- The Scoop on Food:
- Eat Poutine!! A classic Canadian potato dish. It’s actually french fries with cheese curds smothered in gravy. It’s delicious! If you’re in old town, try Montreal Poutine at 181 Rue Saint Paul E.
- Canadian crepes are a little different than Parisian crepes. They have sweet and savory crepes, but the savory crepes are usually doused with a creamy or cheesy sauce. They’re also delish! Try Creperie Chez Suzette at 3 Rue Saint Paul E.
- Fresh bagels! St-Viateur Bagel at 263 Rue Saint Viateur O, open 24 hours, known for their wood oven-baked bagels with toppings and unique flavors. Yum!
- You can find great souvenirs and artwork in the Old Town. Rue Crescent, Rue Sainte Catherine West, and Rue Sherbrooke have upscale shops, quaint boutiques, and department stores.
- Although many people speak English, if you know a few phrases in French, use them! French Canadians are super friendly and will gladly help you practice your french.
I love that Montreal is only a short road trip away from Boston. It’s a great place to escape to at any time of the year, however, my favorite time to visit is in the Spring. I’ve visited the city multiple times, and each time I go back to some of my favorite places, eat my favorite foods, and try to discover something new. In 2009, I traveled with a group of friends in late May, and we loved seeing the beautiful flowers blooming at the Botanical gardens. The weather was nice for flying kites and picnics in Mt. Royal park.
Walking around the streets of old town reminds me so much of Europe!