Discover Montreal

About Montreal

Montreal is the cultural capital of Canada and, according to Monocle Magazine, one of the
highest ranked cities for its quality of life. It is the second most significant Canadian city in terms
of its economy, stemming largely from its dynamic aerospace, telecommunication and
pharmaceutical industries. In 2009, Montreal ranked highest among North American cities as a
tourist and business destination, this according to members of the International Congress and
Convention Association (ICCA).

In terms of urban planning, Montreal is a unique place in North America. The city's urban
fabric is an original mix of modern projects and very typical heritage buildings, such as the
duplexes that make the Montreal landscape easily recognizable. Montreal is also at the crossroads
of French and English cultures, which is visible in the spatial organization of the city. Finally, the
economic and cultural vitality of the city is reflected in many undergoing urban projects, that
make Montreal an ideal setting for the Conference.

The city is home to four major Canadian universities, Université du Québec à Montréal
(UQÀM), Université de Montréal, Concordia University and McGill University, the two former
institutions being Francophone while the latter two, Anglophone. These four institutions all border
the Mont-Royal and its urban green space designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed
the famed Central Park in New York City. Each of these universities have their own schools of
Urban Planning and Architecture, which are, in turn, unique in their own approach to planning and


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Eat & Drink


Saint-Viateur Bagel
263 rue Saint Viateur Ouest (514 276 8044)
Old-fashioned style bagels since 1957 with other refrigerated goodies to accompany them.

Fairmount Bagel
74 avenue Fairmount Ouest (514 272 0667)
Since 1919, The Original Fairmount Bagel Bakery operates 24h/24h to make 20 varieties of warm bagels.

3895 Boulevard Saint Laurent (514 842 4813)
Since 1928, authentic Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen where the smoked meat is renowned worldwide.

Café Santropol
3990 rue Saint Urbain (514 842 3110)
In the original Grey Nuns property, this veggie alternative café has become Montreal's vegan institution.

Patati Patata Friterie De Luxe
4177 Boulevard Saint Laurent (514 844 0216)
A busy pleasant tiny space reconciling winter's cold weather with original local comfort food.

Coco Rico
3907 Boulevard Saint Laurent (514 849 5554)
Small counter of great simple portuguese bbq chicken with tasty sides like with coleslaw and potatoes.

Juliette et chocolat
3600 Boulevard Saint Laurent (438 380 1090)
377 rue Laurier (514 510 5651
Many different ways to indulge in a desert experience for chocolate passionates.

Nouveau Palais
281 rue Bernard Ouest (514 273 1180)
A small midnight menu from Thursday to Saturday (12 pm-3 am) fulfills late night cravings in Outremont.

La Binerie Mont-Royal
367 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est (514 285 9078)
Starring in Beauchemin's novel Le Matou, this very small space pulls off Quebec's rich culinary heritage.

Gros Jambon
286 rue Notre-Dame Ouest (514 508 3872)
Awesome decor of a nostalgic diner upgrading fastfood classics from sandwiches to Mac n cheese.


Aux Vivres
4631, Boulevard Saint Laurent (514 842 3479)
Cool and small vegan restaurant, international cuisine with a Montreal twist.

Laurier 1936
381, Avenue Laurier Ouest (514 273 3671)
Diversified menu renowned for its bbq chicken, famous Gordon Ramsay highlighted this restaurant.

Café Cherrier
3635 Saint Denis (514 843 4308)
Typical French Bistro located in the Plateau Mont-Royal, a Montreal arty institution.

407 rue McGill (514 849 0333)
Trendy european bistrot like restaurant enhancing Old Montreal's French and British character.

2025 rue Drummond (514 906 0408)
Great diversified menu, eating delicious customised burgers in a cool vibe with eye-catching wallpaper.

922 Avenue Mont-Royal Est (514 523 8780)
A popular funky with tasty food to discover and for a taste of eclectic Mont-Royal Avenue.

Big in Japan
3723 Boulevard Saint Laurent (438 380 5658)
Great chefs find great food and authentic beer in this Japanese Pub in Plateau Mont-Royal, open till 3am.

