Montreal offers an abundance of activities year-round, but come spring and summer, its array of enjoyments seems to multiply to the point where you may find yourself experiencing decision paralysis. Fear not, though, because this curated three-day guide will lead you to some of the best places to eat, stay and play in the city.
ARTFUL START | 10 a.m. Hit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts as it opens if you want to see all 43,000 of its artworks in good time. mbam.qc.ca ANIMAL FRIENDLY | 6:30 p.m. Invitation V is a wholly vegan restaurant, from its shiitake “sausages” to its faux-leather decor. Save room for the velvety “cheesecake” — it’s so good you won’t believe it’s made with almonds. invitationv.com
BEHIND THE CURTAIN | 9 p.m. End your night sipping on cocktails crafted from a collection of 500 spirits at The Cloakroom Bar, an intimate speakeasy hidden behind a velvet curtain in a luxury menswear tailor. cloakroombar.co
MARKET FRESH | 8 a.m. Skip whatever might be on offer for breakfast where you’re staying and make for the openair Marché Jean-talon, where you’ll find fresh-from-the-oven baguettes and pastries, seasonal fruits and vegetables, an oyster-shucking stand and mouthwatering charcuterie plates brimming with creamy goat cheeses and salty prosciutto. marchespublics-mtl.com BREW MASTER | 1:30 p.m. Brasserie Harricana became the first female-owned microbrewery in Montreal when owner Marie-pier Veilleux moved her family business south from Amos, Que., in 2014. Order a summery Aprikotenweisse, one of 41 signature beers on tap. brasserieharricana.com
NO FISH, NO PROBLEM | 7 p.m. Sushi Momo works miracles to create delectable Japanese dishes sans fish and seafood. Try the mushroom tartare with truffle-miso emulsion and the avocado maki topped with sweet potato and coriander-jalapeño aioli. sushimomo.ca
THE REAL DEAL | 10:30 a.m. Book a walking tour with Spade & Palacio, whose unscripted excursions offer an on-the-fly glimpse of authentic Montreal. Options include a culinary walk and an exploration of the city’s murals. spadeandpalacio.com
DARING DELIGHTS | 2 p.m. Indulge your adventurous side at the Mi Corazón food truck, where the Mexican fusion food has a creepy-crawler twist. Specialties include mealworm tacos and black-ant lemonade. micorazonfoodtruck.com