Two tens can get you pretty far.
Sometimes, a curious Redditor will uncover the perfect prompt to gather tips and tricks for a good time in the city, and such was the case on the r/Montreal subreddit this past week. An inquisitive web surfer by the username of u/Hot_Plantain struck gold by asking, "What's your favourite place to spend $20 or less?" to more than 230,000 Montreal nerds. With u/Hot_Plantain's generous permission, MTL Blog gets to share some of the best responses with the rest of you.
1. Go to Patisserie au Kouign Amann and pick up a baked breakfast with a midday snack for less than half of u/Hot_Plantain's original budget. Each pastry only costs a few dollars! This suggestion comes from u/Papriika, who called the bakery's food "literally the best pastry [they've] ever had!!"
2. Get food from two famous and reasonably-priced Chinatown hotspots: the famous Nouilles de Lan Zhou (suggested by u/KoalaDolphin) and the ever-popular Sammi & Soupe (suggested by u/im_busy_right_now).
3. Get your market on at Jean-Talon or Atwater, where cheap food abounds at any of the myriad stalls and vendors. And as an added bonus, "Atwater Market is just beside Lachine Canal," u/MaGaGogo pointed out.
4. See some architecture across the city with an $11 day pass on the metro. You can explore the designs of various metro stations. "De la Savane, Place St. Henri and Crémazie are some of my faves," wrote u/baskindusklight.
5. See the Canadian Centre of Architecture, which has a $10 entry fee and changing exhibitions, u/baskindusklight explained.
6. Try viewing the Musée des beaux-arts permanent (and permanently free!) collection, as suggested by u/FrenchFrozenFrog. The current temporary exhibit only costs $15. But u/FrenchFrozenFrog would rather keep their money "and take a stroll through the campus of Concordia" to...
7. Stop at Myriade, which one user called "one of the best coffee shop[s] downtown."
8. Explore Montreal's bustling indie scene. "Normally entry isn't more than $20 and you can find an awesome show most days of the week," u/ArnieAndTheWaves wrote, specifically recommending L'Escogriffe, Casa del Popolo, La Sala Rossa, Le Basement and Turbo Haus, with a special emphasis on La Sala Rossa.
9. And finally, an honourable mention goes to u/Equivalent_Ad812, who garnered a respectable 27 upvotes for the succinct suggestion: "Sqdc."