If a weekend culinary getaway with great dining, colorful farmers’ markets, and fun festivals – all with a French flair – sounds good to you, then Montreal is the perfect city. Only a 50-minute flight from Laguardia airport, Montreal couldn’t be more convenient, and clearing customs in Canada on the return makes it even easier.
The dining here is legendary and legendarily meaty (perfectly embodied by the aptly named Joe Beef or iconic Au Pied du Cochon), although you can also find delicious lighter fare at Estiatorio Milos and Foxy. Be sure to visit the amazing markets like Jean Talon in Little Italy or the more upscale and slightly pricier Atwater Market. Both are full of local vendors and the freshest produce and foodie souvenirs.
Fortunately, the city also offers plenty of opportunities to burn off those calories. There are beautiful parks (le Mont Royal is full of walking and hiking trails), Lachine Bike Path, and more summer festivals and concerts than one person could possibly attend.
My favorite hotels are the newly opened, ultra-modern and impressive Four Seasons and the stellar Ritz Carlton with a more traditional look. Consider extending your trip with a few days in Quebec City, a real charmer that feels just like France. If you’re a foodie-focused traveler who plans dining the minute flights are booked, then Montreal is for you. Dig in!
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