Weekend Getaway In Montreal: The Best Itinerary Ever
Weekend Getaway In Montreal: The Best Itinerary Ever
La Belle Ville: Montreal. A city that mixes the charm and sophistication of Europe with the welcoming nature that characterizes Canada coast to coast (we’re nice). Weekend here like a local with some of the best-kept secrets and beloved hideaways De rien.
Primp, 4 p.m.
Enjoy Montreal while looking and feeling your best and start your weekend off with some quality primping: head over to M Salon in trendy Griffintown for a head-to-toe beauty session. However, no trip here is complete without booking what will undoubtedly be the best blowout of your life. M Salon’s Adrien Dupuis’s signature bombshell blowout will leave you looking and feeling like total perfection. Make sure to book “à l’avance” (ahead of time).
Québecois With A Twist, 8 p.m.
Au Pied de Cochon has distinguished itself as one of the top restaurants in a city with thousands of choices for diners. Known for their innovative twist on classic Quebec fare, this is one meal you won’t quickly forget. This is another hot spot to reserve—tables get scooped up quickly by locals and tourists alike
Tropics In Montreal, 11 p.m.
For those who aren’t ready for the night to be over, make like a true Montrealer and embrace the nightlife. For your first night in La Belle Ville, focus on quality handcrafted cocktails with a trip to Bar Le Mal Nécessaire in Chinatown: a kitschy cool tiki bar where you can sip drinks from a pineapple even in the dead of winter. Our kind of place!
Bagel taste-off, 10 a.m.
There’s nothing quite like a Montreal bagel (it’s a must) so start your day with a taste-off between the two greats of the city, Fairmount and St-Viateur. Lucky for you these two institutions are walking distance from each other making your bagel tasting that much more convenient. #winning
Café Culture, 11 a.m.
Montreal loves its cafés and so will you. Nestled on the ground floor of Club Monaco’s flagship-like location on bustling Ste-Catherine, Café Myriade is the latest project from Anthony Benda. With handcrafted coffees and sweets from Pâtisserie Rhubarbe, the café also offers a curated selection of scholarly tomes from Mile-End’s Drawn and Quarterly library. Look smart and mysterious in this staple.
Pop Culture, 1 p.m.
A trip to Montreal wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. This world-class institution is currently hosting the not-to-be-missed “Warhol Mania” which looks at the famed artists contribution to the world of advertising.
Shop Like A Local, 3 p.m.
While stores close on the early side at 5 p.m., you’ll want to head over to Westmount to pick up an outfit at JoshuaDAVID for your last night in Montreal. Thanks to owners Josh and David providing a personal shopping experience for all of their clients, this jewel box of a boutique is a city favorite. From fashion favorites like DVF and Theory, to Canadian designers like Pink Tartan and Montreal’s Travis Taddeo, there’s something for everyone and at every price point.
Great North Meets Great South, 6 p.m.
A true Montreal hidden gem, your last meal in the city has to be at Dinette Triple Crown. This small but mighty little restaurant in Little Italy offers classic Southern Soul Food with a Quebec farm-to-table twist. However, make sure to head over early to score your spot at the counter-top or one of the tables in the small dining room. Again, foodies are competing with you for resos, so act fast and enjoy.
Dance, 9 p.m.
Time to dance off the amazing food you’ve been enjoying. Besides food, Montreal loves its nightlife. From the mega club feel of New City Gas with its visiting world class deejays to the sexy underground vibe of Velvet Speakeasy; you’ll be able to dance the night away in some of the hottest spots in Canada.
Rise And Dine, 10 a.m.
Start the morning of your last day in Montreal off on a sweet note. Make sure to head over to Léché Desserts for one (or more) of their fresh baked and deliciously creative donuts. From maple bacon to passion fruit, flavours change daily and small individual batches are baked all day to ensure maximum freshness and taste.
Stroll, 11 a.m.
Head over to the “Old Port” (known to locals as Vieux-Port) and take in one of the city’s most historic and charming neighborhoods. With cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Europe. Full of art galleries, boutiques, and cafés, you’ll enjoying winding your way through the streets. A not to miss stop, powerhouse luxury e-retailer SSENSE’s actual brick and mortar store where you can get your high-fashion fix in this chic little space.
Unwind, 2 p.m.
Cap off our whirlwind trip to Montreal with an ultra relaxing visit to Bota Bota for one of their signature massages. Not to be missed during your visit is a trip through their healing and restorative water circuit. Housed on a converted ferryboat, you’ll be able to take in sweeping views of the Old Port while soaking in the Nordic baths.
Where To Stay:
From the newly renovated and utterly luxe Ritz-Carlton to the charming boutique hotels of the Old Port, you’ve got lots of chic places to rest your head and stay a while. Another favorite is Hôtel Chez Swann. Nestled in the heart of Montreal’s Golden Square Mile, its rooms have a sultry boudoir like feel and it’s only steps from some of the best shopping in the city. Another plus, the hotel is connected to Le Pois Penché with its decadent raw bar and classic French brassiere fare it’s easily one of the best restaurants in the city.