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An Expert’s Recommendations for Montreal This Summer

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We asked Simon Bajouk, the fantastic concierge at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, to share some of his favorite Montreal experiences with us.

Start your day off with a visit in the Mile End neighborhood, an eclectic district where you will discover a young professional, hipster, and artsy crowd.

Our favorite spots:
Fairmount Bagel is the first and oldest bakery in town. The store is open 7 days a week 24 hours a day. They definitely make the freshest bagels in town!

Kem Coba Ice Cream, near Fairmount Bagel, Kem Coba’s ice cream and sorbet are one of the most popular places for desert. They have tasty, smooth, delicious flavors—like rosewater and raspberry lychee.

Café Olimpico: Nothing is better than a coffee at this institution. Get a cappuccino or iced coffee.

Continue your day with a visit on Victoria Street, between Sherbrooke Street West and President-Kennedy Avenue; For the fifth year, the McCord Museum is presenting “The Urban Forest,” a series of free music and swing dance performances along with food trucks. Passing pianists can take advantage of a piano to play, and the lunchtime crowd can eat at the picnic tables.

The southwest of Montreal, also called Griffintown District, is now the trendiest neighborhood in town. Visit the Atwater Market, an indoor/outdoor market where you will discover local and international products.

Once your Atwater Market hunt is finished, discover Lachine Canal. Order a hot dog to go at the maître saucissier (sausage master), William J. Walter. Eat your bratwurst by the water, where you’ll be able to see the iconic Five Roses building.

See more of Simon Bajouk’s recommendations, including his favorite bars and restaurants in Montreal. 

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