Any Good Bagels near Place Des Arts
Visiting New York City Chowhound in Montreal for less than 24 hours for L Cohen show at Place des Arts and staying nearby. Very little time for drifting out of the neighborhood...is there ANYWHERE to get real Montreal bagels in the neighborhood or do I have to trek to St. Viateur or Fairmount. Is there a downtown offshoot? Thanks!
Ask the concierge at your hotel to get a dozen (or more) delivered to your room. It won't exactly be the cheapest way to procure them. But two rides on public transportation will cost you $5.50, a cab at least $10 each way. Getting them delivered to the hotel shouldn't cost much more than that. And you can probably have it timed so that they are fresh on teh morning of your departure.
Now that's a good idea. ;-)
re: public transport - if they took the metro one way and grabbed a transfer, they could take the 24 bus along Sherbrooke right back on a single fare. (or vice versa)
But the concierge thing (assuming they're staying at a hotel with one) is definitely a grand, decadent, vacation-worthy idea for visiting bagel-holics. :-)
There is a R.E.A.L. Bagel* at the western edge of downtown at 4160 Ste-Catherine West (corner Greene Ave.), near the downtown/Westmount border. You'd hop on the green line at the Place des Arts metro stop, ride it for about 10-15 minutes (4 stops), and get off at the Atwater stop. Repeat process. Return trip could be done in about 45 minutes-1 hr. or maybe faster. They're not open that late, so check that before you go. Or if you're super-rushed, just spring for a cab up to St-Viateur or Fairmount and back. Have the cab wait for you. Total time, approx. 20-30 min.
Edit: metro map link so you can visualize the green-line trip. It's also very walkable, but not if you're that short on time:
Maybe someone else can think of another option for downtown bagels...
*IMO, this place is every bit as good as the two legendary bagel shops in this city, but I don't want to start a bagel war. Not saying they're better, but perfectly good, especially if you have no other options. I usually frequent the NDG branch, but I've also had them in Westmount and they've always been fine.