Hubby wanted to visit his long-time friends in Montréal during the summer. We scheduled our trip right in the middle of our yearly summer trip in France, so we’d be closer. It was still quite a tiring 8-hour trip, though. Especially just when I was starting to get over the jet-lag from Singapore to France. Luckily, there was a direct flight from Toulouse to Montréal via Air Transat. The plane was really old, but had seats with bigger legroom than usual, and the free snacks were quite good.
We stayed at our friends’ beautiful house in the suburbs. It was not really that far away from the city but crossing the bridge to the city center gets you in the middle of a jam during peak hours due to some road works. Apparently, this is the norm in Montréal. Well, I’m kinda used to road works and construction everywhere by now, having lived in Singapore for almost a decade.
It was pleasantly sunny during our four-day stay. We strolled along Canal Lachine close to Marché Atwater on a perfectly sunny morning. Apparently, this area has historical significance in Montréal. It was a famous industrial area back in the day, but now it was turned into a museum and a park. We mainly stayed around Vieux Montréal (Old Montréal) and did the rounds on all the tourist sites.
I loved the beautiful apartments around Plateau Montroyal, the beautiful shops (Lululemon!), and the trendy hipster cafés, bars, and restaurants. The Basilica de Notre Dame de Montréal looked like a boring version of the one in Paris. But inside, it was surprisingly gorgeous!
Food in Montréal is not bad at all. Although, I could not really say the same for the Poutine. It’s just not my kind of dish. There was a very nice and friendly Lola at the marché, selling all kinds of maple syrup — the light ones to medium to dark. She made me try all of them. I took a very good liking on the darkest one. It has a very dark caramel and coffee taste. I’ve been using it a lot on the pancakes and it’s almost finished now. Wish I bought more. Oh, and I also loved the seafood, especially the giant crabs and lobsters! Miam!
What’s nice about Montréal is that you can find a lot of different dishes from all over the world. Once at Marché Atwater, we even saw a Singaporean food stall! I was pleasantly surprised. But what we had at the marché was some Vietnamese noodles and banh mi, which we really loved. If you’re ever in Montréal, don’t miss out on our friend’s Vietnamese food stall at Marché Atwater. It’s called, Le Petit Sao.
I find the people in Montréal quite friendly and nice. Although, I find the general atmosphere, a little too quiet… and maybe also, a bit boring? But I liked so much that I got to practice my french. For some reason, it makes me feel less stressed talking in french to non-French people. I also get a hoot every time somebody says “bienvenue” to me when I say “merci“… 😀
Voila! C’est tout pour aujourd’hui! I hope you’re enjoying your summer as much as I am. Thanks for reading and have good weekend! 🙂