April 16, 2012 – Begin your day with a trip to the Jean-Talon Market, the largest open-air market in North America, where tasty samplings are part of the visitor experience. Here you can have breakfast and admire the multicultural flavours and sights attracting crowds to the area since 1933.
From this point, you can either take the Métro at Jean-Talon Station or grab a bike at a BIXI stand and head to the trendy Mile End district around Bernard Avenue and Saint-Urbain Street, where you will find a lovely mix of vintage boutiques, bookstores, and cafés.
Next, make your way a few blocks south to St-Viateur Bagel, a family-run Montréal establishment that has prepared delicious oven-baked bagels since 1957. As soon as you enter, you are treated to the scent of coffee and warm bagels, which you can order to go or devour at its bistro-style tables.
Go further south and capture the charming spirit of the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood, where you will find La Maison des cyclistes, the nerve centre of Québec’s cycling culture comprising a café and a boutique with a wide selection of cycling books, guides, maps, and accessories.
Now, let’s shift gears and head back up to Mont-Royal Avenue, where you can hop on the 11 Montagne Bus to head towards the majestic Mount Royal Park, the jewel of the city. Affectionately referred to by locals as "The Mountain", it was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect behind New York City’s famed Central Park.
Notable landmarks in Mount Royal Park include Smith house, which is a heritage building constructed in 1858 that has become an education, exchange, and cooperation centre devoted to the conservation of Mount Royal, and the Belvedere Kondiaronk lookout, where vistas of the downtown area will take your breath away.
Exploring Mount Royal Park can create a healthy appetite, so return to the Plateau-Mont-Royal and proceed to Saint-Laurent Boulevard and the restaurant Robin des bois (Robin Hood), a hit with anyone looking to eat well for a good cause. Chef Sébastien Courville prepares meals using only the finest, freshest and most eco-friendly local ingredients, with all profits donated to local charities.