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Thali's Guide to Montreal

 

Welcome to Thali's guide to everything to do and see in Montreal. Don't forget wherever you are in the city, Thali is not far away. We are conveniently located downtown in the Shaughnessy Village neighbourhood one block from Guy-Concordia Metro also known as the Concordia-Ghetto.

Montreal is 375 years old. The festivities have begun!

Transport

  • Bixi An amazing initiative by the City of Montreal. All over town you will find a Bixi bike stand. You can simply rent the bike for you or the whole family, and drop off at any Bixi stand in the city. Pick one up right on the corner of St. Catherine and St. Marc where we are. - Site
  • Metro Pdf file - Interactive map
  • Taxi's (Just hail one)

Parking Meters

Montreal has a unique Pay & Go system where you just pay the station and that's it. No need to display ticket on wind-shield. How does it work? Just follow these steps from the parking authority. They are convenient as you do not have to go back and pay the same station, find a nearby station and pay from there. There's also an app you can download to pay from your phone.

Festivals, Events & Shows

  • Formula E: Electric Grand-Prix race cars in the middle of the city. - Site
  • Folk Fest sur le canal: Big folk singer names performing by the historic canal. - Site
  • Montréal Complètement Cirque: Circus arts festival indoor and out. - Site
  • Montreal Fringe Festival: Montreal's no-holds-barred, uncensored, plays, acts and music. - Site
  • Montreal Jazz Festival: World renowned jazz fest. - Site
  • Fantasia: International film and anime festival held at Concordia U. - Site
  • Nuits d'Afrique: African & world music festival. - Site
  • Just for Laughs: #1 comedy festival indoor and out. - Site
  • Francofolies: North America's only french music festival. - Site
  • Montreal Grand-Prix: The only city in North America to host the F1. - Site
  • Beer Festival: Sample the world's greatest brews. - Site
  • International Fire Works Festival: Master fireworkers from around the world competing for the best ooooh and ahhhh. At the Old Port. - Site
  • Divers/Cité: Gay & lesbian pride in the city. - Site
  • Cirque du Soleil: Experience these phenomenal performers in the city where it all began. In the big-top in Old Montreal - Site
  • Montreal Fashion Week: Held in Old Montreal. - Site
  • Montréal en Lumière Winter festival celebrating with various events & shows around town (Nuit Blanche). - Site
  • Guitar Grand Prix: Displaying the finest Quebec guitar players. - Site
  • Auto Show: Annual auto show. - Site
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade: - Longest running Irish parade in North America. - Site
  • Carifesta: - Montreal Caribbean parade. - Site
  • Art Tattoo Show: - Global tattoo artists meet at Gare Windsor. - Site
  • Montreal Comic-Con: - The next best thing after SD Comic con. - Site
  • Heavy Montreal: - Heavy-Metal bands like Metallica Anthrax, Slayer, Pennywise and more play Parc Jean-Drapeau. - Site
  • Ile Soniq: - Parc Jean-Drapeau once again will be turned into a rave with world renowned Dj's such as Tiesto, Tyga, Juicy J... - Site
  • Osheaga: - Yup, Parc Jean-Drapeau will be invaded with the best pop musical acts current and past.- Site

Attractions

  • Old Montreal: Where it all began. - Site
  • Downtown Montreal: Metro's Atwater, Guy, Peel, McGill, Place des Arts. Shopping, night life, and fun.
  • Mount Royal: Work off your meal at Thali or when you get hungry hike back down to Thali (Bus 165 from Guy-Concordia). - Site
  • Olympic Village: Site of the 1976 Olympics. Visit the Botanical Gardens, Biodome, Insectarium, and stadium. Great day for the kids. - Site
  • Parc Jean-Drapeau (formerly Île Sainte-Hélène): There's the Six Flags theme park LaRonde, The Stewart Museum, and the track for the Grand-Prix. Former site of the 1967 Expo. A great island to explore. Accessable by Jean-Drapeau metro station on the Yellow metro line. - Site
  • Casino de Montréal: Also on Parc Jean-Drapeau, easily accessible by bus and metro. Directions - Site

Museums

Montreal museum day

  • Canadian Centre for Architecture: Just down the street from us. Great team of people work there ( they eat at our place ;) ). Site
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: Our de facto museum, walking distance from Thali. Site
  • Pointe-à-Callière: Discover Montreal's ruins from 500 years ago. Old port. - Site
  • Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art: Site
  • McCord Museum: Site
  • Montreal Science Centre: Great place to take the kids. IMAX. - Site
  • Chateau Ramezay: The beginnings of Montreal. - Site

The Arts

  • Opera de Montreal: Site
  • Montreal Symphony Orchestra: Conducted by Kent Nagano. - Site
  • Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal: Site
  • Place des Arts: Check out a classical show or play.Site
  • Montreal Baroque Festival: "Sinful composers, criminals, libertines and drunkards." - Site
  • Montreal Pop Festival: Music, art, film & kids stuff as well. - Site
  • World Film Festival of Montreal: - Site
  • Cinemania: Foremost French film festival in the Americas. - Site

Churches

"Can’t throw a brick without breaking a church window" - Mark Twain

  • Notre Dame Basilica: Gorgeous church where Celine Dion got married. - Site
  • St Joseph's Oratory: Astonishing church on the mountain and former home to canonized Brother Saint André. - Site

Sports

  • Expos: Baseball - Site
  • Alouettes: Our CFL team. - Site
  • Canadiens: World famous NHL hockey team. - Site
  • Impact: Our premier football .. I mean soccer team. - Site
  • Rogers Cup: ATP Tennis world tour. Alternates with Toronto for mens and womens. - Site

Hotels Near Us and the Action

  • Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa: Site
  • Residence Inn Mariott: Site
  • Château Versailles: Unique boutique hotel up the street from us. - Site
  • Le Meridien Versailles: - Site
  • Le Saint-Malo: Site
  • Hotel Maritime Plaza: Site
  • Hotel Espresso: Site

Excursions

Drive a couple of hours in any direction of Montreal and you'll find more to discover.

  • Quebec City: A UNESCO historic city and our provincial capital. Site
  • Eastern Townships: Just take highway 10 and discover wineries, ski mountains, lakes, spas, Magog, and Sherbrooke City. - Site
  • Mont Tremblant: Head an hour north of the city and discover great ski hills. Beautiful in the summer. Site
  • Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu: International Balloon Festival - Site

Resources

  • Lonely Planet: 3rd best summer city in the world (In our opinion, the best ;)). Site
  • MTLBlog: Everything to know about what's happening in Montreal right now. Site
  • Cult MTL: Montreal's arts scene. Site
  • The Gazette: Montreal's daily leading English paper.Site
  • La Presse: Montreal's daily leading French paper.Site

Thank You Montreal!

Thanks MTL BLOG - Here and here.

Thank you Cult Mtl for continuing the tradition of Best of MTL 2014 - Best Indian.

Thank you for voting for us in the Mirror's annual Best of Montreal (BOM) 2011 - Best Indian Cuisine. We came in 3rd out 5 (Not bad for a 2 year old restaurant!)

We totally appreciate your support and will continue to give you all great Indian food.