Happening neighborhood: Plateau Mont-Royal, especially around Saint-Laurent Boulevard, is known for its trendy clubs and restaurants, as well as its cosmopolitan atmosphere, beautiful parks, lovely residences and magnificent architecture.
If you only do one thing: Tour the streets of Old Montreal and pop into the Notre-Dame Basilica, which is one of the oldest cathedrals in North America, impressive for its neo-gothic architecture, stained-glass windows and twin towers.
What's new: Opening in a few months on Saint-Laurent Boulevard is the Multimedia Complexe for the New Cinema and Technologies, which will offer a cinematic experience beyond IMAX, beyond 3D, into virtual reality.
Old-faithful restaurant: Le Paris opened in 1956 and has been serving authentic French cuisine to a devoted clientele ever since.
Of-the-moment restaurant: The spectacular design of Restaurant Mondo Saks in the Mondo Saks Complex is drawing people as much as the menu, with dishes from around the world. Two 20-foot-high water sculptures frame a 6-foot-wide crystal globe and chefs work in an open kitchen and put on a lively show. The Saks Restaurant, in the same complex, offers haute cuisine in a more sophisticated setting.
With the kids: Located east of downtown is the Biodome, which re-creates indoors four ecosystems, including a tropical forest and the depths of the Saint-Laurent River.
Side trip: Visit Mont-Tremblant, a quaint, European-style village at the foot of the breathtaking Laurentian Mountains, just an hour away.
Off-the-beaten track: Try jet boating or riding the rapids on the Saint-Laurent River, which forms the city's southern border. You board at the Old Port of Montreal.
Average per-night lodging rate: $106
Distance from airport to city center: From Dorval Airport: 12 miles; from Mirabel Airport: 31 miles
Information: 202/659-8990 or 800/363-7777, http://www.tourism-montreal.org/