Montreal is a fantastic destination, but like any city, it can be hard for a visitor to get to know. To that end, Tourisme Montrea
l has engaged five in-the-know locals
to basically blanket social media from Facebook, to Twitter, to blogs, sharing all of their knowledge about their city -- and answering questions from travelers in town. Katerine Rollet
is one of these insiders, and she recently selected these 12 can't-miss experiences in Montreal for Luxist.
1- Go for tea at the St. James Hotel
. This chic boutique hotel is where the likes of the Rolling Stones and Madonna stay when they're in town, and the tea at newly renovated restaurant XO is a a great way to experience a proper British tea with a modern twist. UPDATED: The St. James no longer serves afternoon tea, but the new Salon XO is worth a visit.
2- Experience the spa at Place D'armes
-- one of the best places in town for a mani-pedi, not to mention one of the few places in Montreal to experience a hammam, or Turkish bath. Wrap up with a drink on the terrace.
3- For men: at Québec's own Phillipe Dubuc
-- the place for a man to fill his closet with stylish, business appropriate clothing with an edge.
4- For women: fill your suitcase at Montreal's achingly stylish, unfailingly feminine Marie Saint Pierre
5- For everyone: visit Oglivy
, a lovely shopping mall filled with charming boutiques, great book stores, stationary shops, international designers and more.
6- For the shopping-shy: Engage the style hounds at Les Effrontes
to have your own guided tour of Montreal's up and coming designer's ateliers.
7- Dine at Joe Beef
, on raw bar and steak in up-and-coming neighborhood Little Burgundy ("Petite Bourgogne") .
8- Or, hit Toque
-- widely considered one of the best meals you can have in Montreal. Try the tasting menu.
9- Or reserve the chef's table at Europea
, and dine in the kitchen of charismatic Chef Jérôme Ferrer. 10- After dinner drinks: check out Hotel St Paul's bar
for cocktails with Montreal's chicest.
11- Sweet treats: visit Point G
for waffles, artisanal ice cream, and most importantly, macarons.
12- Brunch the next day: La Cantine
in the Plateau neighborhood, for a traditional Québec brunch revisited.