't plan on deviating from your plan the metro is actually really convenient in Montreal (I've never taken it to the airport though).
We're going Sun-Mon of chol hamoed. To get to/from the airport there's a bus that stops in many metro stops, including the one near the RIW.  While the regular metro costs $3/ride, the 747 bus costs $10/ride but is included in the 1- or 3-day passes.

Why can't you imagine exploring a new city without a car? I understand in some cities like LA it's absolutely mandatory, but NYC? If you're only going to be in Manhattan (and maybe a little bit in Brooklyn) I would never consider renting a car.

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #276 on: October 01, 2014, 06:17:17 PM »
Why can't you imagine exploring a new city without a car? I understand in some cities like LA it's absolutely mandatory, but NYC? If you're only going to be in Manhattan (and maybe a little bit in Brooklyn) I would never consider renting a car.

+1, I have done just fine exploring cities using the public transportation. Montreal has a great metro system, very fast and smooth.

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #277 on: October 01, 2014, 06:23:16 PM »
+1, I have done just fine exploring cities using the public transportation. Montreal has a great metro system, very fast and smooth.
Just not as frequent on the Sunday and public holiday we'll be there for.

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #278 on: October 02, 2014, 12:30:48 PM »
Why can't you imagine exploring a new city without a car? I understand in some cities like LA it's absolutely mandatory, but NYC? If you're only going to be in Manhattan (and maybe a little bit in Brooklyn) I would never consider renting a car.
In certain cities like NYC it may be inconvenient to have a car. But for the most part, the time I have on vacation is worth the small premium I pay for having a car (which is usually not much more). Just the flexibility and time I save makes it worthwhile for me, but everyone's different!

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Re: Montreal Master Thread
« Reply #279 on: October 02, 2014, 01:02:22 PM »
In certain cities like NYC it may be inconvenient to have a car. But for the most part, the time I have on vacation is worth the small premium I pay for having a car (which is usually not much more). Just the flexibility and time I save makes it worthwhile for me, but everyone's different!
Would you consider my prices a small premium? It's about  2x or 3.5x more expensive base in my numbers!