A BRIEF GUIDE TO MONTREAL, CANADA

 Kem Coba ice cream

Kem Coba ice cream

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  Crudessence  raw cafe

Crudessence raw cafe

 Airbnb Decor

Airbnb Decor

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 Poutine, all day every day

Poutine, all day every day

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 Note tiny Scott on a bike, above. 

Note tiny Scott on a bike, above. 

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montreal-architecture

Above, the Habitat 67 apartment buildings: designed by an Israeli/Canadian architecht to "integrate the benefits of suburban homes, namely gardens, fresh air, privacy and multi-levelled environments with the economics and density of a modern urban apartment building." 

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 Clever design. 

Clever design. 

 Downtown from Mount Royal. 

Downtown from Mount Royal. 

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 Jazzy French-Canadian rock band. 

Jazzy French-Canadian rock band. 

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 Breakfast at  Farine . 

Breakfast at Farine

 Notre Dame from the outside...

Notre Dame from the outside...

 ... and from the inside. Where Celine Dion was married. RIP Rene. 

... and from the inside. Where Celine Dion was married. RIP Rene. 

WHERE TO STAY: In The Mile End neighborhood. It's like Williamsburg, Brooklyn before the Whole Foods moved in. 

WHAT HOTEL TO BOOK: What, are you made of money? It's not 1994, get an AirBnb. Stay here

WHERE TO EAT: Enjoy a balanced diet of poutine (Basquise is supposed to have the best but the line will be out the door, so go to Patiti Patata Friterie De Luxe) and almond croissants (from Farine, an Italian style cafe/absolute slice of heaven). Or, go wild and go raw at Crudessence with the Macao smoothie. 

WHERE TO SHOP: Leisurely browse through books and $8 pens at Drawn and Quarterly

HOW TO GET AROUND: Bring a bike. We stuffed 2 in the back of my Toyota Corolla. Or since it's a very bike friendly city, just rent one. 

RANDOM THING TO DO: Stick around for the organ concert at the Notre Dame Basilica. Experience "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" with a 7000 pipe organ. It's really something else.