Montreal is arguably at its best in the summer. If you’re lucky enough to visit this gorgeous city this summer, here’s a list of things that are an absolute must to do while you’re there.
1. Have lunch on a terrasse
What is Montreal known for? It’s amazing food, among other things. The #1 thing you have to do in this city is go to one of the many renowned terrasses in the Old Port. Delicious food, amazing sangria, and a beautiful view of the city. What more could you ask for?
2. Visit the Botanical Gardens
Are you a nature lover? Then this is the spot for you. Even if you’re not, the Montreal Botanical Gardens hold something for everyone. From the large variety of plants to the “butterflies go free” exhibit, it truly is a breathtaking place to take in some fresh air and relax.
3. Have a picnic on Mount Royal
Mount Royal is definitely a must-visit location if you ever get the chance to come to Montreal. It is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious and fun picnic with friends while being able to take in the beauty of the park. In the prime of the summer, Mount Royal is the ideal location to spend a relaxing afternoon with friends, or even alone, just appreciating one of the many gems of the city. Bonus: You can even get a workout in if you walk to the top of the mountain!
4. Enjoy every jam-packed minute of Grand Prix Weekend
Grand Prix weekend is one of the biggest weekends of the year in Montreal. This summer, it’s happening the weekend of June 7th, 8th and 9th. Go see some of the races, catch one of the many celebrities who come to town every year for the event, or just head to St-Laurent or Crescent street to catch the after-parties. There’s also always a lot of cool art and exhibits around the city at this time to draw in the crowds. Whatever you do, it’ll be a weekend to remember.
5. Take a visit to the Village
Montreal is one of the most diverse cities in Canada, and that’s definitely something to be proud of. The village is decorated with beautiful pink lights during the summer that make for a perfect street to stroll down in the summer, and maybe stop into a bar for some drinks. Great for a photo-op, and even better for the experience.
6. Enjoy a boozy brunch with friends
Of the many fantastic aspects of Montreal, the legal drinking age being 18 is definitely one that is widely appreciated by those near and far. Boozy brunch is an absolute must in the summer. After all, what better way to make the most of summer than getting day drunk with friends off of bottomless mimosas?
7. Visit one of the city’s hidden bars
Going to a secret bar makes it all the more fun and exciting. Rest assured, Montreal has got you covered. It has a number of hidden bars where half the fun in itself is locating them. Going to one of these places, such as Le 4e Mur, Henden, the Cloakroom Bar, or one of many others, is sure to make for a unique night out that you’re sure to remember.
8. Visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Montreal has plenty of breathtaking museums to visit, but this one should be at the top of your list. It has a fantastic exhibit by Thierry Mugler until September 2nd that I would definitely recommend checking out. Kim Kardashian was evening at the exhibition’s opening night! The exhibitions at the museum are always changing, and each one is better than the last!
Have you ever done any of these things in Montreal? Comment your experiences down below!
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