Destination Guide: Montreal
belle France in cosmopolitan Canada
Stroll the cobblestone streets of 17th-century Old Montreal, and linger over morning coffee beneath the towers of the Notre-Dame Basilica. Watch passing boats from the banks of the St Lawrence River.
Combine coffee and city views with French-Canadian cuisin. Dine at outdoor bistros in romantic Old Montreal, feasting on foie gras, poutine, and decadent sugar pie. Enjoy world flavours on boulevard St-Laurent. The Parc du Mont-Real, high above the city, is perfect for afternoon coffee and people-watching.
Relax under shady maple leaves or check out the latest Canadian art. Admire rich stained glass at Notre-Dame Basilica or stroll the narrow backstreets to the Old Port, with its mishmash of bicycle paths, Segways and harbour cruises. Relax under century-old maples in the Parc du Mont-Real, or contemplate Canada's best contemporary art in the Museum of Fine Arts.
Stock up on local tipples and snug clothing. For haute couture and warm winter furs head to rue Sherbrooke, Montreal's exclusive shopping centre. Leave space in your luggage for local ice cider and ice wine, sold at SAQ stores, and maple treats from Canadian Maple Delights.
Comedy, jazz and sport on skates. The streets of Centreville buzz with locals checking out the talent at the city's famed comedy clubs while jazz fans flock to bistro-style music bars by the river in Old Montreal. Head to the bohemian Victorian streets of the Plateau for tiny dance-till-dawn clubs or follow the crowds to cheer on the Canadiens ice hockey team.