Montreal, Canada

I’ve been to Montreal numerous times: school field trips, visiting friends or just visiting the city. It’s been different every time. I love the feel of the city: there’s so much to do, see, eat and drink.

K, C and I planned a trip to Montreal for C’s birthday. C planned this wonderful weekend in April to brighten our moods (seriously, winter in Ottawa lasted 91857403 days, read about it here) so I planned our weekend in Montreal.

Day one: drive to Montreal, dinner at Pancini, night out at le 281

Day two: Old Port Montreal and Montreal City Hall, Bonsecours Market, Notre-Dame Basilica, Schwartz’s, Mont Royal, Dinner at Maggie Oakes

Day one: Drive to Montreal, dinner at Pancini, night out at le 281

I get off early on Friday’s so the three of us left Ottawa around 3 pm. The drive isn’t too bad (unless you’re caught speeding and get a ticket *cough C cough*). We arrived in Montreal and checked into the Candlewood Suites hotel: the location and price could not have been better! Everything was within walking distance so we parked the car at the hotel for the weekend. Easy peasy.

We got ready to go out for the evening, polished off a bottle of wine from our Niagara Tripย and wandered down St. Catherine Street for food and ended up at Pancini’s. You have to check it out for their fresh garlic bread station alone! You buttered fresh bread (pesto, garlic or just butter) and place your slice of bread on the grill for a few minutes each side and out comes delicious, fresh garlic bread. Finger licking good!

Our plans for the evening were at Le 281. We got there at 8:30 PM and while there was no line it filled up pretty quickly. No pictures or videos or you’ll get kicked out!! It was a great evening out for a girl’s night and a 4 minute walk back to the hotel.

Day two: Old Port Montreal and Montreal City Hall, Bonsecours Market, Notre-Dame Basilica, Schwartz’s, Mont Royal, Dinner at Maggie Oakes

Our first stop was Old Port Montreal and the ice cream was necessary after a night of drinking. The pistachio was amazing! We wandered around taking pictures and enjoying the perfect weather. After a long winter and longer spring, we finally had a day of warm weather and sun! We definitely took advantage of it by wandering around outside all day.


Next stop was the Bonsecours Market and then wandering along the water.


K broke her sandal the night before to the rest of the day we wandered Montreal and searched for new sandals for her. We stumbled on this wonderful mall: check out the reflection in this picture! There is no editing, just very still water!


We wandered around Montreal for the rest of the afternoon on our way to Schwartz’s. Here’s a ton of picture of the amazing architecture.

For a late lunch we stopped in at Schwartz’s. The line was fairly long but only took about 20 minutes to get the best smoked meat sandwiches I’ve ever had. We took our sandwiches to Mont Royal park and hungout at the park in the sun.


With tired legs and feet, we walked back to the hotel for a nap and then got ready to go out. We ended up at Maggie Oakes and I loved the gnocchi. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the first wonderful night of the summer.


After checking out Old Port at night, we wandered back to the hotel for the night.


Day three: We were planning on going to the Biodome but it’s closed for renovations!! We thought about going to the Biosphere but decided to head home instead.

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