We woke up bright and early, and checked out of the Hilton Bonaventure Montreal to get a quick start on the day. We left the car in the underground parking lot and put our luggage inside the trunk so we could stay in Montreal for a little while longer. Here are some last views of our hotel before we left, from our hotel window:
We took the Metro for some breakfast/brunch to….you guessed it…Aux Vivres for a third time this trip! Brunch is only served on weekends from 10:00am-4:00pm and there are a few different breakfast options that you can’t order from the regular menu. We both got the blueberry pancakes with fresh fruit, maple syrup, and cashew cream. It was so tasty! We really wish that Aux Vivres was closer to home and we could go there all the time!
After breakfast, we had some last minute shopping and errands to do before traveling back home. We walked to Fairmount Ave. West which has two places of interest to us. The first was Au Papier Japonais where I wanted to look at their cool Japanese-influence papers to cover a lamp shade back at home. We picked out a cool blue patterned paper with a pattern that resembled something out of the 1960s. It was similar to the store that I’ve visited on several occasions back in Toronto, and the people that worked at this shop were so nice!
Then, we had to go to Fairmount Bagels for some traditional Montreal-style bagels! We got a half dozen…which we later discovered was a mistake because we should have bought way more! The “everything” bagels were absolutely delicious!
From there, we took the subway to another area of town where Sophie Sucrée was located – an all-vegan bakery. There so many yummy treats to choose from! We got a cinnamon bun, a brownie, and a red velvet cupcake. The bakery opened fairly recently, so check it out if you’ve got a sweet tooth like we do! Here’s what the treats looked like after a morning in Montreal and a full day driving back home….glad they still held up in the heat!
We rode the subway back to our stop and walked down the familiar long hallway towards the hotel and parking garage. We’ll always remember this hallway since we walked down it each day, and it always seemed to be completely empty! Our voices would echo throughout the tunnel and it was a little bit eerie at times.
After two full days of traveling via public transit, we got back in the car and left. Our full two days plus a morning of parking cost around $50 in the underground garage, which I’ve heard isn’t too bad for Montreal. I suppose that’s the price for wanting a hotel that’s located downtown and close to everything! There might be cheaper parking options around, but it was really convenient to leave our car parked in a secure, underground garage without having to worry about it for the whole time we stayed there.
On our way out of town, we stopped at Habitat 67, an awesome futuristic housing complex built as a pavilion for Expo 67. It still looks amazing to this day and people actually live there! We parked the car off to the side of the road near a park. There were lots of people riding bikes and running along a waterfront trail that ran parallel to Habitat 67. It was a beautiful day outside so plenty of people were taking advantage of the lovely weather!
We also took the opportunity to have a little impromptu picnic, enjoying our Montreal-style bagels! I can say that it is the best bagel I’ve ever had!
The drive home was lengthy but we listened to Satellite Radio and made a few stops. We stopped at an On Route for dinner just off the highway – a rest stop with a few fast food choices in Ontario. We got veggie burgers and fries at A&Ws – not the healthiest option, but filling and yummy. Then, we stopped off at The Big Apple to say hello to our animal friends that live there, and we picked up some apple bread while we were there! Our car smelled delicious on the way home – Montreal-style everything bagels and apple cinnamon bread! After several hours in the car, we were happy to be relaxing back at home after such an amazing summer vacation. Montreal definitely kept us wanting more, so I’m sure we will be back to visit new places that we just didn’t have time to see this time around!
Read all about our full Montreal trip:
Aux Vivres Vegan Restaurant
La Panthere Verte Restaurant
Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
Old Montreal and Old Port
Walking All Over the City
Cafe Verdure Vegan Restaurant
Outdoor Art in Montreal
Habitat 67 and Montreal Bagels