Two of my favorite parts of Montreal were Vieux Montreal and nearby Multimedia City.
Established in 1642, this is the area of the city with old-world charm. There are historic buildings, cafes, restaurants, boutique hotels, shops and galleries. You really feel like you are in France. I had seen pictures of the Basilique Notre Dame, but was so impressed with this huge Gothic Revival church, built between 1824 and 1829. The vaulted blue ceiling is amazing. Make sure to walk behind the altar and see the smaller Chapelle du Sacre-Coeur.
You might stay at Le Petit Hotel, a small boutique hotel and enjoy their restaurant Petit Café at 168 Saint-Paul St. West. It comes highly recommended and the location is in the heart of the old city. The rates are very reasonable.
I went for breakfast one morning at Olive + Gourmando, 351 Saint-Paul Ouest. My Wallpaper* Guide said it had a great space and they were right. I loved the atmosphere plus the food was great. The croissants and pastries were wonderful!! The staff was friendly and helpful. I could have eaten there every morning.
I enjoyed walking through Galerie Elca London for Inuit Art at 224 Saint Paul Ouest. I had heard to make sure I saw this work in Montreal and Quebec City. This was a first for me. I really enjoyed some of the prints.
Don’t miss walking just outside Vieux Montreal and into the Multimedia City area for brunch at Le Cartet at 106 Rue McGill. It is located in an old building that has great décor. It is part café, part specialty food store and it serves great breakfasts! I really liked the vibe and the communal seating in the center.
Here you will find many old loft buildings and some great new contemporary buildings. The street art is fun to see.
I also liked the space of the restaurant Soupesoup at 649 Rue Wellington which is part of a local chain.