“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
Originally fortified by 18-foot stone walls, old Montréal takes you back almost four hundred years when the city's streets were paved in cobblestone and the buildings built in stone. The fortifications were removed in the early 1800s, but the city took care to preserve this historic district. Take a stroll down Place Jacques-Cartier to see the various vendors, artists and street performers. The famous neo-Gothic Notre-Dame Basilica built in 1829 sits between rues Notre Dame and St-Sulpice. Old Town offers many unique boutiques for the avid shopper. Restaurants fall on the expensive side but the décor of the old buildings provides a charming atmosphere. Locals visit Old Town for cinq a sept (happy hour). Two popular spots are celeb chef Chuck Hughes' Garde-Manger and Le Bremner. If you prefer quiet dining, opt for the second where Hughes still cooks the meals. For mainstream luxury accommodation try The W Hotel.