Montreal is an incredible city with lots to offer. Thus far, I have only had the opportunity to spend a few days in Montreal, but I intend on returning!
Besides not spending a longer amount of time there, my only regret about the trip is not bringing my camera. I suppose I thought my camera would be too bulky, but now I realize that it is worth lugging around a heavy DSLR because I think it is so important to capture every moment. I have certainly learned my lesson.
We stayed at L’Hôtel Bonaventure Montreal. It was a lovely hotel, but such a maze! The best part of the hotel was unarguably the rooftop hot tub and pool- and the skyline.
Stroll on Rue Sainte-Catherine. This street is iconic in Montreal for its restaurants, shops, and exciting nightlife. Despite the modernity of this street, keep an eye out for the beautiful, old stone facades on the buildings. Breathtaking!
Eat crêpes. (Super cliche, I know, but it’s a bucket list thing.) We checked crêpes of the list with breakfast at Paris Crêpe, which is a quaint crêperie off Rue Sainte-Catherine. Despite its poor reviews online, we had a really enjoyable experience – the upstairs dining room had large, open windows which provided a nice breeze and the crêpes were delicious. I definitely recommend it! If cliche meals are your thing, try the poutine at Frite Alors, also off Rue Sainte-Catherine.
Le Tour de Montreal. The Montreal Tower is the world’s tallest inclined tower- 165m at a 45-degree angle! Located at the Olympic Stadium, take the elevator to the top of the tower for a stunning 360-degree view of Montreal. It’s also a great concert venue, we saw ACDC while we were there.
Old Montreal. This part of the city is so quaint! Walk along the dreamy cobblestone streets and drop into a pub or enjoy an ice cream cone in the Old Port of Montreal. The aesthetic of this neighborhood is incredible but is put off by the never ending tourist shops that all sell the same thing- just try to see past them. I suggest you walk down to Old Montreal, you can stop on the way to toss coins in the fountain across the street from the Notre-Dame Basilica.
Where should we check out next time we are in Montreal? What do you recommend? Have you been to any of these places? We love hearing from you!