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Andrew Zimmern's Guide to Montreal

Filed Under: Host Central, Montreal
Montreal, one of North America's most beautiful cities, is a glorious collision of cultures. Few cities in the world can lay claim to being as authentically multi-cultural as Montreal, the second largest French-speaking city on the planet.

According to Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern, Montreal inspires some of his most deeply resonant lost weekends. There is no city on earth better geared for a weekend of madly obsessive chowing than the Quebecois pleasure dome of Montreal. And it’s not just Montreal’s finest eateries that plug into the aesthetic of indulgence, but the casual joints do as well.

Before planning your trip to Montreal, check out all the places Andrew Zimmern visited. Add these places to your to-do list when visiting this bustling food city.

Getting There

The Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport, 16 miles west of Montreal, is the major domestic and international air hub for the region. Car rentals, taxis, shuttles and buses are available to take you where you need to go for a price.

Getting Around

Car
Once you get to Montreal, you’ll have to plan how to explore this magnificient city. You don’t really need a car to get around town, having one is by no means a drawback considering the road system is straightforward, parking is simple to come by, and traffic is limited to rush hours and even the n the only headaches are on the major expressways.

Public Transportation
Société de transport de Montreal controls the metro and bus lines in the city, which run from around 5:30am until just after midnight. More than 150 bus routes complement the subway system including an array of night buses. Check out this website for info about 5 commuter train lines. And from the late spring to mid-October, ferries cruise the St. Lawrence between Old Port, St. Helen’s Island and Longueuil.

Bike
Montreal is ranked as 1 of the best cities to ride a bike. The city set-up of bike lanes makes pedaling to your destination an effective form of transport. You can also take a leisurely ride around Mount Royal, along the Lachine Canal or the trails and roads on St. Helen’s Island.

Where to Go

Marche Atwater

Andrew shops with Chef Fred Morin for some ingredients at the cheese shop and butcher shop located at this market.
Address: 134 Rue Atwater Montreal, Quebec

Where to Eat

Fairmont Bagel

Andrew visits the Plateau neighborhood, and stops at this bagel shop where he gets a lesson on how to make fresh bagels the old-fashioned way.
Address: 74 Fairmount West, Montreal, Quebec
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La Canard Libere (Lake Brome Duck Deli)

Duck is a very popular meat in Quebec. Andrew checks out one of Nadia's favorite places, Brome Lake Duck Market and Bistro.
Address: 4396 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
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La Banquise

Nadia takes Andrew to meet up with the co-stars of her show Bitchin' Kitchen, at a restaurant that’s a little more mainstream and where they make all kinds of poutine.
Address: 994 Rue Rachel Est. Montreal, Quebec
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Cabane a Sucre Au Pied de Cochon

Andrew visits the farm where renowned Chef Martin Picard taps his maple trees for syrup and raises pigs for meat for his restaurant Cabane a Sucre Au Pied de Cochon.
Address: 11382 Rang de la Fresnière, Mirabel, Québec J7N 2S5
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Joe Beef

Andrew visits one of Montreal’s flagship restaurants for a semi-annual event known as “The Butcher Blackout.” The chef prepares 80 pounds of meat for 15 people.
Address: 2491 Notre Dame West, Montréal, Quebec
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Schwartz's Deli

This deli is famous for its smoked meat, the Quebec version of pastrami. Andrew and Chef Nadia Giosia, host of the TV show Bitchin' Kitchen, sink their teeth into a smoked beef sandwich.
Address: 3895 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
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DNA Restaurant

Andrew has waited years to dine at this restaurant, where Chef Derek Damman believes in using the entire animal in his innovative recipes, including horse-heart tartar and panna cotta made with pig blood.
Address: 355, rue Marguerite D’Youville Montreal, Quebec
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Abu Elias

Andrew visits this Lebanese butcher shop and kitchen, with Adam Gollner, an author who’s intimate with the Montreal food scene.
Address: 733 Cote-Vertu Ville St-Laurent Montreal, Quebec
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Au Cinqueme Peche (The 5th Sin)

Andrew goes to a restaurant where the featured item is seal meat.
Address: 330 Avenue Du Mont-Royal Est., Montreal, Quebec
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Where to Stay

Hotel Sofitel Montreal

This 5-star hotel in downtown Montreal is located in the heart of the historic Golden Square mile, near renowned McGill University, the Montreal Museum of Fine arts, art galleries and luxurious shopping venues.
Address: 1155 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC H3A 2N3, Canada