Montreal Trip – Vieux Montreal / Old Montreal and Old Port

Old Montreal

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.

Old Montreal

Old Montreal

Old Montreal

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!).

Old Montreal - Cafe Luna D'Oro

Old Montreal - Cafe Luna D'Oro

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!

Old Montreal

Old Montreal

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!

Old Montreal

Old Montreal

Old Montreal

Old Montreal

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.

Old Port

Old Port

Old Port

Old Port

Old Port

Old Port

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!

Old Montreal

Old Montreal

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

18 Responses

  1. vegan miam
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    Such a cute gem! Old Port by the water looks amazing! thanks for sharing your travel photos!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Thank you for reading and checking out all of the pics! It is a great place to walk around and take in all of the scenery! We both really loved Montreal and hope to be back sometime soon!

  2. Agness
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    What a great day! I would do exactly the same when in Montreal – a walk through the city and a quick coffee in between. I’m glad the weather was so amazing!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      The weather was awesome when we were there! The first day was a bit rainy so we did more indoor activities that day, but the rest was beautiful for walking everywhere!

  3. Adelina | Pack Me To
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    I love Montreal! Such a great walking city. My mom loves that Christmas store. I find it too funny that there is a whole store dedicated to Christmas decorations.

    • Justin and Lauren
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      We just stumbled upon the Christmas store and couldn’t resist going inside 🙂 It is great to walk around everywhere! The subway system is really good there, too!

  4. CarmensTravelTips
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    Never been to Montreal but some of my best friends are from there. I look forward to visiting one day.

  5. Dave
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    Montreal is such a fun city to wander around, isn’t it? The walk downhill to this part of town was really nice when my wife and I visited a few years ago. That’s great that you guys were able to track down some local handicrafts, we’ll have to check out that place the next time we’re back there.

    • Justin and Lauren
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      I loved walking down into Old Montreal for the first time, it was quite magical going from a regular city into a charming, seemingly European looking town 🙂

  6. FrankAboutCroatia
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    Thanks for sharing, guys, you just reminded us how much we love Montreal. This is by far our favorite city in the world. If it wasn’t for the winter, we would move permanently to Montreal.

    • Justin and Lauren
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      I’ve thought about moving to Montreal! It would be difficult to work there I think without speaking French. You can definitely get by as a tourist, but I think to work there you probably have to be bilingual. It is a great city though and I love it there!

  7. Ashley Hubbard
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    I’ve never been to Montreal but I would love to! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler!

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