Brasserie T !
1425 rue Jeanne-Mance (514 282 0808)
Seated at the heart of the «place des Festivals», renowned Toqué ! chef Laprise's casual gourmet bistro.

105 Saint Paul Ouest (514 419 8380)
Breathtaking design, delicious pizza and music to die for, it is Simple Plan's Jeff Stinco's Mozzarella Bar.

Brasserie Méchant Boeuf
124 Saint Paul Ouest (514 788 4020)
Fans of meat, raw fish, music and party vibe for a night long satisfaction.


Au pied de Cochon
536, rue Duluth Est (514 281 1114)
Eating Quebec products has never been such an ineluctable experience.

La Fabrique Bistrot
3609 rue Saint Denis (514 544 5038)
Great food variety in a great location right across the charming St. Louis Square in the Latin district.

Da Emma
777, rue de la Commune Ouest (514 392 1568)
Montreal's women first jail now converted into the best traditional roman food destination.


Laika $
4040 Boulevard Saint Laurent (514 842 8088
Cool and trendy casual lounge, in the heart of Montreal, also a great spot to chill out for coffee.

Gepetto Pizzeria $-$$
2504 Rue Notre-Dame (514 903 3737)
Near Atwater Market, to go for a wood oven pizza or salad and friendly atmosphere.

Bistro Brasserie Soeurs Grises $-$$
32 Rue McGill (514 788 7635)
Recalls the Grey Nun's history, a great loud casual dining for comfort food and to go «grey for alcohol».

Le Boucan $$
1866 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest (514 439 4555)
For a Southern-style bbq, fun and retro ambiance in Griffintown, it's worth visiting that smokehouse.

Brasseurs de Montréal $$
1485 rue Ottawa (514 788 4500)
One of the most important industrial microbreweries in the Greater Montreal Area providing rustic treats.

Burgundy Lion $$
2496 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest (514 934 0888)
For a taste of English food in an English traditional pub modernized into a friendly lounge bar.

Philémon Bar
111 Rue Saint Paul Ouest (514 289 3777)
Chic and laid-back bar in Old Montreal for basic drinks in interesting design and architecture ambiance.

See & Do

CCA (Canadian Centre for Architecture)
1920 Rue Baile (514 939 7000)
Temporary exhibit ABC : MTL A Self-Portrait of Montréal from Friday to Sunday 11am to 6pm.

Quai Jacques-Cartier au Vieux-Port de Montréal (514 904 1247)
Outdoor electro music fest, much awaited in Canada, dress very warmly on the Quays, Jan. 31, Feb. 1-2.

Patinoire du Vieux-Port de Montréal
Bassin Bonsecours (514 496 PORT)
Outdoor skating rink from 10am to 10pm, skates to rent, music and unique view over the historic district.

Patinoire du parc Lafontaine
3933 avenue du Parc-Lafontaine (514 872 3947)
In Plateau's biggest park, the largest pond is a pleasant outdoor free access skating rink.

Village des Neiges
Parc Jean-Drapeau (1 855 788 2181 (no fees))
Numerous ice monuments, 2013 attraction : New York City replica, a must to discover day and night.

Oratoire Saint-Joseph
3800 Chemin Queen-Mary (514 733 8211)
Majestic place of pilgrimage located on the Northwest side of the Mont-Royal, founded by Brother André.

Balade sur le Parc du Mont-Royal (514 843 8240 poste 0)
Canada's unique urban park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, with breathtaking views over the city
(Westmount belvedere, Camilien-Houde and Kondiaronk) and pedestrian paths leading to three

landmark buildings :
Pavillon du lac aux Castors (Quebec's iconic heritage of modern architecture, established since 1961.)
Maison Smith


Société de Transport de Montréal (STM)

If you plan to be staying at an hotel near the main Conference venue, CAPS-ACÉAU propose you to buy the Unlimited Evening fare.

We can also propose you the classic three-day pass.

For all STM Fare Information, click here.


If you want to rent a car, please visit the carsharing service Communauto's website.



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