Welcome to Montreal, where the charm of Europe meets Canadian culture to produce a city that’s uniquely its own, buzzing with life and always worth a visit. Whether you’re a foodie, an art buff, or simply looking to visit a place with laid-back vibes and a vibrant atmosphere, this French Canadian metropolis ticks off all the boxes for a memorable weekend away.

Springtime in Montreal—especially from March to May—is a particularly lovely time to visit. As the snow finally melts away, the streets come alive with colours, smells and sounds: think picnics in grassy parks, bustling patios and outdoor markets bursting with local produce and blooms.

From sipping on rich espresso in quiet cafes to exploring historic neighbourhoods and indulging in mouthwatering bites (and trust us, Montreal has more amazing food spots than we can count), here’s how to experience the best of Montreal in just two days.


AUBERGE DU VIEUX PORT “Cozy” barely scratches the surface when describing this charming spot nestled in Old Montreal. Situated a stone’s throw from the Saint Lawrence River, Auberge du Vieux-Port is the perfect place to settle in when exploring this historic cobblestoned neighbourhood. Housed in two 19th-century warehouses that have been transformed into the boutique hotel, Auberge du Vieux-Port has 45 rooms, most with gorgeous views of the the St. Lawrence River or the pedestrian-only Rue Saint-Paul. Details like exposed brick and stone walls, wrought iron beds, old oak floors and antique furnishings really set the mood if you’re looking for your lodgings to reflect your environment. Opt for the swanky Premier rooms for extra special touches like an electric fireplace and a roomy bathtub.

Hot tip: if you’re planning your visit from May to September, take advantage of the breathtaking rooftop terrace, which offers a panoramic view of the city while you sip on a spritz and indulge in locally-sourced cheeses and charcuterie. Plan to take a ride on La Grande Roue de Montreal (the tallest ferris wheel in Canada, FYI) and afterwards, treat yourself to a luxurious afternoon treatment and circuit pool session at Spa William Gray. Bliss!

Auberge du Vieux-Port

WARWICK LE CRYSTAL-  Spend your second night exploring Montreal’s downtown core, home to some of the ritziest cocktail bars and dining establishments in the city. At Warwick Le Crystal, you’re close to all the must-see downtown destinations, including the legendary Rue Sainte-Catherine for great shopping, the Bell Center for live entertainment and hockey games and the Montreal Museum of Art for an inspiring rainy day activity.

The rooms are modern, well-appointed and spacious, yet they feel distinctly home-y, almost like you’re staying at a stylish friend’s apartment. Head up to the 12th floor and take advantage of the expansive indoor pool, sauna and fitness centre, available for all guests. And don’t forget to book a luxurious facial treatment or massage at the hotel spa. Finally, make your way to the outdoor hot tub for a leisurely soak while taking in the sweeping city views.

Warwick Le Crystal

Eat & Drink

SIAM- We would be remiss not to mention this downtown Thai restaurant, located inside Warwick Le Crystal. The sister restaurant to Siam Quartier DIX30 in Brossard, Siam Downtown is one of Montreal’s most highly-rated Thai restaurants—and for good reason. From classic Thai fare like pad thai and savoury panag curry to a fantastic filet mignon pad see ew and duck wontons, there are a dizzying number of dishes worth trying. And the drink list is exceptional, too. You’ll find adventurous cocktails with a Southeast Asian twist, including the Mango Sticky Rice cocktail, spiked with a refreshing blend of vodka, Malibu rum, mango puree and coconut foam. Plus, the full menu is available for room service if you feel like a night in.

Siam Restaurant

GASPAR- For classic French and French Canadian-inspired dishes with a Parisian brasserie vibe, book a table at Gaspar in Old Montreal. The atmosphere is chic and comforting, with plush seating, moody lighting and a fabulous terrace to enjoy on warmer afternoons and evenings. And the food? Mouthwatering. Many dishes include ingredients sourced in Quebec, including meats, cheeses and fresh produce like heirloom tomatoes. The crispy cod fritters are a delight, as is the Mediterranean-inspired grilled octopus. For a modern take on traditional sweet-and-savoury Quebecois flavours, the rasberry barbeque bison tartare with crispy rice and taro chips or the foie gras with cranberry chutney, maple syrup jelly and grilled brioche come highly recommended.  If Italian is more up your alley, make a trip to Jacopo restaurant nearby, which offers plenty of gorgeous pasta dishes to taste and share.


THE CLOAKROOM BAR- For expert-crafted cocktails, pay a visit to Montreal’s The Cloakroom Bar, a speakeasy-style cocktail bar with 25 seats and an excellent reputation. In fact, The Clockroom was rated the #2 Bar in Canada’ 100 Best list in 2023, and ranked 35 in North America’s 50 Best Bars in 2023. It’s an intimate space with a killer playlist, and the bar’s no-menu approach means every drink is an adventure according to your taste preferences. Plus, there’s a massive selection of rare and vintage spirits so you’re sure to try something truly unique, if that’s what you’re looking for.


BREF- Forget the typical souvenirs—stop by Bref in Montreal’s ultra-trendy Mile End neighbourhood for ceramic homewares, cheeky prints and kid-friendly goodies that are sure to spark joy. Every month you’ll find new pieces and collections designed by local and international emerging artists, so if you find something you love, be sure to get your hands on it before it’s gone.

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GRAB BAGELS AT SAINT-LAURENT BOULEVARD- This almost goes without saying, but a bagel tasting tour is always a good idea when you’re visiting Montreal. Head over to rival bageleries St. Viateur and Fairmount Bagel, located a few short blocks from one another, grab a single-serve packet of cream cheese (or a whole block, if that’s your thing) and choose your favourite from the two famous spots.

PEOPLE WATCH AT JEAN TALON MARKET– As soon as the sun starts shining, Montrealers flock to the open-air Jean Talon Market located in Little Italy. There, you’ll find stands with all types of fresh produce, baked goods, local seafood, meat and cheese, and plenty more. Stop by La Boite Aux Huitres for a dozen freshly-shucked oysters, or dive into in a delicious lobster roll with chips at Aquamare. Visit Café Saint-Henri for a steaming cappucino to end off a blissful afternoon.