48 hours in Montreal

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I went to Montreal over the weekend for a wedding, and had a great time discovering a new city with the 48 hours of free time that I had. Here was my discovery itinerary:

FRIDAY

  • 10:30am walk from my hotel (Sofitel in Sherbrooke street)  to the Musee des beaux arts with a breakfast coffee in the cafe upstairsimageIMG_3931I really enjoyed the cathedral replicas..
  • IMG_3985. and the  cool Tolouse Lautrec exhibit…IMG_3986
  • 11:30am a little bit of window shopping in the beautiful department store Holt Renfrew next door and Sherbrooke Street actionIMG_3984
  • 12:00 lunch at Ferreira. Good fish and a great atmosphere but it was ok not amazing img_1016
  • 1:00pm  I decided to copy the NY times walk that the had in the best of Montreal, to get a view of the city, and here’s what I got: First off McGill College and it’s Roddick Gates IMG_3987I continued walking east on Sherbrooke until  Boul. St.-Laurent to take a walk through its trendy shops. There was a festival going on so it was pedestrian and cool!IMG_3988 I continued north on St.-Laurent to Rue Prince Arthur. Prince Arthur is a pedestrian mall with many outdoor cafes IMG_3989I Continued along Prince Arthur until  St.-Louis SquareIMG_3990Crossed the Square to Rue St.-Denis and took it south all the way through the Latin Quarter to Vieux Montreal. some great cafes on the ay and a lovely umbrella ceiling in honor of Mary Poppins that was in townIMG_3991..
  • 3:30pm I finished my programmed walk at the beautiful Hotel de Ville ….img_0903… and did some shopping at Marche Bonsecours, which used to be one of Canada’s ten finest heritage buildings . I got some wonderful pate at Labo Gourmand and coffee at Cafe des Arts IMG_3977
  • 4:30pm Walk back through St Paul street, a wonderful pedestrian street full of great shops and galleries. some of my favorites Denis Gagnon and Galerie Le Royerimg_0914img_0911img_0913
  • 9:00 pm dinner at le Club Chasse et Peche. A fabulous meal was had by all. The braised piglet rissotto is spectacularimg_1017

SATURDAY

  • 10:30am Walk to the Mile end for breakfast and a lot of food. We had coffee at Cafe Olimpico(their lattes were as good as advertised), Bagels at St Viatour Bagels,  and I had a gluten free crepe at La Crepiere
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  • 11:30am Walked down Parc avenue towards Mont royal , looking at all the crazy stores and architecture. A highlight was the store Renaud Brayimg_1015
  • 12:00pm Mont Royal – man walking this is pure exercise, so many hills and stairs, but great mountain and greenery in the middle of the cityimg_1014
  • 1:30pm Lunch at Brasserie T! a very cute place, the more casual joint of the owners of Toque! one of the most popular restaurants in the city. It is in the Place des Arts which was great as there was a festival going on.
  • 3:00pm walk to Notre Dame img_0995img_0966img_0969how amazing and relevant was the sign leaving Notre Dame: Love, unlimited supply
  • 4:00pm Jacques Cartier plaza and old city drinksIMG_3992
  • 6:00pm wedding cocktail reception
  • 10:00pm post cocktail drinks at Maison Bouludimg_0992

SUNDAY bonus

  • Brunch at Cafe Parvis with a walk through Musee McCord outdoor beautiful treeIMG_3935

MONTREAL QUICK THOUGHTS

  • love how absolute last century the city is:there was a DVD rental place, CDs in the gift shop we went in, payphones in every corner and an HMV.
  • Starbucks was awesomely redundant cafe Starbucks coffee 🙂

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