Montreal in 48 Hours – Make the Most of Your Trip

Montreal easily ranks among the most amazing cities not just in Canada but in North America as a whole. It is worth visiting because:

  • It is the most European-looking place in North America
  • It is home to some of the largest food markets in the country
  • It has many museums and incredible landmarks
  • It is a very nice foodie destination

But what if you have only 48 hours to explore Montreal? Many people enjoy getting around the City of Festivals on a bike. However, if you are pressed by time, we’d recommend you to rent a car in Montreal. After all, Montreal is one of the 10 largest cities in North America. So, if you want to have an action-packed stay in the City of Saints, you should better equip yourself with a nice pair of wheels.

Where to stay

That may sound like the most logical option but booking a room in Downtown Montreal is a very strategic move if you are planning to stay in the city for just a couple of days. By doing so you will have quick access to all the best sights and restaurants. The only downside – Downtown hotels tend to be pricier.

Pictured: Montreal skyline

Where to go

Montreal is a city that is made up of neighbourhoods that are very different from one another. That is why, if you plan your itinerary well, by the end of your trip, you will feel as if you have visited not one but at least 10 separate places. Old Montreal or Vieux-Montreal is the most charming parts of the city. It looks quite European and here you will find stunning attractions such as the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, Old Port of Montreal and many other fantastic places. If you want to experience the more colourful and artistic side of the city, head to Mile-Ex (Mile End) which is a hot spot for musicians, writers and artists or Le Plateau-Mont-Royal where you can see that city living can also include vibrant street murals, bearable traffic, lakes and gardens or charming cafes and patisseries.

If you want to explore the top local landmarks, again focus your attention on Downtown Montreal, where you can see the 19th-century St Patrick’s Basilica, Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral or Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

What and where to eat

You can’t leave Montreal without trying out some of the local specialities. Poutine, also known as the national dish of Canada, is like a symbol of Quebec and one of the best places to enjoy it is in Montreal. The same goes for smoked meat which is yet another local delicacy. Every self-respected restaurant in the city has this dish on its menu. Visit Mile End if you want to taste the notorious Montreal bagel and make a trip to Chinatown to get yourself some dragon beard candy. You’ll thank us later! All in all, Montreal’s foodie scene is unbelievably versatile. The city is home to large Italian, Caribbean, Spanish and Jewish communities so you can easily take your palate on a trip around the world of culinary masterpieces when you are in Quebec’s Metropolis.