Old Montreal
Old Montreal
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Old Montreal is a historic neighborhood in Canada with a charming Parisian flair. Be transported back in time as you wander down the cobblestone streets and admire the stunning architecture. Check out the Bonsecours Market for some unique shopping, stroll along St. Paul Street, and visit the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal to admire the incredible stained glass windows. You can also head to the old port for a Ferris wheel ride, zipline, or cruise. Take a walking tour to learn more about its history or a ghost tour to explore the neighborhood after dark. Visit in the winter to see the beautiful holiday decorations. – Tripadvisor
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The area
Neighbourhood: Ville-Marie
How to get there
  • Place-d'Armes • 4 min walk
  • Square-Victoria-OACI • 9 min walk
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  • sealrocker
    Portland, Oregon914 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dining and Shopping district
    We visited on a fantastic sunny spring evening. The area was bustling with outdoor diners and shoppers. We just walked around and looked at several shops. We didn’t have a guide to help us understand what we were looking at so we probably missed a lot. The pedestrian only streets were nice
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 6, 2023
  • Liz F
    Wooster, Ohio78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Elegant Architecture
    I loved Old Montreal because of the old architect We enjoyed the great details in the buildings. Some of the buildings can be accessed without a fee such as the Bank of Montreal. I will warn people, I don’t think you can visualize the Notre Dame without a fee. The thing that I will really stress is that food in Canada is very pricey so make sure you pack accordingly.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California17,058 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Historic Old Quarter
    This is the part of town that you have to see because it is the oldest that is still present. So lots of historic buildings with good descriptions on plaques in front. Museums, old churches, charming old streets where you need to wander. And some of the best restaurants in town.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 17, 2023
  • SEIA2DC
    35 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, heavily tourist area
    A beautiful part of the city, I only gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because we went to Quebec City first and this just can’t compare to that. However, it’s a fun area to explore, particularly if you like shopping and art galleries. Plenty of restaurants and places to grab a drink, also lots of souvenir shops and tourist kitsch. Partially pedestrian-only which is helpful. Note that it’s entirely cobblestone and part is a steep hill so be ready to navigate that. We spent a few hours wandering around, checking out the Old Port and took a boat tour. A must do area, but recommend checking out other great (and less touristy) areas of the city as well.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Malcolm G
    Austin, Texas52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Put this on your bucket list
    Very walkable and interesting area. Many historic buildings lovely streets and squares. Many good cafes and restaurants. Try a beer and meal watching the people from the outdoor tables in Place Jacques-Cartier. We used Pub John Michael on the corner beneath Nelson good food drinks and service plus nearby tuneful busker to entertain us
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Dimburr
    Albury, Australia77 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous historic area mixed with a slightly tacky tourist vibe.
    The Old Port area around the streets is really charming. But there is a slightly side-show feel the closer you get to the water. If you like the architecture then stay on the main area, but for kids the waterfront is probably entertaining. It is also the site for the ferry to Ile St Helene, where the Biosphere is located. It's worth it to take the ferry one way to the island then take the Metro back. As a tourist it wasn't intuitive to know the metro goes there.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Justin B
    Calgary, Canada298 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful City, Rich History
    Old Montreal was the perfect destination for our conference. It is a place where history and modernity coexist, offering something for everyone. I was impressed by the diversity and quality of the food options, ranging from traditional French bistros to trendy cafes and ethnic restaurants. I also appreciated the walkability of the area, which allowed me to discover its many attractions and landmarks, such as the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Place d’Armes and the Bonsecours Market. One of my favorite activities was running along the port, where I could enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful views. Old Montreal is a gem that I would love to visit again!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written July 10, 2023
  • sueq788
    Hilton Head, South Carolina4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love Old Montreal.
    So much to see and do. Loads of shops and restaurants. Several small town squares to sit and relax. During the Jazz Festival they had live music in the square across from the NOTRE Dame Basilica. Every hour a different musician would perform. All free. Down by the river there are vendors and food trucks or you can stroll by the river to watch the boats. We found the people to be very friendly.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 12, 2023
  • wayne B
    Maryborough, Australia32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful walk , great meal.
    We took a short ferry trip across the St. Lawrence River to Old Montreal and it was a pleasant ride taking in the views. Once there we entered the old port area and made our way around the streets. We visited the Notre-Dame Basilica and checked out the historic area in and around Old Montreal. We thoroughly enjoyed our time taking in the history of these old buildings. We found a really great place to eat in Crêperie Chez Suzette, we sat at a table near an open window and enjoyed an amazing meal and drinks. Then it was time to catch our ferry back.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Frank C
    Sarasota, Florida439 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in Montreal
    Stay on streets parallel to Waterfront, one or two blocks, no more. Go around sunset, not too late , not too early. Many shops and restaurants. We choose rooftop one, was excellent. Lots of people watching. The buildings are great and part of old History. Don't forget there are areas underground also!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
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Miles B
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Was in the city for 3 full days. There are lots to do. There are museums, lots of restaurants, walking areas, and etc. I would recommend plan ahead so you do not go into this trip blind and not knowing what to do.
Written April 17, 2024
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SMM
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Mar 2024 • Couples
Old Montreal is beautiful, and an absolute must for visitors. We wandered the beautiful stone streets and admired the architecture. There are a number of quaint shops and eateries available, and we stopped for a delicious cheesy crepe (that was served with crisp fresh salad) before exploring Marche Bonecours (a lovely market featuring hand made jewellery and items). Although it was cold when we visited (0 degrees), there are any number of warn cosy cafe to stop in for refreshment. It was a beautiful walk and lovely experience.
Written March 31, 2024
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FoodNFashion
Montreal, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Old Port Montreal is such a lovely place to be; you can find some of the best restaurants that Montreal has to offer. They also have tonnes of activities during the day and night; you will never be bored.
Written March 1, 2024
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pasowine
Paso Robles, CA5,389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Such a unique place - definitely has the flavor of Europe to it, despite the tourists! The time to go however is when it isn't as crowded. Easy to stroll around, snack, have a drink, do some shopping. Also take a walking tour and learn some of the history of old Montreal!
Written January 22, 2024
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R. K. V.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam2,636 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
beautiful! a great part of a very nice city. Despite the cold quite a walking friendly area with lots to see
Written January 9, 2024
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TheMahdi
Boracay, Philippines164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Tbe same coment i gave in Rue St Paul which is actually few minites away from this location.

