These days, Montreal daytrips are few and far between now that our twins are in the picture. But there’s still lots to see as a familyand do when we can make the “easy” two hour drive. A daytrip with my girlfriends are even more rare, but I was lucky to go last summer with my close friend ‘M’. Hopefully we’ll plan another trip this coming summer!
In today’s post, I am reminiscing about past Girls’ trips to Montreal when we used to go a few times a year.
On Your Way
If you shop at Le Chateau and are looking for some deals, check out the Le Chateau outlet located off Jean Talon at the corner of Autoroute 15. Some items are irregular or out of season but the place is jam packed with merchandise and you’re sure to find something great. The outlet carries both mens’ and womens’ clothing. There is another official Entrepot in Greenfield Park, QC which I’ve never been to but judging from the website, is worth checking out.
Where to Park in Downtown Montreal
2020 rue University is an underground parkade connected to, well, the underground. They have escalators and elevator access and the best part is, it’s only $5 to park all day on the weekends.
Where to eat in Montreal
My friend M heard of this Italian joint called Pizzeria Napoletana from the Food Network. It has been around since 1948 and the food was amazing!
As a chocolate lover, this place called Juliet et Chocolat at 3500 Saint Laurent is on my list to check out because of all the great things I’ve heard about it. The closest I came was photo above, taken after M and I had stuffed ourselves with the aforementioned pizza and had left no room for dessert!
Côte-des-Neiges Farmer’s Market
Côte-des-Neiges is a nice Montreal neighbourhood to explore on your way up to Mont-Royale. You can’t miss the open-air marché close to the Metro station. Housed in a white tent strung with lights, this market is open 24 hours and has an assortment of the best local produce you will find anywhere at reasonable prices. This was the first place I ever saw white eggplant. This small market is open year round!
Chabanel Warehouse Sales
Ahhh… sample sales. This is for the serious fashionista. My friends and I used to leave Ottawa early on a Saturday morning to reach Montreal’s Garment District on rue Chabanel in time for the warehouse sales. There are 8 different factory buildings to hit up each with independent wholesalers selling to the public. If you’re never been to a sample sale, be prepared for a fun bargain basement-type atmosphere with limited fitting rooms. Every week there may be different wholesalers that are open to the public and the only way you can see who’s open is to check the signs posted in each building’s lobby. Lonely Planet recommends starting on a top floor (the buildings have up to nine floors) and working your way down. Bring cash and be prepared to bargain. The addresses of this old buildings are 99 Chabanel followed by 111, 125, 225, 333, 433 and 555. These warehouses are only open to the public on Saturday mornings starting from about 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Last summer, my friend M and I went for a daytrip which coincided with an open air street festival on Boulevard Saint Laurent. Since I didn’t get out much (this was before returning to work), I took tons of photos like I’d never been to Montreal before. The entire road was closed off to traffic and the street was full of people, food vendors serving up delicious international cuisine like spanish paella, and sidewalk sales galore. There were performers on the main stage and lots of companies giving out free samples. The festival was called Mix’Arts and it was an unexpected gem to find! For more info on this and other events going on, check out the street’s website. Yes, Boulevard Saint Laurent has it’s own website, how cool is that?
On Your Way Home
For you, is travelling about the journey or the destination? If you’re like me, you tend to drive by landmarks and say to yourself, one day I will stop there when I have time. One attraction that’s worth the stop on the way home is the giant Orange Julius off to the side of Autoroute 15 at Jean Talon. I’ve only stopped there once, but it was a lot of fun because of the friends I was with. It’s open late, and the perfect place to pick up some large jugs of speciality OJ for your loved ones back at home.
What’s your favourite place to go in Montreal?