Discover Old Montreal
Old Montreal is the oldest district of the city. To help you explore this remarkable area, we've put together a mini-guide to activities, historic sites, restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops, tailoring them specifically for guests of Hôtel Nelligan. Let us know if you are looking for anything else - we're always delighted to help.
Landmarks & History
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
We’re proud to be home to Méchant Bœuf, known for its cocktails and dry-aged beef as well as Nelli for it’s reinvented comfort foods. In the summer, don’t miss Terrasse Nelligan, your neighbourhood rooftop gathering locals and visitors since 2002.
If you want to explore other culinary delights, we recommend Olive & Gourmando (inventive & generous daytime fare), Modavie (French bistro and wine bar with live music), Le Petit Dep (yummy snacks & local souvenirs) and Buvette Pastek (happy hours, brunch & wine).
Our favourite night spot is Philemon (a great spot for cocktails and dancing).
Attractions & Fun
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 Fitz & Follwell‘s private bike 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.
Stroll & Shop
St-Paul street is not only home to Hôtel Nelligan, but many cute shops as well like Maison Pépin, one of the city’s leading lifestyle retailers. On Notre-Dame street, you’ll find Swell & Ginger for luxury clothing.
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.