Visit Montreal: Your Travel Guide

Montreal – a city of unexpected contradictions. It feels French, but it’s in Canada. It’s a big city, but it has a neighborhood feel. The winters are freezing, but the atmosphere’s always warm. Leave your expectations at the door and go with an open mind into Quebec’s stylish, art-centric and cosmopolitan metropolis.

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 tons of art-loving onlookers. 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 to impress and see what’s showing!
175 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montreal, QC H2X 1Z8
Open Monday to Saturday 12 pm to 6 pm
Underground City
Make your way below street level into the multi-tunnel “RESO” – the largest underground complex ever! Created to shield against Montreal’s frigid winters, the functionality of Underground City is a perfect place for the locals to defrost during their coldest season. You can shop, dine, and do 1,001 things, without ever going above ground. Most Montrealers make a stop in 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, and this is now. Today, food trucks fill up the area. Grab a bite of artisanal and organic street eats, then picnic your heart out by the Saint-Lawrence River. After, you can walk off your amazing 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 charming boutiques – sound like a place you want to be? You and everyone else. Crescent Street is high quality, with the perfect amount of trendy. Plus, they know how to throw a party here. Grand Prix festival rolls into Crescent during the summer and revs up crowds with a ton of free samples, food trucks, and luxury cars.
Bell Centre
Calling all ice hockey superfans! Bell Centre (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 hockey-obsessed locals. Visit the Montreal Hockey Club’s exhibition for a peek into the history of the sport. 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 to Friday 12 pm - 6 pm. Changes seasonally – check website for details.
Mount Royal Park
Escape the urban rush 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 will encounter like-minded people on these trails. Of course, Mount Royal is ready for more than only joggers and vinyasa yoga circles. Pick a patch of grass and have the perfect picnic with some fresh bagels!
1260 Remembrance Road, Montreal, QC H3H 1A2
Open Monday to Sunday 6 am to 12 am
Montreal Casino
The Montreal Casino never closes... Seriously! Gamble the night away in this multi-floor ginormous gambling palace. If you make the 18-and-over cut, you’ll find more than just slot machines to satisfy your entertainment craving. Plus, there are tons of dining options, bars, breakfast joints, and lounges to hang in – all prime places to watch the action unfold around you.
1 Avenue du Casino, Montreal, QC H3C 4W7
Saint Joseph's Oratory
Catholics and architecture fiends – get ready to be impressed. This Italian-Renaissance basilica leaves people in awestruck amazement. 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 to Sunday 6 am - 9:30 pm
Rue Ste Catherine (St. Catherine Street)
St. Catherine is the cool kid of Montreal. Nine-to-fivers, McGill undergrads, Sunday brunchers, the fashion aware, you name it – this electrifying lane attracts all walks of life. It’s also a hub for commerce, commercialism and protestors hoping to grab some attention for their newest cause. Shop 'til you drop in one of the many shops, or just eat your heart out!
Montreal Botanical Garden
Are you a plant lover? From heirloom to medicinal, all kinds of species are growing in these gardens. You can wander for hours surrounded by 22,000 leafy species and 7,000 kinds of trees, and then check out some of the cool exhibitions. 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 to Sunday 9 am - 5 pm. Changes seasonally – check website for details.

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

8
Very Good
Montreal is the first city I visited in Canada and it won me over quickly with its multinational and culturally vibrant atmosphere. It's a city you want to explore on foot as much as you can so bring decent footwear and don't be afraid to get a little lost.
Patrick
United Kingdom
June 17, 2017
10
Exceptional
Awesome architectural designed buildings, with interesting sights to offer such as the Gay Village, flea market at Rue St. Catherine and great F&B restaurants/cafe near Place Ville Maria and above all, the beautiful Notre Dam!!
Zara
Singapore
June 18, 2017
10
Exceptional
Montreal is always fun but there's so much to do this year for its 375th anniversary.
Mario
Canada
June 18, 2017
10
Exceptional
I love Montreal. It is a beautiful city with lots of character. Old port is particularly beautiful in summer. Shopping and restaurant are super
Nasreen
Canada
June 18, 2017
10
Exceptional
We took advantage of the city pass which gave us discounted entry to many attractions and unlimited use of the transit system included. There was so much to see. Definitely could have used another day or two.
Ken
Canada
June 18, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Montreal

Auberge & Hotel Montreal Espace Confort

7.2 Good

Score from 878 reviews

$56

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean”
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Hôtel Le Cantlie Suites

8.3 Very Good

Score from 2,693 reviews

$143

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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean”
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Loews Hotel Vogue

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 769 reviews

$203

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

9 Wonderful

Score from 2,640 reviews

$155

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  • “wonderful staff”
    280 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    264 related reviews
  • “very clean”
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Novotel Montreal Center

8.4 Very Good

Score from 1,189 reviews

$135

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  • “location was great”
    108 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean”
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Hotel Travelodge Montreal Centre

7.4 Good

Score from 3,983 reviews

$97

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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean”
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Hôtels Gouverneur Montréal

7.4 Good

Score from 2,585 reviews

$84

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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “comfortable beds”
    55 related reviews
Hotel Place D'Armes

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 782 reviews

$158

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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

8.4 Very Good

Score from 2,940 reviews

$150

Average price per night
  • “great pool area”
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Discover Montreal

Popular Neighborhoods in Montreal

Downtown Montreal

291 properties

Home to business moguls, power couples, and traffic of the 9 to 5 kind. Museums, urban superstores, and skyscrapers as sleek as the sun combine to create a dramatic downtown skyline. When making your way through the district, make a stop at 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

156 properties

Bonjour! You’ve now entered francophone "Le Plateau." These tree-lined streets are notorious for being home to many quirky niche shops and sophisticated bookstores. Pretty as a picture, this residential area of French-speaking folk is best for a bite of brunch. The district’s gourmet style woos the masses with many intriguing menu items. Duck fois gras candy, anyone?

