1. An excursion to the summit of Mount Royal.

Mount Royal, located in the heart of the city, is Montreal's most iconic landmark. It is also the most popular place to take a selfie. Rendez-vous at the top of Mount Royal by taking the stairs or with a guided tour. In the chalet at the top, visitors will find toilets and a small canteen for refreshments. Enjoy a panoramic view of Montreal.

2. Visit Old Montreal.

Another must in Montreal. You will find architectural styles and charming streets dating as far back as 1685. This is an important place for visitors to understand how the city began its development. I recommend that you stop at the Notre-Dame Basilica then, go to the historic Place Jacques Cartier and sit on a terrace, where you will be perfectly placed to admire the street artists.

3. Take a seat in Montreal's Big Wheel.


Enjoy a panoramic view 60 meters high, breathtaking views of the river, Old Montreal, downtown and the mountains! In the evening? It's just magical. And all this in an air-conditioned cabin in summer and heated in winter! Bar, bistro and coffee on site! Prices: Adult ticket: $ 25 Children's ticket $ 13.05 Teen Ticket $ 14.79

4. Shop on St. Catherine Street.

St. Catherine Street is the perfect place to window shop and indulge yourself. You will find the most famous stores such as Gap, Victoria Secret, H & M etc ... You will also find many local shops that sell very good quality products and at affordable prices.

5. Enjoy typical Montreal specialties.

  • Poutine
The poutine is the famous Quebec cuisine dish, composed in its classic form of three elements: french fries, cheddar cheese and brown sauce.
  • The famous Bagel of Montreal
Compared with the New York style bagel, the Montreal bun, much better in quality, is crisp and golden. It is handmade and dipped in honey-sweetened water before being cooked in a wood-burning oven.

Here are some places where you can taste them:

Bagel etc. 4320 Saint-Laurent Blvd.
Beaubien Bagel 828 Beaubien Street East
Bagels on Greene 4160 Saint-Catherine Street West

6. Enjoy Asian specialties in Chinatown.

You will love discovering all the specialties that Montreal's Chinatown offers: Dumplings, tonkin soups, dim sum, bubble tea. And, after having filled your stomach, you can visit the many shops in the neighborhood, which are real caves of Ali Baba!
Where: Rue de la Gauchetière and Boulevard Saint-Laurent.

7. The Jean-Talon Market

The Jean-Talon Market offers a great variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as kiosks of pancakes, fresh meat and other local products! It is among the oldest urban markets in Montreal. If you are looking for specific ingredients or if you just want to walk around, the Marché Jean-Talon will seduce the gourmet in you.

8. Go see an Ice Hockey game: the Montreal Canadiens

The "Canadiens" is one of Canada's most famous teams with the Maple Leafs of Toronto. You'll love the atmosphere and excitement of a hockey game in Canada. It's just comparable to football in Europe. Montreal players face their opponents at the Bell Center.

9. Explore the undergrounds of Montreal.

Welcome to the largest underground network in the world! More than 30 km of corridors, thousands of shops and restaurants, four train stations, theaters, several libraries, two ice rinks ... in short, there are many things to do in the underground of Montreal!

10. During the summer: Participate in a festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

The unique Parc Jean-Drapeau, renowned for its diverse cultural and sports programming, is the perfect place for getaways 5 minutes from downtown Montreal! Take the metro to the island between Montreal and Longeuil and enjoy a magical mix of nature and music!

11. Visit The Great Library

The Grande Bibliothèque de Montréal is an exceptional cultural venue offering free and unrestricted access to millions of resources for Montrealers and tourists visiting the city of Quebec. visit http://www.banq.qc.ca for more information.

2 comments on "11 Things To Do Absolutely If You Visit Montreal For A Vacation"

Sep 1, 2019 11:06 PM

Great suggestions, poutine is a must. We tried it in Toronto, maybe we will make it to Montreal someday!

Sep 2, 2019 11:25 AM

Yes! Poutine definitely keeps you warm in cold winters! haha