Our guide this week: Tuan Trieu-Hoang, 66, was born in Saigon, Vietnam. He came to Montreal at the age of 19. He knows the city well and is resourceful at digging up free tickets for shows, events, expositions and a wide variety of cultural activities. Tuan has been a vendor of street paper L’Itinéraire for 10 years
St-Viateur Bagel, Mont-Royal Street
First off, I have to say that Montreal bagels are the best in the world! I love the relaxed ambience of the cafe. I go there at 6am, drink my coffee and have a bagel with cream cheese and cretons (a typical Québécois meat pâté). It’s a great way to start my day, there are few customers and the servers know that at that time people aren’t quite awake. The cafe is located in the borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal, one of the hippest and trendiest parts of Montreal.
My top tourist tip
Old Montreal is the place to go. When you go you have the impression of going back 375 years in time to the founding of the city. The fortifications in Pointe-à-Callière museum are an archaeologist’s dream. Also a must-see: Notre-Dame Basilica, a replica of Notre-Dame de Paris. Don’t miss the wonderful Notre-Dame-De-Bon-Secours chapel dedicated to sailors. Located on the waterfront, called the Old Port, there are great ships docked there, and a promenade that gives you access to the Science Centre and all kinds of interesting things to see and do.
Not everyone knows about
The train bound for Deux-Montagnes