Visit Montreal: Your Travel Guide

Montreal: a city of delightful contradictions. It feels French, but it’s in Canada. It’s a big city, but it’s got a neighbourhood feel. The winters are freezing, but the atmosphere’s warm. Throw out your expectations, and go tabula rasa into Quebec’s stylish, art-centric and cosmopolitan core.

Things to Do in Montreal
Place des Arts
Place des Arts is much more than a concert hall. Performances aside, the building alone is grand enough to attract a gaggle of artsy approval. Dubbed a “multipurpose cultural complex,” its mission is to grant more Montrealers access to the performing arts. Get cultured with a dose of ballet, opera or orchestra. Dress the part (tortoise-shells and wing-tips) and see what’s on.
175 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montreal, QC H2X 1Z8
Open Monday–Saturday 12:00–18:00
Underground City
Go down under. The many-tunnelled “RESO” is the largest below ground complex ever. Created to shield against Montreal’s frigid winters, the functionality of underground city is this: it keeps the locals defrosted during their coldest season. Shop, dine, and do 1001 things and never go above ground. Most Montrealers scurry about this tunnel-town daily.
800 Rue de la Gauchetière West, Montreal, QC H5A 1L3
Old Port of Montreal
One part’s a port, the other a sweeping outdoor area. This used to be the go-to spot for fur traders. But that was then, this is now. During summer, food trucks populate the area. Grab a bite of artisanal and organic street-eats, and then picnic your heart out by the Saint-Lawrence River. Afterward, walk off your moveable feast with a stroll to urban Clock Tower Beach.
303 Notre-Dame Street East, Montreal, QC H2Y 3Y8
Crescent Street
A street for the people! Farm to table food, organic coffee, and bougie boutiques – sound like a place you want to be? You and everyone else. Crescent Street is high quality with a touch of trendy. Above all, it knows how to throw a party. Grand Prix festival rolls into Crescent during the summer and revs the rue into a haven of free samples, food trucks, and luxury cars.
Bell Centre
Calling all ice hockey superfans! Bell Center (aka the holy church of hockey) is a living, breathing homage to the national sport. As the largest stadium of its kind in North America, it’s a happy-place for foam-fingered locals. Other performances happen here, too, but nothing compares to the sound of skaters whooshing by.
1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal, Montréal, QC H4B 5G0
Open Monday–Friday 12:00–18:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Mount Royal Park
Escape the urban and soothe your need for nature. This park’s a mark of pride for Montrealers, a place to cross country ski in the winter and hike in the summer. Exercise junkies: you’ll encounter your tribe on these trails. Of course, Mount Royal is outfitted for more than joggers and vinyasa yoga circles. Pick a patch of grass and picnic to perfection on bagels, et al.
1260 Remembrance Road, Montreal, QC H3H 1A2
Open Monday-Sunday 06:00-00:00
Montreal Casino
The Montreal Casino never closes. Seriously. Gamble the night away in this many-floored gargantuan gambling palace. If you meet the eighteen-plus cut, you’ll find more than just slot machines to scratch your entertainment itch. Dining options, sundry bars, breakfast joints and lounges abound - all prime places to observe the action unfold around you.
1 Avenue du Casino, Montreal, QC H3C 4W7
Saint Joseph's Oratory
Catholics and architecture fiends: prepare to be besotted. This Italian-Renaissance basilica brings people to their knees. Literally. Don’t be surprised if on the way up (it’s quite a walk to the top) you see people crouching down to pray on each step. The most famous church in Montreal also publishes its own magazine and hosts many special events.
3800 Chemin Queen Mary, Montreal, QC H3V 1H6
Open Monday-Sunday 06:00-21:30
Rue Ste Catherine (St. Catherine Street)
St. Catherine is the cool kid of Montreal streets. Nine-to-fivers, McGill undergrads, Sunday-brunchers, the fashion-forward, you name it–this electrifying lane attracts all walks of life. It’s also a hub for commerce, commercialism and protestors hoping to garner attention for their newest cause. Eat your own heart out in the countless shops–or just eat.
Montreal Botanical Garden
Does your heart beat for botany? From heirloom to medicinal, plants of every phylum grow in these gardens. Amble for hours amidst 22,000 leafy species and 7,000 kinds of trees, and then take in some pretty “seedy” exhibitions (get it?). Part of the “Space for Life” initiative, this garden joins other institutions around the city to educate Montrealers on all things science.
4101 Sherbrooke Street East, Montreal, QC H1X 2B2
Open Tuesday–Sunday 09:00–17:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
Funky, artsy, city of freespirited people. Everybody seems do friendly and helpful its almost unreal! Loving to come back and see the wall art so peculiar for Montreal and listen all the unique music and meet am incredible diverse people ! Keep it up Montreal !
Milla
Canada
March 26, 2017
8
Very Good
I liked the bio dome the most from the city. It was very very easy to get lost. Google maps would direct in one direction but we'd end up 20 minutes in the opposite way we wanted to be.
Kevin
Canada
March 25, 2017
10
Exceptional
Montreal is a very beautiful city with attractions to fit anyone's lifestyle
Roger
Canada
March 24, 2017
10
Exceptional
Montreal is a wonderful city for a short or extended trip, with attractions for any lifestyle
Roger
Canada
March 25, 2017
10
Exceptional
Best restaurants are in Old Montreal. Worth staying in this neighbourhood for the food and nightlife. Try Marche de la Villette for Parisian charm, Tapas 24 for amazing Small plates
Cheryl
Canada
March 25, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Montreal

