24 Hours in Montreal

Montreal is one of the most beautiful cities in Canada. Known for its mix of European and North American architecture, its out-of-this-world food, its eccentric fashion industry and its French je ne sais quoi, you’re sure to have a good time in this lovely city.

Breakfast + Coffee 

Start your day off right with a cappuccino from Tommy Café + Apéro. This gem is sure to give you the caffein kick you will need to keep you going throughout the day.

Vieux Port area
Old Port of Montreal

Spend the morning exploring the beautiful Old Montreal area. Start at the mesmerizing Basilique de Notre Dame where you’ll be able to take a peak inside one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Canada. Just outside the basilica you’ll also find Place d’Armes, a beautiful and historic public square.

Next, walk down a block few blocks and stroll along Rue Saint Paul to soak in the European feel of the area. You’ll find many galleries to explore as well as tons of souvenir shops, with the street ending at Place Jacques Cartier, another of the city’s beautiful public squares. Here you’ll find tons of merchants selling paintings, jewelry, etc. as well as performers. Once there, you’ll be but a stone’s throw away from the Bonsecours Market. Here you’ll find cute little shops and restaurants. From there, take a stroll along the water and walk around the Vieux Port.

Basilique Notre-Dame

Satisfy your appetite with a huge serving of dumplings at Qing Hua Dumpling in Chinatown. For only $6.50 you’ll get a huge plate of dumplings. Our faves are pork + cabbage and beef + onion. Grab a little extra pick-me-up at La Maison des Délices where you’ll find some great bubble tea and asian-inspired pastries.

Mile End + Plateau-Mont-Royal 

After lunch, spend the afternoon shopping around the Mile End area. There are tons of cute little shops so this is the perfect place to find that one of a kind Montreal fashion piece. Once you’ve had your fill of shopping, continue your afternoon by exploring the Plateau-Mont-Royal area. Head to the Parc du Mont-Royal for some killers views of the city.

Rue Saint Paul

After all that walking and exploring, have a bite at CINKO. All food items here are only $5! Next, have a little dessert at Chocolats Favoris for some delectable ice cream cones.

Quartier des Spectacles 

Spend the evening enjoying a well deserved night out by catching a show at Place des Arts for a culture-filled evening. We’ve recently been to The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess and had a blast!

Place des Armes

After the show, swig champagne at La Champagnerie because who really needs an excuse to drink champagne anyways? If you’re more in the mood for cocktails head to Le Lab for some delightful concoctions. None of these your thing? Check out NYKS Bistro & Pub for a totally laid back atmosphere and great beer.

Hanging out in a cute little park/hideaway near Basilique Notre-Dame


Check out this handy map to help you get around the city!

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