I was told that Montreal is one of the best cities in the world. With only 24 hours to experience the city, in the dead of winter, we indeed found some truth to that statement. During our short time in Montreal we hit up the "touristy spots". Even though they are deemed touristy, most locals recommended we try these spots to get a real feel for the unique foods and sights of Montreal. Each place listed was incredible in it's own right. If you are headed to this magical city I would recommend you take this tour of Montreal.
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1455 Rue Peel | Metro Peel, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1T5, Canada
As someone who grew up playing with Barbies, let's just say this was a great trip down memory lane. An iconic view of women’s clothing from every era; it had culture , fashion, beauty, history and fantasy. The exhibit was beautiful and easy to walk through. However, you'll be done with the tour very quickly, within a half hour. (Best part it was free)
994 Rue Rachel E, Montreal, Quebec H2J 2J3, Canada
We visited La Banquise as it was a highly recommended original poutine restaurant. It is a small diner style restaurant with a short wait, but worth it. With many varieties of poutine we chose 3 regular's for 5 people and that was perfect, as the portions are huge!
Notre-Dame Basilica 110 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1T1, Canada
Montreal's oldest Catholic church, located by Old Port Montreal, is absolutely stunning. I would consider Notre-Dame Basilica a must-see in Montreal. The stained glass windows and artwork are breathtaking. I can't imagine a more perfect setting around the Christmas holiday. $6 adult and $4 child
3895 Saint-Laurent Blvd | North of rue Prince-Arthur
Montreal is famous for it's smoked meat, and this deli lived up to the hype. Schwartz's Jewish deli isn't called a classic for nothing. The smoked meat just melts in your mouth, and the atmosphere is something that money can't buy. With a limited menu, picnic style seating and friendly staff; you cannot beat this staple!
408 St Francois Xavier St, Montreal, QC H2Y 2S9, Canada
From start to finish this place is a must visit! I made reservations a week in advance, and the earliest time was 8pm, so I suggest you call ahead. As we walked up the restaurant had no distinct signage other than a red light and the address 408. However, once inside, the stone and dark wood against the low lights makes for a cozy warm inviting ambiance. We sat at the bar as we waiting for our table and ordered a couple local beers and a great craft cocktail. Once seated the menu was written on the wall and our server described each dish in length. It changes a bit each week, as the chefs like to try new things. The food was amazing, with every flavorful spice popping with each bite in a sweet and spicy combination. We began with the beef carpaccio. Then I had the tenderloin on top of smoked cheddar jalapeno grits. It was fabulous! For dessert we shared the apple crisp, which did not last long!
St-Amable & St-Vincent, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Finding the entry to this bar is half the fun. Went to this bar as it was a recommendation from a colleague. Its in the heart of the Old Montreal, just off on a side street. Once you descend to the subterranean space you will find yourself in a narrow brick and stone lined room that is delightfully intimate and cozy. We went on a chilly night which added to the charm. The speakeasy vibe was like no other place I had been to. The place was rather busy, but only waiting about 10 minutes for a table for 4. I ordered the Beauty and the Beet, and it was delicious! The menu is very limited with small items to nibble on. Great place for a night cap or pre-dinner cocktail.
This trip to Montreal was extremely quick, but as a first time visitor I believe these spots are a must see! I plan on visiting Montreal again in the summer, as I heard that this amazing city is jam packed with incredible activities. All of the restaurants, bars, and places to explore, it is truly a magical place like no other. If you have recommendations for my next visit, please email or inbox me on Instagram.