One of Quebec’s most happening cities, Montreal is a Mecca of fine art, great food and amazing tourist locations. Whether you’re looking for some relaxation or the ultimate face-paced experience, the city is sure to provide. During your next visit, check out these destinations to get the most from Montreal.
1. Enjoy the outdoors at Parc du Mont-Royal
As the name suggests, Parc du Mont-Royal occupies one of Montreal’s mountains, encompassing the highest point in the city. In addition to the unbeatable views this provides, visitors can admire the natural wildlife and greenery, go for a walk or jog, pack a picnic or visit the cross-country ski trails.
2. See the sights at Parc Olympique
Parc Olympique was originally built for the 1976 Summer Olympics. Since then, it’s become a flourishing tourist spot, with events and activities offered year round. Notable attractions include the Montréal Tower, a lookout which tilts at a 45 degree angle, and Winter Village, which is open from December to March and offers activities including a skating rink.
3. Go green at the Biosphère
Though it’s currently undergoing some renovations, this environmental and architectural landmark will remain open to the public. The iconic spherical structure was originally the United States pavilion in Expo 67, the 1967 World’s Fair. In 1995, the structure was redesigned and became a museum dedicated to the environment.
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4. Take a tour of the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal
Regardless of personal faith, this beautiful basilica is a breathtaking spot for all visitors. The tour covers the history of the building and allows visitors to appreciate the many works of art. The basilica itself is considered by many to be a work of art, constructed in the Gothic Revival style.
5. Browse the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal
Known also as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this destination is a must-see for art lovers. With over 41,000 works ranging from painting and graphic art to sculpture and decorative art, there’s sure to be exhibits suited to all tastes. The collection is divided into four pavilions: one for international art, one for world cultures, one for decorative arts and design, and the newest one dedicated to Quebec and Canadian art.
6. Go grocery shopping at Jean-Talon Market
If you crave fresh food and a neighborly atmosphere, head to Jean-Talon Market in Montreal’s Little Italy. Admired as one of Montreal’s oldest public markets, Jean-Talon offers products ranging from fresh produce to cheese and baked goods year round.
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7. Indulge your inner music geek at Archambault
If you took Barnes & Noble and combined it with your favorite music store you might get Archambault. Considered Quebec’s largest music store, it’s easy to lose yourself in the extensive collection of CDs, sheet music, instruments, books, DVDs and more. With a location in Place des Artes in Montreal, this famous music retailer should be a priority stop on your trip.
8. Eat poutine at La Banquise
Poutine, French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy, is considered one of Montreal’s most popular dishes. At the top of the poutine game is La Banquise, a family-owned restaurant that’s open 24 hours a day and offers more than 30 different types of poutine (including a vegan option!) Even if poutine is not your thing, the menu also offers classic options like burgers and fries, as well as a selection of breakfast food.
9. Get a smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz’s
Smoked meat is another classic Montreal dish. There’s no better place to get it than at Schwartz’s, a classic Jewish deli founded in 1928. Favored by locals and visitors alike (not to mention the occasional celebrity), Schwartz’s is a Montreal landmark worth stopping at for a meal.
10. Stay out until dawn on Boulevard Saint-Laurent
This iconic street offers plenty of options day or night. However, there is no better place to explore Montreal’s nightlife than this happening boulevard, referred to simply as the Main. Whether you’re looking to dance the night away at a nightclub, chug beer at a dive bar or enjoy some great live music in a small venue, Boulevard Saint-Laurent is your number one nighttime destination.