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Best Canada Montreal Things to Do 2024

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Greetings, Internet Stranger! I’m Stella Jane, author of the travel guide Get Lost, and welcome to the best Canada Montreal things to do. I’m not sure exactly what you are expecting when you visit Montreal, but if you’re expecting everything to be made out of stone and that everyone there will only be French, you might be surprised at what you will find.

In fact, Montreal is a diverse city full of people from all over the world, and it’s full of many different cuisines as well. We’re going to discover those cuisines today on a wonderful food tour. On top of that, we’ll explore some of Montreal’s natural beauty. It’s going to get a little off the beaten track, and it will be tons of fun. Let’s go!

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OLD TOWN WALKING TOUR
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Morning: Beyond the Market Food Tour

Many people come to Montreal and think that all there is to eat is poutine and bagels. How wrong this is! Montreal has many delicious dishes to explore from all over this planet.

That’s why I encourage you to take the Beyond the Market Food Tour. You’ll get to see how special and diverse Montreal’s food scene is, and it will save you money because you’ll get to try many more dishes than you would on your own.

You can go ahead and book this delicious food tour by clicking here.

Then get ready for…

Approximately Top 5: Montreal Food

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1) Pupusas and Horchata

You might not have been expecting to find excellent Salvadoran food in Montreal, but that’s just what this tour is for. Our guide, whom I shall call Celine, started the tour at a small local place where we dined on pupusas.

Pupusas are a griddle cake made with corn. In my hometown NYC we’re more likely to see arepas, which are similar. These pupusas were piping hot and delicious and everyone on the tour enjoyed them. They were especially good because they were served with a spicy house made condiment that I sadly forgot to take a picture of.

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We washed this down with horchata, a sweet drink made with non-dairy milk. I had tasted horchata in Valencia, Spain, and that milk was made from tiger nuts. I think the milk in this horchata was rice milk.

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2) Quebecois Cheese at the Jean Talon Market

Montreal might not be in France, but it’s a former French colony, and everyone knows that the French are simply mad for cheese.

So it makes sense that we got to try two delicious goat cheese samples at an adorable cheese stand in the famous Jean Talon market. One cheese was aged and the other was fresh, so you can get your cheese as funky as you want it.

That’s one of the best things about taking a food tour. You can try lots of little samples and you don’t have to pay extra. It’s nice to snack on a few pieces of cheese rather than having to buy a whole bunch of rounds.

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3) Unique Veggies

One of the best things about being on a food tour that partially takes place in a market is that you get to partake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Of course, when you are enjoying a day of the best Canada Montreal things to do, you might not try the same things I did. However, I’m sure that you’ll enjoy the treats just as much as I did.

Our vegetable of the day is called salicorne in French and sea spinach or sea asparagus in English. It has a very brief season and a wonderful salty flavor. Be sure to try these if you ever come across one!

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4) Ice Cream!

Our next stop at the market was a lovely ice cream stand that only uses the freshest fruits in their flavor. I’d expect nothing less from an ice cream stand at a fresh fruit market! Celine encouraged us to try two different flavors each and make one a fruit flavor. I selected maple caramel, because we are in Canada, and pink grapefruit because I love to eat them for breakfast.

No, maple caramel and pink grapefruit don’t really go together, but who cares? They tasted delicious individually, and that’s what matters to me.

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4) More Market Snacks

Next up on the tour you’ll probably get a treat of fresh seasonal fruit. We had a tangy treasure that Celine called “earth cherries”. These are also sometimes called groundcherries. Much like the sea asparagus, I had never experienced these before.

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And since we had experienced French cheese before, it makes sense that now we were going to experience French meats. Just look at all the variety we were able to eat: French pork sausage, fennel sausage, lonzo, coppa paprika, chorizo, and prosciutto. Whether you like your meat lean, rich, mild, or spicy, there’s something here for you.

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5) Syrian Snacks

Our final stop at the market, but not our final stop at the tour, was at a Syrian food stand called Les Filles Fattoush. I had never eaten Syrian food before, so I was really excited to try it.

