Quick Guide to Montreal

MontrealA couple months ago, we took a trip to Montreal to visit family and explore a new city. Although it was still a bit chilly, we really loved Montreal, especially our day trip to Quebec city. Here are a few of our recs from Montreal.

Where We Stayed

Since we have a Marriott card, we opted to stay at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Montreal. Our room was spacious and clean and the hotel was centrally located for both walking and driving. It was only a short walk to many cute cafes, shops, and sights.

Where We Ate

Our first dinner was at Jerome Ferrer Europea. It’s a little pricey and you’ll need to make reservations in advance, but this place was one of the most fun tasting menus I’ve ever experienced. It’s a dining experience that will involve all of your senses. They may change things up, but some of my favorite parts were roasting marshmallows over a fire, and the part of the dinner where we watched VR of oyster fishing and when we took off the goggles, the oysters had miraculously appeared on our table.

Montreal is brimming with cute cafes. Cafe Melbourne’s Lucky Charm Latte was a hit. We did a quick breakfast here. TONS of cute shops around this area. I could easily have spent half a day window shopping.

We did a quick coffee stop at another gorgeous cafe near Cafe Melbourne called Pastel Rita. Their interior is a design dream, even their restroom is cute! And their coffee and tea is top notch.

Cafe Tommy is a great place to eat breakfast or just spend the afternoon. I loved their plant-filled interior and multi-level seating. And their smoked salmon avocado toast wasn’t too shabby either. Very centrally located, a stone’s throw from Notre Dame.


La Banquise has every variation of Poutine you could imagine.  How can you come to Canada and not get some poutine?!

What We Did

One of the highlights of our Montreal trip actually happened outside of Montreal, lol. We rented a car so we took a day trip out to Quebec City. The drive is about 2 hours and 40 minutes, but it’s a relatively easy, straight shot along the highway. And you get to see Moose crossing signs along the road. Quebec city feels almost as if you’ve been transported to Europe. Marvel at the gorgeous Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, take a ride up the funicular, and see the cute stores along Rue du Petit Champlain.

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If you’re a book nerd, pop into the Morrin Center, a National Historic Site that houses an impressive English library.


Walk up the hill to Terrasse Dufferin for lovely views of the city and the sea. You can also access the citadel walls from here and walk along them.


Back in Montreal, we mainly ate and shopped. and of course we stopped in Notre Dame.

Even the Convention Center is fun and whimsical.


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