Temperatures are cooling off and the sun is steadily shining – the ideal conditions for a perfect escapade in Old Montreal! Here’s a suggested itinerary to help you make the most of an autumn weekend escape from your daily routine.
Hurry and prep your luggage right when you get home from work, and leave as soon as possible for your hotel, Le St-Paul at 355 McGill Street. Whether you opted for a single room or a suite, you will be taken with the serene ambience you will be staying in for the next two nights. And it doesn’t really matter which of the eight floors your floor is on, the view over the historic neighbourhood will charm you no matter where you stay.
To take full advantage of your first night at the St-Paul, enjoy one of the succulent meals from their many-times award-winning restaurant, Le Hambar. Not too keen on leaving your new, cozy nest? No problem! The hotel offers room service starting from 7 a.m. all the way until 11 p.m. every evening. All you need to do is choose from the menu du jour, and the rest will be taken care of!
Now feeling well-rested, you are finally ready to take on your first full day in le Vieux! Start out by hopping over to the new Nelli Café + Vin nature at 104 Saint-Paul West Street, and try their 3rd wave RS1 coffee blend (unique to Quebec), accompanied by a delicious bagel from Saint-Viateur or Hof Kelsten; both experts in the bagel field! If you’ve got a bit of a bigger appetite in the morning, try out their $19 brunch.
Have you always been interested in yoga, but never quite had the time to sign up for a class? Well, here’s your chance! The Old Montreal yoga studio, Luna yoga at 231 Saint-Paul West Street (suite 200), allows you to attend a class for $20. If the practice ends up hooking you, they have several interesting offers – especially their intro offer.
For longtime yogis, look out for the workshops and events that Luna yoga is holding. The next one on the calendar is the ASANA 1 workshop with Jennifer Maagendans, Frances Vicente, Anna Koealeski, and Myriam Turenne. Interested? Register online as soon as you can!
Are you more the type to get your hands dirty in the kitchen, learn new recipes, or interested in learning more about a culinary subject that fascinates you? Ateliers & Saveurs at 444 Saint-François-Xavier Street is the place for you. Here, you can become the barman for a day, learn how to create stylish tapas dishes, or make a sleek menu with wine pairings. Reserve your spot online quickly, because the open spots in this class are selling like hotcakes!
Now that lunch has rolled around, Holder at 407 McGill Street is a sure-fire success to get your sustenance. In business since 2003, this restaurant is a must-see in the neighbourhood, and has the blood of European breweries running through its veins. Whether you go for the duck confit or the grilled veal flank steak, you won’t be disappointed! Vegetarians haven’t been forgotten either: their grilled vegetable couscous is simply divine.
Lovers of the visual arts should absolutely come see the new Gallery S16 at 377 rue Saint-Paul West, and explore their new exposition Direction/Instruction. It comprises works from a group of international artists, whose geometric forms and colours create a most interesting composition. It will dazzle your eyes, and who knows – maybe you will find a gorgeous new piece to take home!
Recently settled in le Vieux, restaurant and wine bar Gabrielle is a wonderful addition to the neighbourhood. Here, chefs Samuel Sauvé and Alexis Yale-Soulière create high-quality dishes with local seasonal products. Pull up a chair and nurse on an aperitif – a glass of wine, or one of their impeccable cocktails. Take your time looking over their menu and choosing your dinner. There’s no need to rush this staycation weekend.
For a breakfast reminiscent of France, head to Marché de la Villette at 324 Saint-Paul West Street. We can’t make up our minds between the Vegetarian Cassolette and the Gourmandise du Matin… Savoury or sweet? It’s a hard choice… But in the end, it doesn’t matter – there is no bad choice here!
Le Vieux is bursting with unique shops that are fun to enter and find some excitement.
La boutique Denis Gagnon, situated at 170 Saint-Paul West Street, is also a necessary stop in the neighbourhood. Whether you’re in here for the Denise collection, their myriad new additions, or their excellent sales, there is something here for all budgets. You should also take a look at their mask collection (we flipped for the sequin masks!). Interesting to know: for every Denis Gagnon mask sold, $2 is donated to the Le Chaînon Foundation. There’s no better combination than self-protection and generosity.
Before leaving, take a small snack break at Petit Dep. Both café and general store, you can find souvenirs specific to our city. It’s local and an absolute city darling.
© Photo Credit: Geneviève Giguère
© Photo Credit: Galerie S16
© Photo Credit: Restaurant Holder
© Photo Credit: Tanha Gomez