Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Spend a day exploring its permanent collection and visiting exhibits.

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Café Ambrose

This gem is located in the bright lobby of Hotel Ambrose, just five minutes from the museum—look for the mural of Anthony Bourdain outside. Order a cortado, which is a shorter latte with an intense espresso flavour, and the coconut waffles with maple whipped cream.

Sho-dan Restaurant

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The creativity that goes into the dishes at this Montreal institution is sure to impress. Start with the chicken, shrimp and mushroom dumplings, then share a platter of succulent sashimi and fusion-style rolls. End with the Mont Blanc fennel ice cream with chocolate and hazelnut tempura.

Cloakroom Bar

A hidden door beside Cloakroom Tailor Shop and Barber takes you into this bar that offers cocktails made to your specific taste profile. A rotating welcome drink—think bourbon with sage and mustard seed, lemongrass, allspice and apple cider—is served while you wait.

Notre-Dame Basilica 

This is the city’s oldest Catholic church.

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L’Amour du Pain

Sharing space with Maison Pepin, an eclectic store that features fashion and decor items by talented artists and artisans, this café is the perfect place to pair a coffee with a slice of cake or a deliciously fresh pastry.

Caffe Un Po’ Di Piu

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This intimate Italian bistro faces the St. Lawrence River in the Old Port. Order a selection of small plates—try the pasta with kale, braised lamb and roasted onions—and sip one of the restaurant’s signature Negronis.

Wolf & Workman

This snug gastropub is a charming spot to grab a bite and a crafty pint— many are brewed in the local area. Comfort food leads the charge on the Brit-inspired menu—think chicken pot pie and bangers and mash.

Lachine Canal 

Bike or stroll the paths along this historic waterway.

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Canal Lounge

Set aboard a 45-year-old canal boat with a permanent mooring on the Lachine Canal, this relaxed and low-key neighbourhood bar is open late May through October. Cool down here with a classic cocktail and a light snack after a day spent exploring the area.


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Brunch is worth the wait at this local- favourite. You’ll find the usual suspects—Croque Monsieur and Madam—alongside omelettes, cheeseburgers and root beer floats at this French-American diner. It is also home to the Atwater Cocktail Club, accessible through its back alley.

Atwater Market

Located in the Saint-Henri district, this iconic market has been a fixture on the Montreal food scene since 1933. Pick up a buckwheat breakfast crepe, a square of Italian pie from Pizza Mia or pack a picnic of fresh fruit, cheese and baked goods to enjoy canal side.

Olympic Park

Learn more about the 1976 Summer Games in this sporting district.

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Hoche Café

Order a long coffee made from Metropolis Coffee Co. beans at this café in nearby trendy Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Choose from a wide selection of homemade pastries and baked goods (there are also vegan options), then grab a seat by the large windows and people-watch.

L’Espace Public Brewery

Photograph by Katya Konioukhova.

This brewhouse produces about 50 different beers a year. House brews, such as the Kölschlaga—with its light aromas of fruit and cereals—bump shoulders with sour stouts such as the Driveway Beer and a bunch of easy-sipping IPAs, whites and saisons.

Heirloom Vin & Pizza

Spoil your taste buds at this Neapolitan-style pizzeria. Opt for the simple Margherita or the more adventurous fig with goat cheese. Be sure to pair your pie with one of the scrumptious salads—try the Panzanella with tomato, red onion, croutons and balsamic.

This article appears in the May 2020 issue of WestJet Magazine.