What to Do in Montreal During the Rogers Cup Men’s Tennis Tournament

When you're not sitting courtside, spend time exploring Jarry Park and Jean-Talon Market and drinking at local bars surrounding IGA Stadium.

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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

Neighbourhood: Villeray-Parc-Extension

Closest subway station: Parc

Illustration by Muti

1. Eat at a market or have a picnic in the park

Jarry Park, photo by Tourisme Montreal/Daphne Caron

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

Photo by Sabe

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

Photo by Adrien Williams

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

Photo courtesy Fairmont le Reine Elizabeth

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.

[This story appears in the May 2019 issue of WestJet Magazine]