Montreal Weekender: September 9th through 11th, 2011

Summer has finally come to a close, and if you’re like us at Notable, our summer vacationing and partying really plowed through our savings! No regrets, though. To get your September started on the right track towards saving up for your Christmas vacations, we’d like to focus your attention on a notable cheap weekend in Montreal. Who says you need to spend a lot of money to be in the leagues of the awesome? We should sure don’t! While it’s always nice to splurge on hot gadgets and trendy eating, sometimes the best times come from little to nothing…

Friday after work head over to Kazu, Montreal’s famous Japanese Izakaya restaurant. While there may be up to a 30 to 45 minute wait, every moment of it is way more than worthwhile. Once inside, enjoy some of the most beautiful and unique Japanese sharing plates (may we suggest the sashimi rice bowl or the 24-hour pork rice) made by the man, Kazu, himself. The best part is the dishes are inexpensive and you can enjoy a nice dinner out that won’t break the bank. After supper, head over to the AMC Movie theatres (just a short 3 block stroll away) to catch a flick.

It is apple season, so we suggest on Saturday you hit up the Apple Orchard Train Tour. For $31.50 per person, you get a full day of activity and come home with a bag of apples. This is a bring your lunch affair, so pack a picnic of cheeses and nice breads (maybe sneak a nice bottle of wine). The train takes you to many different orchards around the Laurentians. It’s a beautiful thing to do on a warm early fall day. Saturday night, have a rustic supper in and then head to Snack ‘n Blues in Mile End for an evening of cheap drinks and great music (and a cool crowd).

Sunday, catch a late morning brunch at B&M on St. Viateur, who specializes in value when it comes to food: big plates for a great price (we suggest you share an omelette; to date we have not met anyone who can finish a whole one themselves). Spend the afternoon walking up and down St. Laurent, stopping in at all the notable furniture shops that Mile End is known for, grab a late Wilensky Special at Wilensky’s, and head home for a quiet evening in front of the tube with some On Demand.

Image courtesy stock.exchng.