Auberge & Hotel Montreal Espace Confort

7.3 Good

Score from 866 reviews

$50

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean”
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L'Appartement Hôtel

8.6 Excellent

Score from 1,266 reviews

$89

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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean”
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Novotel Montreal Center

8.4 Very Good

Score from 1,163 reviews

$96

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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean”
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Courtyard by Marriott Montreal Downtown

9 Wonderful

Score from 2,678 reviews

$100

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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean”
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Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

8.4 Very Good

Score from 2,888 reviews

$96

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  • “great pool area”
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  • “location was great”
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Hotel Travelodge Montreal Centre

7.3 Good

Score from 3,879 reviews

$73

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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean”
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Hotel Place D'Armes

9 Wonderful

Score from 775 reviews

$126

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  • “location was great”
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  • “beautiful building”
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InterContinental Montreal

8.7 Excellent

Score from 1,087 reviews

$108

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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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Le St-Martin Hotel Centre-ville – Hotel Particulier

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 1,432 reviews

$125

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  • “location was great”
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Discover Montreal

Popular Neighborhoods in Montreal

Downtown Montreal

252 properties

Home to business barons, power couples and traffic of the 9-5 kind. Museums, urban superstores, and skyscrapers as sleek-as-the-sun make for a dramatic central cityscape. When dashing through the district, find Deville Dinerbar. A scoop of their comfy mac & cheese is a crash course in what happens when diners go gourmet. Being “stuffed” is Québécois for happy!

Plateau Mont Royal

140 properties

Bonjour! You’ve just entered francophone Le Plateau. These tree-lined streets are notorious for being home to the prim and modish. Pretty as a picture, this residential area of affluent, French-speaking folk is best for a bite of brunch. The district’s gourmet nature woos the masses with its wacky menu items. Duck fois gras candy, anyone?

Quartier des Spectacles

51 properties

Creative types will feel at home in Quartier des Spectacles. This is the artistic heart of Montreal, where the galleries are tucked next to concert venues and there’s always a live show to find. No matter your age or artistic inclination, you’ll find something that strikes a chord.

Old Montreal

48 properties

Old Montreal is one part storybook, one part city. The old-world architecture, horse-drawn carriages and cobbled streets give it a sophisticated feel. This walkable area is awash in galleries, ateliers, alleyways and hip, hidden gems. Cafes tempt your with their farm-sourced dishes. Follow the smell of poutine and try the city’s signature dish.

Gay Village

38 properties

Love knows no bounds in these accepting streets. Two-mom homes are as common as drag queens, and rainbow flags ripple in the wind. But this colourful village is more than flair and flamboyance. Hip students and young artists are moving on up into this trending Village.

The Underground City

29 properties

The name says it all, or does it? This epic network of tunnels, shops, metro-stops and 1001 eateries isn’t actually all “underground.” However, it’s all inside. In a city so cold that your eyelashes can freeze in sub-zero temperatures – that’s a pretty good deal. Celebrate being indoors with a Montreal-styled maple syrup gelato from Paysanne.

Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

16 properties

HoMa is true-blue Montreal, with a tiny trickle of tourists. Tip your hat to dog walkers and Sunday strollers on your way to the Botanical Gardens. Marvel at the myriad of markets, and find somewhere to sit for a spread of fresh charcuteries and cheese platters. An affordable area to live, HoMa is both diverse and blessedly quiet.

Quartier Latin

7 properties

Care for a coconut milk latte with a side of poetry? You won’t be the only one with quirky tastes in Quartier Latin. Browse this bohemian district’s thrift stores, attend literary readings, and dive into political debates with leftist-leaning postgrads. Ethnic eateries serve up dishes from all corners of all continents, and cheap brews abound. “Santé!”

Local Tips for Montreal

Patrice Patissier
Myriam by Myriam

An avid baker, Myriam enjoys cooking classes and creating sweet treats for her co-workers.

Treat yourself to some cheeky sweets, a glass of wine (or both!) at Patrice Patissier. Take a group class with renowned pastry chef Patrice Demers, or simply sit back and indulge on the lunch or dinner menu, complete with a wine waiter to pair wines to your meal and dessert.

  • 2360 Notre-Dame West Montreal (QC) H3J 1N4
  • patricepatissier.ca
  • Open Wednesday–Friday 10:30–18:30, Saturday 09:30–18:30, Sunday 09:30–17:00
Ecomuseum
Nathaniel by Nathaniel

Nathaniel is a Montreal travel junkie and loves sharing hidden gems with tourists and locals alike.

The Ecomuseum Zoo is a great way to get outdoors and experience nature. Acting as a refuge for animals, the museum is home to over 115 indigenous animal species including the black bear and arctic fox. Your new furry friends are waiting!

  • 21125 Chemin Sainte-Marie Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (QC) H9X 3Y7
  • www.zooecomuseum.ca
  • Open Monday–Sunday 09:00–17:00
Jean-Talon Market
Sophie by Sophie

Born in France, Sophie was pleasantly surprised by the fine French food on offer in Montreal.

Follow your nose to the scent of fresh baked bread and artisan cheese, to discover Jean-Talon Market. Open daily, the market is a colourful collection of stalls where you can sample fruits or listen to enthusiastic vendors sell their product with the typical Montreal "joie de vivre" (joy)!

  • 7070 Avenue Henri Julien, Montreal (QC) H2S 3S3
  • www.marchespublics-mtl.com
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 07:00–18:00, Thursday–Friday 07:00–20:00, Saturday 07:00–18:00, Sunday 07:00–17:00
OSM - Orschestre Symphonique de Montreal
Kim by Kim

Kim likes to spend her time satiating her passion for books, photography and delicious food.

For a classical experience that will be music to your ears, be sure to book tickets to hear the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal (OSM) play their magic. Held in the stunning Place des Arts event venue, an OSM show is sure to make your jaw drop!

  • 1600 Saint-UrbainMontreal (QC) H2X 2M5
  • www.osm.ca
Silo #5 - Silophone
Luis by Luis

Born and bred Montrealer Luis lives for humour, and adores the city’s Just for Laughs Festival.

Silophone is a truly unique installation that combines sound and architecture, all within the realms of an abandoned grain elevator. Simply send a noise or message over the internet, and your sound will be captured by Silo #5’s microphones, and then echoed through the nearby streets.

  • 535 Rue de la Commune West, Montreal (QC) H3C 5M1
Randolph Pub
Mathieu by Mathieu

A perfect night for Matt? Great friends, good drinks and some awesome board games!

Board game lovers unite! If you like a good game as much as you like beer, then you can’t go past Randolph Pub. On arrival you’ll be assigned a table, given a list of games to choose from, and offered game hosts to challenge your skills! Super fun with a bunch of friends.

  • 2041 Saint-DenisMontreal (QC) H2X 3K8
  • Open Monday–Thursday 16:00–01:00, Friday 16:00–02:00, Saturday 12:00–02:00, Sunday 12:00–01:00
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Recommended in Montreal

The underground shopping mall was awesome! Especially because it was stifling hot when I was in Montreal so a welcome relief to do the 'underground' city for shopping and access to most of the department and other store types.

L’Gros Luxe Plateau, Arepera du Plateau, Patati Patata, Bistro Tot ou Tard,

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Why do you recommend Montreal for food?

