10 Montreal “Musts” for First-time Visitors

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10 Montreal “Musts” for First-time Visitors

By Meeting Professionals International | Nov 5, 2019

A first-time visit to any city can be overwhelming. To get you familiarized with Montréal, we’ve compiled a list of “greatest hits” of things to see and do in a diverse and exciting city.

These are crowd-pleasin’ attractions perfect for you and your delegates!

Climb Mount Royal

Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (the same landscape architect who crafted New York’s Central Park), the “mountain” park at the heart of the city is the city’s most iconic landmark.

Spree on Saint Catherine Street

As one of the longest commercial strips in Canada, St. Catherine’s Street is the perfect place for retail therapy.

Eat Emblematic Montréal Cuisine

Part of the joie de vivre culture of Montréal includes chowing down on great grub. Start by sinking your teeth into a juicy smoked-meat sandwich at world-famous Schwartz’s deli.

Head Back in Time (in Old Montréal)

Meander through the charming cobblestone streets of the city’s old district. With juxtaposed architecture dating back as far as 1685, visitors have the opportunity to see how the city first began developing.

Ascend to Saint Joseph’s Oratory

Saint Joseph’s Oratory is a Montréal masterpiece — the pièce de résistance among a city of one thousand stunning churches.

Go “Underground”

Montréal contains a vast network of pedestrian walkways—20 miles, to be exact—that connect shopping malls, restaurants, the convention center, and more. Weather-protected and beneath street level!

Market Yourself

Montréalers love to eat. One of the best ways to savor the city is to visit one of the local public markets. Check out Marché Jean-Talon, the largest and most culturally diverse market in Montréal.

Hit a New Plateau

The colorful spiral staircases of “Le Plateau” neighborhood present an iconic image of Montréal. In this quarter you’ll find an eclectic mix of artists, international students, and young professionals!

Go East (for a Feast of Attractions)

Montréal’s east is home to a handful of awesome attractions. Start at the Olympic Stadium, a grandiose remnant from the history-making 1976 summer games, and arguably the most recognizable architectural structure in the entire city.

Find Your Art Beat

Montréal is a creative city. Artistic-inclined visitors will relish the multiple museums and galleries, home to both historic and modern works. As one of the most important institutions in North America, Montréal’s Museum of Fine Arts is the premier stop for any art aficionado.



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