A couple weeks ago, I headed to Montreal for some work and play or as I like to call it workcation. Wanting to take full advantage of my 3 1/2 days in Montreal, I jammed packed professional meetings & hanging out with friends.
Montreal is just the perfect city where it’s far enough from home so you feel like you’ve gone somewhere and it offers such a rich & unique culture, it will have you coming back for more.
1. Old Montreal
Can’t say enough how I love Old Montreal. First and foremost, it’s the architecture that reminds me of Paris. From the quaint shops to looking at old buildings, i spent quite a bit of time walking the streets of Old Montreal. You could totally spend a weekend there without leaving. I had the pleasure of staying at the Intercontinental Hotel there and it was perfect. Situated near a couple metro stations and a 15 minute walk to downtown Montreal, it doesn’t get better than that. My room was spacious with a breathtaking view of the city and the service was impeccable.
While in Old Montreal, I started my morning at one of the best brunch spots in town, Le Cartet, totally yummy. I walked around Old Montreal & stopped by Cantinho de Lisboa for some yummy Portuguese and French snacks at this brand new eat -in and take-out market, even brought back home from the shop some delicious portuguese olive oil and sea salt. I obviously had to stop by Ssense, a great luxury boutique for some retail therapy, it’s so lovely there.
Finally, wanting to quench my thirst in the late afternoon/ early evening I ended up at La Champagnerie with some friends for a nice glass of bubbly pre-dinner (I still haven’t met a bottle of good champagne I haven’t loved, thanks Coco!!). I didn’t get to go on this trip but totally wanted to go back to Chuck Hughes’s Le Bremner for delicious seafood which is also located in Old Montreal, you should definitely go.
The Ritz-Carlton Montreal is simply a beauty, couldn’t get enough of it. So decided to have two meetings there on the same day. Located in downtown Montreal, The Ritz-Carlton is the perfect mix of old architecture with a modern twist. In fact, the hotel recently went through a renovation for over 200 million and it is breathtaking.
I LOVE breakfast and I was so excited for my breakfast meeting there – Maison Boulud does not disappointed. Went back in the late afternoon for another meeting over drinks at The Ritz Bar and they were delicious.
Montrealers breathe and live all forms of culture and Le Musée des beaux arts de Montréal is no exception and should be on your list of places to visit while there. Whether it be to see their permanent collections (I loved the monkeys, it made me laugh) or temporary exhibitions, you’ll love walking through the museum, surrounded with great works of art.
Originally populated by Irish immigrants, Griffintown has changed quite a bit over the years I was told and is one of Montreal’s most exciting and vibrant hoods. It felt like a community, filled with artists, musicians, galleries, cafes, local shops and markets. I walked around the hood and ended up eating brunch at Griffintown Cafe, it was delicious. I totally recommend it but be prepared to wait in line for a bit.
My friend Pascal had recommended this restaurant and I certainly was not disappointed. Located in Montreal’s Gay Village, Mezcla is considered nouveau latin food. If you love meat, great service and a nice ambiance, Mezcla is the restaurant for you, make sure to make a reservation.
Have you been to Montreal as of late? What did I miss?
To see Coco’s Five Faves from Montreal click HERE.