My Montreal Is Better Than Yours*

Once again, bloggers are having their way with Budget Travel: A.J. Kinik and Michelle Marek--who write a wonderful blog, "...an endless banquet"--show us all where to eat, shop, and play in the city that they obsess over better than anyone else.

Finally, there's no getting around the fact that in Montreal, "Winter is my homeland," as the song goes. Activity doesn't slow down in the least during our long, cold winters, and nothing gets to the essence of life in the city better than ice-skating on Parc Lafontaine's serpentine pond or Mount Royal Park's Beaver Lake, careening madly down one of Mount Royal's hills on a toboggan, or watching a pickup hockey game in one of the countless neighborhood parks.

FRAG on The Main

Canadian Centre for Architecture
1920 rue Baile, 514/939-7000, cca.qc.ca

Atwater Market
138 ave. Atwater

Papeterie Saint-Armand
3700 rue St-Patrick, 514/931-8338, st-armand.com, Fri. only

Paul Patates
0760 rue Charlevoix, 514/937-2751

Buckminster Fuller Dome (Biosphere)

Cinémathèque Québécoise
335 blvd. de Maisonneuve Est, 514/842-9763, cinematheque.qc.ca

National Film Board of Canada
1564 rue St.-Denis, 514/496-6887, nfb.ca

La Paryse
302 rue Ontario Est, 514/842-2040

Casa del Popolo
4873 blvd. St.-Laurent, 514/284-3804, casadelpopolo.com

La Sala Rossa & La Sala Rosa
4848 blvd. St-Laurent, 514/284-0122

Pop Montreal

Le Bilboquet
1311 rue Bernard Ouest, 514/276-0414

Gibeau Orange Julep
7700 blvd. Décarie, 514/738-7486

Cheval Blanc
809 rue Ontario Est, 514/522-0211

Bílý Kun
354 rue Mont-Royal Est, 514/845-5392

5245 blvd. St-Laurent, 514/276-0249, bu-mtl.com

6388 rue St-Hubert, zoobizarre.org

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