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Yearly Newcomers Guide To Montreal

Yearly Newcomers Guide To Montreal

No matter what time of the year it is Montreal very much like Paris is always a good idea. Weather can be very unpredictable, so what do you do when one the weather isn’t to your advantage? I’ve compiled a list of must-see places and Restaurants whether it’s raining, extremely hot or snowing.

Top Experiences

  • St Joseph’s Oratory - Located in the Westmount summit this Roman Catholic basilica is the largest church in North America.

  • Mont-Royal Observatory - This is outdoors but very close to St Joseph’s Oratory. The observatory deck makes it worth the 234 meters climb in all type of weather. Parc du Mont-Royal is the heart of this metropolis and designed by American Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted who also designed New York’s Central Park.

  • Vieux- Montréal - Old Montréal is full of cobblestone streets and early- New France architecture. From here you can see Habitat 67 , go on La Grande Roue de Montréal Canada’s largest Ferris wheel, go ice skating in the winter or just walk down the St- Lawrence River. If you have time to spare take a look at the Montreal Clock Tower, its free to go to the top.

  • Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal - Similar to Notre Dame-de-Paris, the stained-glass windows are truly breath taking. Unfortunately you have to pay to go inside unless you are going for Mass.

  • Musée des Beaux arts de Montreal - One of my favorite museum, Musée des Beaux arts de Montreal is located on rue Sherbrooke’s Golden Square Mile. The majority of the museums permanent collection includes religious pieces, works by First Nations peoples, and contemporary pieces by young Canadians and international artist.

There’s is a lot more to do in Montreal; this post only includes the Top Experiences no matter what time of year you visit.


These are a few memorable restaurants I’ve been to since I moved to Montreal.

L’Avenue Brunch

L’Avenue Brunch

Famous Canadian Poutine

Famous Canadian Poutine

  • L’Avenue $$ - Great decor and the best breakfast - brunch I’ve had.

  • Portus 360 $$$ - This is a rotating restaurant giving you a panoramic view of the city.

  • Les Enfants Terribles $$$ - This restaurant has different locations, my favorite is the one on Place Ville- Marie because of the view on the 44th floor. Also this restaurant specializes in Traditional Québec cuisine.

  • Modavie $$ - Reservations required to sit by the live music.

  • Poutineville or La Banquise $$ - These two places are great for Poutine, which is French fries and cheese curds topped with a brown gravy. Poutine originated in the province of Québec and is loved by all Canadiens.

  • Restaurant Modena $$ - An Italian restaurant located in Old Montreal, it has outdoor seating and great music. This is probably the place with the best pizza I’ve had in Montreal (laughing) I love pizza and have tried many places in Montreal and have been disappointed but the pizza here was fresh with tine crust. YuMMy!

  • Barroco $$$ - This little restaurant is modern and aesthetically pleasing with A1 service and great food.

  • Atwater Cocktail Club $$$ - Tucked away in an alley way, this speakeasy bar is known for their drinks but also have delicious small plates.

  • Grinder Viandes & Vins $$$ - Great decor and music. Try the surf n’ turf.

  • Siam Centre- Ville $$$ - This Thai restaurant is one of my favorite, their portions are for two so we usually order a couple plates to share.

On a Budget Restaurants

  • Les 3 Brasseurs $$

  • La Cage Sports Bar $$

  • St-Viateur Bagel Shop $

  • Qing Hua Dumpling $

  • Rotisserie Romados $

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Why it’s important to have either renter’s insurance or homeowners insurance.

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