Eat, drink and play around in the most populous city in Canada’s Québec province named after Mt. Royal, the triple-peaked hill at its heart: Montreal.
In this Locaux Insider’s Travel Guide to Montréal, we share everything a visitor may want to add to their list of things to do; ranging from a great cup of coffee at local café to must visit sights like Gothic Revival Notre-Dame Basilica at its center.
- 1 Eats and Drinks
- 2 A Bit Of Shopping? Yes?
- 3 Know The Happenings
- 4 Best Time To Visit
- 5 About The Insider
- 6 More from Locaux!
Eats and Drinks
Have you ever heard the story of the bagel war between Montreal and New York?
Our Locaux Insider gave us the scoop, and says the best quick go to sandwich is the ubiquitous bebete du bœuf. She even shares a tip on two great dive bars that serve up some decent drunk food.
Let’s dive in!
Un café s’il vous plait.
For a great coffee and light breakfast or lunch:
- Ferlucci Café Boutique– a quiet cozy environment to have a great cup of black; no cream or sugar needed.
- Café Névé – Laid back meeting for grabbing a cup of artisanal coffee and a light breakfast or lunch.
- Prepare to stand in line for a smoked meat (pastrami) sandwich at Schwartz’s.
- Casa del Papolo– A place to connect with the locals. A great café for cheap eats and a buzz. A music venue for for indie bands, DJs and spoken word. The menu consists of great sandwiches and draft beer.
Have an an authentic French dining experience, with impeccable from professional servers in this iconic Parisian-style bistro serving up refined standards.
Vino, Cocktails and Ambiance
- La Vin Papillion
For wine or a great cocktail, have a seat on the outdoor patio of this “cozy-rustic wine bar…serving eclectic, farm fresh fare.”
A Bit Of Shopping? Yes?
Hyper Local Markets
- Puces Pop – Pop Montreal’s Flea Market for local designers. This market happens three times a year. It was developed in 2004 to bring Montreal’s designers, artists and crafters together in one. marketplace.
- Souk @ S.A.T. (Societe des Arts Technologigues) – and annual high-end technological art market.
- La Gaillarde – Vintage clothing and accessories for men and women. Some items are made by artist using recycled and organic materials.
- Boutique Lustre – in house clothing studio for women, designed by Yasmine Wasfy.
Know The Happenings
For The Culture
- JazzFest – Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, an annual late summer festival.
- Les FrancoFolies de Montreal – a large annual music and performance festival in Downtown Montréal, Québec, with 1000s of French-language performers from all over the world, happening in summer.
- Labo Culinare | Societe des Arts Technologigues (Food Lab @ S.A.T.) – Restaurant at the S.A.T art space for contemporary Canadian food.
Visit Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal
Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal is a basilica in the historic district of Old Montreal.
Built in the Gothic Revival style, the church is highly decorated. The vaults are coloured deep blue and decorated with golden stars, and the rest of the sanctuary is decorated in blues, azures, reds, purples, silver, and gold. It is filled with hundreds of intricate wooden carvings and several religious statues. Unusual for a church, the stained glass windows along the walls of the sanctuary do not depict biblical scenes, but rather scenes from the religious history of Montreal. It also has a Casavant Frères pipe organ, dated 1891, which comprises four keyboards, 92 stopsusing electropneumatic action and an adjustable combination system, 7000 individual pipes and a pedal board.
In 1657, the Roman Catholic Sulpician syndicate arrived in Ville-Marie, now known as Montreal; six years later the seigneury of the island was vested in them. They ruled until 1840. The parish they founded was dedicated to the Holy Name of Mary, and the parish church of Notre-Dame was built on the site in 1672.
François Baillairgé, an architect, designed the interior decoration and choir 1785-95; facade & vault decoration, 1818.
The church served as the first cathedral of the Diocese of Montreal from 1821 to 1822.
By 1824 the congregation had completely outgrown the church, and James O’Donnell, an Irish-American Anglican from New York City, was commissioned to design the new building. O’Donnell was a proponent of the Gothic Revival architectural movement, and designed the church as such. He is the only person buried in the church’s crypt. O’Donnell converted to Roman Catholicism on his deathbed perhaps due to the realization that he might not be allowed to be buried in his church. 
Best Time To Visit
Summer is lively, with everyone spending their days outdoors.
About The Insider
Our favorite business mentor Tania Fox, is an American residing in Montreal, Canada.
She is the business Fox In Montreal.
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