Montréal is a juxtaposition of old and new. It’s a city steeped in history, yet placed at the cutting edge of fashion, music, and gastronomy. From the old-world landmarks and scenic trails, to the edgy cafe scene and fantastic shopping ‘hoods, one thing is certain: 24 hours is not enough.
Awaken to panoramic views of sun-drenched Mount Royal Park at the Hotel Omni Mont Royal in the historical Golden Square Mile neighbourhood. Feast on a classic French breakfast at the hotel’s Petit Opus Café as you plan your day.
Get to know Montreal with your tastebuds on a foodie tour of the city’s culinary hot spots, from Little Italy to the Mile End. Morning tea is warm, crispy bagels at Saint-Viateur Bagel, and then it’s off to the Jean-Talon Markets to meet local providores and sample their delicious wares.
Marvel at the old-world architecture and famous landmarks as you stroll along the cobblestone lanes of Old Montreal and Old Port. The Notre-Dame Basilica poses for the camera, with its Gothic Revival façade and glittering 24-carat gold stars set high in the iridescent blue ceiling.
Head downtown and make the most of Montreal’s outstanding shopping scene. Walk the length of Saint Catherine Street, the longest commercial street in Canada. Browse local-brand clothing, homewares, and antique shops, along with designer accessories, and the perfect gifts to take home.
Have your camera poised as you walk along Saint-Laurent Boulevard, with its story-telling murals splashed across the walls between Sherbrooke Street and Mont-Royal Avenue. Gain an insight into the diverse multicultural neighbourhoods of Montreal reflected through the elaborate street art.
It’s hard to believe your tummy is rumbling again. Make a beeline for Schwartz’s deli on Saint Laurent Boulevard and feast on the best smoked-meats sandwiches in town. Wash it down with an espresso (or two) from Café Myriade, the ‘hidden’ café under Club Monaco Sainte-Catherine Street.
An afternoon of Québécois culture awaits. Explore exclusive exhibits of fine art, design, and stained glass at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada’s largest museum. Afterwards, change gears at the Montreal Biodome, an experiential science museum that takes you through four ecosystems with live flora and fauna.
Savour the finest French cuisine downtown at 4-Diamond restaurant, Europea, created by Chef Jérôme Ferrer. Then head out for an evening performance of breathtaking circus acrobatics and dare-devil feats in the city where Cirque du Soleil was born.
Feeling energised after a night under the big top? Drinks are on at the upmarket Mayfair. Relax on the plush lounges and choose from the menu of sophisticated ‘spiked teas’. Lose track of time as the cool DJ beats carry you away.
Poutine is calling your name as the night draws to a close. A Québec culinary invention of French fries and cheese curd topped with gravy, poutine has evolved into a staple dish across Canada. La Banquise, open 24 hours, serves 30 delicious and unique local microbrews.