Travel Guide: Montreal

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Last week, I went on a romantic trip Montreal with my sweetheart.  For four days, we dined on delicious food, visited tons of popular attractions, and enjoyed the beautiful fall weather.  Overall, we had a fabulous time exploring the city.  Here are a few of the highlights from our trip!

Places to Go:
My boyfriend and I love to check out museums of all varieties.  We visited only a few of the many fantastic museums in Montreal.

Musée McCord: The McCord Museum is home to a fantastic collection of artifacts and documents that encompass Canada's social, cultural and archaelogical history.  Currently there's an incredible exhibit on traditional and contemporary representations of First Nations through clothes. The second floor houses a cool exhibit of Montreal's history featuring a wide variety of artifacts, videos, and photos.

Musée Redpath: This small natural history museum on McGill's campus is worth a visit.  The collections are small but the space is beautiful.  If you love classic architecture, you should definitely check it out.


 Dinosaurs!

Musée des Beaux-Arts: Montréal's Museum of Fine Arts is the oldest in Canada. It has a wide variety of collections ranging from European and Canadian masters to ancient artifacts from Egypt, Greece, Rome and Africa.  We loved meandering through the gallery space.


Decoding Orientalist Art
 



 My favorite piece at the Musee des Beaux-Arts

We also spent a fair amount of time exploring different neighborhoods and parts of the city.  The apartment we rented was in Plateau-Mont-Royal so we spent a lot of our stay checking out the restaurants and shops on Rue Saint-Laurent. 


Incredible Street Art



 



Exploring Rue Saint Laurent book stores
 



Another fun place to check out is the McGill University campus.  It's a beautiful school and if you're looking for a great coffee place you should check out The Humble Lion across the street from the main entrance of campus.




One of the highlights of our trip was our trek to the top of Mont Royal.  There are several paths you can take to the top: you can choose the stairs (which are a serious workout) or a leisurely path that winds around the mountain.  I loved taking in the crisp fall air and admiring the scenery.


Isn't he handsome :)
 

Montreal
 




Things to Eat:

Montreal is a foodie's paradise.  Seriously.  There are thousands of restaurants to choose from.  Here are some of my recommendations for delicious dishes.

Jean-Talon Farmer's Market: Even as a tourist, the Jean-Talon Farmer's Market is worth a visit.  With plenty of fresh produce, locally made maple syrup, and delicious baked goods, this market has something for everyone.  One of the highlights of our visit to the market was the Creperie du Marche.  We split two incredible crepes: a savory ham, cheese, asparagus crepe and a salted caramel chocolate crepe.  They were to die for.



We also picked up some delicious produce to keep as snacks back at our apartment.  Everything was so fresh and delicious. 





My boyfriend has been to Montreal many times and his biggest recommendation was to get a famous smoked meat sandwich. The most popular place is Schwartz's.  Unfortunately, when we tried to go the line was out the door and around the block.  We were way too hungry to wait over an hour for food.  Luckily, there's a delicious smoked meat sandwich shop across the street called Main Deli Steakhouse.  We got the classics and they were so perfect for a cold fall afternoon.





We had an amazing trip! I love love love Montreal and can't wait to go back.  Any other recommendations of places to see, things to do, and restaurants to try?




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