Top Tips for Visiting Montreal
1. Montreal Delis
Schwartz’s is one of the oldest and most renowned delis in Montreal, and so is incredible popular – queues for their smoked meat sandwiches can stretch all the way around the block! Try and eat in off-peak times to reduce your waiting time. Alternatively, try Lester’s deli for delicious food with less of a wait.
2. Try a Montreal Bagel
You cannot visit the city without sampling one of the famous Montreal bagels. The Montreal offering is smaller, sweeter and denser than traditional bagels and is commonly adorned with poppy or sesame seeds. We recommend you head to St. Viateur or Fairmont to sample this Montreal delight – it will be like no other bagel you have ever had.
3. Experience a Montreal Festival
Montreal is known as the city of festivals, being host to the Grand Prix and Just for Laughs each year. The Montreal International Jazz Festival is also incredibly popular, featuring 11 days of all-day entertainment in July, with over 3000 artists performing in more than 650 concerts. The atmosphere in Montreal is electric during these events, making festival season the perfect time to visit. Make sure you book your accommodation early, as prices can be higher and sell out fast.
4. Take a Tour of the City
A bus tour around Montreal is a great way to familiarise yourself with the city and will help you decide on what you want to see, do and explore further during your stay. If you would prefer to see the city on food, you can also take a foodie walking tour around Old Montreal, so you can fill your mind and your stomach at the same time!
5. Visit a Market
Montreal is packed full of artisan markets that are the perfect place to spend your souvenir money. Discover local crafts and produce and buy something unique for your loved ones – or why not treat yourself to commemorate your unforgettable trip to the city? There is a never-ending supply of maple-themed gifts and produce around the city!