Glow Guide to MONTREAL
Montreal is a culturally rich gem of a city, overflowing with culture and deliciousness. Visit this gorgeous metropolis for a dose of chill French Canadian #glow. Autumn is an absolutely magical time to visit Montreal; vibrant leaves, refreshingly crisp air, lovely walks, cozy coffee shops, and the most delicious fare to indulge in. Even if you can't make it during fall, simply put, Montreal is without a doubt foodie heaven, and to us that's as good as it gets!
WHERE TO STAY:
Hotel Le St. James // Situated in historic Old Montreal, this place has everything going for it. The service and staff are impeccable!! The hotel itself is stunning, and the perfect cozy oasis to return to after a day of exploring. The price tag is high, but you definitely get what you pay for.
Cafe Parvis // This cafe is the perfect place to meet a friend for coffee, kombucha, a drink... and a little snack. It has a really unique interior and an outdoor seating area filled with plants.
Mont Royal Park // This park is what dreams are made of. Make sure to take a walk up to the top to see a view of the entire city- this is truly breathtaking, especially with the colorful fall foliage! Plus, its a really great work out!
Beautys Luncheonette //A classic diner that has something special for everyone. Great eggs, tuna melts, bagels & lox (Beauty's Special!) and a very impressive bloody Mary situation.
Lola Rosa // Delicious vegetarian restaurant, close to Pont Royal-- perfect for before or after your walk through the park.
Milos // Last meal on earth worthy-- perfect ambiance, food, service, everything! Order the Milos special (paper thin zucchini and eggplant, lightly fried saganaki cheese and tzaziki), the grilled octopus (best we've ever had), lobster spaghetti (!!!!) and any fresh fish.
Cafe Myriade // Dope coffee shop with locally sourced ingredients and a cool men's boutique inside. Glowtip: This is where the cute boys hang out.
St-Viateur Bagels // Absolutely no preservatives whatsoever and 100% natural ingredients-- Made the same way since 1957, each bagel is hand-rolled, boiled in honey water, and cooked in a wood fired oven that was designed to both cook and flavor the bagel. What comes out of this process is a chewy, slightly sweet bagel with sesame seeds. Make sure to eat it hot out of the oven!
La Vieille Europe // Wonderful specialty food store and market. Great selection of coffee, chocolate and glowy food products.
Schwartz's Deli // THE place for smoked meat! Your mouth will water as soon as you step inside and smell what's cooking. Be prepared to wait in line or grab a sandwich at the to-go.
The Cardinal Tea Room // Walk upstairs to find this stunning tea room. Live piano plays as you sip tea and eat cozy snacks. They have an extensive selection of teas-- the soy chai was delicious as was everything we ordered (house salad, quiche and sandwiches all hit the spot.)
Restaurant L'express // Great French bistro with a really pretty bar. A huge jar of cornichon pickles and delicious bread and butter await you. Don't miss the steak frites or the roasted quail.
Jean Talon Market // Located in Little Italy, Jean-Talon Market is known for its numerous local fruit and vegetable vendors as well as the cultural diversity of its shopkeepers. It is one of the largest public markets in North America and its atmosphere is lively in both summer and winter. It feels like a little village!
Caffe San Simeon // Right down the street from Jean Talon market, this old school Italian coffee shop has some of the best coffee in the city.
Mycoboutique // If you love mushrooms, this is your spot. A boutique that specializes in all things related to mushrooms, from the forest to the kitchen, from the garden to the workshop.
ACTIVITIES / STORES:
Luna Yoga // An environmentally-conscious, community-based yoga studio nestled in the heart of Old Montreal. They offer active and dynamic Yoga Flow and Jivamukti classes in a beautiful space. The studio houses a calm and welcoming atmosphere
Les Touilleurs // The glowiest cooking/kitchen store ever. The store in itself is a work of art, curated to perfection without losing the warmth and coziness that makes the space so welcoming, Wonderful select