I was so excited to head north and visit Montreal for the weekend. Located about 5 hours from Boston, Montreal can be easily described as a Parisian Chicago. Think historic, beautiful architecture and plenty of delicious food.
Montreal's province, Quebec, is culturally distinct from the rest of Canada because its sole official language is French. In fact, Montreal is the second largest French speaking city in the world, after Paris. There are a number of areas in the city where English is the mother tongue of the majority. All street signs and public notices are posted in French, so it is best to learn some key phrases before arriving.
We started our morning with a quick stop at the Kitsuné Espresso Bar. Despite the freezing temperatures in late March, the floor to ceiling palm tree wallpaper made me feel as if I had escaped somewhere warm and tropical. The almond milk latte was pretty awesome, as well!
After we got our caffeine fix, we took a quick walk into Old Montreal for breakfast. LOV was, how do i put this, an Instagrammers paradise. The coffee, the food, the swings, the decor, the floors, the bathrooms....this place was truly swoon worthy and took #decorgoals to a whole new level. Did I mention the food was amazing? Featuring local ingredients this vegan restaurant had a small, but mighty menu. We got the avocado tartine with poached egg and the whole wheat berry compote waffles. Yum!
After breakfast, we continued our walk through Old Montreal. The architecture is absolutely stunning. So many of the buildings we passed really reminded me of the streets of Paris. No trip to Montreal is complete without a visit to Notre Dame. It is truly breathtaking.
After a long day of walking around the city, we knew we couldn't complete our trip without getting our hands on some poutine. We headed to La Banquise in the Plateau-Mont-Royal area. As expected, the line was out the door. After patiently waiting about 20 minutes, we noticed there was a to-go line queuing up. We opted to get our poutine to-go and took it back to our hotel. I got the La Taquise with guacamole and tomatoes..de-lish!
The next morning, we headed south of the city in search of rainbow bagels. Did you know in Montreal they dip them in maple syrup infused water before baking them? With a schmear or birthday cake cream cheese, I was in bagel heaven.
To finish our weekend trip, we headed to Montreal's lookout point - Parc du-Mont Royal. Follow signs for the Chalet, for the most breathtaking views of the city.
Montreal was wonderful, historic and diverse. I look forward to visiting again someday, hopefully in warmer weather.