Doing Montréal on a Budget

February 1, 2011

1.      Chowdown in Chinatown. Worth the wander for the many boutiques crammed with exotic foods and items, this district is home to some amazing restaurants all at price that’s easy to swallow.

2.      Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Free (although donations are encouraged) art gallery just west of downtown. Includes artefacts, textiles, and many schools of paintings, with excellent selections of Canadian and Quebecois pieces.
3.      La Vitrine. Get last-minute tickets at reduced prices for shows, plays and a whole lot of other events going on around town.
4.      La TOHU. Always wanted to run away and join the circus? Be sure to check out TOHU, Montréal’s centre for the circus arts and watch many admission-free performances.
5.      Montréal Museums Pass (with public transit). For the low, low price of $50 (taxes in), you get access to 34 of Montréal’s museums, plus a Société de transport de Montréal (STM) tourist transit card which gives you unlimited access to the bus and metro (subway) system for 3 consecutive days. What a deal!
6.      Friperies (Second-hand Clothing Stores). These stores can be found all over town and are a great way to find some real gems. Whatever your style or taste, a trip to a frip is your ticket to budget-conscious—but never boring—fashion.
7.      Tam Tams Every Sunday in the summer hundreds of people gather around a statue in Month Royal Park and play drums and other percussion type instruments. There are usually several different groups of drummers all playing in the same area. People of all kinds dance to the hypnotic beats and chill out in the sun. It’s a great place to have a picnic and feel the real vibe of the city.
8.     CinéRobothèque *FREE* This is a part of the National Film Board of Canada centre in the Latin Quarter. It’s a big room with comfortable individual viewing stations, where, you can choose to watch films, shorts, newsreels or anything from the NFBs entire selection.
9.      Beach Volleyball at Parc Jean Mance Throughout the summer months pick-up games of beach volleyball are ongoing at the bottom of Parc Jeanne Mance. You can come alone and join a game, or show up with a group of friends. Games only cost a couple of dollars. It’s very friendly, usually sun-drenched, and a great place for people watching to boot!
10. It’s the best way to have a no hassles place to stay and save money by cooking at home at the same time. Get a real feel of what it’s like to be a local for either short or long term stays. What’s more, the prices are hard to beat. See for yourself at!

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