My Fun Experience In Montreal
All those Instagram and Pinterest posts got me so excited about “Summer” that I knew I’ll lose it if don’t make this summer, my best summer yet. But to make this summer truly epic I needed an epic destination, and I thank my lucky stars that my friend suggested the good old Montreal. Yeah! I was also surprised when I heard that a place which hardly gets 3 months of sun will be the right choice. But, believe me when I say this; my summer adventure in Montreal was so much fun.
Oh man, where should I start? Well, the “foodie” in me is suggesting the restaurants where I hogged on delicious French cuisine which could have made Julia Child a very happy gal. Fun Fact or rather a random fact I learnt: This city has more restaurants than NYC per capita. There are so many well-known as well as hidden-gem restaurants there, thus I just went with the 3-hour long Mile End Food Tour which made a pit stop at some of the best places which the city has to offer.
The Chez José (suggested by a local)
This place was so refreshing and had that welcoming feel of Les Infideles. I tried Portuguese breakfast for the first time there and it was so good. And speaking of trying something new, I tried Poutine! I really wanted to know what the big fuss is, and yes Poutine deserves all the attention it gets. I’m a bit ashamed of the number of plates of poutine I had (7 sshh..don’t tell anyone). But, in my defense it is healthy enough for weight loss compared to a chilly cheese fries. And a special shoutout to hipster cafés like Crew Café, Café Myriade, Humble Lion and Café Parvis for serving those better than sex coffees and making my Instagram feed oh-so-cool.
I did visit the must-for-tourist places like Laurier Park, Basilique Notre-Dame, Little Italy, St-Paul Street, Mont-Royal and La Ronde Amusement Park, but the best was The Satosphere or as I like to called it “360 degree of total awesomeness”. It is basically a spherical dome (18 meter) and it showcases in simple words, artistic creation that is going to expand your perception.
I seriously do not know what spell Montreal put on me
I am one of those person who avoids eye contact when anyone ask me to dance with them. Me, of all people, got my dancing shoes on at the Salon Daome. I met Susan there, this amazing girl with bright blue eyes and a strong heart that fought off breast cancer. She told me that this very city has this same effect on a local like her too.
Montreal is a paradise for a movie buff and “can’t go one day without listening to music” type of a person like me. Let’s start with the Village au Pied-du-Courant. It can be best described as place where all local artisans bring their best work for you. From live music to yoga to biergarten and so much more. Then there is the Fantasia Film Festival. This very festival is known for showcasing imaginative movies and diverse programs from America, Europe and Asia. This festival starts in July and ends in August, so I just had to take the advantage of this. The Jazz Fest which is a pride of this city is also a summer thing (June to July), and yours truly spent an evening listening to music that would have ignite your very soul.
Ongoing with the tradition of doing things for the first time in Montreal, I went to Bar Trh. As the city is also known as the Mecca of fine Craft Beer, you must be thinking that this “Bar Trh” is some kind of cool place that is all about craft beer. Nope! It’s an indoor skate bowl. This place was absolutely mind-blowing! So many cool things to see and insanely talented people to meet, and best of all cheap beer and booze. They had an art exhibition on the night I went and some kids where making the crowd roar with their mad skills. I was so glad that I did something out of my comfort zone.
I believe in “shop till you drop” way of life and that’s what I did in Montreal. First of all, I bought a ton of maple syrup and you know why. Then I invested in some of the best quality vintage clothing from Mile End. And I just had to buy a book from Archambault, the oldest bookstore of this city. My cab driver suggested this costume shop called Joseph Ponton Costume Inc. I spent hours trying on so many different kinds of costumes and props there. Oh! It was so much fun. Yes, Montreal was so much fun.