Northern Chowhounders, greetings! I'm thinking of planning a trip to your fair city in mid-July (after the Jazz festival) when my kids are away and I (finally) have time for myself! Have never been to Montreal but have heard wonderful things. Want to do this inexpensively, but not on a shoe-string budget. So, here are some questions:
1) first off, what neighborhood to stay in? Many people online suggest the Plateau area. Is that a boring area? I want interesting, ethnic, avant-garde, artsy, edgy, so I was thinking the Latin Quarter? Nabs and (cheap, small, unique) hotels would be greatly appreciated.
2) what restaurants should not be missed? I am from Philadelphia where small, quaint, edgy BYOB cafes that serve electic and ethnic food are what I see out. Any cuisine.
3) Finally, was thinking of driving up and just leaving my car in a garage and walking or taking public transportation to get around? should I take a train up? (though I think that would be more expensive).
Thank you for any and all suggestions! Coming to Philly? I'll steer you right.....