This weekend I went to Montreal to visit my incredible friend, Tristan whom I met during my study abroad experience in Singapore. He resides in Montreal and has been here for approximately 3 years now. Tristan had just finished university so I thought I’d go visit him before the end of summer. Luckily, he had a guest room where I was able to stay at and he was my tour guide for the weekend. We did a number of things but the food within this city was by far the best part of the trip. This particular city has handfuls of independent cafes, vintage thrift stores, and every type of food you could dream of. We had Korean, Mexican, and French foods among other things.
We did a number of things but the food within this city was by far the best part of the trip. This particular city has handfuls of independent cafes, vintage thrift stores, and every type of food you could dream of. We had Korean, Mexican, and French foods among other things.
The first day we went to Mount Royal as soon as I landed and dropped off my bags. It’s a mountain within the city that is easy to access and requires a 20-30 minute walk. The end result is a gorgeous view of the entire downtown area of the city. It’s flooded with tourists and locals so be sure to go at a decent time because if not you will be fighting for a chance to see the view from the edge of the mountain.
The next day can only be explained as a food tour of the entire city. There are an insane amount of choices to choose from so you would never be left craving a food that you cannot find. The French brunch place was called Le Passé Composé and it had such a great presentation when it came to the food. As instagrammable as it was, the actual taste of it made it even better. To give you an idea of what they have on their extensive menu, they have the omelets, poutine, sandwiches, and crepes. They also had Eggs Benedict which of course is a widely known brunch item. We came at a great time so we did not need to wait although it was prime time for brunch.
Lunch was great as well because we went to a Mexican place called Lola Rosa. It was extremely packed but the service was pretty good and the food was even better. You could tell that the nachos was a hit cause almost every table had one to share but we didn’t end up trying that. For all my vegetarians out there– this one has an enormous amount of vegetarian options! I got some chili and rice that came with a side of their chips.
An intriguing part of the day was when we went to see a cafe in a bank. The bank was no longer in use so a couple small businesses took it and utilized it for the beautiful architecture. Some of it was refurbished but it was barely noticeable. It is a popular tourist attraction and it is called Crew Collective & Cafe. They have little rooms that allow individuals to become alienated in order to finish their work away from the crowds and they also have community tables where others can gather together. Other than the great coffee, they also had a number of beautiful pastries.
We passed by the Notre Dame Basilica as well which was absolutely beautiful.
The third day we went to see the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts which is their largest museum. We were able to get in for free since it was the last Sunday of the month which means there is free admission. There is a collection of contemporary, renaissance, baroque, and modern art. They also have a sculpture garden and special exhibits. At the time when we went, they had a unique exhibit called the Revolution and Love is Love but we were unable to view them since they required payment. I did manage to sneak a peek of Love is Love through the doors and it is best described as a magical collection of delicate wedding dresses that are almost too beautiful to wear. Revolution consists of the pop culture that occurred during the late 1960s and the events that led to the music, art, and fashion.
A must-see cafe I would recommend is called Tommy. Plants fall from the ceilings and there is a collection of adorable antique looking furniture around. There are multiple levels which allows the space to look a lot larger than it really is. It’s a great place to catch up with friends and grab some coffee or to meet up with your peers to study. They have juices, sandwiches, acai bowls, and other pastries.
I’m glad I was able to see all the bits and pieces of this city. Every neighborhood is accessible with the subway or you could simply walk.
I would love to come back if I got the chance.