There are some amazing restaurants there with a wide array of choices.

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Transportation

Montreal Transportation

Air – Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is the city’s main airport. The fastest connection to the city centre is a 20-minute taxi ride for a minimum cost of CAD 17. A cheaper option is the 747 shuttle bus, which runs 24/7 between the airport and central bus station. A trip will cost you CAD 10, with a travel time of 45-60 minutes. Car hire is also available at the airport.

  • Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Metro

The Métro system is the most convenient way to travel within the city, offering 4 lines. Operating hours are between 05:30 and 00:30, with services running every 3–10 minutes. A regular fare is CAD 3.25, however travellers staying in Montreal for a few days are advised to purchase an ‘Occasional card’ which grants you multiple trips. Metro stops are indicated by white and blue signs.

Bus

The bus system is useful for travelling to places either not serviced by the metro, or outside of metro operating hours. Services run every 10 minutes, and there is also an ‘all-night’ service that starts at midnight. Other bus options include a shared Taxibus and an express service line. Regular fares start at CAD 3.25.

Taxi

Taxis in Montreal are safe and reliable, however can be expensive compared to public transport. They can also be slow due to traffic, especially during rush hour. Taxis are best used at night, or when far from public transport services. Taxis can be hailed off the street, however keep in mind they are just regular cars with a taxi sign on top. You can also dial #TAXI on your mobile phone to pre-book.

Bike

Cycling around Montreal is a fast, affordable and fun way to explore the city. BIXI is the public bike system, open from April–November 24/7. Fares start at CAD 5 for 24 hours or CAD 14 for 72 hours. There are many BIXI stations around the city, to hire a bike simply pay by credit card, unlock the bike from its dock and return it within the selected time frame to any BIXI station. All stations have a map of the bicycle path network.

Car

While it is easy to rent a car at the airport and navigate within the city, driving is not necessary in Montreal due to the convenient and cheap public transport options. Traffic congestion can make driving frustrating, and parking is difficult to find and often expensive. If you are lucky enough to find street parking, remember to insert change or pay with a credit card on the parking meter.

