A Weekend in Montréal: Day One

Haha okay, so really more like Day Zero and Day One.  This post is about our drive up and our first real day in the city.
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This day was us really getting our barrings and visiting a few awesome places.  Read on to see what we did.  Also warning, this post (and all of the ones in this series will be picture heavy).

THURSDAY – 5/19 TRAVEL
5:00 PM – Leave Philadelphia
Unfortunately we had some important things to do at work on Thursday so we couldn’t leave until later in the day.  However, this did mean that once we cleared the city traffic, we were driving on a very unpopular road and crossed the boarder quickly without a line at all at about midnight.  So armed with our Popeyes and Starbucks, we were ready for the 7 hour drive.
1:30 AM – Arrive at Hotel Omni Mont-Royal
1050 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal, Quebec H3A-2R6
 I really enjoyed our hotel!  It was super nice, spacious, and cozy.
 
FRIDAY – 5/20 
9:00 AM – Wake Up
I was a bit worried about this part…after all we had a long drive the night before and got to bed around 2AM, but we managed.  We didn’t want to waste too much of our time in a different city sleeping.
10:00 AM – Walk to Mccord Museum
690 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, Quebex H3A 1E9
We decided on getting the Montreal Museum Pass (with public transportation) which I talked about more in my overview post here.  You can buy the pass online or at a few of the museums included on it.  This was the closest one to our hotel so we got it here even though we didn’t go to this museum.
10:30 AM – Walk & Take Metro 2 from Square Victoria to Mont-Royal
Next we got our first taste of the Metro system and it was SO clean and frequent.  Seriously, I’m impressed.
11:00 AM – Brunch @ L’Avenue du Plateau
922 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, Quebec H2J 1X1

Our first real stop was my favorite meal, brunch, at a very highly rated restaurant.  The line was long but moved quickly and we were seated in maybe 20mins.  The food was awesome.  The bathroom was as cool as everyone says it is.  And they have so many types of Tabasco!  Haha seriously. Garlic Tabasco is awesome.  I ordered a bottle on Amazon when I got home.  Oh and also we got free smoothies for a slight mixup with our table.

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12 NOON – Walk & Take Metro 2 from Mont-Royal to Jean-Talon Market

On our walk back to the Metro station, we ran into a Chatime and stopped in.  It ended up being super cute and artsy so of course I took some Instagram worthy pics.

12:30 PM – Jean-Talon Market
7070 Avenue Henri Julien, Montréal, QuebecC H2S 3S3
 We spent a lot less time here than we thought because it was super hot, but it was very cute and Mike was super happy because he bought me a box of macarons completely in French haha!  And we picked the flavors too so it wasn’t just like, “uhh this please.”
1:30 PM – Walk & Take Metro 2 from Mont-Royal to Berri-UQAM.  Transfer to Metro 1 to Viau.
I have no idea why Google told us to get off at Viau.  We really should have gotten off at the stop before, Pie-IX.  So we ended up walking about a mile back, but we did get to see the Olympic Stadium.
2:00 PM – Château Dufresne
2929 Avenue Jeanne d’Arc, Montréal, Quebec H1W 3W2
This was on a hill and at this point I was losing some steam but the house was incredible so I’m glad we checked it out.

3:00 PM – Biodome
4777 Avenue Pierre-de Coubertin, Montréal, Quebec H1V 1B3
This was Mike’s favorite part of the trip.  It was awesome to go through all these different environments and also see penguins!!!  Haha yes we love penguins.  When we went to Seaworld in Orlando, we actually got to meet and touch a penguin so this couldn’t quite top this, but these were still very cute.

5:00 PM – Planetarium

This is right across from the Biodome so definitely visit both, but this is open later so check out the Biodome first.  We ended up having to wait until 6 for there to be a show in English, but that gave us a chance to check out the Olympic pool and relax.  The first show was amazing!  They had beanbags so you can lie down and be super comfy as you look up at the dome.  The show was also about space which I love and narrated by Neil Degrasse Tyson.  The second show was okay and in a more traditional planetarium with seats and about the Northern Lights.  I was less interested in this one to be honest.  There were also fun little exhibits to play with outside of the shows.

7:00 PM – Walk & Take Metro 1 from Viau to Beaudry
 
7:30 PM – Dinner @ Poutineville
1365 Rue Ontario Est, Montréal, QC H2L 1S1, Canada

 When in Rome, right?  Obviously we had to have poutine and even though this is a small chain throughout Canada and we try to avoid chains on vacation, I felt we needed to check it out.  Here you can order a bunch of types of poutine or make your own custom one.  This was Mike’s first time having poutine and he fell in love.

8:30 PM – Walk & Take Metro 1 from Beaudry to Station Peel
On our way home we stopped at a Pharmaprix and I realized how awesome makeup shopping was in Canada.  To see what I got, click here.  After this we passed out.  Oh and we also ran into some friendly outdoor kitties and walked through the Gay Village which made me feel right at home ❤
It was an amazing first day.  To read other posts in this series, click below:

Feel free to ask me any questions you have about our trip, Montréal, or what I got.  Since this was my first trip there, I am not an expert, but I will definitely try to help!

Until next time,
Vy

Disclaimer:  All products mentioned and linked to in this post were purchased by me.  There are no sponsored or affiliated links.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.  

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