Nicole’s Tour de Montreal

Bonjour! Montreal is one of my absolute favorite cities in Canada! I always have a love for French culture and language. We had the pleasure of being able to stay with friends in the Rosemont area of Montreal. This is pretty close to central downtown, so it was easy to walk or take transit to other areas of the city. In this blog post, I am going to give you a breakdown of the different areas we visited and the places we love in those areas including drinks, fashion and of course FOOD, and if you haven’t done so already be sure to catch my Montreal vlog HERE!!

 

 

 

 

OLD PORT

Montreal Old Port is one of the city’s main tourist areas and for good reason! It is so beautiful, and it looks like you’ve stepped into an old town in Europe. It has cobblestone roads, amazing century buildings and storefronts, hotels, restaurants, shops, and museums. It is a very popular area so be warned it can be busy and expensive.   

What to see:                       

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Cruise Ship Port and waterfront

Many cute shops and restaurants

Insta-worthy places: The whole thing! This area is really gorgeous and photogenic, just don’t get too carried away, I saw some people almost get hit by cars trying to get the perfect photo!

 

 

 

 

BOULEVARD SAINT-LAURENT

Boulevard Saint- Laurent is home to many eclectic stores, restaurants, and cafes. Most notably (for me) the wonderful vintage store, Eva-B. Eva B has not only some amazing fashion finds, but also has a wonderful café as well as a Barbeque restaurant attached. Stretched across 3 floors and several rooms, this store is easy to lose yourself in, but there are some amazing fashion pieces to be found!

What to see:

Eva-B’s – trust me you need to see it!

ROSEMONT

Rosemont was the neighborhood that we stayed in, and I have to say, this was one of my favourite areas of Montreal! This area had a very homey feel, the strip on Rue Mason has MANY cafés, brunch spots, breweries, cocktail bars, and boutiques.

What to see:

Bon-D (brunch restaurant)

La Distillerie no.3

Boulangerie Première Moisson

Maesmi Café

Les Coureurs de Jupons

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEST MOUNT

West mount is a picturesque part of town. Home to many restaurants, this area of Montreal seems a lot newer when compared to the historic buildings that dominate most of the city. We only ventured to this area for dinner at a very popular seafood spot, Lucille’s Oyster Dive. The interesting thing about this area is that, compared to the rest of Montreal, it is very anglophone, so you may not get as much of the French Canadian feel as you would other places in the city.

What to see: Loads of adorable store/restaurants fronts and a great area or Instagram photos

 

 

 

 

RUE SAINTE-CATHERINE 

This is one of the most beautiful streets in all of Canada and it is home to the LGBTQ community of Montreal! This is a pedestrian-only street packed with storefronts, restaurants, hotels and more! This street is full of life, color, and culture and is truly a place for everyone.

This street is known for its art and culture and is beyond Instagramable!

What to see:

The canopy of colourful balls over Saint Catherine Street

Contemporary Art Installations *IG friendly 

 

OTHER PLACES YOU GOTTA SEE IN THE MTL

Mount Royal https://www.lemontroyal.qc.ca/en

Parc Jean-Drapeau http://www.parcjeandrapeau.com/en/

Fireworks and beach party area https://www.aupiedducourant.ca/

La Fontaine Park https://www.mtl.org/en/what-to-do/activities/parc-la-fontaine

China Town https://www.mtl.org/en/experience/discover-neighbourhood-montreal-chinatown

As always peace in the streets and safe travels!
The Hamilton Hippie