Incidentally, the word “filles” is a very good word for noticing the difference between a Parisian French accent and a Montreal French accent. In Paris, the word is pronounced “fee”, but in Montreal, it sounded more like “fay”.

Back to the snacks! We tried two tastes here. The first was an eggplant dip called mutabal, which was similar to baba ghanoush. The main difference is that mutabal uses tahini, so it is creamier.

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And our second bite was baba ghanoush! As you can see, the vegetables are a lot chunkier in this spread. After that whole plate of meat, it was nice to have a vegetarian stop on the tour. I’m not vegetarian, but I like to provide for my vegetarian readers.

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6) Coffee Break

After all that tasty food at the market, it was nice to get a break before our final taste and just have a coffee. Celine took us to a spot that she said was really responsible for bringing high-quality coffee to this neighborhood.

You didn’t need to drink coffee if you hated the stuff because they had other non-alcoholic beverages as well. However, I opted for the cold brew, which was so flavorful and sweet on its own that it didn’t need any milk or sugar. And it was the perfect treat for a hot July day in Montreal.

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7) Poutine Time!

The two most famous foods in Montreal are poutine and bagels. Now, we couldn’t get bagels because we weren’t in the right neighborhood, but there was no stopping us from having poutine at a local bar.

For those of you who are confused as to what all the poutine fuss is about, don’t worry! Poutine is just a very simple dish of fried potatoes topped with gravy and cheese curds. (You can top it with other items as well, but that is the basic poutine recipe.) Celine says that everyone in Montreal knows it’s great food for when you are drinking.

I can honestly say that the cheese curds in this poutine were the best I have ever eaten. They had a particularly high quality squeaking sound when you bit into them, which is how you know that they are good.

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Along with the poutine, we sampled a Canadian craft beer called the IPA Castor. Castor is French for beaver, after all. Poutine + beavers! It doesn’t get more Canadian than that!

24 Hour Tip

Those are all the secrets of the food tour I can share with you for now.

You’ll have to go ahead and book the tour by going here to find out the rest!

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Afternoon: Explore Montreal’s Nature

After the food tour is over, there won’t be enough time to visit a museum. However, there will be enough time to explore some of the beautiful nature to be found in Montreal. It’s a truly lovely city if you enjoy being outdoors and admiring nature’s greenery.

Allow me to share some of my favorite spots with…

Three Fun Facts: Montreal Nature

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1) Where Should I Go for a Walk After the Food Tour?

I assume you’re going to want to walk off all that poutine and sea asparagus, so I do recommend going for a nice long walk after the food tour.

And there’s no better place to go than Mont Royal Cemetery. I know it might seem like a cemetery is a morbid place to go for a walk, but it’s actually quite scenic. And this cemetery is so large that you couldn’t possibly see the whole thing even if you spent the day walking around here.

Some very famous people are buried in this cemetery, like many members of the McGill family, who I assume are affiliated with Montreal’s McGill University. There’s also Mordecai Richler, who wrote the famous Montreal novel The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.

However, my personal favorite grave is Anna Leonowens, aka Anna from The King and I. Did you know that she founded the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design? They don’t have a song about that in The King and I. “Shall We Dance” is a lot catchier than “Shall We Found the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.”

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2) What if I want Some Great Views of Montreal?

Then I suggest you keep walking out of the Mont Royal Cemetery and head to the Kondiaronk Belvedere. Belvedere has nothing to do with Mr. Belvedere from the TV show. Apparently it means beautiful view. And the views here of Montreal are about as beautiful as they get.

It’s true that just about everyone in Montreal knows about these views, so they can get a little crowded. But you won’t find the crowds full of tourists, so you can feel a bit like a local.

The belvedere was named after a famous Huron chief named Kondiaronk. He helped end the Beaver Wars, and if a war was going to be fought in Canada over anything, I would expect it to be beavers.

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3) What if I just want to walk through a park?

