My mom and I are coming to Montreal for 3 nights in June to celebrate (well, not so much) my 40th birthday. It is our first trip to Montreal, and I would love suggestions where to snack, dine and drink as well as the best places/areas to shop and browse for fun food things.
Some parameters: I am a vegetarian so places with a few veg options - or the flexibility to let me compose a meal of starts and sides - are best. (I actually don't like vegetarian restaurants generally so no need to recommend.) I also have a huge sweet tooth, particularly baked goods, so would love to hear the best places to go. I am partial to "farm to table" type restaurants and an atmosphere that is "cool" but not clubby-type trendy. I would like to have at least a coffee or cocktail in a place that has some historic charm. I am not sure what Quebecois food is...is it veg friendly?
We haven't chosen a neighborhood where to stay yet; I was leaning toward Old Montreal just to experience the history...or Downtown to spend a little less. I would love to hear suggestions, though, for other neighborhoods that might offer more of an experience to eat, drink and soak in Montreal.
And my mother is a very young and fun 68 so no need to water down the suggestions! :)
Hope this request doesn't come off as too particular; I just didn't want to be too general :)