Montreal is a beautiful, lively city on an island in the Saint Lawrence River. It’s the second biggest city in Canada, as well as the second biggest French-speaking city in the world after Paris.
One of the biggest misconceptions of the city is that if you don’t speak French, you’ll get totally lost from the language differences. Montreal is a huge commercial and economic centre, which means most people can speak English as well. Either way, trust me, Montreal is a must-see city in Canada.
Here is my top 5 things to do in Montreal:
Old Montreal and the Old Port
Montreal was founded in 1642 and still has many old buildings and cobblestone streets of the era. It is full of museums and the Montreal Notre-Dame Basilica. Wander around the area or take a tour to find out a bit more about this beautiful old part of the city. Then, head to the Old Port. This historic port stretches over 2km on the Saint Lawrence and during the summer if it’s hot enough, spend some time on the Clock Beach!
The namesake and foundation of the city. Mount Royal is a three-summit hill (or small mountain) in Montreal. Spend some time in the park and get one of the best views of the city, visit the St. Joseph’s Oratory, or simply walk around the Plateau Mount Royal borough, which is filled with colourful houses, little cafés and bookshops.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts)
Every top 5 needs a museum. Montreal has many really great museums to visit, and this one so happens to be on TripAdvisor’s top 5 as well. It hosts over 41,000 pieces from anywhere between the Antiquity to today, from paintings, photography, to jewellry and sculptures, making it a great museum for the whole family; everyone can find something to their own taste.
Eat Poutine and fresh bagels
You can’t come to Québec without trying a poutine! This dish composed of french fries, gravy and cheese curds is a Canadian favourite and a must-try. Most poutine shops have all sorts of varieties with all sorts of toppings. One of my favourites? The pulled pork poutine.
Another must-try in Montreal is the fresh bagels. They are the best bagels I have ever tasted.
Try: St Viateur Bagels
Quartier des Spectacles
The cultural heart of Montreal. If you happen to visit during the summer, it is almost garanteed that you will find something to do! A free show, an art installation or a big festival like the Montreal Jazz Festival or the Just for Laughs festival. Even in the dead of winter, you are bound to find something entertaining in this area of the city!
Have you been to Montreal? What were some of your favourites?