Montréal (CANADA) – City Guide
Although they look prettier on autumn, this is a good time to visit romantic cities. If Montreal (Canada) was your choice, let me come up with some suggestions. But first, let me remind you all how great this city is: the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world (after Paris obviously), the largest city in the province, the second-largest in the country (after Toronto) and the fifteenth-largest in all North America.
And let me give you guys an important advice: before you walk on that plane, you better have the hotel reservation done, because they are often filled there. These are my main suggestions:
Sofitel Montréal Golden Mile (1155 SHERBROOKE OUEST) – a very well located hotel, with very nice facilities and fair prices.
InterContinental Montréal (360 SAINT-ANTOINE STREET OUEST) – that’s a classic. Luxe and comfort, all together in one.
The Ritz-Carlton, Montréal (1228 SHERBROOKE STREET WEST) – a fitness centre, a room massages, a business centre, 24-hour concierge service and client accompaniment service are some of the benefits of staying in a place like The Ritz.
Lowes Hotel Vogue (1425 RUE DE LA MONTAGNE) – you will find it right in the center of the city. There is a great place to stay.
Hotel Le Crystal Montreal (1100 RUE DE LA MONTAGNE) – classy and shinny… a beautiful hotel & spa.
Hotel Le St. James Montreal (355, RUE SAINT-JACQUES) – luxurious accommodations and a spectacular Victorian style. You will just love it. Prices are high, but the hotel is totally worth it.
Hotel Zero 1 (1 BOULEVARD RENÉ LEVESQUE EST) – this hotel has a modern and clean décor and very simple lines. Wi-Fi, kitchenettes with a microwave and refrigerator are some of the services available.
There are so many good restaurants, wine houses, bars and nightclubs in the city that you will find one at every corner. All you have to do is compare prices, because in general, the spaces and the food quality are okay. That’s why I only refer two places because these are THE spots that you really don’t want to miss:
DNA (355 MARGUERITE D’YOUVILLE STREET).
Baldwin Barmacie (115, LAURIER OUEST).
If you want to do some shopping, these are the places that I suggest:
Unicorn Boutique (5135 SAINT-LAURENT) – clothes and accessories for the ladies.
Domison (4117 SAINT-LAURENT) – the best options for furniture and decoration.
Lola & Emily (3475 BOULEVARD SAINT-LAURENT ) – “is a women’s clothing and accessories boutique that mixes a well edited selection of the season’s trends with timeless pieces that every woman needs in her wardrobe.”
I think that every time you travel, you should take time to see some art. I bet you’d agree. Here are the best museums and galleries of the great city of Montréal:
Push Gallery (425-372 STE-CATHERINE OUEST).
Quartier Libre (3200, RUE JEAN-BRILLANT).
Montréal Museum of Fine Arts (1380, RUE SHERBROOKE OUEST).
Montréal Museum of Contemporary Art (185 RUE STE-CATHERINE OUEST).
Pointe-à-Callière Museum (350 PLACE ROYALE).
Places not to miss:
There are so much green spaces in the city, it is incredible. So you need to take advantage of it either doing picnics, or just biking. Here are a selection of parks and bikes:
Parc du Mont-Royal (Mile-End/Outremont) – here you can climb the mountain for a great view of the city.
Parc Lafontaine (Plateau) – perfect if you want to see some ducks and swimming dogs.
Parc Dante (Little Italy).
Lachine Canal (Old Port).
Voilá. This is my Montréal city guide. I hope I’ve been helpful. Bonne voyage and enjoy your stay in this magnificent city.