So donít get down if your account might not be able to support that yearly trip across the ocean. Montreal is a cheaper alternative, closer to home that will have you feeling like youíve been transported to Parisian lands. As a born and raised Montrealer, hereís my guide to some classic and newer spots that will have you saying oui oui oui! (thatís yes, in French).
Whatís great about Montreal is that you can walk everywhere, and the buses/metro system make it a public transportation friendly town. Another special feature? The city is that perfect size and many of the must-see streets are all connected, so you donít need to go too far to spend an entire day or night being entertained.
Old Montreal is definitely the place to stay and discover. Itís the epitome of Montrealís charming European vibe complete with cobblestone streets, historic 17th century architecture, cafes, bistros, galleries and boutiques in nooks and alleys. It has some of the best old and new spots in the city as well as boutique hotels.
Our favorite spot to grab a cappuccino and fresh croissant in the morning is Olive & Gourmando on Rue Saint Paul Ouest. Itís also a hugely popular lunch spot too!
Right across from O&G is Espace Pepin, a great designer clothing boutique and gallery featuring the owners as well as pieces from emerging artists.†
Some other must see contemporary art gallerys:
The DHC/Art Foundation is a privately endowed contemporary art organization and is the latest gallery to hit the Montreal art scene showcasing relevant contemporary exhibits, film screenings and talks. Plus, itís free admission!
3550 Saint-Antoine West †
· Belgo Building
372 Sainte-Catherine Street †
Once the sun goes down, the action doesnít seem to stop. Old Montreal is booming with great restaurants, lounges and clubs too!††