The best place to start your day is the Notre-Dame Basilica, a stunning display of Gothic revival architecture. Next, head to the Place Jacques-Cartier for its lively café atmosphere, or climb the 192 steps of the Clock Tower to see the amazing view of the Port and the Saint-Lawrence River. Make sure to explore St-Paul Street, known for its stunning architecture, including the Bonsecours Market, which has a wonderful selection of Canadian crafts.
For the ones who love nature, don’t forget to take a long walk on the Canal Lachine. You can rent boats, canoes and pedal boats without a license. Then stop by Atwater Market, a public market housed in a notable art deco building where you will find many fresh produces from local merchants.
If you have enough time, leave Old Montreal and explore Mount Royal Park. The view of the city from there is simply amazing.
Finally, visit the Botanical Garden, one of the most beautiful public gardens in the world.
Eat & Drink
And don’t miss Terrasse Nelligan in the summer. If you want to explore other culinary delights, we also recommend Olive & Gourmando (light, delicious fare), Garde-Manger (incredible seafood), Modavie (French bistro and wine bar), Maison Christian Faure (delicious pastries) and Le Cartet (a resto/boutique).
And our favourite night spot is Philemon (a great spot for cocktails and dancing).
One of our favourite things to do in the summer is ride the ferris wheel at the Grande Roue de Montréal, or lounge around at Clock Tower Beach. In the winter you’ll find us at the Natrel Skating Rink. Pointe à Callière Museum has amazing displays related to archaeology and history. We also highly recommend seeing the infamous Cirque du Soleil. Finally the best way to see the city is via a tour; we recommend the guided bike tours with Ça Roule!, guided cruises with Bateau-Mouche, or Guidatour‘s private walking tours.
In case of rain, discover the famous Underground City of Montreal
Located in the heart of the city, this pedestrian network connects metro stations to many shopping plazas for over 32 km.
Want to have fun? Meet at the Quartier des spectacles. Located in downtown Montreal, it is the city’s cultural heart.