|More to this town than just Moose shops!|
Well. You need a plan. Where are you gonna take them? What are you going to see?
So. Have no fear, N. with a plan is here! I have put together a top 7 list of things to do with a guest.
Please also share some of your favorite things to do, no ideas are bad ideas (I feel like a 5th grade teacher).
So. Let's start. They are in no particular order.
#7 Typical Montreal Food - Smoked meat. Poutine. Bagels.
If your guest has never been to Montreal, you definitely need to take them for these 3 dishes. Where, you ask? Well. We all know that Schwartz is kinda like a landmark in the city. But I had a guest in the city recently, and I took him to Reubens. He seemed to love it. I killed 2 birds with one stone, and made him eat poutine there too. I don't necessarly suggest that, just depends on the time you have. For poutine, I'm a fan of the Greenspot on Notre-Dame, been going there since I'm a kid, or even a place like Poutineville can be winner. As for bagels, you can never go wrong with Fairmont or St-Viateur Bagel in the Mile-End. They beat out New York bagels. And this is coming from a New Yorker himself.
|Smoked meat & poutine at Reubens|
Museums are fun in any city. I love going to a museum to discover other people's creativity. The Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art is one of my favorites. Their exhibits are always interesting! But the Museum of Fine Arts, as well as the McCord Museum are also good choices!
|Stopped by the Museum of Contemporary Art|
#5 Old Montreal
Old Montreal is a no brainer. It's pretty. It's so European. It's like Tourist Central. You can't come to Montreal and not see Old Montreal. Take a walk down St-Paul, visit the art galleries, walk by the water, rent a Bixi if it's Summer. Take a stroll down De La Commune, stop by the Basilica. You can do soooo much!
|The Basilica is simply breathtaking|
#4 Mile End
The Mile End is an area that ressembles Brooklyn, with it's super cute cafes, stores and brunch spots. Walking around in the summer is great, and even in the fall. It's a great way to discover that little area. From the Cardinal Tea Room on St-Laurent to Cafe Olympico and little stores on St-Laurent between Laurier and St-Viateur, you have your morning cut out.
The best way to see the city is from our mountain. Hands down. But you need to get there at the best time, when the sun is sorta kinda setting, so you can have the view of the city with a bit of sunshine, and at night. In the summer, I love running up the Mont-Royal and just admiring the view. As a resident, I never get fed up, so imagine how much your guests would love it!
|What a view!|
#2 Good food
A part from your typical smoked meat, poutine, Montreal is crawling with some of the most delicious restaurants. We have such a great selection of amazing places. I posted a Facebook post and asked my friends for suggestions on places to bring a guest from outta town. Here are the TOP 5 restaurants that came up:
|One of the most amazing meals, at Joe Beef|
- Joe Beef (which I ended up going to. With no reservations until January, there is always a way to get in to a place with a little determination ;))
- Pied de Cochon
- Tuck Shop
- Liverpool House
Honorable mentions also include Satay Brothers, dim sum at Kam Fung, a stop by St-Hubert BBQ for some rotisserie chicken, a trek to Montreal Plaza for a delicious food experience.
I also need to include good places to go out...You have a guest in town, you want to take them out after dinner. If you're over 25, Soubois right now is the place. It's great on Thursdays and Saturdays. Flyjin is also a good choice, and if you're into House music, or EDM, New City Gas has some stellar DJs. But if you're in the mood for some good drinks in a fun atmosphere, Im all for Burgundy Lion!
#1 Get Outta Town
Montreal is beautiful, no matter what time of the year, but take a little roadtrip to the Eastern Townships or to the Laurentians, and discover a different part of town. Maybe you can drive up to Tremblant, spend some time walking around Tremblant village, or go for a ski in the winter, and end the evening with a little apres-ski drink at the Forge, or at the Scandinave spa.
With whatever you decide, it's impossible to not fall in love with this city!
Enjoy every single minute of it and partyyy it up!
If you have any ideas of things to add, add them in the comments!
|Montreal : Party city!|