I cannot explain why it took me so long but I finally got a chance to spend a weekend in Montreal. It's always been on my places to visit and my friends talk about it all the time but for some reason I never made any plans to visit. Well that has changed. We decided to go on a road trip and it was awesome.
We arrived around noon after a six hour drive from NYC. After dropping off our stuff at our AirBnB we went for lunch. First stop was Patati Patata for poutine. It was so yummy. Now if you google places for poutine a million will come up. This is how I found this place (and it was right around the corner from our AirBnb). I would suggest checking in to your place and then doing a search "around me" in google. I have found it is usually better than blindly googling places to eat.
Afterwards we decided to hike Mont Royal in the rain. It was a little damp but it was still a fun hike. I would definitely recommend doing it on a cool dry day and not in the rain like we did.
After our hike we got a bottle of wine and some snacks and headed back to our place to get ready for Jazz Fest. Now if you ever get an opportunity to visit Montreal during Jazz Fest you MUST go. It was soo much fun. They have a ton of free concerts all over and it was an amazing night (so amazing we forgot to eat dinner oops!!). I have no pictures to show for it but trust me if you like music, food, wine and/or beer make sure you go.
After our crazy night out and since we were only in Montreal for two days we decided to wake up early and start our day with breakfast at Bagel Etc. I would definitely recommend this place. It is very popular and you may have to wait but we really enjoyed it. After breakfast we headed to Old Montreal where we did a Self-Guided Tour. I found this one on Frommers and it was perfect. It hits all the spots, you can do it at your own pace, and it is free (except for any admissions fees). I am a budget traveler so I am a huge fan of DIY tours. I usually will look for pod casts or self guided tours like what is on Frommer's. If you have the time you can also make your own by combining a few different tours into one. I have done this in cities all over the world including Paris, Rome and Boston just to name a few. I am heading to Havana in a few weeks and I haven't found my perfect DIY tour yet so I am working on my own. Ill make sure to share with everyone.
For my day of sightseeing in Old Montreal I wore a Romper, Flat Sandals and a Jean Jacket. It was chilly in the morning but by early afternoon it was nice and warm. Details of my outfit are below.
I love Montreal and cannot wait to visit again.
Shop my Look