City Guide: Montreal
Written by Amanda Scriver
Canadian actress and singer Caroline Neron grew up in Boucherville, Quebec before heading to Montreal. Since moving to the city, she founded her namesake jewellery and accessories brand. As recommended by her, here are some of the places you need to check out in Montreal.
WHERE TO STAY:
Photo Courtesy of Tourisme Montreal
This luxury boutique hotel is situated in the heart of Old Montreal and finds itself located in a converted bank building from the 1800s. With old-world European charm, the hotel features original brick ceilings, archways, and stone walls from years past. Each room has its own special charm, some with spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River. With its commitment to first-class service, the hotel has been honoured with a four-star award from the Forbes Travel Guide every year since 2004.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK:
This restaurant has three things going for it that makes it simply irresistible: an unbeatable location, a beautiful patio, and delicious Italian comfort food. For those looking to experience a bit of la dolce vita without having to break the bank (or purchase plane tickets), your experience will be exceptional from start to finish.
Situated under a wide open terrace under the trees, Boris Bistro offers some of the best al fresco dining in Montreal. The menu offers an interesting mix of international influences, including Mediterranean, Peruvian, Bulgarian, and of course - Quebecois delights. With an exceptional cocktail and wine list, it's the perfect spot to meet with friends.
A class act, from food to service to decor, owner Costas Spiliadis has spared no expense in creating the finest of Greek dining experience to Montreal. With a commitment to fresh flavours, Milos imports seafood from the Mediterranean. You'll find Estiatorio Milos on Canada's 100 Best Restaurant list.
WHAT TO DO:
Parc du Mont-Royal
You won't find a view like this one anywhere else in the city. The work of New York Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted, the mountain contains two lookout points including the Mount-Royal Chalet which looks out to the downtown core. During the summer time, you're bound to run into the Tam-Tams who are often drumming in the middle of the park or witness a live-action LARP session by the Montreal Warriors.
As one of the oldest area of the city, Old Montreal holds a lot of charm. From its cobblestone walkways to its old buildings and narrow streets - there's a slice of history no matter where you turn. Grab a horse-drawn carriage and have the driver pepper you with historical facts, or walk over to Montreal's version of Big Ben, The Clocktower for a perfect shot of the Montreal skyline.
This spa originally started its life on the water as a ferry boat in the 1950s. Since then, Bota Bota has become the spot for tourists and residents alike to partake in Scandinavian water therapy while overlooking the St Lawrence River. With five decks, settle into one of the eucalyptus steam baths and melt your troubles away.
WHERE TO SHOP:
Laurier Street West
There are so many independent designers and boutiques throughout Montreal that it's hard to figure out where to go. If you head down to Laurier Street West, you can find the best shopping on one street. With many shops located between Clark Street and Querbes Avenue, you'll find everything from upscale home and design to jewellery stores.