A Three Day Weekend in Montreal
Montreal is the second largest city in Canada and the world’s second largest French-speaking city. Full of interesting neighborhoods, rich history, amazing food and beautiful parks, it’s the perfect place to spend a long weekend. Here is a 3-day itinerary to help you make the most of your time in the city!
Upon arriving to Montreal, check into Hotel Birks. Located in Phillips Square and walking distance from several sights, this affordable luxury hotel is the perfect place to spend a weekend in Montreal. Enhance your experience and book a room with a bathtub - you won’t regret it!
After settling in, head to the best spot in the city for crepes Creperie-Bretonne Ty-Briez! Also known for their onion soup and the house special, salade a l’ail (garlic salad), there is something for everyone to enjoy in this cozy spot!
Next up, walk a few blocks to Parc La Fontaine, the city’s oldest and most popular park. After wandering the park, grab a bike from the Bixi station right at the entrance (Montreal’s bike sharing service) and start biking towards the tree lined streets, charming townhouses and colorful murals of La Plateau. Some insta-friendly streets include Drolet Street, Julien Street and Laval Avenue.
After an afternoon of exploring, get ready for dinner and live entertainment at Borde’Elle Boutique Bar and Eatery! Stylish and located in Old Montreal, this Great Gatsby themed bar and restaurant offers creative cocktails, an Asian-French menu and a vibrant party scene with dancers and aerialists.
Exploring Old Montréal is best done on foot so start your day with a hearty breakfast at Olive et Gourmando. Indulge in some of the city’s best coffee and their specialty artisanal bread sandwiches or freshly baked pastries.
Start walking those delicious calories off and head to the Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal’s oldest Catholic Church. The landmark’s history and stunning architecture also make it the city’s most popular attraction.
Around the block, you’ll find Le Petit Cafe, a high-end convenience store. They have everything from souvenirs and candy to ice cream and ready-to-eat food options. Its beautiful storefront with pretty flowers and hand painted letterings also makes the perfect photo op!
If you’re ready for your next caffeine fix and/or want something yummy to munch on while you walk, make a stop at Tommy Café. This popular spot serves some great to-go lattes, as well as some great IG content with it’s cute decor, both inside and out.
For the oldest and most picturesque street in the city, head to Rue St-Paul. You will admire the many shops and galleries on this narrow, cobblestone paved street. Don’t miss the Bonsecours Market for art, fashion and accessories.
Continue on to the Old Port located along the Saint Lawrence River. Lots of fun things to do here, including water activities and walking tours. Visiting the La Grande roue de Montreal ferris wheel is a must - whether you’re taking a ride or just taking a picture.
Head to La Banquise for amazing poutine (a french fry dish with cheese curds topped with brown gravy). La Banquise has a ton of different options, so you’re bound to find something you like. (Tip: bring cash, no credit cards are accepted here). Take this back to your hotel and relax before dinner.
Montréal has some really amazing restaurants, one of our favorites is Veuve Chalet. This restaurant serves French/Canadian cuisine – the ambience is great and the oysters are even better. The staff is extremely friendly with great service.
Don’t skip out on the night life when you’re in Montreal. Bar Henrietta is a hip lounge with a very long wine list (and cocktails!). Order some bar snacks and you’re set for the entire night (we recommend the popcorn). The atmosphere here is inviting and warm, you won’t want to leave.
Wake up with a cup of coffee from Café Melbourne (super cute café). This café is known for its lucky charm latte.. who can pass up a latte covered in lucky charms? There are also many food options on their all day brunch menu such as avocado toast with Bulgarian feta and za’atar on sourdough (yum).
Pick up some bagels at St. Viateur Bagels for the road. This grab & go bagel store is open 24 hours and is well known for its wood-oven baked bagels with a variety of flavors and toppings. It is the perfect place to go for a late night snack or breakfast on the go.
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