Well, you’re in luck, Internet Stranger, because Kondiaronk Belvedere is right in the middle of Mont Royal Park. And this is a perfectly cromulent place to go for a stroll so you can work up an appetite and be ready for an amazing dinner.

Mont Royal Park is “a mighty green jewel” and a “beloved sanctuary”, according to the highly unbiased Mont Royal Park website. On any given day in Montreal, it’s full of happy families, dogs, babies, and other assorted miscreants enjoying the fleeting glimpses of beautiful weather and clear skies.

Go ahead and join them for a lovely stroll! Parks are great when you travel because you really can’t tell who is a tourist and who isn’t when you’re in a park. Plus, Mont Royal Park is full of clearly labeled signs, so it’s impossible for even a person with the worst sense of direction in the world (yours truly) to get lost here.

Stella’s Top 3 Picks: Montreal

#1 TOP PICK

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
MONTREAL FOOD TOUR
✔️ Delicious authentic treats
✔️ Expert local guide

#2 PICK

Best Canada Montreal Things to Do 2024 3

OLD TOWN WALKING TOUR
✔️ Tons of fun facts
✔️ Convenient and affordable

#3 PICK

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ALL OTHER MONTREAL TOURS
✔️ Find your favorite!
✔️ Get the best deals

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Canada Montreal things to do

Evening: Dinner at Helicoptere

You’ll find some amazing restaurants on your day exploring the best Canada Montreal things to do. However, one of my favorite is called Helicoptere. (I think you can tell what Helicoptere is the French word for, and no, I don’t know why it has this name.)

Helicoptere is a tasting menu restaurant, which means you get what you get and you don’t get upset. There’s no ordering the dishes you want off an a la carte menu. However, it’s also one of the most affordable tasting menu restaurants I have ever seen, so this is ideal if you’re looking to dip your toes into the tasting menu experience.

The first dish was a summery halibut ceviche with salicorne, just like what we had enjoyed on the food tour this morning!

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Next, enjoy a trio of snacks. We’ve got a pungent sourdough with rich homemade butter. Then there’s a fragrant and spicy beef tartare with ginger and peppers. Finally, indulge in savory oyster mushrooms with breadcrumbs.

This set of dishes had so much umami, it was off the Billboard Hot 100 umami charts. And we still have plenty more to eat.

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Now we’ve got some more sour and tangy dishes, like a fresh tomato salad with verbena, and nordic shrimp with rhubarb and elderflower.

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Almost every tasting menu is going to have meat for the main course. And there’s no more exciting piece of meat than a perfectly prepared lamb nestled in gem lettuce and served with pickle, mustard, and wild garlic.

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This plate of zucchini with miso and peas was the perfect summer side dish.

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I thought we’d be moving on to the desserts next, but I was wrong. Dead wrong. The final savory dish was a chicken liver mousse with almonds and sea buckthorn. It was very rich, but with just enough sweetness that it did make an excellent transition to dessert.

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And finally for dessert we have a dense baba cake soaked in tea liqueur and served with rhubarb. Rhubarb–it can be part of a savory dish or a sweet one with equal ease. Truly, it is a dessert for all seasons. And it’s the perfect way to end our day of the best Canada Montreal things to do

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Canada Montreal things to do

Where to Stay?

Montreal is one of Canada’s largest cities, and you won’t be able to get everywhere by walking. Fortunately there’s public transportation and rideshares to get you around. However, you’ll still want to pick a central location in a safe and convenient neighborhood.

That’s why I recommend the Hotel St Denis for your day of the best Canada Montreal things to do. It has a perfectly convenient location within walking distance of many Montreal attractions. My room was large and comfortable. Plus it was quite affordable.

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What would you do during a day of the Best Canada Montreal things to do? Are you ready to start booking your hotel in Montreal? Please email me at stellajane@aroundtheworldin24hours.com and let me know!

Note: If you want to know how I put my travel itineraries together, just click here. Keep in mind that while each article is about how to spend 24 hours in a place, that doesn’t mean you should ONLY have a one day with the Best Canada Montreal things to do.

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