A few weekends ago, I took a trip to Montreal for the weekend. It was just starting to cool down for fall, and was absolutely beautiful. As a first timer, I was surprised by the strong European influence on the area. It is definitely the perfect place to go for unique, different experience. Here is a recap on everything I did while I was there.
After the drive up, I stopped to check in at the Westin Montreal. It was around evening time, so I took a walk around the boardwalk area before having dinner at Les Soeurs Grises.
Dinner consisted of a bunch of small plates, all with a very European and French influence. If you didn't already know, Montreal is in Quebec, which is the well known province for having French as the first language. That means everywhere you go, you hear French instead of English.
Day 2 started off with Breakfast at Olive and Goumando, a small bakery and restaurant. I shared a chia pudding which was covered in fresh fruit and Mediterranean egg skillet.
After breakfast, I took a short walk over to the Pointe-a-Calliere, otherwise known as Montreal's museum of archaeology and history. Inside, there is old remnants of Montreal's old city. Exhibitions range from family friendly and archaeology to the history of Montreal. It was a perfect start to the trip. After, we walked around Bonsecours Market, and then took a snack stop at Place Jacques Cartier. They had a stand serving fresh maple syrup rolled in snow, which is very traditional in Canada.
After the quick stop, I walked around the rest of old Montreal and took pictures of the gorgeous architecture.
Dinner was at Le Jardin Nelson, a place well known for it's beautiful outdoor garden seating, along with live jazz every night. The aura of the place was magical, and the food was great too.
Following dinner, I took a quick walk over to the Notre-Dame Basillica of Montreal, to finish off the day. The church was absolutely stunning inside, and my camera just didn't do it justice.
A quick drive brought me over to a funky diner known as Faberge, serving dishes such as smores waffles and pb&j french toast.
The botanical gardens was the next stop for the day. This stop took up most of the day, so I recommend setting aside a whole day if you choose to do it. It is all part of Space for Life, and i got a pass that had both access to the gardens and the biodome. The biodome was very similar to a zoo/aquarium type setting, focused on having full sections dedicated to a certain part of the world.
Tonight's dinner was found at Pizza Il Focolaio, a classic wood oven pizza place. It was made with fresh ingredients, and you could see the glowing of fire from the oven in the kitchen. After dinner, I walked around the area to get a view of it at night, and then had dessert at Chocolat Favoris, a place specializing in soft serve ice cream dipped in chocolate (of which they have over 10 flavors!) I had maple/vanilla ice cream swirl dipped in crunchy hazelnut dark chocolate.
I happened to be in Montreal around the time of their annual food festival, YUL EAT, so I stopped there to walk around in the morning and grab some snacks. It was filled with local delicacies, and small shops from restaurants. A great stop if it is happening when you visit, it gives you a taste of Montreal that only the locals usually get. Following, I took a drive over to Les Boules Roses, an artistic piece that takes up a series of streets in the city.
The last stop before heading home was Montreal Biosphere, a large sphere known for it's appearance at the World's Fair.
I hope you found this blog post helpful, or that you at least enjoyed hearing about it and looking at the pictures. I apologize for being missing on the blog in the past few weeks, but I;m back, and with a lot of fun fall posts in store. If you have anything you want to see on the blog this fall, please let me know in the comments below. Have a fantastic week!
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