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Ride and Dine in Montreal

With its tucked-away terraces and urban green spaces, Montreal comes alive in the summer. Tour the city by Bixi, Montreal’s celebrated bike-sharing program, for a day of alfresco dining.

St-Viateur Bagel shop Montreal

Breakfast
Pick up a Bixi at either the Laurier or Outremont metro station and pedal 10 minutes to St-Viateur Bagel, one of Montreal’s most iconic landmarks. The shop has been hand-rolling and baking their bagels in a wood-burning oven since 1957. Locals, tourists and celebrities alike – it’s got Celine Dion’s and William Shatner’s seal of approval – pop into the 24-hour bakery for a dozen to go or an on-the-spot carb fix after a late night on the town. In the summer, enjoy one of their warm, dense and slightly sweet bagels sitting in the shade of a tree at nearby Parc Saint-Viateur. Eat yours (with or without cream cheese and lox) next to the park’s man-made pond and fountain.

Cafe OlimpicoPhoto by Adbeus

Coffee break
Retrace your steps along Rue Saint-Viateur to Café Olimpico for the city’s best latte (served in a glass, not a mug) or cappuccino (famed for its rich, silky foam). Park your Bixi out front and mingle among Italian gentlemen reliving the latest soccer victory, hipsters people-watching and parents with babies in tow. The area has long since been gentrified, but Café Olimpico hasn’t changed much since the 1970s, so the atmosphere feels authentic. And the menu shows the confident minimalism of a barista who knows that the perfect cup of joe requires no caramel syrup or white chocolate shavings.

Avenue Fairmont for ice cream at Kem CoBa

Mid-morning snack
Hop on your next Bixi and pedal a couple of blocks south to Avenue Fairmont for ice cream at Kem CoBa, where husband-wife team Vincent Beck and Diem Gnoc Phan run a counter brimming with original flavours, like mojito, salted butter, almond milk and masala chai. There’s also a soft-serve flavour duo that changes every two weeks. (Think passion fruit with Madagascar vanilla or Quebec blueberry with honey.)

Lunch
Build up an appetite by heading north on Rue Clark into Little Italy. Just across from Little Italy Park (Clark and Saint-Zotique), Triple Crown Dinette is a shoebox-size eatery that serves up sinful southern fare. Hailed as the best fried chicken joint in Montreal, Dinette also makes a mean smoked brisket sandwich with all the fixins: creamy coleslaw, a homemade bun and a selection of addictive sauces (from spicy barbecue to peach habanero salsa). Tell them you’re having a picnic, and they’ll loan you a woven picnic basket, complete with cutlery, mason jars (preferably filled with an order of freshly squeezed lemonade) and a checkered blanket.

SAT FoodlabPhoto by Sébastien Roy

Dinner
As the sun starts to dip, bike down Rue Saint-Urbain and head southeast to the Saint-Laurent metro station to park your bike at its final destination. Just down the street, the third floor of the modern SAT (Société des arts technologiques) is reserved for Foodlab, a restaurant with a bustling summer terrace. Small dishes are based on a themed menu that changes every two weeks. Depending on when you visit, you might get a chance to taste a Lebanese kafta kebab with baba ghanouj, a Greek meze platter or a Swedish smorgasbord.


Bixi Quick Facts

Bixi bike fees for casual users are $7 for 24-hour access and $15 for 72-hour access.

Bikes must be returned to a station every 30 minutes. If you haven’t parked yours at any Bixi station and taken out another (free of charge within the first 24 or 72 hours), late charges will apply: $1.75 for 31 to 60 minutes, $3.50 for 61 to 90 minutes and $7.00 for every additional 30 minutes once the bike is 90 minutes overdue.

For more information on Bixi rentals, visit montreal.bixi.com.

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thelma bogante

Monday, June 3rd 2013 17:26
Great idea. I was born and have lived all my life in this city, but found a couple of restaurants I did not know about!!
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