Tourisme Montréal’s LGBT Package showcases all that is good and gay-friendly in Montréal. Travel with benefits through a city that is as open-minded as it is kind-hearted.
DAY 1 – OLD MONTRÉAL AND PLATEAU MONT-ROYAL
If you want to cover a lot of territory in a short amount of time, start off your tour of the city at Montréal on Wheels, a centre that rents out a wide range of bicycles and accessories. They also do guided tours which include full-day bike rentals.
After this excursion, you will have probably worked up a healthy appetite. For lunch, you can walk or bike to Boris Bistro, a delightful spot with one of the most enchanting terraces in the city.
After your midday break, head to the Plateau Mont-Royal district. Wander about, feel the bohemian vibe, and, for some local shopping finds, check out Blank, a Québec-based company that sells affordable quality clothing entirely made in Québec.
If you are hankering for a snack, a stop at Schwartz’s is requisite when in Montréal. This Montréal institution has been serving unbeatable smoked meat sandwiches since 1928 on St. Laurent Boulevard.
As the sun begins its descent, leisurely make your way up to Laïka, also on St. Laurent Boulevard. A trendy restaurant frequented by neighbourhood hipsters, this venue is a fantastic place to chill out and Montréal-watch. Have a wonderful evening!
DAY 2 – DOWNTOWN AND THE VILLAGE
Start the day at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Canada's premier museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art.
For some luxury and well-deserved self-indulgence, proceed to the legendary Holt Renfrew department store. Its Art Deco architecture, creative window displays, and chic café are all part of the unique experience of shopping at Holt’s. Go for it!
Spend the rest of the afternoon at the The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Every year, over 600,000 visitors enjoy the Museum’s encyclopaedic collection
, and its shows highlighting a variety of themes with innovative exhibition designs.
When you are done at the Museum, head to Phillips Lounge. This bar/lounge venue boasts a cozy and sleek décor enhanced by contemporary art objects. On your way there, be sure to stop off at m0851, where every savvy Montréal shopper knows they can find stylish goods of exceptional quality.
This evening, the Village, the Montréal moniker for Le Village Gai awaits your discovery!
For supper, here are some choices. First, there is Restaurant Chez Ma Grosse Truie Chérie, which, despite its retro décor, provides up-to-the-minute freshness on its menu, with a spotlight on local products. For Italian food lovers, La Piazzeta is a great option with an extensive wine list!
For a pre-clubbing cocktail, snack, or meal, trot on over to Le Saloon, a Montréal treasure for nearly two decades. Its western-fusion fare, electric atmosphere, and high calibre DJs make this place an early evening essential.
To round out the night (and perhaps work off some calories!), the Parking Night Club is the destination of choice with an immense dance floor. This hotspot will leave you dancing the night away and dreaming about your next trip to magnificent Montréal!