CANADA

Guide to Montral, Québec

Montreal was my first visit to Canada and my gosh, c’est si bon! It is crazy how just a few hours from New York and you are completely immersed in a new culture. This French speaking city is considered the cultural capital of Canada, and it’s easy to see why.

We stepped out of the terminal to -14 degrees (wind chill of -24), cobbled stoned streets and fresh snow covering the pathways – and they said New York was cold! Artwork sprawled walls and quaint cafes lined the way to our AirBnB in the Plateau Mont-Royal. The main thing that caught me off guard is how lovely the people were there. Coming from the big city, it’s refreshing to travel somewhere where everyone is so nice despite the language barrier! Here are the top things I recommend if you are new to Montreal.

Le Plateau-Mont-Royal

MONTREAL, QC, CANADA
As we booked last minute I wanted to book in Old Montreal but could only find an affordable AirBnB left in Le Plateau. Little did I know this was a complete blessing in disguise. Le Plateau was one of the most thriving areas we visited – filled with eateries, bars, shopping, the lot. It is also considered one of the most beautiful boroughs of Montreal. Compared to Old Montreal being very pricey and touristy. I would stay in Le Plateau again every time.

Hire A Car: I feel like I say this in every travel post! I researched before I left and many blogs said the metro system is so good you don’t need a car – which is true! But having no internet on your phone means you can’t find the metro system… meaning taking taxis… meaning I should have just hired a car in the first place.

If you have internet in Canada, then choose metro. If you are working off wifi, just get a car – it’s so much cheaper in the long run. Also if you do hire a car, don’t do Airport pickup. It is very out of the way, choose something in Plateau or Downtown. I’ve provided a link in the header.

La Banquise

994 RUE RACHEL E, MONTRÉAL, QC H2J 2J3, CANADA

So many Poutine options! Actually… only Poutine options. For those of you who don’t know Poutine are French fries topped with melted cheese curds and gravy. And if you are in Montreal, you must try this.

Cafe Myriade

Best coffee I had while in Montreal and also has small things to eat. Near the shopping area if you are wanting to catch up on some retail therapy.

Restaurant L’Avenue

922 AVENUE DU MONT-ROYAL E, MONTRÉAL, H2J 1X1, CANADA

Nutella crepes, french toast and eggs benedict oh my! This place was incredible for both food and service. Before each meal they bring out a complimentary fruit skewer. Oh, and don’t leave without going to the bathroom… strange request but probably the coolest I’ve been into.

L’Entrepôt Mont-Royal

$5 everything! Sounds great within itself, but these aren’t tapas sizes. I got a huge vegetable burger with the yummiest seasoned fries I’ve ever tasted… all for $5. I was baffled! Warning that there is usually a huge line outside, but well worth the wait – I promise!

St-Viateur Bagel

263 RUE SAINT VIATEUR O, MONTRÉAL, QC H2V 1Y1, CANADA

We were lucky enough there was a bagel store right under the apartment. It was similar to a deli style where they produce fresh Bagels daily. They sure do give NY a run for it’s money – and they’re so cheap!

Old Montréal

303 RUE NOTRE-DAME E, MONTRÉAL, QC H2Y 3Y8, CANADA

Although I’m happy we didn’t find accommodation here, it was still magical to see. It really is… old. Old and beautiful. With quaint bars and restaurant lining the cobbled street paths, Old Montreal is a must do attraction.

Basilique Notre Dame de Montréal

BASILIQUE NOTRE DAME DE MONTRÉAL, 110 RUE NOTRE-DAME O, MONTRÉAL, QC H2Y 2V5, CANADA

I’m not one to usually recommend churches when travelling, but Notre Dame was so beautiful. Known as one of the crown jewels in Quebec’s rich religious heritage.

Mount Royal

MOUNT ROYAL, QC, CANADA

The mountain from where Montreal originally was named. We walked to the bottom where we caught a bus to the top of Mount Royal. In Summer I would just suggest walking all the way, but the icey roads and snow really made this difficult for us. The views are beautiful and well worth the effort.

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