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Montreal is a city that mixes the charms of Europe and North America. The island hosts more than 100+ festivals year-round and is known to be a foodie city as well as a cultural hot spot. If you are in the city for work, you will have plenty of activities to do after 5:00 pm.
Travelling to Montreal without visiting Old Montreal would be your biggest mistake. By far the most popular attraction of the city, Old Montreal is beautiful. The oldest area of the city will make you feel like you are in Europe with its cobblestones streets and old French architecture dating back from the 17th century.
How to Get to Montreal, Quebec
The easiest way yo get to Montreal is by air through its airport Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL). You can also arrive by train or bus.
Montreal can be easily visited by foot, public transportation and bike. The STM is the name of the public transport company and has buses as well as a subway system. You can also use BIXI, a self-service bike system with more than 500 terminals.
Where to Eat in Montreal, Quebec
Montreal Bagels // Montreal bagels are one of a kind and are often compared to New York’s. But I hate breaking it to you Montreal bagels are better! There are two major bakeries that rival each other for the best bagel in the city, the Fairmount Bagel and Bagel St-Viateur. Both bagels are freshly made and have different flavours. St-Viateur bagels are my personal favourites, especially the sea salt and rosemary ones.
Schwartz’s Deli // The second must-eat plate in Montreal is Smoked Meat sandwich. This meat has been salted and curried with spices for about a week and then s hot-smoked and steamed to completion. The most renowned spot to get the meat is Schwartz’s Deli.
La Banguise // Poutine is a Quebec specialty that consists of French Fries, Gravy and Cheese Curds. There are countless restaurants and fast-foods that serve poutine but La Banquise is the most popular place and it stays open 24/7.
Wilensky’s // The legendary Wilensky’s has been open since 1932. The Jewish deli has the signature sandwich with is an egg bread with all-beef salami and all-beef baloney grilled with a hint of mustard.
Green Spot Diner // Montreal hot dogs are famous for being steamed. Order an “All dressed” steamie covered with cabbage slaw, onions and ketchup. The Green Spot diner is a great place to order one. To know all the other dishes to try in the city click here.
Things to See in Montreal, Quebec
Happy Hour // Go to a [email protected], the term for “Happy Hour”. We love having a good time so 1 hour of happy hour was not enough for us!
Outdoor Patio // In the summer go to a terrasse, an outdoor patio and enjoy the sun.
Attend a festival // Attend one of the 100+ festivals the city hosts. There is something for every taste to classical music to the hottest DJs in the world.
Mount Royal // Go to the Mount Royal, the little mountain overlooking the city. It has various lookout points to admire the city’s skyline.
Lachine Canal // Lachine Canal is my favourite sport in the city, a park and a national historic site located in the southwest of Montreal. It is a 14km waterway and a park. It is close to the Atwater farmers market; so grab something to eat and do a picnic by the water.
Also check out:
- Yorkville, Toronto After 5:00 pm
- Montreal, Quebec After 5:00 pm
- Gatineau, Quebec After 5:00 pm
- Ottawa After 5:00 pm
- Mount Pleasant, Vancouver After 5:00 pm
- Toronto After Five