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Montreal - long airport layover, suggestions?

Los Angeles area hound here, I will soon be traveling to Europe and will have about a 10 hour layover at the Montreal airport. Arriving early morning. Any suggestions for good chow (breakfast/lunch) at the airport or outside of the airport, any tips appreciated!

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  1. check a few pages down. there was an extensive discussion 2 or 3 weeks ago. how far from the airport are you will to go as the surrounding area is a wasteland.

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    1. re: catroast

      Hi everyone,

      Thanks for all the responses! I met a fellow passenger on my flight who also had a long layover, so we decided to stick together. We bought day passes ($9 each) and took the bus downtown, walked around there for awhile, taking photos of the interesting buildings. Went to the information center, also went shopping, and went to the pier and walked around there. It was really windy and cold!

      Anyway, we eventually found a small cafe in an area by the pier that had shops with local artists' works for sale. Had a sandwich, chips and a yogurt parfait, nothing fancy but it was good. Eventually headed back to the airport.

      We probably spent about 6 hours wandering around. It was fun, and was better than sitting at the airport all that time! Thanks for the tips.

    2. You could watch Anthony Bourdain's The Layover. There was an episode where he was in Montreal.

      1. Here's a recent thread on the airport itself:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/889645

        tl;dr: mostly mall food.

        You should have enough time to take a cab into the city, in which case you should search the board for lunch recs that suit your taste.

        Depending on the time of day it should take about 20 minutes each way. Fare is a non-metered $38 each way to/from a designated area covering most of the downtown, otherwise metered.

        Jean-Talon Market, which is outside the designated area, costs around $35 in light traffic.

        Public transit is also available if you're on a budget, but of course takes longer.

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        1. re: Mr F

          First stop (métro Lionel-Groulx), from Public transport (bus, ~30mins) from the airport will get you close to :

          Marché Atwater.
          Taverne Magnan.
          (and probably other good places for lunch or breakfast)

          You can hop on the subway to Old Montreal (métro place-d'arme) or to "Le Plateau" (métro mont-royal)

          Max.

        2. With a layover that long, I'd suggest renting a car to get into and around town. It will be way cheaper than cab rides there and back and quite possibly as cheap as public transportation which would be $18 round trip. With a car the whole city is available to you.

          Breakfast suggestions:
          Binerie Mont–Royal, 367 Mont Royal O
          Brisket's, 1093 Beaver Hall
          Kouign Amann, 322 Mont Royal E
          Le Sinclair, 125 Saint Paul O
          Tous les jours, 1689 Mont-Royal E
          Le Valois, 3811 Ontario E

          Lunch suggestions:
          Wilensky's Light Lunch, 34 Fairmount O
          La Soupiere, 5th Floor The Bay
          Smoke Meat Pete's, 283 1st Ave. Île–Perrot
          Petit Alep, 191 Jean Talon E
          Casa Minhota, 3959 Saint Laurent
          M sur Masson, 2876 Masson
          Lawrence, 5201 Saint Laurent
          Laloux, 250 Pine E
          La Flammée, 3638 Saint Denis
          Dic Ann’s, 10910 Pie IX
          Chez Delmo, 275 Notre Dame O
          DeliBee's, 24 Valois Bay
          Brasserie Capri, 2172 Saint Patrick,

          Afternoon snack suggestions:
          Abu Elias, 733 Côte Vertu
          La Bete a Pain, 114 Fleury O
          Boulangerie de Froment et de Sève, 2355 Beaubien Est
          Manger Avec Eric, 6408 Côte St. Luc
          Sparrow, 5322 Saint Laurent

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          1. re: EaterBob

            Which rental company is that cheap?

            I don't know what date the OP is coming, so I just checked two companies (Avis, Enterprise) for an airport pickup at 9 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. next Monday. Both came up with similar prices, and the cheapest was about $72 taxes in. Add money for gas and parking, and you'd be better off with taxis + one-day transit pass.

            Obviously the cheapest way is the bus/metro, which is covered in both directions by a single $9 day pass.

            1. re: Mr F

              http://www.discountcar.com/ gives me $27/day ($41 taxes in). And they probably will make it cheaper if you use less than 24 hours.

                1. re: EaterBob

                  This excludes gas, parking and (depending on your credit card perks) insurance.

                  Also, Mr F is right. Bus would be 9$ as it includes a 24h pass, so can be used for the return trip.

            2. It's a small city so I'd rent a car (if you have the funds...) and that way you would not be limited to where public transportation can take you. in 10 hours, you've got time for basically anything you want to do, don't need to stay close to the airport (which is not very interesting anyways). i found $43 on Hotwire for a day's rental. Considering it's $38 flat fee (one-way) cab ride downtown, renting is worth it. Public transportation downtown will take you about 45 minutes vs. a 20 minute car ride if there is no traffic. So, for me, $43 is not much considering I'd be able to leave my carry-on in the trunk while exploring!