My first vacation to Montreal was in November 2012, and I have been in love ever since! Montreal is a city in the province of Quebec, in Canada. We just returned from our fourth trip to Montreal, and had a blast. Montreal is special to me because it’s the first vacation my boyfriend and I took together. Cheesy I know! Here is a list of my top 5 places to go in the city.
1. STAY- Saint-Sulpice Hotel
Every time we go to Montreal, we always stay at Saint-Sulpice. It is a gorgeous hotel located right in the middle of Old Montreal district. It’s a boutique hotel (only 108 rooms!) The hotel is so quiet and romantic, perfect for a lovely getaway. Their restaurant, Restaurant Sinclair, is great. We’ve dined in the garden once, and had room service more than a few times. My favorite kind of day in the city is definitely shopping, lunching, exploring (and maybe shopping some more 😉 ), going back to the room to soak in a bubble bath in the huge tub, and relaxing with some room service.
2. EAT- De Farine et d’eau Fraiche
Like Saint-Sulpice, I’ve gone to De Farine et d’eau Fraiche every time I’ve been to Montreal. It is a fabulous, fabulous French Bakery in le village, gay village. The decor is beautiful, and the food even better. I’ve had breakfast, coffee, pastries, lunch, and it’s always perfect. The girls who work here are very sweet, even when you mispronounce 98% of what you order (like I do!) Their latte is a mighty competitor to my favorite coffee shop back in San Antonio- Local Coffee. If I lived in Montreal, I would go to De Farine at least once a day, no joke. Ambience, decoration, food presentation, food taste.. bravo!!
3. EAT- Bevo Bar + Pizzeria
Bevo is great food in a great location, right in the middle of Old Montreal. We had never heard of Bevo before, and this time was our first time trying it. I had the Aperol Spritz cocktail, and it was DIVINE! I love Aperol Spritz, such a fun and light drink. We split the Insalata Caprese, and it was great. For an entree, I ordered Petto di Pollo, with roasted veggies. Great meal! I will say I was a tad jealous when I saw pizzas going to other tables. The next time we go, I’ll definitely be trying one of their pizzas!
4. SHOP- Anthropologie
I am crazy about Anthropologie. It’s my favorite store of ALL time. They have such beautiful & unique women’s clothing/accessories & home decor. Whenever I’m going somewhere new, I always scope out where the Anthropologies are. I know, I have a problem! The Anthro in Montreal is 3-stories, so of course I’m in heaven every time I go.
5. SHOP- Quartier Dix30
Technically, Quartier Dix isn’t in Montreal, it’s in Brossard. But, it’s barely a 20-minute drive southeast of Montreal, and I highly recommend it for great shopping/eating. I found out about Quartier-Dix the last time I was in Montreal, and loved it so much, I knew it would be a definite stop the next time I went to Montreal. The grounds are huge- there’s about 300 stores! There are many favorite staples that I love in USA- Anthropologie, Banana Republic, H&M, Pottery Barn, Sephora, Urban Outfitters, & Williams-Sonoma.
They also have a great book/gift store called Chapters-Indigo. Chapters-Indigo is like a tres tres chic Barnes & Noble. They not only have a super-wide book selection, but beautiful candles/stationary/home decor.
This year we stumbled upon an amazing pizzeria, Pizzeria Sofia. I loved the decor so much, very Italian! The pizza was phenomenal. We ordered the Calabrese. My boyfriend and I said to ourselves, ah we’ll just have a couple slices. Uh..we definitely finished the entire pizza. Crazy delicious!