72 Hours in Montreal


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When my parents announced they were tacking a couple of vacation days onto my mother’s conference in Montreal, I did what any good kid does: let them have a mini-vacation for themselves invited myself along. I’ve made a couple of trips up to this beautiful city and fall more in love with the cobblestones, electric dining options and massive public art collection each time. Plus, they are obsessed with bagels so really it’s paradise. I hope you enjoy this quick guide to a weekend trip in Montreal.


If Amsterdam is a city of canals then Montreal is the city of food. I read somewhere (and am now to lazy to google) that the number of restaurants per capita is greater than New York City. So spend your time gawking at public art and then fill up on tasty delictables from across the globe.

Best for: Solo Travelers, Best Friends, interrupting your parent’s vacation time together

Avoid if: You dislike the cold. But also you can visit during the spring and fall to avoid that problem.

Travel Hacks:

  • Make your Joe Beef reservations early (3-5 months) or the week you arrive and cross your fingers for cancellations
  • Have a sesame bagel, preferably at St-Viateur Bagel 
  • Grab the Passeport MTL for free museum admission and unlimited subway/bus travel

Getting To:

Montreal is a hop and a skip from NYC. Seriously, it takes me longer to drive home than fly across to Canada. Plus you get a cool extra passport stamp and use $1 CAD coins called “loonies.” 

Getting Around

Upon Arrival:  Grab the 747 Bus ($10 CAD) or grab a cab ($40 CAD) to the City Center. Tip: If you take the bus, buy your ticket from one of the baby blue kiosks post customs. The bus only accept coins.

Moving Around: For the first time, I used a travel pass called “Passeport MTL.” This is 100% because my dad is responsible and does things like research things before hand, sometimes infamously. Now I know what you’re thinking, how touristy of you. But hear me out, museums in Montreal can be quite pricy ($30CAD +). If you are planning on visiting at least two tourist spots– ahem Biodome and Botanical Gardens- than the pass will pay for itself. Plus, you get  unlimited bus or subway travel.







11AM: Check into your hotel or Airbnb…or at least drop off your bags
12PM: Head over to Crew Collective to grab lunch and a coffee
3PM: Walk to the Vieux-Port de Montréal (Old Port) and make sure to check out the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal on the way.
6PM: Take a 60 minute evening cruise with Bataeu Mouche
8PM: Grab dinner at Foxy. Highly recommend: Oven Baked gnocchi and charred baby back ribs.
9AM: Start your morning with fresh hot sesame bagels from St. Viateur Bagel. Tip: Walk in and ask what’s fresh out of the oven. Grab some for later.
9:30AMGrab a coffee at the super hipster Café Myriade Saint-Viateur
10AM: Walk down through the hipster Mile End neighborhood  to Fabergé to grab brunch.
12PM: Head up to the Montreal Botanical Garden. Be sure to check out the Japanese gardens.
1PM: Sit in the First Nations garden and pull out some leftover bagels.
3PM: Walk down to the biodome and check out the coolest museum I’ve seen in a wild.
7PM: Head over to Agrikol for a wonderful Haitian dinner. Highly recommend the “Poisson Enter Frit” (Fish of the Day) and the Bananes Pesées. Also, their bière de gingembre is out of this world. Try it by itself or in a Dark and Stormy.
10PM: Head back and rest.
10AM: Start your morning at the Marché Jean-Talon market to pick up picnic food. Buy lots of fresh cheese, bread and fresh fruits & veggies.
11 PM: Grab a cab or bike (7.4 km) to Mont Royal via the Plateau for a picnic at Beaver Lake
2 PM: Head down the mountain and stop at the Mount Royal Lookout for panoramic views of the city
3PM: Head down to Old City to catch a bit of art at Musee des Beaux-Arts. If fine art isn’t your thing: try the Grevin Wax Museum.
7:30PM: Have the best dinner of your life at Joe Beef. You may think I’m joking but I’ve been lucky enough to have two meals at Joe Beef and both have exceeded my expectations. The menu is written up daily, on a chalkboard, so you will become very friendly with your server.
10PM: Waddle home and contemplate how much it will cost to move to Montreal so you can eat
9AM: Have a last bagel at St. Viateur or try its competitor: Fairmont Bagels. Remember to pack some bagels for home.
11AM: Head back to the airport.



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