The bustling cosmopolitan city of Montréal is jammed packed with jaw dropping cityscapes, cutting edge culture, arty boutiques and fine dining galore. But don’t mistake Montréal for just any other city. Not only is this city bubbling with a mixture of cultures, but its picture perfect neighbourhoods are bound to leave you jealous and art here is just as important as the air we breathe. We could go on, but really the best way is for you to go see it for yourself. And don’t be fooled by the distance, this gem is only a hop, skip and jump over the pond, which makes Montréal the perfect destination for that long weekend getaway. So, pack your bags, jump on the plane and get ready for a unique city break to remember.

wander the streets

Here at Black Tomato we believe the best way to really feel the vibe of a city is by exploring it on foot. So once you’ve checked into the Loft Hotel, hit the pavement and move to the pulsating rhythms that run through Montréal’s streets. Head Downtown for an artistic adventure for this part of town is a feast for you eyes. All around the streets are dotted with pieces of art that we think are worthy of a space at the Tate. Marvel at the facade of the McCord Museum for some authentic Inuit art, or stroll through the Sculpture Garden at the Canadian Centre for Architecture for some edgy urban inspiration. Uncover the Old Port with its picturesque cobbled streets lined with hip boutiques and cafés. Sit back, relax and sip your latte against the backdrop of the mountains and the St Lawrence River, while watching Montréal’s effortlessly stylish inhabitants saunter by.  For some bohemian magic, walk to the free spirited creative district of Mont Royal and Plateau. Think wrought iron stair cases, old style stone buildings, and funky vintage stores and boutiques to keep any shopaholic at bay.

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taste the city delights

Being such a multicultural hotspot it’s no wonder that this fine city boasts a dazzling array of flavours drawn from all over the globe. Café culture is big in Montréal, and weekend brunches are taken very seriously. Expect to find these urban boltholes packed with young city dwellers enjoying freshly baked pastries, and steaming waffles of course loaded with Canada’s sweet nectar, maple syrup. Want to uncover the secrets of Montréal fare? We’ll team you up with your own personal guide to show you Little Italy while the aromas from the charming Trattoria’s seduce you into a Mediterranean frenzy.

But if you really want to get under the skin of Québécois cuisine, why not find out with a cookery lesson. In the safe hands of a top chef you can learn the ins and outs of this fine cuisine, and of course taste the fruits of your labour after washed down with some fine wine. If you’re not a diehard foodie, then prop up the bar with a mixologist and create the ultimate cocktail. Guaranteed to make you the envy of all your pals when you get back home.

urban adventures

For those that enjoy life in the fast lane and the great outdoors, then Montréal will leave you exhilarated. The city is hot on its cycling and with a cycling network of over 502 km how could you blame them. Bixi Bikes are available to rent all over town, so hop on your wheels and get peddling. Adrenaline junkies will be in heaven on board a jet boat, speeding along the St Lawrence River it’s a thrilling, scenic and unforgettable ride. But if you want the best views of this city, then let us fill you on a little secret – nothing beats taking to the skies in a floatplane. We’ll book you one all to yourself so you can truly be amazed by the settings that makes this a special city burst with a unique character.