She was literally about to get frostbite^
Montreal during the winter holidays is one of the most magical times to be in the city. Connie and I were originally suppose to drive up to Montreal but to make the whole process easier, we decided to book roundtrip tickets at LGA. This was the festive season in Montreal, the city celebrates it’s widely popular indoor and outdoor events. The winter village markets were brimming with local treats and hot chocolate. It was a very cold, but a very unforgettable adventure. The temperature even dropped down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit one day. (No biggie tho) There is just something so peaceful about the snow, the serenity, the placidness… it was beyond tranquil. Winter is, after all, my absolute favorite season!! Summarizing our whole trip together, I made a list of places to do and things to see in Montreal. This is just based off my personal experience.
Spend time walking through Rue St.Laurent.
We booked an amazing and spacious Airbnb right in the heart of the city, minutes away from the popular Rue St.Laurent. St. Laurent Blvd is a major financial and cultural strip. It’s where some of the best clubs, restaurants and boutiques are located. It’s known none other than the “main” street.
Pay Attention to Downtown Montreal’s famous street art. Montreal is one of the global cities known for its expressive street art and murals. The whole city is covered with amazing art… art that you can stare at for hours. I decided not to take my hefty camera with me every single day, but on the days I did, I got some sick shots. HOW GORGEOUS IS THAT!? I was literally in awe of the whole city, even though my toes were about to fall off haha.
Check out Montreal’s Chinatown Montreal has probably the smallest Chinatown that I’ve ever been in, however, it was expected because our driver mentioned that Montreal’s Chinatown was about one block long.
Trek over to the beautiful OLD MONTREAL. Downtown Montreal was pretty but I think the real winner of the beauty pageant is Old Montreal.. a city filled with alluring buildings and an atmosphere filled with old school historic charm.
Visit the Notre-Dame Basilica. This church is by far one of the MOST BEAUTIFUL churches that I’ve ever stepped into. I’m still speechless even today.
Go to the Montreal Casino. FRIENDS, THE GAMBLING AGE IS 18 BC WE’RE NOT IN THE STATES..
The casino wasn’t easy to get to since it’s located on Notre Dame Island but it was so worth it. We took a car here because of the casino’s annual New Years Eve extravaganza. (Yes, we partied hard.) We were newly turned 19 year olds at this time and this was the first Casino either of us participated in. We played the slot machines, WE WON MONEY, and we thought we were at the top of the world. Adulting 101.
Head to Centre Bell. Go see a concert, or a game… or have a lighted Photosession at the festive balls. Right outside Centre Bell is a huge square filled with photogenic decorations.
Find and explore the Underground City.
Montreal’s most known interconnected commercial centre. with a very very mysterious name! It was SO difficult for us to find it, we spent hours lurking around the freezing streets of Montreal. (We did eventually find it tho, duh. haha We spent the rest of the day shopping and playing with the interactive games that the underground city offered.
Head over to Rue Sherbrooke and shop till you drop! The holiday sales!! I’m a sucker for sales. This is a major shopping street with hundreds of stores, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants lined up right after one another. It’s like a never ending street of happiness.
This was before my plant-based life but I just had to put this on here. Poutine is absolutely delicious!! The extra toppings with the fries were amazing. You can bet next time I’m in Montreal, I’ll order another one of these bad boys. (Excluding meat of course!!)
Visit Old Port of Montreal for New Years.
And if it’s not New Years, visit it anyways. haha. We danced, we ate ( a lot), and we received free hot chocolate.