Given that it’s surrounded by culture and shopping opportunities, with the museums of the Golden Square Mile as well as the Holt Renfrew department store and St. Catherine Street stores all nearby, the gardens at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal may come as a surprise. The manicured space sits behind Maison Boulud, and al fresco dining is offered in the summer months. Afternoon tea when the flowers are in bloom may prove to be the highlight on your trip. Film buffs may recognize the gardens and the Palm Court from their appearances in Barney’s Version. Mordecai Richler, one of Montreal’s most famous writers and the author of the novel upon which the film was based, was a regular visitor to the Ritz-Carlton Montreal.