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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Stay Up Late in Montreal

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5. Oddball Day


The massive Jean-Talon farmers' market is where you can find regional specialties like garlic and maple syrup.  

Take a break from partying to enjoy some of the city’s daytime delights. The easiest way to get around is by picking up a Bixi bike ($7 for 24-hour access) for the day at one of the many stations around town. Fuel up with an early brunch of English pub fare at Lawrence (order the donuts filled with chocolate, jam, and custard for $5) before pedaling down Saint-Laurent to Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, the bookstore run by the popular graphic novel publisher known for famous artists like Daniel Clowes, Joe Sacco, and Chris Ware. (Three of the biggest names in the business—Ware, Charles Burns and Adrian Tomine—will be in-store November 11 for to celebrate the store’s anniversary.) Go ten minutes down Saint-Dominique to stock up on fruit, cheese, honey, and more at the humongous, enclosed Jean-Talon farmers' market (Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) in Little Italy, open year-round with over 300 vendors from the countryside. After biting into apples and sampling syrups, haul your market buys to the heavily wooded 692-acre Mt. Royal Park for a late afternoon picnic beneath the Westmount Mountain. When you’re done exploring, cruise through the leafy streets of the bohemian “McGill ghetto,” a somewhat ironic name that refers to the student population who dominate here. Cut over to Rue Rachel E and pedal up to the bike paths in La Fontaine Park, where you can loop around two connecting ponds (there’s ice skating in winter) and ride across a bridge suspended above a waterfall. Drop off your bike at the station on Rue Rachel near the corner of Saint Urbain and cap off the day at Patati Patata (4177, Boul. Saint-Laurent, 514-844-0216) with a Vieux Montreal Blonde beer ($2 for half pint), sliders ($2), and a heaping plate of gravy-drenched poutine ($4.50).


Published on Oct 5, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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