Montreal, is a middle ground between European and North American cultures. A place where many traditions meet, arts and design evolve, and the city boils with people converging and creating.
• Habitat 67: Built in 1967 for the World Expo, it is a revolutionary housing concept for urban families.
• Canadian Center for Architecture: International research center and museum, the CCA has exhibitions, as well as an education center.
• Contemporary Art Museum: the Montreal MAC was founded in 1964 by artists and collectors who wanted to see contemporary art flourish locally.
• Pointe à Callière: set in an exceptional building in the heart of old Montreal, Pointe à Callière is the museum of history and archeology. As it is right above where Montreal was first settled, you can even walk around the preserved vestiges of this colonial town.
• Chateau Ramezay: Built in the 18th Century, it is the first historically classified building in Québec. A museum as well, it provides 500 years of re-enacted history.
• Cycle Tours of Montreal: One of the classic ways of seeing the city with its many cycle paths.
• Old Montreal Ghost Walking Tour: An original way of discovering the old part of the city, through investigations based on historical crimes, witch hunts etc.
• Marché Bonsecours: Inaugurated in 1847, it is home to Quebec's Arts and Craft Council, and to many great design, jewelry, arts and crafts boutiques.
• Mont Royal Avenue: A great avenue to stroll on and visit the many shops and restaurants with the originality of local designers and entrepreneurs.
• Kanuk: If you want the shop for the best possible winter jacket, this is the Quebec made brand that works for years of rough winters.
• Jean Talon Market: Not only a great place to do your grocery shopping, but also a place where you can eat from many, many stands and restaurants.
• Flavors and aromas of old Montreal Walking Tour: The name speaks for itself. For the foodies in us, discovering Montreal through its fine culinary secrets.
• Schwartz: A classic smoke meat deli restaurant famous enough to sometimes have a whole block worth of a line. Recently bought by Celine Dion and her husband.
• Au Pied de Cochon: One of the best restaurants in town, everything on the menu is based on Foie Gras.
• Pikolo Café: One of the best cups of coffee in town can be found here.
• Cafe Névé: The other great place for fantastic coffee.
• Le Saint Sulpice: In the middle of the old town, a really swanky and beautiful place to stay.
• Maison Pierre du Calvet: Right on the river in the Old Port, the Maison Pierre du Calvet was built in 1725. It is the oldest historical house open for public accommodations in Montreal.
• Le Gîte: Located in the very dynamic Plateau Mont-Royal, home of Leornard Cohen.
If you have other recommendations for Montreal, let us know in the comments!
(Images: 1. Shutterstock 2. Habitat 76 3. Musée du Château Ramezay Facebook page 4. Shutterstock 5. Jean Talon Market 6. Le Saint Sulpice)