Quartier des Spectacles

55 properties

Creative types will feel right at home in Quartier des Spectacles. This is the artistic heart of Montreal, where the galleries are packed in next to concert venues, and there’s always a live show to check out. Just follow the Luminous Pathway – it’s a treat for the eyes for pedestrians. No matter your age or favorite art style, you’ll find something that you jive with.

Old Montreal

52 properties

Old Montreal is one part fairy tale, one part city. The old-world architecture, horse-drawn carriages, and cobblestone streets give it a sophisticated feel. This walkable area is filled with galleries, ateliers, alleyways and hip, hidden gems. Cafes tempt your with their farm-sourced dishes – follow the smell of poutine and try some of the city’s signature dish!

Gay Village

41 properties

Love knows no bounds in these welcoming streets. Two-mom homes are as common as drag queens, and rainbow flags proudly line the streets. But this colorful village is more than just flair and flamboyance. Hip students and young artists are moving on up into this trending area. And the many clubs are filled with more than just this neighborhood's original residents.

The Underground City

39 properties

The name says it all, or does it? This epic network of tunnels, shops, metro stops and 1,001 eateries isn’t actually all “underground” – but it is all inside. In a city so cold that your eyelashes can freeze in the sub-zero temperatures, that’s a pretty good deal. Celebrate being indoors with a yummy Montreal-style maple syrup gelato from Paysanne.

Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

19 properties

HoMa is true-blue Montreal, with only a few tourists heading here. Tip your hat to dog walkers and Sunday strollers on your way to the Botanical Gardens. Take in the wonderful myriad of markets, and find somewhere to sit for a spread of fresh cuts and cheese platters. An affordable area for living, HoMa is diverse and nicely quiet at the same time.

Quartier Latin

8 properties

In the mood for a coconut milk latte with a side of poetry? You won’t be the only one with funky tastes in Quartier Latin. Browse this bohemian district’s thrift stores, go to some literary readings, and dive into political debates with left-leaning post-grad students. Ethnic eateries here are serving dishes from all corners of every continent, plus there's cheap brews. “Santé!”

Local Tips for Montreal

Patrice Patissier
Myriam by Myriam

An avid baker, Myriam enjoys cooking classes and creating sweet treats for her coworkers.

Treat yourself to some sneaky 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 Tuesday to Friday 10:30 am - 6:30 pm, Saturday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm, Sunday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Ecomuseum
Nathaniel by Nathaniel

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

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 to Sunday 9 am - 5 pm
Jean-Talon Market
Sophie by Sophie

Born in France, Sophie was pleasantly surprised by the fine French food you'll find in Montreal.

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

  • 7070 Avenue Henri Julien, Montreal (QC) H2S 3S3
  • www.marchespublics-mtl.com
  • Open Monday to Wednesday 7 am - 6 pm, Thursday to Friday 7 am - 8 pm, Saturday 7 am - 6 pm, Sunday 7 am - 5 pm
OSM – Orschestre Symphonique de Montreal
Kim by Kim

Kim likes to spend her time satisfying 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 humor, 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 miss Randolph Pub. When you arrive, 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 to Thursday 4 pm - 1 am, Friday 4 pm - 2 am, Saturday 12 pm - 2 am, Sunday 12 pm - 1 am
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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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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 downtown is a 20-minute taxi ride for a minimum cost of 17 CAD. A cheaper option is the 747 shuttle bus, which runs 24/7 between the airport and central bus station. A trip will cost you 10 CAD, with a travel time of 45-60 minutes. Car rental is also available at the airport.

  • Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Metro

The Metro system is the most convenient way to travel around the city, with 4 lines. Operating hours are between 5:30 am and 12:30 am, with services running every 3-10 minutes. A regular fare is 3 CAD, bur travelers staying in Montreal for a few days should purchase an "Occasional card," which includes multiple trips. Metro stops are marked by white and blue signs.

Bus

The bus system is useful for traveling to places either not serviced by the metro, or outside of metro operating hours. Services run every 10 minutes, and there's 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 3 CAD.

Taxi

Taxis in Montreal are safe and reliable, but they can be expensive compared to public transportation. Sometimes they're also slow due to traffic, especially during rush hour. Taxis are best used at night, or if you're far from public transportation services. Taxis can be hailed on the street, but keep in mind they're just regular cars with a taxi sign on top. You can also dial #TAXI on your mobile phone to reserve one.

Bike

Biking around Montreal is a fast, affordable and fun way to explore the city. BIXI is the public bike system, open from April to November 24/7. Fares include an unlimited number of trips in 24 hours for 7 CAD or 72 hours for 15 CAD. There are many BIXI stations around the city – to rent a bike, just 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 bike path network.

Car

While it's easy to rent a car at the airport and navigate within the city, driving is not necessary in Montreal because of the convenient and cheap public transportation system. Traffic congestion can make driving frustrating, and parking is difficult to find and usually expensive. If you're 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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