Destination Guide: Montreal
belle France in cosmopolitan Canada
Stroll the cobblestone streets of 17th-century Old
Montreal, and linger over morning coffee beneath the towers
of the Notre-Dame Basilica. Watch passing boats from the
banks of the St Lawrence River.
Food and Drink
Combine coffee and city views with French-Canadian
cuisin. Dine at outdoor bistros in romantic
Old Montreal, feasting on foie gras, poutine, and
decadent sugar pie. Enjoy world flavours on
boulevard St-Laurent. The
Parc du Mont-Real, high above the city, is perfect for
afternoon coffee and people-watching.
Sightseeing and relaxation
Relax under shady maple leaves or check out the latest
Canadian art. Admire rich stained glass at
Notre-Dame Basilica or stroll the narrow backstreets to
Old Port, with its mishmash of bicycle paths, Segways
and harbour cruises. Relax under century-old maples in the
Parc du Mont-Real, or contemplate Canada's best
contemporary art in the
Museum of Fine Arts.
Stock up on local tipples and snug clothing. For haute
couture and warm winter furs head to
rue Sherbrooke, Montreal's exclusive shopping centre.
Leave space in your luggage for local ice cider and ice wine,
SAQ stores, and maple treats from
Canadian Maple Delights.
Nightlife and Entertainment
Comedy, jazz and sport on skates. The streets of
Centreville buzz with locals checking out the talent at
the city's famed comedy clubs while jazz fans flock to
bistro-style music bars by the river in
Old Montreal. Head to the bohemian Victorian streets
Plateau for tiny dance-till-dawn clubs or follow the
crowds to cheer on the Canadiens ice hockey team.