We've had the good fortune to visit Montreal several times. On each visit, we discover new neighborhoods, great restaurants, and cool shops.

Full disclosure:  We've only visited Montreal in the summer months. Reviews of sites and activities reflect a summer-time bias.  We are sure Montreal is also great in winter.  Just not sure we have the fortitude to try Montreal in winter!  Maybe someday!


Top Sites: Some of my favorite places are both on the beaten and off the beaten path!

Places to Stay: There are a lot of hotels as well as VRBO or AirBnB rentals in Montreal.  We rented apartments in the Mile End and Plauteau neighborhoods. The advantage of these neighborhoods is that they are centrally located and easily accessible by public transportation. The downside is that they tend to be a bit more expensive.


Eats: Montreal has a fantastic food scene! All the options exist -- from fast food, to family style, to coffee shops, to Greek, to Canadian.  You name it, you can find it!

A word about poutaine.....

Poutaine, a national delicacy, can be found on most menus.  In fact, there are whole restaurants dedicated to poutaine.  Essentially it is french fries and fried mozzarella covered in brown gravy.  While it sounds a bit off-putting, it can be delicious!


Shopping: Montreal has both incredible malls and tiny boutique shops.  As we tend to be a bit partial to boutique shopping, we'll focus on that.

If you like a good shopping stroll, we would recommend walking Boulevard Saint Laurent.  The stretch of Saint Laurent between Sherbrooke Street and Laurier Avenue is a great city walk and home to lots of shops, restaurants, designers, boutiques, bars, furniture stores and nightclubs.

Honorable mention goes to Bonsecours Market in old town by the harbor. At more than 100 years old, this imposing structure with its silver dome was home to customs house as well as the Quebec legislature.  Today it is a meeting or entertainment venue and has a really lovely shopping hall with lots of "made in Quebec" finds.

Good to Knows:  These are a few tidbits that are just helpful (or fun) to know!

Good to Knows