If you only have half a day in Montreal, I think a walking tour to the city’s old downtown is more than good enough use of time. Old Montreal is a historic neighbourhood but more importantly for me, a long street of restaurants (fooooood) and shops!
If I had the time, I would have visited its majestic churches (there are a lot!), go to Mount Royal to see a view of the city and eat bagel at a famous bagel store.
For now let me share the photos I had from our quick walking tour. ^_^
Rue de Saint Paul
St Paul Street is a long stretch of quite nice looking restaurants and shops. We had breakfast in one of the restaurants here and had an amazing time. Yumminesssssss!
At the end of St Paul street is this grand building they call “Marché Bonseqours”. Yes, it is just a market. A market more grand than other countries’ castles. (Iba din!)
We passed by this open place called Place Jacques-Cartier after our Marché stop. It was a pretty view with a lot of people and performers on site that time, with the City Hall as its backdrop.
Notre Dame Basilica Montreal
This is one of Montreal’s most popular attractions. We really wanted to go inside the church but because of the long lines (Easter sunday), we didn’t have time to spare. Regardless, this church is just so grand to be missed!
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
We expected Notre Dame will be swarming with churchgoers on an Easter, and we were right! St. Patrick is the nearest church to our hotel then that offers english mass so we decided to push for it vs waiting for Notre Dame’s 11am (I think) english mass schedule. I am still surprised whenever I see churches’ grand interiors but man, this one is so golden!
…and it’s time to go back to work or sleep. i hope i can post my new york trip soon! ciao!