If you have just two days in Montreal, you’ll have ample time to explore the European-style architecture of Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal), visit some of the city’s ethnic enclaves, and dive into Montreal’s excellent food and craft beer scenes. Here is how to get the most out of 48 hours in Montreal, Quebec’s cultural capital.
Devote your morning to the downtown area, where most of Montreal’s major sights are concentrated. Take a guided tour around Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal), home to Notre-Dame Basilica, the Old Port, and Place d’Armes, or tour the top sights by hop-on hop-off bus tour, getting off to explore whenever you choose.
Snack your way through some of Montreal’s best foodie hot spots. Food tours typically focus on ethnic enclaves such as Little Italy or Chinatown, or Mile End, a trendy neighborhood full of brewpubs, restaurants, butchers, third-wave cafés, and Montreal’s most famous bagel shops: St-Viateur and Fairmount.
As darkness falls, delve into Montreal’s many unexplained mysteries with a ghost tour. Choose a tour that focuses on the history-steeped streets of Old Montreal, the oldest part of the city, or opt to tour Griffintown, a once-industrial neighborhood along the Lachine Canal.
Having seen the city from ground level, it’s time to appreciate the sights from a new perspective. Zoom up to the 44th-floor observation platform at Place Ville Marie, or ride a glass-enclosed cable car up 541 feet (165 meters) at the Montreal Tower. For an even more spectacular aerial view, take a helicopter tour over the city.
Dedicate the afternoon to discovering the local beverage scene. With so many craft breweries and brewpubs dotted around town, it’s helpful and efficient to take a guided beer tour. Non-beer drinkers may prefer a tea-themed tour with teahouse visits and tastings.
Celebrate your final night in Montreal with a romantic meal to remember. Head back to Place Ville Marie for sky-high dining at the 44th-floor restaurant, or take a dinner cruise along the St. Lawrence River, during which you’ll enjoy a multicourse meal while sailing past the twinkling city lights.