3 Nights in Montreal
Only 3 nights in Montreal? No problem! Check out how we spent our time and stay tuned for some food and drink reviews.
After a slight hiccup in our plans we checked in to Hotel Bonaventure Montreal around 6ish on Thursday. From there we went to Bishop St. for some beers and ramen and then we walked around without much of a game plan but stumbled across Jardins Gamelin and wandered around the block, drinking canned sangria (don’t judge us, it was our first night of vacation). Then we went through Chinatown on the way to Old Port where we stopped for “one last drink” at one of the many tourist spots with outdoor seating. Grabbed an Uber back to the hotel where two of us decided we weren’t tired yet and ended up heading to a speakeasy with a local friend.
Everyone got a little of a late start Friday morning…it might have something to do with ending the night around 3:30am but whatever. We went over to Depanneur Le Pick Up for a quick brunch bite and then to the Jean-Talon Market to walk around (and sample fruit). I also purchased a mango, without a knife to cut it or a plan for what to do with it, but we’ll come back to that later. After Jean-Talon Market we went to Rue St-Hubert to explore the sidewalk setups. If you’re looking for some *ahem* totally legal Canadian products this store front was considerably less busy than the one closer to the hotel.
By mid-afternoon it was pretty hot and we were cranky (4 hours of sleep does not make for a happy Mo) so we meandered back to Hotel Bonaventure and that rooftop pool, grabbing some drinks and cat naps in the sun.
Early evening our fourth lady arrives, checks in and from there we’re ready to head out. We go to The Village to walk around and grab some food. Magipe (unfortunately their Village location is closing this month but they still have one at Mile End) was great for pizza and beer. We spend another hour or so wandering around, checking out shops and street art. So. Much. ART! Don’t forget to climb the bridge to take a picture of the rainbow baubles from above before you go.
After The Village we walked back towards Old Port, stopping again in Chinatown and also to grab beers at an outdoor French hip-hop show…..did I mention how fun Montreal is? Once in Old Port we were drawn into Unibar by the Destiny’s Child and stayed for the Mai Tais and French fries. Past midnight we Uber back to the hotel but myself and my late night MVP weren’t ready to call it quits. Up the hill from the hotel is Gokudo, a Japanese bar that looks like a tiny izikaya when you walk in. After being led through the thick curtains into the dark bar we were able to order from an inventive drink list and a pretty extensive Japanese whiskey selection.
We decided to start the day off at Atwater Market and picked up some pastries, fruit and smoothies that we brought with us to Mount Royal. After taking some selfies and taking in the scene (all of Montreal!) we walked down to the main entrance and headed over to the Mile End neighborhood. Once there we grabbed brunch at Lola Rosa and then walked around. Instead of doing a culinary tour we decided to just wing it, however we did eavesdrop on a few tours we passed along the way.
After one of the squad threw up the safe word to signal she’d had enough walking around in the hot sun we went back to the hotel. We grabbed some wine and fruit and hung out on the terrace by the duck pond (which was empty except for us). Bonus – they had ducklings! Also, pro tip: you can totally cut a mango with a hotel room wine key, just make sure you wash it real good first.
Early evening led us to Parc du Portugal and the Leonard Cohen mural (this was up on my list so I was glad to see it!). Le Darling is where we stopped for early dinner/small bites and drinks but to be honest we should have stayed! The food and drinks are delicious and it’s *ahem* darling, so there’s that.
We walk to Old Port to put our names in for a table at Terrasse Nelligan and then wait it out…..which takes a while. We were able to catch sunset and some decent drinks on the terrace and then we walked to Le Grande Roue de Montreal. After that we then split off into two groups – two ladies back to the hotel, myself & the other MVP for the ferris wheel ride and subsequent photo op. Is it touristy? Yup. Is it pretty and you get a nice view of the city? Also yup. We were lucky that we also caught some fireworks while we were up on the ferris wheel so that added to it for sure.
SUNDAY AKA IT’S OVER
Pretty sure that everyone was sad to go but we all had an amazing trip. We walked to grab a plant based brunch at LOV before checking out and heading our separate ways back over the border.
I need to dedicate this to my gals who were, without a doubt, the major force in how much fun we had. Get yourself a group of women to travel with that will listen to you, uplift you, make you laugh and encourage you to find a way to slice a mango with limited tools and no kitchenette.
We did miss out on a few things (Bota Bota spa, Botanical Gardens, etc.) but overall we checked a ton off our list, all while eating, drinking and having a great time! Guess we’ll just have to head back again soon……….
Want to know more about essentials for traveling with your ladies? Check out my post here. If Montreal isn’t your style Santo Domingo would be a great place for a girls getaway (you can read more here). Where’s the last place you and your girls took a trip? Let me know!