Romantic Getaway: An Irresistable Itinerary

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Tourisme Montréal’s Romantic Getaway Package takes you on a sentimental journey through one of the world’s most enchanting cities.

DAY 1 – OLD MONTRÉAL

To get your bearings in the district, head to the Notre-Dame Basilica, the architectural marvel in which numerous celebrities, including Céline Dion, have wed. Just in front of the church boutique, you will find the starting point for Guidatour, an Old Montréal guided walking tour that reveals much about the area’s deepest secrets.

For some sumptuous shopping finds, head to Baldaquin Montréal, which offers an impressive collection of accessories by international designers, like Martha Sturdy and Michael Aram.

Food is central to Montréal culture, and restaurants in the neighbourhood are plentiful and varied. Take for example, Bonaparte, whose Napoleonic Empire style décor gives the locale a period kind of romance. L’Assommoir, on the other hand, offers a softer flair for a contemporary, yet no less appealing venue in which to get in the mood for love. You can also opt for a chic, nautical supper on the belvü croisière-boutique cruiseboat, where the St. Lawrence River and the glimmering lights of the cityscape act as your backdrop. Or, if you are interested in dinner-theatre, le Balcon Cabaret Music-Hall won’t disappoint with a joint dining and entertainment experience. Bonne soirée!

DAY 2 – PLATEAU MONT-ROYAL

Begin the day at St-Viateur Bagel & Café, a family-run Montréal business that has been making oven-baked bagels since 1957. The aroma of coffee and warm bagels is in itself an appetizer that greets you as you enter the premises!

For a wonderful lunchtime experience, head to Café Méliès. This bistro-wine bar combines elegant looks, an easy-breezy ambiance, and delicious French fare. Sit at the outside terrace to witness some of the activity on trendy Saint-Laurent Boulevard.

After lunch, continue your exploration of the area, head up to Mount Royal Park for a promenade among the trees, and then end your day with a relaxing supper and cocktail at Laïka, a restaurant/Wi-Fi café/bar/lounge often frequented by neighbourhood hipsters. Smile! You are in Montréal!

DAY 3 – DOWNTOWN

Start the day at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Go about the museum slowly to experience not only the artworks, but also the impressive architecture of the different pavilions at this first-class establishment.

When you have completed your jaunt at the Museum, you can move along to the Birks Café par Europea situated on the mezzanine level of the historic Birks jewellery store.

Now, proceed eastward to see some of downtown’s newer additions, like the Place des Festivals in the Quartier des spectacles, an outdoor space entirely dedicated to festivals, urban entertainment, and leisure.

True to its cosmopolitan flavour, Montréal is home to a variety of eateries graced with worldly menu selections. Confusion/Tapas du Monde is no exception, offering international flavours in the form of tasty tapas.

Your final stop on this itinerary welcomes you with the sounds of jazz. Not only does Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill master the grill, it also provides a rich musical menu in an engaging, serene décor, which is an appropriate place to end your trip on a high note, perhaps even with pleasing thoughts of making another great escape, in the very near future, to magnificent Montréal.



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