Not to miss!
What makes Old Montreal so unique? The gorgeous architecture from the landmarks that populate this small part of the city. Get a glimpse of Montreal’s history by visiting Notre-Dame Basilica, a masterpiece of Gothic Revival & the breathtaking place where Celine Dion got married. Make sure to stop by Marché Bonsecours, as this 1847 landmark has all the made-in-Canada crafts that you need. Fan of archeology? Don’t forget to include the Pointe-à-Callière museum in your itinerary. It has an underground circuit that leads through archaeological excavations, including Indigenous settlements. There’s also a cute terrace at the top where you can witness amazing views of the Port & St-Lawrence river (open in summertime). Finally, if you walk along St-Jacques, many buildings are a sight for sore eyes and you’ll know just by looking at them. Make sure to check-out the City Hall which took 4 years to build in 1872 (currently closed to the public but you can see it from outside) as well as Place Jacques-Cartier; this area used to be an outdoor market in the beginning of the century.
To stay outside
Montreal is definitely a bike town! At almost every street corner, you’ll find a Bixi stand at which you can rent a bike every 30 minutes. In summertime, the city is really vibrant because Montrealers have spent so many months in the cold that excitement is really high. L’île St-Hélène is the island right in front of the Old Port & where many outdoor events take place. Soak up the sun at Jean-Doré beach & dance at Piknic Électronik at night! Traveling with kids? La Ronde is the most popular amusement park to attend, but if you want to stay in the Old Port, Voiles en Voiles is a pirate-themed amusement park with rope courses, climbing walls, inflatables and water games. Yoga lovers? Make sure not to miss our yoga sessions at Terrasse Place d’Armes. During the winter, go ice skating at Patinoire Natrel & party at Igloofest festival at night!
To shop & witness art
Montreal loves to promote entrepreneurship and the importance of buying local. St-Paul street is where you’ll find gorgeous made-in-Montreal pieces. Visit the Pépin Shop for unique pieces of furniture made by local designers and gorgeous decor. They also have an in-house coffee shop L’Amour du Pain where you can get your daily grind. For International designers & street style, stop by Ssense. Mlle Catherine is an ice cream shop with a boutique selling all kinds of cute local souvenirs. Art lovers, make sure to check out Phi Center; a multipurpose venue for arts & culture featuring concerts, film screenings & plays, plus exhibits. We also recommend the Galerie d’art Blanche for its exhibits of up-and-coming Montreal artists, and Galerie LeRoyer for its showings of local and international art.
To get around...
Let’s be honest, there are so many things to see and yet sometimes, not enough time to do it all. Well, it might sound touristy, but one of the best ways not to miss any of the oh-so-necessary spots is to take a tour. We recommend to take an open bus tour at the beginning of your trip, this way you can get a quick feel of the area & go back to the places that caught your eye. For active guests, make sure to try the bike tour with local company Fitz & Follwell. If you are not athletic, no problem! Hop on an electric scooter with a knowledgeable guide!
To eat & drink
Montreal’s culinary scene is pretty multicultural, and we’re here to give you our personal favourites. Besides our own French Brasserie 701, our cool isakaya Kyo Bar Japonais and rooftop Terrasse Place d’Armes, of course. Check out Jacopo for an authentic Italian menu with green velvet seats & an interior courtyard. Visit Le Bevo for amazing wood oven pizza & Garde Manger for fine dining. For coffee shops, our favourites are Ssense Café and Crew Collective. For drinks & nightlife, Philémon is the place to be.