Experience Montreal While at the TEC Vendor Challenge

  • Written By: Farida El Kilany
  • Published: August 2 2013

notre_dame_basilica_montreal_sm.jpgIf you’re attending the TEC Vendor Challenge event and are looking to see Montreal while you’re at it, I’m here to help.

From now until the event date in mid-September, I will be posting suggestions of places to visit during your stay. The selections are based on my personal opinion of the best sights to see, exhibits to check out, places to eat, and lounges/bars to help you unwind after a long day.

I’m sure you’ve all heard that Montreal is like Paris and New York had a baby, and the best place to really experience this is Old Montreal. This will be my focus in today’s blog post. Conveniently, the Delta Hotel is located right there, at the city’s historic centre. Old Montreal’s vibrant nightlife, restaurants, boutiques, history, and charm make it a unique experience not to be missed!

Montreal is a pedestrian friendly city, everyone takes their BMW: Bus. Metro. Walk. So I suggest you do the same and ditch the car (especially with an underground path from your hotel all the way to the downtown area). I compiled a list of things to do in Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal, en français), and created a top five for each category (in no particular order).

1.    Place Jacques Cartier—As you walk down one of the most charming streets in Old Montreal, St. Paul Street, you will get to Place Jacques Cartier, where you’ll find several restaurants as well as street artists and kiosks.
2.    The Old Port is a historic port in Old Montreal located on rue de la Commune that stretches along the St-Lawrence River. A view not to be missed!
3.    Place d’Armes square is one of the most beautiful and oldest public squares in Montreal. You’ll get a great view of Notre-Dame Basilica, whose façade is outstanding. I also recommend peeking inside (pictured above).
4.    Chinatown is very inviting for an evening stroll and has lots of shops to discover.
5.    Palais des Congrès is one of Montreal’s must-see modern architectural buildings. It’s hard-to-miss multicolored glass façade is comprised of 332 colored glass panels and 58 transparent glass panels.

Old Montreal is the trendy place for both high-end designer and small local fashion boutiques.
1.    Rooney
2.    SSENSE
3.    Marché Bonsecours boutiques
4.    Denis Gagnon
5.    Cahier d’Exercises

This list has been the most difficult to narrow down because of the countless great restaurants to choose from in Old Montreal.
1.    Brit and Chips
2.    Jardin Nelson
3.    Garde Manger
4.    The Keg
5.    Gibbys

1.    Le Confessional
2.    L’Assommoir
3.    Terrasse Nelligan
4.    Philémon Bar
5.    Santos Tapas Bar
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