Thursday, 6 October 2016

a day in montreal.

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Oh Montreal.. you lovely, arty city. Really wish I'd stayed a night or two to get the most out of this place, but a few hours was better than nothing! 



We hopped in the car and had breakfast on the road. It took around 2 hours to drive from Ottawa, and once we were there we needed a coffee, so we stopped in at Arts Cafe.


SEE ALSO:
•  a week in ottawa.
3 days in Toronto.
New York City Guide.
3 days in Brooklyn.

solo uk female travel blog blogger to montreal canada
solo uk female travel blog blogger to montreal canada

This place was obviously very popular, and had lots of unusual artefacts to look at - although you can't see many in my photo. There were also shelves stacked full of art books & magazines to browse while you drink your coffee, and plenty of interesting people to watch! Over in the left corner there were a couple of guys on their MacBooks, and we were trying to guess what they did for a living. 

Afterwards, we browsed the gorgeous shops, of which there were many! Some of my favourites that we came across:


It's pretty easy to just wander around and find loads of interesting shops, cafes and galleries - as long as you make sure you're in the right areas! 


solo uk female travel blog blogger to montreal canada
solo uk female travel blog blogger to montreal canada
solo uk female travel blog blogger to montreal canada
solo uk female travel blog blogger to montreal canada
solo uk female travel blog blogger to montreal canada
solo uk female travel blog blogger to montreal canada
solo uk female travel blog blogger to montreal canada
solo uk female travel blog blogger to montreal canada
solo uk female travel blog blogger to montreal canada

After all that wandering, it was time for some very naughty sustenance. I hadn't had authentic poutine yet, so we headed to La Banquise. They specialise in poutine, and have 30+ different combinations, meaning there's probably something for everyone there. And they're open 24 hours... I can imagine this would make the best drunk food. 

I went for the classic, as it was my first time. I'm still not sold on cheese curds, but damn do Canadians know how to do fries well! 


solo uk female travel blog blogger to montreal canada
solo uk female travel blog blogger to montreal canada

After a little more wandering and a walk around the nearby park, we decided to head home as I was absolutely knackered (thanks jetlag + CFS).

But a few extra nuggets of gold that were recommended to me by my Airbnb hosts:

TriExpress for sushi - don't order from the menu, just ask for "chef's choice" and let them know you want to spend about $20 per person.
Jean Talon Market for all the delicious fresh produce.
Monkland Village - nice area to walk around with cute shops.
Westmount - beautiful neighbourhood, with the greatest concentration of wealth in North America!
Mandy's - delicious salad place in Westmount.
Cafe Myriade.
Cafe Pikolo - cool vibe, delicious espresso.
Bobby McGee's - Stefan's favourite bar in Montreal.
Bily Kun - Ashley's favourite bar in Montreal.
Mile End - cool area to walk around.
Le Plateau - their favourite neighbourhood in Montreal - classic & beautiful.
Cafe Olimpico - cool crowd, and apparently famous people like Arcade Fire go there.
Faimount Bagels/St Viateur Bagels - order "all dressed".
• Try Montreal beer brands - McAuslan & St Ambroise.




Remember, you can see the other posts from my trip here: OttawaToronto, Manhattan, Brooklyn!

solo uk female travel blog blogger to montreal canada
solo uk female travel blog blogger to montreal canada


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7 comments

  1. Canada is on my list of place to see! Lovely post and pictures :)

    http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. My hometown! I miss it so much, I'm currently living in Birmingham (UK). I'm going home this Christmas, and I so looking forward to going to La Banquise again after drinks with my friends. You're right, it's the perfect drunk food. :)

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  3. This just catapulted Montreal to the top of my must see in Canada list! It looks like you were able to see a lot even in just a couple hours, and that poutine looks incredible!

    Kate | girlinthebluejacket.blogspot.com

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  4. These photos are lovely, I hope you had a great time :) x

    http://amyleehaynes.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Wow over 30 different versions?! How would you even manage to pick one? Montreal looks absolutely gorgeous!

    nat // dignifiable

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  6. Looks like you had a wonderful time, everything looks gorgeous, super pretty! x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. This made my heart ache, I was born in Montreal but have only been back once since I was a baby and it was love at first sight. Thinking of heading back out there ASAP!

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