Food in Montreal

Top Restaurants in Montreal

Mid-Range Fare
French
Le Contemporain
  • 185 Sainte-Catherine West Montreal, QC H2X 1Z9
  • Open Tuesday–Friday 12:00–14:00, Thursday–Saturday 17:30–20:00
  • www.macm.org
  • 001 5148476900
Upscale Dining
International
Bouillon Bilk
  • 1595 St-Laurent Boulevard Montreal, QC H2X 2S9
  • Open Monday–Friday 11:30–14:30 and 17:30–23:00, Saturday–Sunday 17:30–23:00
  • www.bouillonbilk.com
  • 001 5148451595
Mid-Range Fare
Bakery
MBCo La Boulangerie de Montréal
  • 150 Sainte-Catherine WestMontreal, QC H5B 1E4
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 09:30–18:00, Thursday–Friday 09:30–21:00, Saturday 09:30-19:00, Sunday 12:00–17:00
  • www.mbco.ca
Upscale Dining
Local
Brasserie T!
Upscale Dining
Portuguese
Taverne F
  • 1485 rue Jeanne-Mance Montreal, QC H2X 2J4
  • Open Monday–Friday 11:30–14:30 and 17:00–23:00, Saturday 16:30–23:00
  • www.tavernef.com
  • 001 5142894558
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Amelios
  • 201 Milton Montreal, QC H2X 1V5
  • Open Tuesday–Friday 11:30–20:30, Saturday 16:00–20:30
  • 001 5148458396
Mid-Range Fare
Bar Bites
Furco
  • 425 Mayor Montreal, QC H3A 2E4
  • Open Monday 17:00–10:00, Tuesday–Saturday 17:00–00:00, Sunday 17:00–22:00
  • barfurco.com
  • 001 5147643588
Cheap Eats
International
Centrale Bergham Sandwicherie
  • 3467 Saint-Laurent Montreal-East, QC H2X 2T6
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 10:00–18:00, Thursday–Friday 10:00–21:00, Saturday 11:00–17:00, Sunday 12:00–17:00
  • www.facebook.com
  • 001 5145086161
Mid-Range Fare
Chinese
Maison Kam Fung
Mid-Range Fare
Cafe
Birks Café by Europea
  • 1240 Square Phillips Montreal QC H3B 3H4
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 10:00–18:00, Thursday–Friday 10:00–21:00, Saturday 11:00–17:00, Sunday 12:00–17:00
  • www.maisonbirks.com
  • 001 5143972468
Mid-Range Fare
French
Marche 27 Express
  • 1241 Phillips SquareMontreal, QC H3B 3G1
  • Open Monday–Saturday 11:00–21:00
  • 001 5144198834
Upscale Dining
International
La Maison du Jazz
  • 2060 Aylmer Montreal, QC H3A 2E3
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 16:00–23:30, Thursday 11:30–23:30, Friday 11:30–02:00, Saturday 18:00–02:00, Sunday 18:00–23:30
  • houseofjazz.ca
  • 001 5148428656
Mid-Range Fare
Desserts
Juliette&Chocolat
  • 1615 Rue Saint-DenisMontréal, QC H2X 3K3
  • Open Monday–Thursday 11:00–23:00, Friday–Saturday 11:00–00:00, Sunday 11:00–23:00
  • 001 5142873555
Mid-Range Fare
International
Losa Rosa
  • 545 Milton Montreal, QC H2X 1W5
  • Open Monday–Thursday 11:30–21:30, Friday 11:30–22:00, Saturday 12:00–22:00, Sunday 12:00–21:30
  • 001 5142879337
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Luca e Franco
  • 3443 Rue Saint-DenisMontreal, QC H2X 3L1
  • Open Monday 17:00–22:00, Tuesday 17:00–00:00, Wednesday 17:00–22:00, Thursday–Friday 12:00–15:00 and 17:00–23:00, Saturday 17:00–23:00
  • 001 5145079700
Cheap Eats
Bar Bites
Bar Bifteck St-Laurent
  • 3702 St-Laurent BoulevardMontreal, QC H2X 2V4
  • Open Monday–Sunday 14:00–03:00
  • 001 5148446211
Cheap Eats
Desserts
Paysanne Gelato
  • 1500 Mcgill College AvenueMontreal, QC H3B 1E2
  • Open Monday–Friday 10:00–21:00, Saturday 10:00–18:00, Sunday 10:00–17:00
  • www.paysannegelato.com
Mid-Range Fare
Bakery
Mamie Clafoutis
  • 3660 Rue Saint-DenisMontreal, QC H2X 3L7
  • Open Monday–Friday 06:30–20:00, Saturday 07:30–20:00, Sunday 07:30–19:00
  • 001 4383805624
Upscale Dining
French
La Fabrique
  • 3609 Rue Saint-DenisMontreal, QC H2X 3L6
  • Open Tuesday–Friday 17:30–22:30, Saturday 10:30–14:30 and 17:30–22:30, Sunday 10:30–14:30 and 17:30–21:30
  • www.bistrotlafabrique.com
  • 001 5145445038
Cheap Eats
Grill
Smart Burger (Le)
  • 896 Sherbrooke West Montreal, QC H3A 1G3
  • Open Monday–Sunday 11:00–23:00
  • 001 5145647099
Cheap Eats
Cafe
Cafe Humble Lion
Mid-Range Fare
Tex-Mex
Icehouse
  • 51 Roy EastMontreal, QC H2W 1L8
  • Open Monday–Thursday 17:00–23:00, Friday–Saturday 17:00–02:00, Sunday 17:00–23:00
  • 001 5144396691
Mid-Range Fare
Mediterranean
L'Assommoir
  • 211 Notre-Dame OuestMontreal, QC H2Y 1T4
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 16:00–03:00, Thursday–Friday 14:00–03:00, Saturday–Sunday 16:00–03:00
  • www.assommoir.com
  • 001 5142720777
Upscale Dining
Grill
The Keg Steakhouse
  • 5 Place Ville MarieMontreal, QC H3B 2G2
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 11:00–00:00, Thursday–Friday 11:00–01:00, Saturday 16:00–01:00, Sunday 16:00–00:00
  • www.kegsteakhouse.com
  • 001 5148681999
Cheap Eats
Italian
Pannizza
  • 914 Sherbrooke WestMontreal, QC H3A 1G3
  • Open Monday–Saturday 11:00–21:00, Sunday 11:00–20:00
  • 001 5148424442
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