We walked back down Rue St. Denis to the north side of Old Montreal. How wonderful it was! It looked like an old town straight out of Europe, right in the middle of a modern major city. There were old buildings and shops, cobblestone roads, people selling art on the streets, rustic cafes, and it was so cool! We walked primarily down Rue Saint Paul as well as the neighboring side streets and took in the scenery. We went into a few shops: one that was entirely Christmas-themed where we purchased a Montreal Christmas ornament, and a neat indie shop called Zone Orange. At Zone Orange, we found all sorts of handmade goods by local artists, and we purchased a printed photograph of a local landmark, Habitat 67.
We were surrounded by restaurants and cafes, so it was difficult to choose which one to stop at for a cup of coffee! I did a quick search on my phone for the best coffee in Old Montreal, and was directed to Café Luna d’Oro on Rue Saint Francois-Xavier. Justin and I both ordered a couple of delicious Café Americanos that were strong and flavorful! The coffee shop was quaint with only a few seats indoors, and there were plenty of customers passing through despite the fact that there was some construction going on right outside of the cafe. Although we didn’t order any food, there was a menu written on a chalkboard right beside where we were sitting where all of the menu items were named after planets and galaxies found in outer space (very cool!).
We continued our walk all around Old Montreal through Artist Alley. This was an area where local artists sold their sketches and paintings, mostly themed on life in Montreal and Canada. There was an adjacent small alley that led to a small outdoor art market with vendors selling mostly jewelry. It was mostly shaded by huge trees and old buildings, and provided some cool shade on a hot summer day!
From there, we continued our long walk down towards the water and Old Port. We noticed an area with all kinds of barrels, pirate flags, and ropes that looked straight out of the 1800s. It looked like maybe some props from a movie set or something. We found out that on weekends, a group performs reenactments there where people dress up in costumes from the olden days in the historic setting of Old Montreal. Since no one seemed to be around all of these props, we took it upon ourselves to take some cheesy photos amongst everything!
Next, we walked along to Old Port by the water. There was a little bridge by the water that led to a small pond with ducks and little sailboats that people could control. Visitors were also able to rent paddle boats from here. We sat on a bench for a little while and relaxed.
After our afternoon in Old Montreal and Old Port, we continued our walk up Boul de St. Laurent back towards Aux Vivres! We were able to explore more of the city this way. More about this in the next blog post! For now, here are some more pics of Old Montreal!
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