Hi friends, I’ve got another travel post coming your way today that I’m super excited about!
Back a few weeks ago, I spent a long weekend traveling to Montreal for my sister’s bachelorette weekend! I honestly had no expectations of what this trip would be like, especially since I had never been to Montreal before and we kinda picked this destination on a whim. But holy cow, I am seriously in LOVE with this city!
If you’ve ever been to Montreal before you’re probably reading this like “duh, Liz, it’s always been amazing”, but really— I was blown away. Everyone is so friendly, the streets and the buildings are so picturesque, the food scene is on point, and there are just so many outdoor things to do in the summer time. My kind of city right here!
Where we stayed.
So lets talk a few details. We started the trip at our adorable, beautifully decorated Airbnb that I literally want to keep as my summer home. Because that’s totally a thing right?? 😉
But honestly, it was in the best location and was walkable to everything, looked like it was out of a magazine, AND it had this amazing private rooftop with a grill, table, and a couch. We spent almost every single night up there, drinking wine and watching the sunset.
If you’re going to Montreal and want the details, just send me an email or leave a comment and I’ll send them your way!
Where we ate.
Our first night in Montreal, we headed out to Le Diplomate for what turned out to be my favorite dinner of the weekend. This is one of those restaurants where you order a bunch of small plates for the table and just share everything! I kind of love places like this because you get little bites of so many dishes and never have to decide on just one.
The menu is packed with a variety of dishes, so we had tons of options for pescetarians like me, dairy-free eaters like my sister, and carnivores like my older sister (we’re a diverse bunch lol). Not to mention how interesting the menu is. The ingredients and flavors are so unique— like, I tried bitter melon for the first time and I LOVED it!
And don’t even get me started on the presentation. Every dish that came out was prettier than the last. It was such a wonderful way to begin this weekend of celebrating!
Next up on the food list was the famous Jean Talon Market. If you’re a farmer’s market lover out there, this place is literally your holy grail!
It’s packed with row upon row of fresh produce (at a great price!), beautiful flowers, speciality foods, fish, coffee, prepared foods, local meat… seriously, they had everything. Since we had a huge kitchen and grill area in our Airbnb, we picked up lots of goodies at the market to make a few meals at home.
Everything was spectacular! I absolutely recommend spending a few hours here.
My favorite breakfast of the weekend was definitely Regine Cafe.
Now I should first mention that this restaurant is super popular for weekend brunch, and they don’t take reservations, so definitely get there early if you don’t want to wait in line for a table. We got there right around the time they opened and there was already a long line, but we were able to get a table very quickly.
But just look at this place! How cute, right?!?
And the food absolutely lived up to the hype. The menu is French-inspired with a modern twist, so there were options for all kinds of eaters. We were all raving about our meals and totally impressed by the presentation— everything was so pretty! Another one that I absolutely recommend if you’re traveling to the area.
What we did.
When I first started researching what to do in Montreal, the first thing that always popped up was exploring the Old City. This area of the city is very touristy, but you totally have to do it, even if just for an afternoon.
Old City feels like you temporarily transported yourself to Europe, filled with gorgeous architecture, musicians playing in the street, picturesque cafes, and lots of great shopping. We spent a few hours wandering the cobblestone streets, gawking at the beautiful Basilica Notre Dame, and grabbing coffee at this adorable cafe, Tommy (pictured below). Seriously plant heaven in there!
One of my absolute favorite parts of the trip actually occurred about an hour and a half outside of Montreal, but I totally think it’s worth the trek if you visit the area. Mont Orford National Park is seriously a gem. Filled with trails, lakes, camping, and even beaches, you can tell this is a well-loved spot for locals.
When we planned my sister’s bachelorette weekend, we knew we wanted to include a day of hiking (something she’s very into), and the Mont Chauve trail looked like the perfect opportunity. The hike was pretty moderate and took about 4 hours roundtrip, and the peak had one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen!
And something we didn’t learn until after the fact, but there is a beach that you literally have to pass on your way off the trail, so plan on bringing a bathing suit to you can jump in the water after the long hike!
The last thing on our list was climbing to the top of Mont Royal, a beautiful park in the middle of the city that gives you outstanding views of the city skyline.
The park is another Montreal gem, filled with lots of different trails and a gorgeous chalet at the top of the park with the best view of the city.
We also happened to be there on a Sunday, and every Sunday there is a huge (I mean HUGE) drum circle at the entrance of the park. S0 many people were there to watch the drummers, picnicking and laying out on blankets all over the grassy areas. Definitely my kind of way to spend a Sunday!
So that’s our trip in a nutshell! We had such a blast celebrating this bride-to-be and I can’t wait to celebrate her big day in just 2 months.
I hope you get the chance to visit Montreal someday— I honestly can’t wait to go back!