The last time I was in Montreal, it was only for 24 hours and we hustled to 5 different coffee houses. This time around, it was really nice to visit and capture more sites of the city. Montreal has an amazing food scene, just as good as Toronto and they have so many unique areas that remind me of Paris. We visited at a very busy time as they are celebrating their 375 years (VIVE 375) so they blocked off many of the road ways for their celebrations. Luckily we were staying right in the heart of the celebrations and we were able to be a part of it!
We were fortunate to stay at the beautiful and trendy Hotel William Gray, situated in two historical buildings from the 18th century. Newly revived, now modern and oh so beautiful, we checked into a deluxe king suite. The room itself was spacious with a view. The king bed was like sleeping on a cloud. And the marble white washroom with the huge walk in shower was a dream for any minimal loving person. They have two amazing rooftop terraces, one on the 8th floor and the new Perche Montreal on the 4th floor. The service was amazing, the staff was very helpful and really went out of their way to help us when we had issues, especially with the road closures due to the celebrations.
View from the 4th floor, Perche Montreal
View from the 8th floor rooftop terrace
We were there for three days, and we covered a lot of ground despite the rainy weather. I most enjoyed the Montreal Botanical Garden especially the greenhouse with the rainforest and the arid regions greenhouse with the variety of cactus. The Montreal Biosphere is also worth a visit just to grab a pic of the amazing dome which houses exhibits dedicated to the environment. If you’re looking for the perfect view, check out Parc Du Mont-Royal overlooking downtown Montreal. And if you’re looking for some some yummy vegetarian/vegan eats, I highly recommend LOV Restaurant. You will even forget that you are eating vegetarian, everything is so tasty! Keep scrolling down to check out the places we explored!
Montreal City Hall is located in the Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal.
Place Jacques-Cartier, Old Montreal
Bonsecours Market is a two story public market also located in Old Montreal, Place Jacques-Cartier.
The beautiful and yummy LOV Restaurant
LOV Restaurant’s vegetarian/vegan brunch
Noble Cafe for this cold brew soft serve!
Dragon Flowers for your flower fix
Parc Lahaie for some chillaxin
Mont Royal for the ultimate Montreal view!
Tommy Cafe, a popular cafe in Old Montreal
Notre-Dame Basilica located in Old Montreal
Gay Village is quite amazing with 200,000 of these hanging balls that run down the street in all its rainbow glory
Trou De Beigne Doughnuts cus you know how much I love them doughnuts!
Montreal Botanical Garden is definitely worth the $20/person plus $12.00 parking. It was my favorite site to walk around and take pretty photos!
I hope you enjoyed my Montreal travel diary and were able to take some ideas for your next trip!