Every year, usually around the month of May, I love going to Montreal to experience what’s new and happening in the city. The city is forever changing and I love to keep up with what to do, where to stay and most importantly, where to eat! Montreal to me is just the perfect location to visit for us Torontonians where it’s far enough and culturally different enough that you actually feel like you’re on a holiday, even if it’s for a few days. There’s so much to see and to do, I never quite know where to start but I love that I’m always discovering something new, which is so fun. Without further ado, here are my top 6 faves this time around!
1. Restaurant Hà
If you’re in the mood for delicious, simple yet modern Vietnamese food in a cool atmosphere, Restaurant Hà is just the place for you. Located in Mont-Royal hood of the city, Restaurant Hà is a cute neighbourhood joint. Montrealers love a good patio and Restaurant Hà has a great one. If you don’t get a spot on the “terrasse”, don’t worry; the restaurant has 65 seats inside. Super friendly staff, great place for a casual dinner while you’re in the city, makes a reservation if you don’t want to be disappointed!
2. Quartier Saint-Henri
I really wanted to visit Saint-Henri. The neighbourhood is having a moment right now, mostly because the area has gone thru a sort of “rebirth”. You see, as I was told by a resident, Saint-Henri was known beforehand as a working class hood of the city and is now considered one of Montreal’s most up and coming areas full of cool eats, cool shops and cool peeps. Saint-Henri has that neighbourhood feel that I love, the kind of place where you really feel like you get to know the people who own the shops in the hood and that you’re part of a community. I spent a fun afternoon there, discovering, eating, discovering and eating again. I totally suggest that on your next visit to Montreal, go, and spend the day there. Here are my highlights:
I mean, look at this deliciousness and it was as delicious at it looks. The brothers cook Singaporean and Malaysian food. Their food is beyond yummy and you can catch them either at Atwater Market for lunch or at their new restaurant location for dinner. A must go.
Strolling along Notre-Dame West, I stumbled upon Boutique Stockmarkt. This trendy and beautiful boutique carries a curated selection of some of my fave brands from Want Les Essentiels, Maison Kitsuné, Nudie Jeans and more.
In the mood for a delicious treat, I stopped over Patrice Pâtissier, a beautiful bakery in Saint-Henri. Patrice’s partner told me that although Patrice uses French techniques for his delicious treats, he brings a québecois twist to it and uses local and in season ingredients to create his delicious masterpieces. I didn’t want to leave Patrice’s place because his desserts are that good. As well, if you’re in town and want to do something different and fun, Patrice offers baking classes. Check his Facebook page HERE for the schedule, you won’t regret it:
After quite a bit of walking off the calories of what seem to be my culinary tour of Saint-Henri and feeling super thirsty for something healthy, I stopped by Joys of Living. Joys of Living is this wonderful juice bar owned by our blogger friend Marcus Troy and is wonderful wife. The juice bar is beautiful and the juices are delicious. A great healthy treat to finish off your day in Saint-Henri.
3. Hof Kelsten
My friend Hugo suggested we have lunch here and boy I’m I happy he did. This simple and cute bakery located on Boulevard Saint-Laurent is where I had the best salami sandwich of my life. Like, no joke. Hof Kelsten is not only a great spot for a simple sit down lunch but also a bakery that provides bread for some of Montreal’s top restaurants like Toqué! and Joe Beef. If you’re a fan of bread, pastries, great salads and amazing sandwiches, make your way to Hof Kelsten during your stay. You’ll thank me later.
I was staying in Montreal for 6 days and I really wanted to experience something new. I started my stay at the beautiful, urban and chic, Hôtel Le Crystal. Hôtel Le Crystal is perfectly located in downtown Montreal near the Bell Centre. The hotel is beautiful and the suites are super spacious and comfortable. After a long day out, it was so awesome to take a dip in their pool and relax in their beautiful outdoor hot tub.
I finished up my Montreal stay at the W in Old Montreal and it was exactly what I needed. Situated within walking steps of a ton of restaurants, metro stations and more, the W Hotel Montreal has gone through some renovations in the last 6 months and it’s looking amazing. The rooms are modern & fun. At night, you can go down to one of their bars for a drink and hear an awesome DJ on the one’s and two’s. The W Montreal is a very sexy hotel!
6. Old Montreal
My friend Jorge owns like the most happening restaurants and bar for a 5-7 drink in Montreal so obviously, I had to stop by and eat my way thru a couple of them. I started out my night with my Montreal based friends at Commerce, a fun, after work or before drink spot in Old Montreal, drinks were so delicious. I was really feeling like a good Italian pizza so we moved over to his latest restaurant Nolana. Nolana makes the most delicious, firewood oven pizza.
If you’re in Old Montreal, check those two places out or any of Jorge’s other dope restaurants 400 coups, Helena and Tapas 24. All amazing joints! Check the links below to visualize a taste:
Are you headed to Montreal soon? Did I miss anything?