The ZUM Team’s Top 10+1
We know Montreal by heart
Every one of Montreal’s friendly and eclectic boroughs is in on the party, showing off all their personality and flair. Festival City is pulsating on max energy: the International Jazz Festival, Just For Laughs, Francofolies, Osheaga, ÎleSoniq, Nuits d’Afrique, Piknic Électronik… there’s music for every soul and spirit, laughter, beauty in a thousand incarnations. Museums, cathedrals, brilliant architecture, urban art. Old Montreal. Rainbow Village. Rich cultural diversity and public markets. An entire world of gastronomy. Chic. Cool. European. Crazy great shopping including our own fashion and design stars. Expect to be happy.
“Mile End, Parc Avenue, sitting in the sun on the terrace of Caffè In Gamba. Had the best coffee in my entire life. Simon-Pierre the barista was Champion of the 2016 Art Latte Challenge. Bravissimo!”
“Camellia Sinensis. For tea connoisseurs, this is the place, in the Latin Quarter. The boutique tasters have toured Japan, China and Vietnam to bring back these unique and amazing teas that you can have in their on-site Tea House. It’s really un-missable. Oh, and if it’s raining, there’s a movie theatre across the street.”
“In ZUM’s neighbourhood on Côte-des-Neiges Avenue, students get to eat at dozens of really good, affordable bistros and diners. Le Farhat does a great Lebanese sandwich. At Brit & Chips you’ll get the best ‘Chippy’, I guarantee it! And the famous Irish pub McCarold has a wild selection of whiskies, beer and eats. On a more quiet and spiritual note, you can retreat into the mystical splendour of Saint-Joseph Oratory or the peaceful parkland of the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetary.
“We have great museums here, starting with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and its internationally recognized stature and exhibits. For leading-edge contemporary work, don’t miss the MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art), and for archaeology and history buffs, the Pointe-à-Callière museum in Old Montreal is incredible.”
“The Plateau. My favourite district for just wandering, exploring, relaxing, the famous Plateau-Mont-Royal is a must. St-Denis Street and Mont-Royal Avenue have some of our best boutiques and cafés – it’s the heart of Montreal.”
“The food truck posse that gathers at noon in Victoria Square. Creative, international food at great prices. And right next to it, the impressive Riopelle sculpture and beautiful fountain. And btw, perhaps the city‘s best restaurant Le Toqué is right across the street. The chef is world-famous Normand Laprise, so this is a top-shelf outing and you absolutely have to book well in advance. This is all in the business district, near the Convention Centre and Chinatown, a very busy-city vibe.”
“I love Little Italy and the Jean-Talon Market. There are so many incredibly good local Quebec products – I always pick up hand-made lavender soap for my friends. You have to try the fish’n chips and artisanal gelato while you’re there.”
“Dieu du Ciel (“God in Heaven”) is a microbrewery on the corner of Laurier Street and St-Laurent Boulevard. My beer sure tasted like heaven. And my pizza had plenty on it for just $11. It felt like everybody in there were already friends. Love the sidewalk terrace, perfect for cocktail hour.”
“Packed my towel and bathing suit and hopped on my BIXI to head down to the Old Port and the Clock Tower Beach. Pretty trippy to have an amazing downtown beach! Perfect start to my summer.”
“On Sundays, we like to dance. Piknic Électronik is so cool it’s hot. Party time at Jean-Drapeau Park. There are different food trucks every week – and if you spot the Pied de Cochon (‘pig trotter’) truck, order the foie gras poutine. Seriously, just try it. So sinful it’s ridiculous. Buy your beer on-site. Pretty budget-friendly.”
“Crescent, Peel and Ste-Catherine Streets are part of downtown Montreal, aka shopping hub aka feeding frenzy. That’s also where you head back on the weekend for the nightlife.”