We checked out of Auberge Beaux Reves (Sweet Dreams Inn) and drove an hour south to Montreal from Ste-Adele, Quebec. We navigated our way through lots of construction on the highway and city streets to our new “home” for the next two nights, the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure near Old Montreal. We parked our car in an underground parking lot attached to the hotel. It was a little pricey (around $21 for 24 hours), but in terms of parking for multiple days in downtown Montreal, it was a good deal. Plus, we couldn’t beat the convenience of it, and we also didn’t have to worry about the car at all during our stay. From the hotel parking lot, we took an elevator up several floors to the front reception area. The actual hotel is situated in the upper portion of the building above a convention center. The pool is also up on the rooftop!
Since we arrived pretty early before check-in time, we had to leave our luggage in a baggage closet since our room wasn’t ready yet. It was safely locked away and we were given tags so we could pick the luggage up later. We were both feeling pretty hungry so away we went to lunch!
First things first, we had to find the subway, or the Metro as it is called in Montreal. It took a while to locate the Metro station due to many people giving us incorrect and confusing directions! It ended up being VERY close to our hotel and we didn’t even have to go outside to get to the Bonaventure Station – it was connected to our hotel via an underground passageway. We purchased 3-day Metro passes for $18 each, which ended up being a fantastic deal considering how much we used the subway! The passes paid for themselves within the first day of using them. Getting around Montreal is unbelievably convenient and easy using the Metro. Everywhere we wanted to go was located within walking distance of a Metro station. We picked up a portable printed map at the station where we purchased our passes and I carried it around in my purse for the entire trip.
We took the Metro on the orange line from Bonaventure to Guy-Concordia, which included a transfer to the green line at Lionel-Groulx. There were three vegan restaurants on Rue Mackay that are all next door to one another (La Panthere Verte, Cafe Verdue, and Crudessence). We chose to eat lunch at La Panthere Verte, a small cafe serving mostly sandwiches and smoothies, as well as baked goods.
Justin ordered the BBQ tofu pita and I ordered a falafel, and we split a blueberry banana smoothie. Everything was so delish! I read online that La Panthere Verte had the best tasting falafels in the city and while I didn’t try any other falafels while I was there, it was really delicious. So, I would believe that it could be the best one! We also grabbed two cookies to go for later – peanut butter and chocolate chip. There were a few spots to sit and eat, although many people were taking their food to go. The restaurant was pretty busy while we were there, but we didn’t have any problem finding a place to sit!
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