Montreal is a truly remarkable destination. It’s a very old city and has less than 2 million full-time residents, but last year it saw more than 11 million visitors. For those who love to wander and take in the sites, Montreal has plenty to offer, from old, cobblestone streets to gorgeous churches. Foodies will find plenty to keep them happy, too, as Montreal is a popular culinary scene. Add to that a plethora of cultural activities from theater to one of the best jazz scenes in the world and you’ll have no problem adding Montreal to your wish-list of travel spots. For more insight, here’s where you should stay, where you should eat, and what you should do when visiting.
Where To Stay
Auberge du Vieux-Port
Montreal has plenty of incredible hotels to pick from, and honestly, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with any of the choices. However, our pick is Auberge du Vieux-Port. That’s primarily due to its architecture and location. The building is old and cozy, much like the rest of rue de la Commune, where it’s located. The 18th-century buildings and cobblestone streets will make you feel as if you stepped back in time. The hotel is the only one located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, so if you happen to visit in the summertime you’ll have an amazing view of fireworks and festivals.
Where To Eat
Much like the hotel scene, there are really too many excellent restaurants in Montreal to pick the “best.” That’s why it’s a foodie’s paradise. However, if you’re looking to “eat local,” you simply must try Manitoba. Every single ingredient in every single item on the menu has been harvested locally from Canada’s forests, lakes, and other wooded areas. You’ll find Canadian lobster, duck, and even seal meat on the menu, as well as plenty of vegan and vegetarian options that are all locally sourced.
What To Do
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
We’re suckers for churches, especially when they also double as beautiful works of art. That’s what you get with the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal. It’s nearly 200 years old, and the architecture is the kind of gorgeous, gothic style you’d only expect to find in Europe. Two towers highlight the outer architecture, while inside you’ll find hundreds of wooden carvings as well as the centerpiece—a Casavant Freres pipe organ from 1891.