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:
- 10:30am walk from my hotel (Sofitel in Sherbrooke street) to the Musee des beaux arts with a breakfast coffee in the cafe upstairsI really enjoyed the cathedral replicas..
- . and the cool Tolouse Lautrec exhibit…
- 11:30am a little bit of window shopping in the beautiful department store Holt Renfrew next door and Sherbrooke Street action
- 12:00 lunch at Ferreira. Good fish and a great atmosphere but it was ok not amazing
- 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 I 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! I continued north on St.-Laurent to Rue Prince Arthur. Prince Arthur is a pedestrian mall with many outdoor cafes I Continued along Prince Arthur until St.-Louis SquareCrossed 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 town..
- 3:30pm I finished my programmed walk at the beautiful Hotel de Ville ….… 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
- 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 Royer
- 9:00 pm dinner at le Club Chasse et Peche. A fabulous meal was had by all. The braised piglet rissotto is spectacular
- 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
- 11:30am Walked down Parc avenue towards Mont royal , looking at all the crazy stores and architecture. A highlight was the store Renaud Bray
- 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 city
- 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 how amazing and relevant was the sign leaving Notre Dame: Love, unlimited supply
- 4:00pm Jacques Cartier plaza and old city drinks
- 6:00pm wedding cocktail reception
- 10:00pm post cocktail drinks at Maison Boulud
- Brunch at Cafe Parvis with a walk through Musee McCord outdoor beautiful tree
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 🙂