Montreal is commonly referred to as the Paris of Canada. The city is very charming with French influences and modern Canadian touches. I was here for a work trip, so I really only had one full day to explore the city.
The main language is French, but most people from the city can speak English really well. The people here are very nice and friendly, and are very helpful when you have questions on getting around.
Where: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
When: July 2015
Hotel: Courtyard Marriott Montreal Downtown
Flight: United Airlines
Peak time to visit- Depends on what type of weather you like. For me summertime
My hotel was centrally located in downtown near the office and near the main sites. I woke up around 10am, and headed out to start my day. First stop for me was lunch in China town.
- China town
(Noodle soup with brisket and meatballs at Pho Bac 97)
2. Notre Dame Basilica
The walk from Chinatown to the Notre Dame was about 5 minutes. I loved looking at the historic buildings while enjoying the beautiful weather.
- Tip- If your schedule allows, make sure to attend the free guided tour. Check the website for updated times.
- Tip- The price to get in is $5CAD
3. Mont Royal
We took a quick ride up to Mont Royal to take in the city of Montreal. This is a great place to hike, bike or just relax.
(View of city from rest stop)
4. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
We took an Uber to get to the museum since we were on a tight schedule. If you don’t feel comfortable in an Uber, there are taxis everywhere.
5. Shopping at Rue Saint Catherine St.
7. Boulangerie Premiere Moissson
Grab a cheap snack right across the street from the park. After all the walking we did, we needed a break. This bakery is affordable and is located underground in the Montreal Central Station. They have a variety of pastries as well as savory items.
(Delicious pate and bread for $5CAD)
8. Old Montreal
9. Dinner at Hambar in Old Montreal
This place was delicious and was the perfect cap to our busy day. They specialize in cured meats with fresh flavors.
Montreal is such a unique city, and I can’t wait to visit again.