Whether you know the neighbourhood because you live or work there, or because you visit often for the pleasure of its old prestige and the wild charm of its unique establishments, have you ever had the “Old Montréal Experience”?
Take the time to visit a scintillating expo, taste dishes with balanced flavors in a carefully curated décor, or just hang around in the centuries-old streets, taking photos, shopping, and letting yourself relax completely...
Why not adjust the concept of the staycation a little to fit your needs? Let us show you how!
Saturday morning, take your breakfast near the foot of the Notre-Dame Basilica, at Brasserie 701. Even if you didn’t stay at the Hôtel Place d’Armes, which still remains an excellent lodging choice, this chic European-style brewery is an exquisite place for brunch.
To immerse yourself in the district’s atmosphere, our top recommendation is a group or private tour with Guidatour: their guides know the district so well, they can talk about everything, right down to the rocks! Pick a themed visit and enjoy a customised tour!
After working up an appetite with all the walking, it will be time for a recovery meal! Steer yourself toward Chef’s Table, an establishment that opened in March 2018 and that sets the table as it should be! The dishes are just as much of a work of art as they are the chefs’ work of taste; stunning and delicious!
Whether you love finding beautiful clothes, cute decorative objects like they have at Espace Pépin or Ssense, or even the artwork you can find in Old Montréal’s countless galleries to take home as a souvenir or just for the simple viewing pleasure, St-Paul Road and its adjoining side streets offer a plethora of boutiques.
Finally, get into a good book at Bertrand Bookstore and then opt for a relaxing finish to the afternoon at Scandinave Spa. No matter what you choose - a treatment or simply enjoying some hydrotherapy - this refined and captivating establishment will not disappoint.
The evening has just begun and happy hour at La Champagnerie awaits you, located just a few minutes by foot from the spa! The weekend is too beautiful of an occasion to pass up cracking open a bottle and trying some bold appetisers. We encourage passing the rest of your evening till the wee hours of the morning at Mimi la Nuit: a restaurant and nightclub combo, and a perfect gathering place for stylish night owls.
Afterwards, retire to your hotel room. Tomorrow, another beautiful day waits…
© La Champagnerie
Your peaceful Sunday morning starts when you wake up in your hotel - maybe the luxurious St-James, or the trendy William Gray, where the “Brunch and boozy” menu is so satisfying. If you prefer to stay in the neighbourhood atmosphere, le P’tit Dep is great for a coffee, or Tommy Café (right next to the Place Royale) offers the charm of proximity and a meticulous aesthetic that will put you in a good mood.
Next on the list, for fans of art, the Phi Centre is worth seeing! Their expositions that usually blend art and technology are odes to smart reflection and multisensory marvels.
For those that prefer history, the Château Ramezay dispels preconceived notions about New France with a personnel passionate for sharing anecdotes and secrets about the neighbourhood. The Pointe-à-Callière Museum also tops the points of interest list with their large-scale expositions and relevant conferences.
Take some more time to benefit from the gastronomic excellence of the neighbourhood at the Auberge St-Gabriel, an establishment several centuries old, whose quality is as strong as the aged rocks of its walls. Another excellent choice is Monarque, a chic brewery inspired restaurant on St Jacques Street.
After a good meal, head down to the river to get a picturesque glimpse of the historic neighbourhood from the riverboats, if it’s the right season. If not, watch a performance at the Centaur Theatre; its programming is always entertaining and clever.
And because there is never a bad time for a waffle, and especially if you were at the theatre, walk down to St-François-Xavier Street and don’t hold back: the olfactory promise of La Pop draws in all palates as they serve waffles with custom toppings, made right before your eyes. This draws a simple yet superb close to your weekend in Old Montréal.
Finally, stay a little longer for dinner if you haven’t tried Gibby's (rustic), Maggie Oakes (contemporary), or Barroco (vintage and cozy). And don’t hesitate to come back, there is still much more to taste, see, and discover...