What's the best cafe in Montreal
5 times the best in Montreal - nature, views, café and more
I wasn't aware that I would suddenly say “Bonjour” and “Merci” when traveling through North America. But street signs, menus and the official language in Montreal are actually French. But don't worry: you are in Canada, everyone here speaks English - but with a French accent in this region. In this article, I'll give you five tips for your stay in Montreal.
The best of nature: Mont Royal - 0 euros
To call a visit to the Mont Royal an insider tip would be really inappropriate. Let's call it a "If-you're-in-Montreal-you-have-to-have-been-there" tip. The “local mountain” and namesake of Montreal definitely has to be on your to-do list. My tip: plan enough time, you can stroll through nature for hours here. I myself only had around two hours to spare and was really sad that I had to leave so early.
The Mont Royal is close to the city, from the port and the old town you need about an hour on foot. If you want it more comfortable and prefer to save your energy for the ascent, take the bus. The lines 55 and 129 drive you from the city center to the mountain. A single trip costs just CAD 3.25 (approx. EUR 2.20). Or you can borrow a bike (see below). Directly east of Mont Royal is a station where you can park your bikes.
On the way up you can either walk the serpentine-like main path, but there you will not only meet tons of other runners, cyclists and walkers, but also a jeep from the environmental authority. Better to run cross-country, some small trails are officially signposted and so you sink much nicer into the forest on the way up.
You should definitely set your sights on the Chalet du Mont Royal, a small castle from whose huge terrace you have a great view of the Montreal skyline. I was on the mountain in October and was able to enjoy the colorful leaves of the “Indian Summer”. If you are in Canada in the summer, be sure to pack something for a picnic and enjoy nature on Mont Royal!
The best café: Anticafé - 2.30 euros
We were actually looking for a café where we could have pancakes with maple syrup. Unfortunately, there is no such thing in the Anticafé near the Place des Arts. Still, I'm a fan of this very special café right on Montreal's main shopping street. “Anti” is not an expression here, because phentermine without prescription is actually not a café, but a huge flat share. From the outside totally inconspicuous, you go up the stairs behind the black door and suddenly you have the feeling of standing in a hipster flat share in Berlin-Kreuzberg. A total of ten rooms on two floors are packed with sofas, old tables and chairs.
But the best thing about Anticafé is the price: You don't pay for what you eat here, but for the time you spend there. The first hour is $ 3 Canadian dollars and $ 2 each additional hour. You can help yourself in the shared kitchen (it really looks like this!): There is tea and coffee, homemade iced tea, toasts, biscuits and other pastries.
When you enter the Anticafé, you will probably find yourself just as overwhelmed in the kitchen entrance as we are. But don't worry: just ask the employee on the kitchen PC, he'll explain the system to you. Then have a coffee, find a cozy place and just enjoy the time in this completely atypical café!
The best view: clock tower - 0 euros
In Montreal, I could only laugh about the $ 32 entry I paid for the Empire State Building in New York. Admittedly, the one on the Quai de L’Horloge was never the tallest building in the world, instead of an elevator, 192 steps take you up. But still you have a great view of the Boston skyline from here (from the other side than Mont Royal).
I just wanted to walk around the pier and take a few photos of the clock tower. But then I discovered the open door at the back of the tower and of course did not miss the ascent. When you have gone back down the 192 steps, you can take a breath of air on the benches right next to the clock tower with a view of the St. Lawrence River.
The best way to get around: rental bikes - 3.50 euros
All over Montreal are distributed, as we now know in many German cities. Unlike with us, you don't have to laboriously register in order to be able to use the bikes. All you need is your credit card.
For 5 Canadian dollars you can use the bikes for a whole day as often as you want for half an hour at a time. Sounds complicated, but it's a good deal: You borrow the bikes at station A, drive through town and park them at station B after a maximum of half an hour. Here you can immediately borrow new bikes, with which you can then drive for half an hour to Station C and so on. There are 460 stations with 5200 bicycles across the city. So you can effectively get through the city all day and pay the equivalent of less than 3.50 euros.
The best walk: old town by night - 0 euros
Old Montreal is beautiful, but let's be honest: every old town is beautiful, but somehow also interchangeable. “” Becomes really special when the sun has set. Lamps and spotlights have been placed throughout the old town to bring out the old buildings particularly well. A special “Lighting Tour” is marked on the city maps, which you can get from the tourist information, which you can follow in order to be able to fully enjoy the special atmosphere at night.
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