Still off the radar for many visitors, Montreal’s Little Italy, Petite-Patrie, Villeray, and Parc-Extension areas are as alive and interesting as the trendier neighbourhoods of Mile End and Plateau-Mont-Royal. It’s here where you will find the foodie paradise of Jean-Talon Market and the leafy oasis of Jarry Park, home to IGA Stadium and the Rogers Cup.
When: August 2 to 11
Where: IGA Stadium
Court type: DecoTurf cushioned acrylic
Closest subway station: Parc
1. Eat at a market or have a picnic in the park
Sample the flavours of Montreal at the food stalls of Jean-Talon Market or pack a picnic to enjoy under a tree in Jarry Park. Stroll the trails that lead to the park’s pond and fountain before heading to the stadium.
2. Shop for souvenirs at Tah-Dah
You’ll find plenty of tennis souvenirs at the IGA Stadium, but, for Montreal keepsakes, visit Tah-Dah in Jean-Talon Market. This cute boutique brims with unique items all handcrafted by Québécois artisans.
3. Drink craft beer at Brasserie Harricana
Brasserie Harricana delights with its in-house brews and creative menu. One of the bestsellers is the delicious beer-can roasted chicken. As for the beer menu, it’s constantly changing, so ordering a tasting flight is a good start.
4. Drink with the players at a hotel bar
The tournament’s official hotels are downtown at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth and the InterContinental Montreal, so, to party with the players, order a cocktail at the hotels’ respective bars, Nacarat and Sarah B.
Vantage point: 1909 Taverne Moderne
Watch the finals at 1909 Taverne Moderne. This downtown resto-bar seats 1,400 fans, which makes it the next best thing to being on centre court.