A few weeks ago Mr A and I jetted off to Montreal, Quebec to visit family. It was a very short, productive, and entertaining trip and I can’t wait to go back and experience the city again.
We arrived Thursday afternoon and immediately made our way to a restaurant to eat. After that we checked into our hotel The Château Champlain Marriott Downtown. We were on the 5th floor and had a lovely view of the park across the street and the aptly named ‘mountain’ of Montreal.
After a pit stop at Fairmount Bagels (a Montreal staple) and a lovely dinner with family we made our way to Sir Winston Churchill Pub, which was one of the places Mr A’s dad used to frequent when he was living in Montreal during his college years. It was an interesting place and we managed to have an – only found in QC beer while we were there.
Friday morning started with out first Metro ride out to the Plateau to visit the Frank and Oak store. We were famished from all the walking and shopping so we inquired about a good lunch place in the vicinity. The salesperson suggested the Cardinal Tea Room which was just around the corner so we decided to check it out. The place was fantastic. We started on the terrace upstairs but it started to rain and we moved inside. Mr A had a smoked trout sandwich and I had cheddar + Branston pickles, I even picked up some tea to take home.
We checked out this place called Sami Fruits and they have ALL THE FRUIT (and vegetables). I took some time to pose awkwardly with a cabbage and all the intsta friends thought I was expecting. Thanks baggy shirt, awkward angle, slouch, and all the food in my belly. PS check out these dates!
Friday evening was one to remember, we had a smoked meat dinner (a Montreal staple) with pastries for dessert followed by a pizza dinner with pastries for dessert. Italians really like to eat (see above).
In the evening we went out with a friend who is a grad student at McGill and we hit up Pub Sir Joseph and Le Saint-Bock followed by some 3am poutine (another Montreal staple at La Banquise). Yes, those are hot dogs on top #winning
Once we dragged ourselves out of bed we managed to hit St Catherine’s Street for some shopping followed by a very short trip to Old Montreal and the Notre Dame Basilica. We got cleaned up and then hit the Casino de Montreal for Dinner to celebrate Grandpa A’s 93rd birthday!
We made the most of our last morning in Montreal by making a second mandatory stop at Fairmount Bagels, taking a scenic tour up the mountain, and having one last brunch with the family.
Let’s chat – Have you ever been to Montreal? Where do I need to eat when I return?