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.
Eat & Drink
We’re proud to be home to Méchant Bœuf, known for its cocktails and dry-aged beef, as well as Verses Bistro, known for its creative French dishes. 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.
Le Petit Dep is our favourite spot for barista coffee, specialty food items and local souvenirs. Maison Pépin is one of the city’s leading lifestyle retailers. For art, we recommend Galerie d’art Blanche, which features up-and-coming Quebecois artists, or local and international art at Galerie LeRoyer. Other wonderful spots include Artisans Canada, Bertrand Bookstore, and (conveniently located at the Nelligan) the Boutique Vaisseau D’Or.