INSIDER’S GUIDE TO MONTRÉAL

The first time I stepped foot in the City of Montréal, I was in love. With an amalgamation of modernity from North America and Old-World charm from Europe, Montréal is the place to be. Dubbed as Canada’s very own Europe, the cosmopolitan city makes you feel as if you have travelled thousands of miles and landed in Paris. Filled with vibrant colours, rich culture, amazing food, and friendly people, the city provides a great deal of places to eat, drink, and sightsee. On the basis thereof, I have decided to share my Insider’s Guide to Montréal.

EAT – THE MOST IMPORTANT


Breakfast

  • L’Avenue — The best brunch place ever. Unfortunately, the restaurant does not take any reservations so I highly recommend getting there as soon as you can. Trust me, there will be a long line of people and up to an hour-and-half wait for tables to clear out.
    • 922 Mont-Royal Ave E, Montreal, QC H2J 1X1
  • Tommy’s Cafe
    • 200 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H2Y 1T3
  • Brasserie T
    • 1425 Jeanne Mance St, Montreal, QC H2X 2J4
  • Arthur’s Nosh Bar 
    • 4621 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H4C 1S5

Lunch and Dinner

  • Mandy’s Gourmet Salad Bar — Go big or go home because Mandy’s Gourmet Salad Bar is amazing! If I could eat one thing every day, it would definitely be a salad from Mandy’s.  
    • 425 Rue Saint Nicolas, Montréal, QC H2Y 2P4
  • Poutineville — What is a trip to Montréal without eating real authentic poutine from Quebec? Poutineville will satisfy any poutine cravings you may have. 
    • 1365 Ontario St E, Montreal, QC H2L 1S1
  • Boxermans
    • 1041 Ave Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V 1J4
  • Olive et Gourmando
    • 351 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal, QC H2Y 2A7
  • Jardin Nelson 
    • 407 Place Jacques-Cartier, Montréal, QC H2Y 3B1
  • Fieldstone 
    • 5427 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2T 1S5

Terrace – Rooftop Dining for Dinner

  • Les Enfant Terrible — If you enjoy dining with a view, Les Enfant Terrible provides an amazing view of the city. I highly recommended making reservations beforehand so you do not have to go through the hassle of waiting for tables to clear out. 
    • 1 Place Ville Marie, Montreal, QC H3B 4S6
  • Terrasse Nelligan — 
    • 106 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal, QC H2Y 1Z3
  • Terrasse William Gray
    • 421 Rue Saint Vincent, 8th floor, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3A6

DRINK


  • Pullman 
    • 3424 Park Ave, Montreal, QC H2X 2H5
  • Le Vin Papillon 
    • 2519 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H3J 1N4
  • Bocata 
    • 310 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal, QC H2Y 2A3

ACTIVITIES


Old Montréal and Old Port 

Home to century-old buildings, Old Montréal is filled with small, unique shops and restaurants that will make you feel like you are in a European city. If you are feeling on top of the world, take a horse carriage ride around this charming neighourhood.

  • Tyrolienne MTL Zipline
    • Hangar 16, 363 Rue de la Commune E, Montréal, QC
  • Bonsecours Market 
    • 350 St Paul St E, Montreal, QC H2Y 1H2
  • Notre-Dame Basilica
    • 110 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H2Y 1T2

Around the City of Montréal

  • Mont-Royal 
  • Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal 
    • 3800 Queen Mary Rd, Montreal, QC H3V 1H6
  • The Montréal Botanical Garden 
    • 4101 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal, QC H1X 2B2
  • The Montréal Biome
    • 4777 Pierre-de Coubertin Ave, Montreal, QC H1V 1B3
  • Rainbow Balls and Montréal’s Gay Village 
    • Rue Sainte-Catherine

GETTING AROUND


Lastly, getting around Montréal is particularly easy. Many of the places that I have listed are situated around the Downtown Core. With this in mind, the Metro is by far the best mode of transportation when you are in the city. For those who are travelling over the weekend, I highly recommend purchasing the weekend Metro pass to save you money. Unlike any subways I have taken, the Metro is by far my favourite.

Additionally, I recommend planning your trip strategically. Many of the places are at a walkable distance from one another, however, if you plan to be in one part of the city and another part at a certain time, Uber is an alternative option.


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