Anthony Bourdain's Montreal Travel Tips
Anthony Bourdain spends less than 24 hours in Montreal. According to Tony, "This is where the cool kids hang." Check out Tony's best tips from The Layover: Montreal episode -- be sure to check them out before your next trip.
Arriving in Montreal
"Montreal is an hour and change from New York City. It's in South West Quebec. You can take a cab from the airport for about $38 or limo for twice that amount. There's also an $8 shuttle to the bus station where you can connect to the metro, but this method is a pain if you have luggage."
Although Montreal is a bilingual city, “the traffic signs and street signs are in French.” If you’re driving to Montreal, this is what you need to know:
The country uses the river as a reference point, so north is almost west, south is almost east. Bring your smart phone (Android, iPhone, etc.) and use the city app. And the speed limits are in kilometers, not miles.
Best Places to Eat
"Unapologetically over the top. This place is where you want to be: sucking down oysters and good wine at Joe Beef."
A visit to Schwartz's (beef) is a must. "You can’t not do this when you come to Montreal."
You don't come to Montreal to eat French food. Food is, however, a major reason to come to Montreal.
"It's old. It's pretty. Nowadays it's a magnet for tourists."
Montreal's "Underground City"
A collection of cheap clothing stores, drug stores, metro stations, etc. -- it’s a shopping mall. Enough said.
"Modeled after the Paris Metro, the Montreal metro is not bad. Ride the train for about $3 for a trip, or $8 for a 24-hour pass."
"About to get on a plane? Eat something good before you go to the airport -- something big and good that will knock you on your ass. Then you're 'out' on the plane."
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