There’s no better way to take in a new city than through the eyes of a local.
Especially when that local has unparalleled access to the hottest restaurants, bars, cafes, and everything else you’d never find on the map they hand out at your hotel.
A metaphorical key to the city, you might say.
That’s why we enlisted the help of TV star and model Maripier Morin to show us what really makes Montreal such a special city.
Morin has already given us a glimpse into her personal life – now, she’s revealing where and how she loves to spend her precious moments of ‘me’ time.
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From go-to dining hot spots to an idyllic escape from the bustle of downtown, here’s how to live it up like Maripier in Montreal…
What’s your favourite part about Montreal in the summer?
The festivals! There’s a reason they called it the “City of Festivals.” FrancoFolies, Jazz Fest, and Just for Laughs are just a few that stand out. I love the vibrant energy that radiates from the city. People become alive again in the summer.
What’s one thing everyone should do during winter in Montreal?
Hide! Stay in and cook.
Your favourite place for breakfast? Lunch? Dinner?
Breakfast: Byblos. It’s a small Iranian café; the feta omelette is to die for!
Lunch: Venice in the Old Montreal for their tuna poke bowls and tacos.
Dinner: Le Bremner, which is also one of my favourite cocktail places. All of their delicious food and drinks are made from scratch.
Patio: The Beatrice terrasse is a gem during the summer months. I love the lively and chic atmosphere right in the heart of downtown Montreal.
Where’s your favourite place to shop?
Saint-Catherine is home to everything I need – especially the Michael Kors store in OGILVY. Window shoppers beware: I think I leave with a new must-have every time I stop by.
Where’s the best place to get some “me” time in Montreal?
Bota Bota Spa for a variety of amazing treatments and spectacular downtown views.
Where do you go when you need an escape from Montreal without leaving the city?
Parc Lafontaine. It really takes you to another world, free from the bustle that defines downtown.
What’s the best way to experience Montreal’s unique culture?
Taking in all the different festivals throughout the summer.
What’s the first place you show friends visiting from out of town?
The Old Port. I always make sure to stop at all of the fantastic galleries on Rue Saint-Paul.
What’s one of the most under-appreciated parts of Montreal?
Verdun, which is a neighbourhood along the St. Lawrence River. It has a lot beautiful green spaces and there’s something special about being along the Canal Lachine.
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