Destination Inspiration: Montreal
Montreal is a slice of Europe in North America. It is known for its summer festivals, bagels, friendly people, and poutine. The city is a fusion between old and new with classic Old Montreal and trendy neighborhoods such as Saint-Henri. Headed to Montreal? Here’s some travel inspiration:
(above cover photo by @montrealismes)
1. Mount Royal: The highest point in the city, Mount Royal is a popular place for locals and tourist alike. Whether it is a crisp fall day as seen on this post or a snowy day, the view from the top is pretty epic.
2. Bagels: No trip to Montreal is complete without savoring a delicious bagel. St Viateur Bagels is one of the most popular bagel shops in the city. They have been making bagels for over 55 years. If you missed a trip to St Viateur, do not worry! They also have a small shop at the airport open early in the morning!
3. Hockey: Many will tell you that hockey is not a sport, but a religion in Montreal. You can catch their beloved hockey team, Canadiens de Montreal in action during the regular season.
4. Poutine: One of things one must try in Montreal is poutine. This dish of fries, gravy, and cheese curds comes in many variations. From simple to haute, like this gourmet take on the dish with duck at Sofitel Montreal.
5. Atwater Market: Montreal is for foodies. At Atwater Market there are stalls with butchers, locally made cheese, fish mongers, among other locally made items. Tip: bring home pure maple syrup. You will never be able to taste the stuff you bought at the supermarkets again.
6. Notre-Dame Basilica: One of the largest churches in North America is better known to the outside world as the church where Celine Dion got married. This stunning space is a must see due to its intricate carvings throughout and stunning art.
7. Old Montreal: As you head to the southern part of the city, you encounter Old Montreal. The neighborhood is kept in its original state with its brick buildings, old churches, and cobblestone streets. You feel as if you are transported in time as you arrive from the modern city center. Go for a stroll in this historic neighborhood and discover unique shops and restaurants.
8. Le Plateau: This local favorite neighborhood is filled with colorful unique homes. Head to Boul St-Laurent Street for lively restaurants and bars such as Sparrow. Catch live jazz almost every night at Dieze Onze on Rue Saint Denis.
9. Marché Jean Talon: This farmers market in the Little Italy neighborhood is another favorite. It is open year round, even during the coldest winter days in Montreal. Aside from fresh food and produce, it also offers several ready to eat food stalls.
10. The seasons: Located in the northeast of North America, it experiences all four seasons. One of the best times of the year to experience the city is the fall. The city is currently in shades of orange, reds, and browns as the fall foliage peaks, making it perfect for photos.
This blog post was written by Jessica van Dop DeJesus. She is a travel and food content creator at The Dining Traveler. Follow her adventures on her blog, www.diningtraveler.com or on Instagram @diningtraveler or Twitter: @diningtraveler.