Make the most of Montreal

By Amy Rosoman

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Take a trip to Quebec’s island city. Enjoy everything cool in Montreal, come sun or snow – venture through quirky neighbourhoods, soak up cultural and culinary flavours and find bohemian vibes.

Tantalise those taste buds

Immerse yourself in the foodie hub of Montreal – with its abundance of bistros, delis, cafes and restaurants, you’ll have plenty of bites to try. Meet people from all over the world and soak up the atmosphere at Schwartzs Deli. Grab yourself a medium smoked meat sandwich, and slather on mustard for extra zest. Tuck into a delicious handmade bagel from St Viateur, made with honey and smothered in sesame seeds, then baked in-house. A generous portion of mouth-watering poutine from La Banquise is an absolute must-try – french fries, drenched in gravy and cheese, with extra toppings to suit your mood.

Where to stay: Fairmont Tremblant – Stay in a sanctuary just outside of Montreal, next to Mont-Tremblant. Soak up the beautiful scenery of the surrounding mountains, then indulge in delicious dining from a selection of flavourful menus.

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Wander through Plateau Mont Royal for a flurry of colour and quirky hangouts.

  • Schwartz's deli on St. Laurent in Montreal. ©Lee Brown / Alamy Stock Photo.

    A bite to eat

    Montreal is full of foodie goods, from savoury snacks to sweet treats, discover an abundance of cuisine.

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  • View over Parc Jean-Drapeau. © Société du parc Jean-Drapeau inc.

    See the sights

    Take a stroll around this park full of action and check out the great views from the top of the Biosphère.

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  • Bagel-making at St-Viateur Bagel Shop. ©St-Viateur Bagel Shop.

    Homemade deliciousness

    If you’re a bread fan, a Montreal bagel is a must – fresh and melt-in-the-mouth.

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Diverse city sights

Explore the blend of old and new throughout Canada’s largest city, Québec. Make your way to Place d’Armes in Old Montreal and admire the mix of architecture – from the first elegant skyscraper to the captivating interior of the Notre-Dame Basilica. Wander through Plateau Mont Royal for a flurry of colour and quirky hangouts. Discover Golden Square Mile, with its selection of museums. Visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts or the Pointe-à-Callière Museum, full of treasures from the past.

Where to stay: Intercontinental Montreal – After exploring big sights nearby, you can relax in a lavish retreat with an ideal location – close to Old Montreal and downtown. Take a dip in the indoor pool, enjoy a tipple in Bar Absinthe and soak up the seasonal changing décor of this stylish hotel.

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  • The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace. Level 1 – The Salons of the Belle Époque: Academic Art. Photo ©Marc Cramer.

    Creation and culture

    Soak up something inspiring, from unique pieces, to collections and exhibitions.

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Malls to markets

Discover a selection of retail therapy, from shopping malls bursting with big name clothing, accessories and homeware, to an array of eateries and coffee stop shops. Navigate your way through the underground pedestrian network in downtown Montreal, 33km of connecting passageways with 1700 shops and 200 restaurants. Spend a day at the Eaton Centre, a five-storey shopper’s paradise brimming with stores, restaurants and movie screens. Meander along Laurier Avenue, lined with gourmet shops and bakeries serving fine chocolates, fresh breads and local cheeses. Make a move to the open-air Jean-Talon market and feel tempted by all the fresh produce and treats.

Where to stay: Best Western Plus Montreal Downtown Hotel Europa – With an abundance of shops right on your doorstep, you can kick back here after a big day of shopping. Enjoy a break in the heart of the city, close to the action and the iconic Golden Square Mile.

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Outdoor expeditions

Montreal has a thriving outdoor scene, come summer and winter. Find your way to  Parc Jean-Drapeau, for its vast array of activities and places to visit – across two islands. Take to the waters by paddleboard in midsummer, or go sledging in wintertime. Enjoy an exhilarating day out at La Ronde, with its impressive rides including Monstre – the world’s tallest two-track wooden roller coaster. Hike up Mount Royal and overlook the city, or stroll through the luscious Botanical Garden to find beautifully themed areas.

Where to stay: Omni Hotel Mont-Royal – Go hiking up the neighbouring Mount Royal or venture further across the city for more adventurous activities. Before exploring, make the most of the fitness centre, indoor Jacuzzi and outdoor swimming pool.

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An evening for everyone

Venture around the city for an electrifying night out. Montreal oozes variety – laugh the night away over cocktails, take a trip to a wine bar, visit a brewpub, or go out all night long. Enjoy the quirks of Le 4e Mur, a basement bar with a big personality and a secret location. Sip on skilfully created drinks and listen to live music. Go out for a night of jazz at the intimate Diese Onze, with its small stage you can sit back, relax and take it all in. Or head to partygoer favourite Saint Catherine Street, to the renowned club Stereo, for international DJs playing house and techno all night long.

Where to stay: W Montreal – Your night begins here, with a choice of sleek and enticing bars. Enjoy tasty drinks and a unique experience at Wunderbar or the intimate atmosphere of Montreal’s smallest bar, Bartini.

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