The French-kissed city of Montreal is definitely the biggest city in the province of Quebec. Being one of the most beautiful cities in Canada, Montreal is a city that bridges a kaleidoscope of cultures, one can relish the Canadian culture with a distinct Quebecois vibe. For food-lovers, it is simply paradise – one can call it Europe without the jetlag. A city for possibly every age, Montreal offers temples, delightful patisseries, 87 year old Jewish delis and hipster bars! The most fascinating element about this city is the blend between it’s the facades of 18th century Montreal and the architectural wonders of the 21st century that have taken over then city’s skyline. Luxurylaunches along with the concierge of the renowned Ritz Carlton Montreal present a curated list of must do activities when you are in the beautiful city of Montreal.
Top Day Trip : Bike tour
Montreal is one of the top bicycle-friendly cities in the world. With the creation of hundreds of kilometers of bicycle lanes, paths, and trails you can easily enjoy biking and discover the great City! We will highly recommend for you to have an approximately4hours tour to see the highlight of Montreal:Old-Port, Latin Quarter, La Fontaine Park, Plateau, Mont-Royal Park (entrance), McGill University campus, Business district, Old Montreal and Mile-End. In Mile-End, you will have the chance to discover the best Bagel in Town Saint-ViateurBagel.Established in 1957, this legendary bakery is an integral part of Montrealer’s life and culture.
Two great place to book these tours: (Or ask your concierge and he will take care of it with pleasure)
Must-trydish – The Poutine
Montreal offer the best and the most refined restaurants in the world. French cuisine is very popular.However the real Montreal experience dish is the Poutine. It’s a Mix of French Fries, Cheddar Cheese, and Brown Gravy sauce. Some rewoned restaurants offer some “upscale poutine“ as a lobster poutine or a poutine with foie gras sauce.
Best activity / Excursion – Walking tour in the Old Montreal
Located along the St. Lawrence River, 15 minutes’ walk from downtown. The Old Montreal is the historical district and to enjoy it you have to walk it! You can discover that area with a knowledgeable guide for a 2 hours tour. That will give you the chance to see the most beautiful Church in town such asthe Basilique Notre Dame, walk on Saint Paul Street where all the art galleries, bistros and cafés, for visiting the old port of Montreal and many local attractions.
Best View – Mont Royal Park
The jewel of Montreal’s city parks is, without question, Mount Royal. Located in the heart of Montreal 10 minutes walking from the Ritz Carlton hotel it have the highest spot in the city (234m). The best spot on the mountain to see the best view on Montreal is the Belvedere section. Also,since Montreal is a safe city, we recommend to enjoy the view during the night time. Mount Royal is where Montrealers go to get a breath of air on a hot day, to cross-country ski without leaving the city, to walk off a hangover or a bad mood, to picnic, to jog, to ice skate, to look out over the city, rest their eyes on the horizon and dream.
Best Local Secret –
One of the best Local Secret is Big in Japan. A hidden bar located on the Plateau Montreal area.You will never find the place if you don’t know the address. You may just walk right past the red door between a store and a restaurant, with the Japanese letters printed on its screen. Nothing else gives away there’s a classy lounge inside! We hear the variety of whiskey to mixed drinks is quite exceptional!
Best Place for local shopping – The Bonsecours Market
The Bonsecours Market, acknowledged as one of Canada’sfinest heritage buildings, has become an essential stop in the Old Montreal. Headquarters of the Conseil des métiers dʹart du Québec and the Institute of Design Montréal, the Market houses features 15 top‐quality Quebec creationsboutiques: crafts, fashions, accessories and jewelry, design items, reproduction Quebec furniture and more.
Best Familyactivity – Ateliers &Saveurs (Private or Group Cooking Lessons)
Set in a relaxing and unintimidating environment, Ateliers and Saveurs is a great place that treats you to the wonders of cooking, wine tasting and cocktails! This is far from boring and theoretical classes, every individual actively participates in the adventures of culinary art. Once made, treat your taste buds to your piece of art!
Maeva Surf– indoor surfing.
Shred the most dynamic, popular and safest wave in the world. Maeva Surf is a fabulous attraction that offers action sports enthusiasts a unique opportunity to practice “flowboarding” in a safe and secure environment. Flowboarding is a perfect mix of surf, skateboard and snowboard. The introduction to flowboarding includes a 30-minute theoretical training on the technical basis and safety, and a 30-minute practical training on the wave. Then, a surfing session lasts thirty minutes.
Top architecture find
Habitat 67 in Montreal is a complex which resembles a very interesting arrangement of cubes. The architect Moshe Safdie created it as a main attraction for Expo 67.
Best restaurant for a celebration –
Flyjin is the most hiding supper club in town. The offer Asian fusion dishes open from Wednesday to Saturday. After 11:00pm the party start until 3am! We recommend you to have a reservation and ask for direction if not you will never find the place.
Best cocktail with a view – Terrasse sur l’Auberge
Located in the Old Montreal, you can enjoy the view on the River and watching fireworks festival. The inviting terrace offers spectacular views of Montreal and the beautiful river! Experiment with the innovative cocktails created by the bartenders and surrender to the mix of music.
Museum must see –
Founded in 1860,the museum is located on the historic Golden Square Mile stretch of Sherbrooke Street two blocks away from the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The museum has built up a collection of over 33,000 objects ‐ painting, sculpture, works on paper, prints and drawings, photographs and decorative art objects ‐ from Antiquity to today.