Widely considered Canada’s cultural capital, Montreal maintains its European chic while simultaneously blending it with a modern elegance. This French-speaking city features elegant boulevards, antiquated architecture and traditional bistros, while walk a few blocks 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. 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.
Within the confines of Old Montreal, it’s easy to get swept up by the Canada’s complex Francophone history and overall European sophistication. In between the centuries-old monuments and imposing cathedrals, the cobblestone streets are lined with traditional bistros, charming cafes, artisanal shops and fascinating museums, so it’s easy to get lost and spend and afternoon enjoying the old-world charm of Vieux-Montreal. Patterned in classic polka dots and fitted with an elastic waistband that sits in a high rise, these Lisa Marie Fernandez Polka-Dot Linen Shorts make for an effortless daytime statement. Pair it with the simple black Re/done Classic Cotton T-Shirt for a bonafide city look that will also keep it lightweight and breathable as you stroll from sight to sight. Since you’ll be walking quite a bit, opt for a chic pair of flats such as these Alexandre Birman Vicky Flat Leather Sandals. Crafted from soft, neutral leather, these sandals prioritize comfort without sacrificing anything in the style department.
It’s no secret that Montreal is home to one of the most dynamic gastronomic scenes in all of North America. Between several must-try Montreal icons, such as the smoked-meat sandwich, bagels and poutine, to the creative restaurants on the cutting-edge of new Quebec cuisine, this city is all about its food. Whether you find yourself indulging in the highbrow fine dining scene or the latest trendy spot, it’s worth keeping it classic when it comes to style and accessories. For this, 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.
Between the inner city exploration, summer festivities and dynamic gastronomy, it’s natural that at some point you’re going to want to relax and unwind. Most luxury hotels have their own slice of tranquility on site, whereas there are also plenty of well-known spa retreats within the confines of the city center. 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. The guys can keep it simple as well with these Jacquemus Le Caleçon Cotton Swim Shorts, which are breathable and comfortable.
Montreal never ceases to amaze with the sheer diversity of entertainment options. For an unforgettable experience, head to the globally-renowned Cirque du Soleil for a breathtaking display of acrobatics and music in a marvelous tent complex, or similarly check out the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal for a spectacular production of acoustics. Look beyond the big-hitting names, however, and you’ll find hidden jazz clubs and intimate theatres juxtaposed against the world-famous spectacles–it’s part of the beauty of Montreal. By night, opt for this Salle Privée Eero Lamb Suede Bomber for a luxurious take on a timeless style. Pair it with these Jil Sander Cuffed Twill Trousers for a look that strikes just the right balance between dressed up and casual.