such a timely article.
The last thing the world needs right now is a travel guide, isn’t it? So pointless!
Well, someday – soon, hopefully – we’ll be able to go back on the road once again and it’ll be like 2020 never happened. And when that day comes maybe you’ll feel a little overwhelmed by all the possibilities out there. So many places, so little time! So think of this post as a public service. Maybe flying to Europe will be out of the question, so why not go visit the next best thing: Montreal!
If you love food – like me – you’ll be delighted to know Montreal is a great destination for food adventures. Last summer my bff and I got up to the beautiful city with a long list of places to eat – we took the bus (last minute decisions) but I suggest taking the train for real European vibes, besides we love sparing the environment, don’t we.
Montreal City Guide
It’s a typical tourist activity, so you can’t skip this one. The Montreal smoked meat sandwich is a culinary icon: whole brisket brined up to two weeks in a spice mix, smoked, steamed, and stacked high on light rye with a dash of yellow mustard. It’s absolutely delicious.
3895 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1X9, Canada
Schwartz’s is a legend and has been around for over 90 years. It’s so popular, there’s always a line outside. But the service is quick and the wait isn’t long. It’s a small, crowded, loud place and you’re encouraged to order fast, eat, and head out – no hanging around for too long. It’s a great experience though!
206 Rue Bernard O, Montréal, QC H2T 2K4, Canada
Cozy up with some hot chocolate at the bohemian Le Dépanneur Café. The decor is over-the-top vintage, French, and unique. A lovely place to have a chat, sit down and relax before you move on to your next meal.
312 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2A3, Canada
Not exactly cheap – not at all – but they have the best brioche buns I’ve ever had!!! that alone makes it worth it.
A nice, cozy, tiny place that resembles a cave will sure make you feel like you’re in some obscure town somewhere in Europe. The ambience is great, the decor is amazing, and the menu is fantastic.
Time for dessert!!
You can’t go to Montreal – or anywhere for that matter – and not get dessert. Maison Christian Faure has outstanding pastries that will leave you in awe. It costs a pretty penny but you deserve it. It’s been a hard year.
436 Place Jacques-Cartier, Montréal, QC H2Y 3B3, Canada
A lovely place for lunch. You can have some drinks overlooking the square, watching people as they go about their day, tourists shopping, and street artists doing their thing. Order the Aperol Spritz and you’ll be transported to Italy. Then across the street and grab a caramel soft serve.
A beautiful cafe in a historical building. The grilled cheese is so good! And aesthetic pleasing coffee – very important.
Stay in Old Montreal
This historic neighbourhood is within walking distance to downtown and all the beautiful places mentioned on this list. We stayed in a very cozy airbnb in an old building and it was super affordable.
I hope this Montreal City Guide turns out useful at some point!
Thank you Montreal for the beautiful memories.