Old Montreal

There is nothing quite like the old European charm of Old Montreal, that you cannot find anywhere else in North America. Sip on a cafe au lait along cobbled stone pathways, indulge in some of Montreal's premium gastronomy, and witness the view from up high in a Ferris wheel alongside the old port.

Vieux Port and Vieux Montréal will transport you to old Europe, complete with cobblestone pathways, historical architecture, and boulevards lined with boutiques, cafes, and some of the most delicious and ambient restaurants in the city. Stroll along the Old Port’s tree-lined promenade and docks for quaint waterside views, the architectural landmark Habitat 67 visible across the gleaming water. Make your way through Place Jacques-Cartier, the beating heart of the district, and visit other notable attractions including Grand Notre Dame Cathedral, Place d’Armes, and Champ-de-Mars Park. Sample fine dining at Le Club Chasse et Peche for elegant Quebecois dishes or dig into some poutine at Taverne Gaspar. One of the most popular brunch spots of the city, Olive & Gourmando, requires a little wait time but the dreamy rustic interior and mouthwatering food have solidified the spot as an essential for any foodie. Old Montréal has a mixture of fine hotels and cozy airbnbs ideal for any traveller seeking old European charm unique to Montréal in North America. 

Soaring Gothic churches, horse-drawn carriages (watch your step!), and cobblestone streets – you’d be forgiven if you mistook Montréal for Europe in the 17th century. Overlooking the rushing St. Lawrence River, this Parisian-style quarter is filled with authentic character and culture, including the Basilique Notre-Dame, Old Port, and Château Ramezay. Formerly the town’s main street, the picturesque Rue Saint-Paul is lined with local shops, art galleries, high-end restaurants, and the best of Montréal Airbnb. If you just have one weekend in Montréal, spend it here.

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