Montreal Travel Guide

When we walked into our Montreal Airbnb Zack and I couldn’t believe our eyes. Was this the place we booked? It was GORGEOUS, larger than any other home we’ve stayed in since May (or lived in ever) and felt like the perfect place to rest our heads for the month of August.

Our original reasoning in visiting Montreal was to go to Joe Beef, a restaurant we had been dreaming about for years. So like any normal people we planned an entire month around one meal, flew a babysitter out and decided to call Montreal home for our last international destination of the year.

Despite Owen coming down with a fever hours before our reservation, we made it and had one of the most killer meals of our lives. We had the chance to visit some of the greatest restaurants here, had a visit from my parents, loved our Airbnb and got to know a few of the surrounding neighborhoods pretty well. Find our where we stayed and ate and what sights we think you should check out!

Where to Stay

We opted to stay in a neighborhood slightly out of all of the action for more space and a lower cost. This worked out great for us because we 1. knew we’d be working at home quite a bit this month, 2. had my parents and Molly (our babysitter) coming to visit & 3. knew there was public transportation that would easily take us into the city.

After living on an island for a month and driving around Iceland I cannot tell you how nice it was to walk into this apartment. There’s literally a huge (very American feeling) super market directly behind us, two different parks and playgrounds within walking distance of the apartment, a handful of coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants right here and it’s about a twenty minute walk to the subway. We feel like Montreal brought us back to life in a lot of ways and a huge part of that has been living within these walls. We needed some time to slow down, cook some meals and just relax.

I would highly recommend this particular Airbnb for other families or even larger groups. There are three bedrooms, a large kitchen and dinning area and a perfect back patio. You could easily sleep six or seven adults here and Zack and I are already talking about coming back next summer. It would be the perfect place to stay for a group vacation! Our host was the sweetest and made us feel right at home.

Where to Eat

without kids
Joe Beef
Liverpool House
Le Vin Papillon
Dieu du Ciel

with kids
St-Viateur Bagels
Schwartz’s Deli
Nobel Coffee
Chez Tousignant

What to See

Marché Jean-Talon
Montreal Biodome
Mount Royal Park
Square Saint-Louis
Atwater Market
+ we really loved just walking around Old Port of Montreal & Mile End (that was by far our favorite neighborhood).