More to Montreal
Come for the innovative food and drink, stay for the culture
MONTREAL—ITS cobblestone streets and French architecture make Old Montreal, the original settlement on the St. Lawrence Seaway, compelling. But Montreal, now 376 years old, also has much to offer in its surrounding neighbourhoods. From the new restaurants of the Gay Village to the annually updated murals of the Plateau and the trendy shopping of Mile End, the city’s districts make a strong case for buying a subway pass. Street festivals, outdoor performances, pop-up markets: Montreal so likes to mingle that even tourism boosters call it “the smoking and drinking section of Canada.” Come for the innovative food and drink — namely, the recently opened natural wine bars, speakeasies and restaurants serving Quebecois small plates — and stay for the culture, especially the new mural tours, digital light shows and symphonic experiments.
At Montreal Plaza, an energetic brasserie with an open kitchen, diners can enjoy dishes, including tuna “soup.” Habitat 67, a housing complex designed originally as a Pavillon for Expo 67 by architect Moshe Safdie.The dome of Bonsecours Market, as seen through Le Grande roue de Montreal, an observation wheel, in Old Montreal.