This is definitely a walking-friendly city, especially if you focus in on your area of interest. Want great shopping? Pretty much everything you want is on Ste. Catherine Street. What about boutiques and independent restaurants? Head to Old Montreal for the best independent shops and food in the area, plus some great views of the river and historic sites like the Notre Dame de Montreal.
|Even the mailboxes are friendlier in Canada|
|For nightlife, just head to the Crescent Street area and you'll have your pick of bars and clubs over-run with bachelor and bachelorette parties from Jersey, Connecticut, and well North Carolina obviously.|
Where to Stay:
We loved the Hotel Le Crystal if you are willing to splurge. But just keep scrolling if you aren't sure -- the pictures will convince you.
|The view from our suite!|
|Just hanging out with the bachelorette in the huge bed in our suite at Hotel Le Crystal|
Where to Eat
Our best meal was at Olive & Gourmando. Expect a wait but it is totally worth it. This is the lunch spot you need to be sure to hit on your trip if you love fresh food.
Where to Drink
Get your night started at the most lovely spot in Old Montreal, Jardin Nelson. This is a great place to order a glass of wine or a Canadian themed cocktail, get dinner (plenty of seafood options!) and enjoy the lovely scenery and live jazz music. The patio stays warm into the night with heaters that make you forget it's like 40 degrees in September in Canada.
|My photos didn't do it justice so I borrowed this one to give you an idea via|
After dinner we wanted to try out a wine bar and we got competing recommendations: Pullman had a great selection, chill vibe, and really good appetizers. You do have to buy food if you order a drink here, but you'll definitely be glad you ordered an app anyway. I could have stayed here all night -- warm, cozy, and well priced.
We also tried out La Champagnerie in Old Montreal, but it was kind of everything Pullman was not. Expensive, and full of loud girls screaming every time they uncorked a champagne bottle (which to be fair is reasonable because the shtick at La Champagnerie is they uncork them with a sword and it's very theatrical). But when there is squealing every 10 minutes it's hard to want to stay in one place for long. Not that the bar wants you to stay anyway -- there are specific serving times when you get a reservation, so you can only stay at your table for a set length of time before you have to leave or move to the bar so they can bring in more people. Overall not a place you want to just hang out with a glass of wine.