Wen went to Montreal for the Fantasia Film Festival and had an amazing time. Montreal is one of the most bike friendly cities I’ve been to and it has some of the best markets around. It is also known for its amazing restaurants. It’s easy enough to get to from New York and it’s a great place to visit if you want to go to Europe but you’re on a super low budget.
More after the jump.
I took the Amtrak train up there, which is a really great thing to do if you’re short on money but have some time, because the tickets are something like $60 each way, but they take 12 hours of daylight time as there are no night trains. The route is called the Adirondack and the trip is very beautiful. The train cars are spacious and the views are really pretty.
This is a great record store, Paul’s Boutique. There are several other great record stores we went to on Mont Royal and on Rue St. Urbain.
The markets might be my favorite part of visiting Montreal. The biggest one in the city is at Jean Talon but I prefer the Atwater market which is a bit smaller but has excellent quality produce, meats, and baked goods.
While we were there we stayed in an apartment so I was able to cook a little bit, which was great. I made an heirloom tomato salad with delicious local Quebecoise tomatoes, a green salad with all local baby lettuce, parsley, and radishes with a mustard vinaigrette, and I got a big bunch of basil and made some fresh pesto.
We went to Schwartz’s Delicatessen for some famous smoked meat and we also ate a ton of bagels.
Then after a beautiful week of watching films, eating delicious food and riding bikes all over the city, I got on the train back to NYC and watched out the window for the beautiful views.