Wandering around Montreal is like a stroll across the world. From the French inspired architecture and the smell of fresh, warm pastries, to the towering skyscrapers which characterise North American cities, your experience in Montreal varies from street to street.
One moment you may feel like you are strolling through the cobbled streets of Paris, the next you could be navigating around New York.
So, if you cannot spare more than 48 hours for this wonderful city, here are the top places to hit:
Kick off your first morning with a short hike to the summit of Mont Royal, a small hill situated north-west of the city centre. The viewpoint provides a panorama shot of the city; a perfect picture opportunity as well as the chance to see a bird’s-eye view of the places you plan to hit later on.
If you are not quite feeling up to the hike, there is also a bus which can take you to the top although, particularly in autumn, the colourful trees which line the walkways are not to be missed.
Next stop: Notre Dame Basilica
This neo-gothic building is deceptive; its dull grey exterior, though grand in height, gives no indication as to the treasure it holds within. One step through the main doors provides a sensory overload; from the hushed conversations in a wonderful variety of languages, to the flickering candles at either side of the pews, to the magnificent, vibrant altar at the far end.
Meander through Old Montreal
Spend the rest of your afternoon wandering around Old Montreal. Just off from the Place d’Armes, you will discover street upon street of adorable shops, cafés and restaurants. Nip into one of the ice-cream shops, sit down and enjoy a chilled-out lunch or maybe grab a cheeky drink down by the waterfront.
A morning at the museum
There are plenty of museums and galleries peppered across this city. From the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, to the Biodome of Montreal, to the Barbie expo currently on Peel Street; there are museums to suit anyone’s tastes. Grab a coffe and kick off your second morning with a bit of culture!
Lunch in Mile-End
This adorable section of the city is known for its artsy cafés and good music scene. Do some research to scout out the best places to visit in this area – the top spots are often the ones not on the well-worn tourist trail. This is a perfect area for lunch as well as a scenic cycle.
THE Vintage shop: Eva B
Lose yourself in this colourful vintage wonderland. From retro ski suits to comfy boyfriend shirts to classic aviators, this shop has it all. This is a popular spot for locals in Montreal, particularly the students, so delve into Eva B’s collection and see what you can find.
This shop also contains a little café, selling a variety of drinks and treats – their chocolate cookies are some of the best I have ever had!
Montreal is a beautiful, bustling city and, during the autumn, the autunmnal colours and cool weather make it the perfect place to wander through. Take your time to stroll through the streets and discover the hidden gems of this city; you will not be disappointed by the myriad of shops, bars and historical sites you will inevitably stumble across…
Originally published on The National Student – http://www.thenationalstudent.com/Travel/2017-10-18/spend_48_hours_in_montreal.html