Not exactly the world's classiest pizza place, it's more like where the kids and seasonaires go but the pizzas are great value and they do jugs of beer. The tables are all like bar tables so you stand up in your ski gear to eat your pizza which is actually quite a good idea for a post ride munch.
Montreal also has a vibrant art scene. Check out up-and-coming artist Richard Rossetto's solo show (opening was 9 Sept 2010) at the Visual Voice Gallery at 372 St. Catherine's.
I have stayed at Atmosphere twice, in December of 2008 and again in April 2009, and plan to go back this year and every year if I can.
The first time I went, I was a woman traveling alone and was needing a little time to reevaluate my life. I was a little nervous about finding a place to feel comfortable and safe while staying alone. Patryck is so perfect -he fed me well, made me feel comfortable and welcome, and even sat up with me late at night when I needed to talk. My time at Atmosphere literally changed my life.
I returned in April with my husband, and again Patryck gave us a very warm welcome. Being at his place is like being at a spa - you come away so relaxed and rejuvenated!
Both times I stayed in the Passion room, and found the bed more comfortable than my one at home. The interior decor is very cozy and inviting, with a photo exposure of a new artist, incredible, and the food is amazing. The best part, is the host. My husband and I both fell in love with the place and the guy and find ourselves drawn back again and again. Now my sisters, brothers and I are sending my parents there for an anniversary gift.
I have stayed at many B&Bs, and it is the best! I give it my highest 5 diamonds recommendation!
1933 Panet street
Montreal h2l 3a1
This B&B is the winner for the best bed and breakfast in the Canada.
After not having a personal vacation for over six years, I decided it was time to hit the road. I had been to Montreal once. It was to simply make a connecting flight. But, my friends had told me that it was an amazing city to check out. So, I got my ticket, booked at room and was on my way.
It was my first trip as a solo traveller. Never having stayed in anything outside a hotel, I was terribly unfamiliar with how a B&B worked. When I arrived, Patryck was ready and waiting. He warmly welcomed me to the city and laid out some easy sight seeing plans.
Patryck made the stay absolutely amazing and his culinary skills are out of this world. Yes, I must admit that I had to take pictures of the breakfasts he had served. From the smiling bowl of fruit (which put a smile on my face), to the warm dishes that followed, everything was incredibly mouth watering. The breakfasts are going to fill you up fast, so be warned! You won't find yourself hungry again for many hours. In fact, I could usually go without lunch and still feel pretty full by dinner time.
You'll find the rooms are tastefully decorated and tidy. I stayed in the Inspiration room. The room is small, but perfect for one person. Lots of space to store your clothes and shopping goods. A TV with cable sits on the dresser and a door leads out to your own, private balcony. Several clean towels are provided as well. Free Wi-Fi is provided, too!
The location of Atmosphere is a short 5-10 minute walk from the Beaudry Metro station (which easily and quickly gets you downtown), just down the street from the spacious Parc Lafontaine, and a short stroll to some great restaurants, shopping, and bars in the gay district.
Patryck goes above and beyond to ensure your visit is the best. I can't wait to return to Montreal and Atmosphere again. Thanks Patryck for making my stay as wonderful as it could be!
1933 Panet street
Every Sunday in the summer hundreds of people gather around a statue in Month Royal Park and play drums and other percussion type instruments. There are usually several different groups of drummers all playing in the same area. People of all kinds dance to the hypnotic beats and chill out in the sun. There are also lots of stalls selling various hippy, crafty type stuff. It's a great place to have a picnic and feel the real vibe of the city. Montreal is a really friendly city with crazy stuff going on all over the place in the summer and festivals galore. I don't speak French and it was never a problem. Just go with the flow, relax and enjoy. I have lived here for two years and have never felt safer or happier in a big city.
Mont Royal Park off of Avenue Du Parc, walk from McGill or Place-des-Arts metro
We recently visited Montreal and enjoyed a wonderful stay at Atmosphere. It is warm and welcoming and gives its guests all the goodness of feeling “right at home” perfectly combined with the pleasure of being on vacation. The food is delicious - everyone knows that - but the ambiance is what makes it even more special. Located in a funky little area of Montreal which is cool but quiet and within walking distance to Rue St. Catherine, Old Montreal and some great restaurants (Patryck can recommend a few) - it was the perfect location. Patryck pays attention to detail, as exhibited in his meal preparation as well as the renovations he made. Patryck and Elizabeth have found the recipe for hospitality and we’re so glad we found them. We highly recommend this B&B and feel assured that you will leave with the same feeling as we did - like you made new friends. In just two words, absolute perfection.
Nearly beaudry station (green line)
Our first stay at Atmosphere was enchanting from all points of view. Rooms are arranged with refinement and nothing disturbed our tranquillity. An accommodation not to be missed for a moderate price.
This isn't the cheapest B&B option in this wonderful city (other than the weather, what's not to like about Montreal?), but it is certainly a great place to stay if you want to relax.
Kent and Stephane, the owners, are wonderful hosts. Their rooms are clean, and luxuriously comfortable.
Their location is handy for just about everything in this small but universally interesting city.
They are both straight- and gay-friendly.
But the best thing about staying at Absolument is their breakfasts, which are four-course, one hour affairs (only drawback is they don't leave much room for eating more during the day) served in your room anytime from 8-12. Jolly nice.
I love Montreal, and though I don't speak French, didn't find being in this largely francophone city intimidating: everyone was very friendly and accommodated my need to communicate in English with ease.
In Montreal as an anglophone it is tempting to stick to Ste Catherines and St Laurent, but it is definitely worth your while overcoming a fear of the language barrier and heading to the French side. The areas of Rue Mont Royal, rue St Denis and around provide better shopping, friendlier cafes and a real insight into the true heart of the city.
Leave metro Sherbrooke and walk north up St Denis, or station Mont Royal and walk East/West along rue Mont Royal and then South down St Denis
Montreal vegetarian restaurant - a vast, imaginative & varied selection of soups, salads & hot dishes all based on fresh & tasty ingredients.
Self service from buffet, sold by weight. I paid only 10 CDN for a massive & delicious plateful.
In Montreal’s Latin Quarter, décor features revealed red brick walls, decorative fireplaces, wood floors and tables.
1720 St-Denis Street (between De Maisonneuve and Ontario), Montreal
Hotel-Studio right in the heart of Montreal's happening plateau district.
Friendly staff, small but totally functional rooms with cooking facilities & croissants delivered to your door each morning.
A great area to explore on foot, you are straight out of the door into the best shops & cafés in Montréal, an easy walk downhill to old Montréal or nearby Parc Mont Royal.
Secure online booking with rates from 80 CDN per night excluding taxes.
Montréal, H2W 2M7
Toll free from USA & Canada: 1-877-281-3187
On Saint Denis, between rues Rachel & Duluth, 5 minutes walk from metros Mont-Royal (marginally closer) & Sherbrooke.
Great lounge-cum-restaurant on the the trendy Saint-Laurent Boulevard, with good food and equally well-made drinks. I recommend the martinis. Perfect place to kick off the evening while waiting for the clubs to get started.
3515 St Laurent Blvd; tel: (514) 842 0220
This fairly average gay-bar in the heart of the (gay) village has a fantastic roof terrace that's open in the summer. The beautiful people that this place attracts can be found frolicking in the open air jacuzzis. I was there on a Sunday afternoon in June, the sun was hot and the sangria was flowing - great place to soak up the city's vibe.
1474 Rue St Catherine East;
tel:(514) 529 7482
An Ethiopian restaurant on the awesome street of St. Denis in the Plateau region. The best thing to get is the injera with a variety plate of different dishes. You get to eat it with your hands! They provide you with warm napkins at the table to wash up with before and after. It's very special, and also delicious.
3435 St Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 2L1;
tel: (514) 281-0111;
For a taste of romantic Vieux Montreal, this is the place to stay. A converted 18th-century fur factory, the auberge’s huge rooms have thick stone walls, hardwood floors, marble baths and lots of antiques, and there’s an art gallery in the lobby. Atmospheric down to the freshly-baked croissants.
Rooms from C$115 a night
Rue St Paul
Tel: + 842 2634
Free (although donations are encouraged and special shows cost) art gallery just west of downtown. Includes artefacts, textiles, and many schools of paintings, with good groups of Canadian and Quebecois pieces.
Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion
: 1380 Sherbrooke Street West;
Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion and Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion: 1379 Sherbrooke Street Pavilion;
tel: (514) 285-2000;
This is a set of two little Chilean restaurants that have particularly good empanadas. Many varieties, including several delicious vegetarian options. Also serves nachos, quesadillas, tacos, and burritos - quality ingredients and sauces.
152 Napoléon; tel: (514) 286-6075;
64 Marie-Anne W; tel: (514) 982-9212
This is a part of the National Film Board of Canada centre in the Latin Quarter. It's a big room with comfortable individual viewing stations, where, for a very cheap price, you can choose to watch films/shorts/newsreels/anything from the NFBs entire selection for a few hours.
1564 Rue St Denis; tel: (514) 496-6887 www.nfb.ca/atonf/events/cinerobotheque.php?lg=en
Fantastic resto with great poutine selection, as well as a summer garden patio. Their poutine has both quantity and quality. Either eat in, or get it to take out to eat in nearby Parc la Fontaine.
994 Rue Rachel, at Parc la Fontaine;
tel: (514) 525-2415
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