A weekend of joie de vivre in Montreal
With a French heart and a distinctly Canadian charm, Montreal is a chic city ready to be explored. I jetted north to celebrate my birthday and was won over instantly. Here's how to make the most of your long weekend to Québec’s biggest city.
Ritz Montreal - Original Ritz located downtown in the Golden Mile. Classic elegance and excellent service.
William Gray- Contemporary boutique hotel in Old Quarter. Great shared space with pool tables and popular rooftop in summer months
When booked through Wandering Eye Co you will receive exclusive complimentary amenities, upgrades and discounted rates
L’Express or Holder - classic french bistro
Foxy - amazing wood fired food
Foiegwa - Trendy spot for brunch or dinner. Truffle pasta to die for
A Po Di Piu or Nora Gray - Solid Italian spots
Joes’ Beef - Renowned restaurant of Montreal
Schwartz or Arthurs Nosh Bar - Jewish Deli’s known for smoked meats - expect a line
Cafe Stash - Polish comfort food in cozy corner spot
Sumac or Damas - Middle Eastern - cheap and delish
Olive & Gourmando - Great fresh brunch or lunch
The cold room, Atwater or Cloakroom - Start or end the night at these hidden Speakeasy cocktail joints
Montreal Museum of Fine Art - Impressive collection housed in two unique buildings
Upstairs Jazz Bar or House of jazz for great live music
Notre Dame Basilica - The ceiling is magical
Walk the Old Quarter - Check out L’Affichiste Vintage Print Shop
Mount Royal Park - perfect for day hikes and sights of the city from above
Le Plateau - Known for independent galleries and a dynamic community
Jean-Talon Market - Permanent open air market in Montreal’s Little Italy with vendors selling all types of produce, meats, cheeses, fish & baked goods.
Bota Bota- Unique spa on the Saint-Laurent River
in the know
Walkable city with charming neighborhoods and riverfront paths
Reservations highly recommended for dinner. Even when planning to sit at the bar
Weed is officially leagal in Canada. Dispensaries are located downtown Montreal and anywhere you can smoke a cigarette, you can smoke a joint. Just FYI….
Bota Bota provide robes and towels, but don’t forget flip-flops (or hotel slippers). Can be busy so plan visit accordingly.
Direct flights from East Coast Cities. 2 hrs from Chicago. Even better - customs on the front end of return - straight home when you land
Looking for a longer getaway?...
Just eighty miles outside of Montreal, Mont Tremblant is the perfect spot to play in the snow. With cobblestone streets, breathtaking views, and some of the best slopes on the continent - it’s time or apres!
Wandering Eye Co can assist in booking hotels and custom itineraries. Please contact us for exclusive complimentary amenities, upgrades and discounted rates at select properties.
Caitlin helped me plan the perfect weekend away to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Montreal had the perfect mix of European romance and Canadian charm. Her expert recommendations really helped us get to know the city - for 3 days we wandered and ate our way through the city. Merveilleux!