The Old Montreal jas a major old street that connects many tourists spots together.

So if you can walk long distance i suggeat you to come here and along the way you can Start from Crew Collective Cafe then Notre Dame tjen go to this are then continue to Rue St Paul, can visit Cfe Olympico (for their coffee) and/or have your lunch pizzaat Slice & Soda.
Written December 17, 2023
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Bea
703 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The Vieux-Montréal as it is called in French was established in 1642. It is a beautiful, historic area, with 17th century buildings, wonderful to have a walk and admire. It is located on the west bank of the Saint-Lawrence River and covers around a 1-sq-km area. There are many very nice restaurants and cafes.
Written December 11, 2023
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drew s
6th of October City, Egypt5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Love this area of Montreal, a must see and experience. Best in summer, lively and lots to see and do. Fantastic restaurants with many to chose from. Been here many times, but this was my first in November and was very cold and windy, very few people there- wouldn't recommend visiting in November.
Written December 2, 2023
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Foodange
Manchester, UK2,891 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We loved wandering the streets of the old town, away from the tall buildings.
For us there were a few too many tourist tat places all selling the same stuff, but if you looked hard enough, also individual shops, restaurants and cafés.
Rue St Paul was a favourite, which we visited a couple of times.
Written December 1, 2023
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada13,892 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Established in 1642, Old Montreal is the epitome of a “must do” destination when visiting Quebec. Masterfully combining history, culture, religion, consumerism, and the modern, this area of Montreal introduces you to the history of a people and their community while concomitantly espousing the richness of a culture that’s thrived for nearly 400 years. If one wanted, a day or more could easily be spent here browsing the various boutiques, galleries, restaurants and historic sites. If time is an issue, a professional walking tour is a great way to learn the “nuts and bolts” of the area, increasing one’s appreciation for what they’re seeing and experiencing.

In our case, we spent the duration of our day trip (approximately six hours) ambling around the pleasant streets of Old Montreal and taking in the sites and sights as we came across them; that is to say, we did not have a set itinerary – we walked around and went wherever the wind blew, so to speak. Well, I guess saying “no set itinerary” isn’t entirely accurate. While patronizing Old Montreal, we made it a point to try a classic poutine made in Quebec + a Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich – and it was a great success!

We began our ambles at Notre-Dame Basilica (see my review on this site) and then strolled around the Place d’Armes, which is a notable square in Old Montreal often considered the “heart” of the area. From there, we spent considerable time walking along the cobblestone streets, admiring the charismatic architecture (with its clear European ties) and, of course, ducking into the occasional gift shop. Of the few we visited, our favourite was undoubtedly “Le Petit Duck Shoppe” along Saint Paul Street (see my earlier review on this site). Yes, it’s quirky and touristy, but that’s what I mean about Old Montreal’s expert synthesis of history, consumerism and the modern. The cobblestone streets and historic buildings often speak to a time when Old Montreal was considered the economic hub of the country; yet, the touristy shops like Le Petit Duck highlight how Old Montreal is not static and is ever-evolving with the times. It makes walking through one of the more historic parts of Canada such a joy.

Following some shopping, we decided it was time for a bite to eat. We ended up stopping at this quaint café – La Baraque on Saint Vincent (see my review on this site) – and enjoyed some wings, poutine (with Montreal Smoked Meat!), and a Smoked Meat Sandwich. Was it home to the best in Old Montreal? Probably not, but it was still pretty tasty and a great value. Since we sat on the patio, this also afforded us a bit of “people watching” time.

After lunch, we continued our wanders and patronized the “Sailors Church” before passing through Place Jacques-Cartier, which itself was a proverbial beehive of activity. This area is obviously a hub for walking tours (we observed a couple), and home to many a jovial street performer and busker. I would’ve loved to have spent more time here; however, my foot was a noticeable bother by this point, so we just kind of briskly strolled through en route to the Old Port of Montreal (see my review of the Port on this site).

When it was all said and done, we indulged in a nice ice cream sundae at Comptoir 400 before hailing a TAXI back to Gare Centrale and our train to Ottawa. It would’ve been great to spend even more time in Old Montreal (and better still without foot pain), but we made the most of our six hours. Old Montreal has a distinct charm about it. The narrow cobblestone streets, heritage buildings, restaurants and boutiques make for an inviting time and stroll. If you’re in Montreal, be sure to come here and enjoy a hint of Europe in one of the historic bastions of Canada.
Written November 29, 2023
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