All in a Day: Visiting Montreal

Canada’s second-largest city will win you over with its European charm, top-notch cuisine and joie de vivre.

Old Montreal

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Dining alfresco

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Montreal City Tour

Start your day visiting Montreal by admiring striking architecture and wandering cobblestone streets in Old Montreal. Enjoy magical views of this captivating city from the summit of the “mountain” in Mont Royal Park. Then round out this half-day tour with a visit to historic Notre Dame Basilica.

Old Port

The historic trading port, now a recreational area, is bustling with cyclists and inline skaters. If the Montreal Science Centre and the IMAX theater don’t tempt you, urban Clock Tower Beach might.

Atwater Market

Stock up on culinary gifts at one of the city’s oldest public markets. The art deco building is jam-packed with cheeses, breads, spreads and produce. A must-stop for food lovers when visiting Montreal.

Plateau Neighborhood

A former working-class neighborhood once filled with garment factories, the Plateau now teems with trendy shops and restaurants to check out when visiting Montreal.

Continental Cuisine

When visiting Montreal head downtown to Mango Bay, which serves up Caribbean flavors. Sample Persian cuisine at Byblos Le Petit Café in the Plateau. Or make your way back to Old Montreal for eastern European fare at the Stash Café, which serves Polish cuisine.

If you are in the area for more than 24 hours, check out these day trips from Montreal.

Make your Montreal hotel reservation online or call 877-396-7159 to speak to a AAA Travel Counselor.

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Rose Stadt, AAA Travel Counselor, Vallejo, Calif.

More and more people want to customize their escorted trips with longer stays in certain cities or visits to specific sites. I make sure the independent pieces fit seamlessly with the tour.

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