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My Mini Montréal Guide

My Mini Montréal Guide

If you’ve kept up with my most recent posts, you know that I’ve grown completely obsessed with Montréal. Being that its only a 5.5 hours drive away from home for me, the gorgeous city is a perfect escape. This French-speaking city is considered the cultural capital of Canada and rightfully so. I figured that on the heels of returning from my second trip there (in one month), a mini guide of the places I love is appropriate. To my readers who have told me that they’ll be visiting soon, I hope this helps you out. To those who haven’t made any plans yet, I hope this guide (as well as my Montréal Diary) inspires you to visit!

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Where to Stay

To really dive into the deep end of Montréal’s French culture, I recommend staying in Old Montréal - the closer to Notre Dame, the better. For both of my stays, I used Airbnb Plus. Every home in Airbnb Plus must pass an in-person quality inspection in order to be listed. For a skeptic like me, it’s perfect. If you love the idea of a traditional hotel, check out these fab options:

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  • Maggie Oakes - Located in the William Gray.

  • Brasserie 701 - Located in L’Place D’Armes. I highlighted this beautiful brasserie in Day 2 of my last visit.

  • Tommy Cafe

  • Maison Christian Faure - The perfect spot for an almond croissant and more traditional french pastries, which you can see more of here.

Brasserie 701 Avocado Tartine

Brasserie 701 Avocado Tartine

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Daytime Activities

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  • Vallier Bistro

  • Olive & Gourmando

  • Mandy’s


  • Off The Hook (OTH) - Mens, Womens, & Products. Located inside Hotel William Gray.

  • Féline Boutique - Mens & Womens.

  • La Petite Garconne - Womens.

  • Boutique Tozzi - Mens & Womens.

  • Bagnoles et Bobinette - Kids.

  • Boutique Vestibule - Kids & Home.

  • Empire Exchange - Clothing & Products.


  • Paperplanes - I talked about this cocktail bar in this post. The La Dame en Rouge is a must have!

  • COLDROOM - Where the only way to get in is through an unmarked door. 




  • L’Usine De Spaghetti - Pasta Heaven. I previously wrote about it here.

  • Miss Wong Brasserie Asiatique

  • Nora Gray

  • Nama

Late Night/Nightlife

Jiao Dim Sum Bar

Jiao Dim Sum Bar

  • Jiao Dim Sum Bar - Open until 3am and the kitchen doesn’t close until 2. Also surprisingly home of the best DJ in the city (in my opinion).

  • El Pequeño - Canada’s smallest bar with room for just 9 drinkers.

  • Terrasse William Gray - The view of the ferris wheel is the best.

  • Modavie - Live music from an eclectic group of local artists.

C’est Fini!

I hope everyone reading this gets a chance to visit this city that I’ve fallen in love with and try out some of these places. If you do, let me know what you think! Until then…


My Favorite Online Kids Shops

My Favorite Online Kids Shops

Snacking Chic & Notre-Dame

Snacking Chic & Notre-Dame