Wake up at Hôtel William Gray in Old Montreal; housed in two 18th-century buildings, the hotel seamlessly blends modern and historical design. Walk to Marché Bonsecours, a year-round market filled with boutiques selling Québécois and Canadian goods—treat yourself to a French pastry from onsite Café des Arts. Next, meander along cobblestoned rue Notre-Dame, stopping to admire historical squares Place Jacques-Cartier and Place d’Armes. Pop into Rooney and browse the selection of streetwear, such as Danish brand Norse Projects. Continue to the Phi Boutique, attached to Phi Centre, and pick up a quirky item from a local brand, such as Le Cartel’s “Just Wear Art” graphic tee. For dinner, try hip Vietnamese restaurant Hà (the red tuna steak is a must-try), then settle into the candlelit interior of Velvet Speakeasy for a cocktail.
Hop on the Metro like a true Montrealer and head downtown for brunch at café/boutique Abe & Mary’s—pick up a luxurious candle by Baobab Collection before sitting down and nibbling on avocado toast. Walk to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to view the Decorative Arts and Design collection showcasing a range of decor pieces from 1400 to 1900. After, walk to nearby Peel Station (with a transfer at Berri-UQAM) and arrive at Mont-Royal Station for an afternoon in Le Plateau Mont-Royal and Mile End. At Artpop Montréal pick up an artistic souvenir, such as a pair of Main and Local’s poutine socks, before heading to Café Melbourne for a flat white. Next, walk to Annex Vintage to stock up on 1990s vintage and browse its selection of design items. End your day with the arugula salad and margherita pizza from stylish diner Pizzaiolle.
[This story appears in the November 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine].