Bonjour Montréal

Sergio and I have booked a trip to Montreal that will coincide with Montreal Jazzfest 2018, which takes place next month. We’ve both been to Montreal before but have not visited the city in about 10 years so I’m looking for suggestions on places to go, sites to see and / or favorite restaurants. I’ll be doing a bit of research on my own, but I’ve come to rely on readers’ suggestions.

I’d love to hear from you about:
– Sites we should definitely visit
– Neighborhoods of interest
– Restaurant and dining suggestions

Feel free to leave suggestions / tips as comments on this blog post or you can reach out to me directly at

6 responses to “Bonjour Montréal

  1. Hey there !

    I have been living in the city for the past 10 years.
    Visiting Montréal at that exact time of the year is probably the best time to visit in the whole year. There is usually a lot of stuff going on, and all of the douchebags that come for the Grand Prix are gone (yay !).

    I would suggest you to visit The Old Port/Old Montreal… Very beautiful, and lots of things to see. It gets quite busy with the tourists during the summer, but it’s still very well worth your time to visit. Lots of restaurants, pubs, bars and shops. Streets in the Old Port are mostly closed to the traffic at this time of the year, and people get around by foot. Really nice architecture and the port is always lovely as well. There is many great spots in this area of the city, but if you aren’t scared of heights “Les enfants terribles” is a great spot for the food and the spectacular view from the 30th floor of one of the tallest buildings in the city, in the middle of downtown Montréal. Reservations are strongly suggested. (

    You wouldn’t want to miss the Quartier des Spectacles (thats where the Jazz Festival and all other festivals are held in the summer. It is quite the happening spot at this time of the year. Gets quite busy in the evening (6pm-midnight). Nice pub to try out in the area : “Brasserie T” – I would make reservations, to avoid the line-ups that can be quite long at times.

    And of course, the “Village”. It has changed a lot in the last 10 years ! They now close that part of the Ste-Catherine street to the circulation and is accessible by foot from beginning of May all the way until Columbus Day in October. Walkers paradise ! Endless kinds of cuisines /restaurants/cafés can be found in the village, most of them have “terrasses” (decks/patios outside) – which is very nice ! In this area, you will find people out on the street partying until the late hours of the night :).

    I hope you enjoy your stay here in Montréal 🙂

    Bonne visite 🙂


    • Alek,
      Thank you so much for your helpful comment and suggestions. If you’re ever in Boston or Provincetown let me know. I’d be happy to provide a similar list of suggestions for my hometown should you visit.

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  2. Helena’s is an amazing, quaint Portuguese restaurant Rue McGill in old town. My husband and I love it and go back often when we visit. Enjoy your trip!




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