Between the elegant boulevards, centuries-old architecture and traditional bistros, Montreal makes for a fascinating trip down Francophone Canada’s complex history. While you’d be hard-pressed to find old-world charm like this anywhere in North America, Montreal is far from antiquated. Step outside if Vieux-Montreal and you’ll find a globally-inspired culinary scene, boundary-pushing music, innovative art and design, extravagant shopping scene and an overall appreciation for good living. Considered the cultural capital of Canada, this French-speaking city maintains its European flair and blends its past with a modern sophistication.
Where to Stay
Immersed within the confines of the picturesque Old Montreal, Hotel William Gray maintains the old-world elegance of its surroundings while delivering a welcoming spirit for you to relax and unwind. Designed with meticulous attention to detail, all of the rooms have been pleasantly fitted with contemporary furnishings, comfortable linens, fresh white décor, state-of-the-art amenities and original local art. The spacious suites reflect a refined sense of beauty with an inviting and open feel, whereas multi-jet rain showers and writing desks are the perfect touches. Considering that Hotel William Gray is a premiere urban hideaway, it’s easy to appreciate the 5,600-square-foot luxury spa as the perfect way to spend a few hours. This wellness center includes a luxurious hot-cold thermal circuit with a Himalayan salt room, Finnish sauna and steam room, experiential showers, herbal sauna, high-end Gharieni spa beds, Spa Wave sound therapy system and a seasonal outdoor pool. The property strikes the perfect balance between modern design and historic architecture, topped off by stunning views of Montreal from the rooftop decks. Be sure to check out our Luxury Hotel Guide to Montreal for a breakdown of the top accommodations ahead of your stay.
Where to Dine
Located within the heart of Monkland Village, Hopkins blends the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of suburban Montreal with the cultural diversity and dynamism of the city center. The moment you step through the front doors, you’ll enjoy the bistro vibe that’s upscale yet casual, as the 50-seat restaurant ties together open spaces, large windows, neutral colors and marble accents. With a curated menu that’s been built on a foundation of authenticity, passion and devotion, Hopkins restaurant is as delicious as it is beautiful. The classic French-inspired menu changes 3 to 4 times per year, rotating through dishes like Sea Bream Ceviche and Bone Marrow Creme Brûlée, with freshness a top priority among the expert staff. This restaurant provides the ideal setting for a romantic evening for two, or just to reconnect with loved ones for a delicious brunch. Take a look through our Restaurant Guide to Montreal for an expanded list of gastronomic experiences.
What to Do
When it comes to Montreal, the sheer diversity of its arts, festivals and entertainment never ceases to amaze. There are more than 90 annual festivals that joyfully celebrate everything from comedy and jazz to beer and fireworks, while the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal is the city’s headline event. Since 1961, the annual Canadian Grand Prix has taken place in Montreal, drawing auto race enthusiasts and the jet set crowd in droves. Elsewhere, there are more than 250 theatre and dance companies in the city alone, while local artists, writers and musicians have helped to cement Montreal’s legacy as a premiere art destination. It’s certainly worth taking the time to wander the scenic facades of Old Montreal, which stretches along the edge of the St. Lawrence River, while the grand architecture continues with heritage sites such as the Basilique Notre-Dame, Habitat 67 and Stade Olympique. When it’s time to shop, head to Rue St-Denis, the backbone of upscale shopping in Montreal, and take time to stroll through the inviting bistros and local shops that fill in the gaps.
What to Wear
Between the wide spectrum of entertainment options, mouthwatering culinary experiences and, of course, the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix, prepare your wardrobe for Montreal with urban essentials that exude both a timeless elegance and casualness to them. We’re looking towards the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight. This travel-ready timepiece sticks to the Tudor ethos of simple yet powerful functionality, and it’s able to adapt to just about any situation you find yourself in. With this strong value proposition, as well as its excellent design and new movement, the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight has the makings of a quintessential sport watch. When it comes to unwinding within the confines of your hotel’s wellness center and spa, ladies should check out this Matteau Swim Petite Triangle Bikini Top and matching Matteau Swim Petite Bikini Briefs are both crafted from a lightweight quick-dry fabric that will keep you comfortable for extended periods of relaxation. Don’t forget to check out our Style Sheet to Montreal in order to have your wardrobe stylish and up-to-date ahead of your trip.