A Treasure Map of Montreal, Quebec
Collected by Annette Baesel , AFAR Local Expert
It is 10 years since we bought a small vacation flat in Old Montreal. We think of Montreal as our second home and love to find new treasures every time we visit. There are great places to eat, walk, enjoy nature, listen to music, shop, stay, and learn. Think of this list as your personal treasure map.
4615 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1S3, Canada
Who needs cupcakes or doughnuts when there is pie? Especially when the pie comes in four-bite-sized portions. The tiny pies come a variety of ways:double crust, cream, and meringue and in a variety of flavors: fruit, pecan, key lime, lemon...
263 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2V 1Y1, Canada
A vibrant Jewish culture didn’t just bring kosher delis to Montreal, they also brought bagels. Once again however we see Montreal in an unlikely competition with its foodie rival New York. For a true Montreal bagel experience we stopped by...
Lasalle, QC H4H 1R3, Canada
Montreal's Parc des Rapides stretches along a vibrant, chaotic stretch of the famous Lachine Rapids of the St. Lawrence River. On one side of the long peninsula is the rush and whirl of water. On the other side are the quiet sheltered ponds of a...
Old Port of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada
Dim sum, gourmet hot dogs, pad thai noodles, meatballs, sausages, grilled cheese sandwiches, Vietnamese spring rolls, flaky pastry treats—all this and more will be served via food trucks this summer in Montreal. After a 50 year ban on street food,...
152 Avenue Mozart E, Montréal, QC H2S 1B4, Canada
Nicola Travaglini opened his fine food boutique last fall hoping to share the delicious bounty of Italy with the food lovers of Montreal. He has succeeded and then some. Travaglini and his business partner Domenico Armeni have created an inviting...
4601 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal, QC H1X 2B1, Canada
At 185 acres, the Montréal Botanical Garden is less than a third the size of Mount Royal Park, but it manages to fit a remarkable collection of some 22,000 plant species and cultivars into that space, organized into 20 thematic gardens and...
447 Rue Saint-François-Xavier, Montréal, QC H2Y 2T1, Canada
When it comes to hotels, there are many wonderful choices in Old Montreal. But our personal favorite is Auberge Bonaparte. It is a small, quiet hotel of 30 rooms with wood floors, stone walls, large rooms, and attentive staff. The hotel is housed...
110 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T2, Canada
A church—or, at least, a small chapel—has stood on the site of the Basilica of Notre-Dame since shortly after Ville-Marie (Montréal's predecessor) was founded in 1642. The current building, however, dates to 1829 and was...
351 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A7, Canada
This perennially popular bakery and sandwich spot can feel somewhat out of place. With its cozy atmosphere in a plant-filled space, and its menu of warm panini, delicious sandwiches on artisanal breads, generous salads, and perfectly executed...
1615 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K3, Canada
Coocoo for chocolate? Head over to the Boulevard Saint-Laurent location of this local chain and order the molten hot chocolate with a brownie. Or maybe the lava cake. Or how about a crêpe, lathered with hazelnut chocolate sauce and topped with a...
1001 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J4, Canada
While the map says it's located in Montreal's Chinatown, do not let yourself be scared of labels. The area is more of a melting pot of several Asian cultures rather than the Chinese alone—luckily for us, if I do say so: the more the merrier! Pho...
Vieux-Port de Montreal, Entrée McGill de la Commune Ouest &, McGill St, Montreal, QC H2Y 2E2, Canada
If you dare for your spa experience to be different, Bota Bota is your place. Situated on the old port of Montreal, you have to walk the plank—literally—to get to the boat for your spa bliss. Not only can you get regular treatments, you can...
3895 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9, Canada
While New York has its pastrami, Montréal is the home of smoked meat. (The preparation of both is similar: A beef brisket is cured in spices for a week, then hot-smoked and finally boiled before being served.) Though others may question the...
211 Rue Bernard O, Montréal, QC H2T 2K5, Canada
Possibly the most important and influential publishers of graphic novels in the last 20 years, Drawn & Quarterly has a must-visit shop in the cool Mile End neighborhood. It sells work from the extensive D&Q catalog (which includes Joe...
5201 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S4, Canada
This famous and beloved dinner spot emblematic of Mile End is so popular for brunch, you’ll have to leave your name at the door and go for a walk around the neighborhood until they call you for your turn. It’s worth the wait, though; their...
Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC, Canada
One of the first things I learned about Montreal while attending McGill University is that the tourists head to the Old City and western parts of town, while the locals go east. Vieux Montreal, while quaint and cobblestoned, is an overpriced...
138 Avenue Atwater, Montréal, QC H4C 2H6, Canada
The whole province of Quebec takes its agriculture very seriously, and consequently you can find some incredibly fresh, tasty products. The vendors at Atwater Market are passionate about what they sell, and they are more than happy to talk all...
7070 Avenue Henri-Julien, Montréal, QC H2S 3S3, Canada
74 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M2, Canada
New York City vs Montreal. Oh, the debate. In the ongoing Great War of the Bagels between the two cities, Montreal has always been the favorite contender, both among the proud locals and the tourists. Let's be honest here—Montreal wins, and there...
1260 Chemin Remembrance, Montréal, QC H3H 1A2, Canada
Record snowfall and temperature lows can't stop Canadians from playing outside. Everyone is in the park on a gray winter Saturday. People are cross country skiing, snow shoeing, walking, sledding and ice skating. Stick to the plowed paths or make...
11382 Rang de la Fresnière, Mirabel, QC J7N 2R9, Canada
What happens when you put together a mad chef crazy about foie gras (Martin Picard), a beer company that is offering an all-you-can- drink experience (McAuslan) and a carnivore and maple syrup infused inspired breakfast of 14 courses? The McAuslan...
1050 Boulevard David-Bouchard N, Granby, QC J2H 0Y6, Canada
An hour outside Montreal, you can observe winter tigers and baby snow leopards for just a few dollars. And it's an entirely guilt-free experience because it's a green, innovative, respectful zoo. Open year-round, this zoo makes for an excellent...
Port St, Montreal, QC H2Y 0B4, Canada
Toque flaunting is a Canadian game adored by millions. Toque flaunting is an all-season, all-weather game, despite the popular belief that it is only played during the winter months. Toque flaunting is best done in a public forum; Bonsecours Basin...
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