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Baby Jack Visits Montreal: A Montreal Travel Guide

May 21, 2012

Baby Jack and I just returned from Montreal, where we went to the beautiful wedding of Frederic and Mathilda, and boy did we love it!  Heading to Montreal soon? You should stay at the Hotel Nelligan!! The gorgeous rooms of Hotel Nelligan keep you relaxed and pampered right at the center of Vieux Montreal, the old city.  Vieux Montreal is currently the hippest neighborhood in Montreal, with great restaurants such as Le Bremner (sit at the bar to booze and schmooze with the locals) just down the street to the Est, great shopping such as Espace Pepin just down the street to the Ouest, and nearby lunch and brunching at Olive et Gourmando and Cartet, all along Rue Saint-Paul, the street of Hotel Nelligan. 

Hotel Nelligan Olive et Gourmando Rooftop Terrace at Hotel Nelligan

And if you’re traveling with a toddler or baby like we were, you’ll be happy to know there’s an indoor play space of Vieux Montreal just a short walk away too, through the Williamsburg, Brooklyn-esque streets west of Rue McGill.  The wonderful baby gym is called Gym Petit Prince.  We went for Jack’s 7-month birthday!!  We felt so lucky to find this gorgeous playspace, since it just opened on April 12, 2012! Gym Petit Prince

To venture out of your petite Soho experience, take a taxi to Schwartz’s for the famous smoked meat sandwich, to Fairmount Bagels for the sweeter and chewier Montreal bagel, and walk along Rue St. Denis for boutique shopping.  We loved Le Faon on Rue St. Denis for baby clothes and accessories.  They carry clothing by Zutano and Mayoral, cute serving pieces from Skip Hop and Boon, and of course cute dolls and stuffed animals. Le Foan Schwartz’s, famous for its delicious smoked meat sandwiches.  Also is Celine Dion’s favorite restaurant, which her husband bought for her a few year’s ago. Side street near Rue St. Denis Picnic at Jeanne-Mance Park Montreal City Hall   Olive et Gourmando Upside-down Pineapple Cake with Ice Cream – Dessert at Le Bremner

Additional recommendations from the wedding couple, Mathilda and Fred:


Philemon BarRight across from Hotel Nelligan, this place was popular every night.  Arrive before 9 to get a good table.  11 Saint-Paul Ouest


Chez l’épicierAnother eatery on Rue St. Paul.
311 Rue Saint-Paul E, Montreal, QC H2Y 1H3   (514) 878-2232

Joe BeefInsane seafood platters and the best lobster pasta in town.
2491, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1N6    (514) 935-6504

Kitchen Gallerie PoissonSmall hole in the wall in the Vieux, creative ans delicious. 399, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1V2 (514) 439-6886 ‎

DaouSimply the best Lebanese cuisine.
2373 Marcel-Laurin Boul, Saint-Laurent, QC H4R-1K4 (514) 334-1199

LeméacAlso recommended for brunch.
1045, Avenue Laurier Ouest, Montréal, QC H2V-2L1 (514) 270-0999

L’Entrecote St-JeanA classic steak frites with profiteroles au chocolat for dessert!  2022 Peel Rue, Montreal, QC H3A-1W5 (514) 281-6492

Au Pied de CochonThe best cuisine from Quebec (aka cuisine du terroir).
536 Ave Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2L-1A9 (514) 281-1114

Bistro L’Entrepontbring your own wine restaurant
4622 Av De L’Hotel-De-Ville, Montreal (514) 845-1369


93, avenue Du Mont-Royal Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2S5 (514) 849-8883

Toi, moi et café
244 Avenue Laurier Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2N8 (514) 279-9599

Restaurant l’Avenue
922 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est,, Montréal (514) 523-8780

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 21, 2012 7:20 pm

    Very cute weekend in snapshots! Your son is adorable. Montreal looks like a super fun place to visit. I’ve only been to the west coast in Canada but my sister lived in Quebec City and loved it!

  2. May 21, 2012 9:06 pm

    Thanks Ana! Yes, Montreal was so cool! Like Quebec City, everyone spoke French so it felt a bit like being in France!

  3. Margareta permalink
    September 12, 2012 10:04 pm

    Margareta-Gym Petit Prince-Montréal

    En regardent sur internet pour vérifier le site du mon gym ( et je suis tombé sur ton blog.J’ai toute suite reconnu le beau petit Jack et j’ai aussi vu les photos de mon gym. Je suis très contente que vous avez aimé le gym et je te remercie beaucoup d’avoir mettre les photos de mon gym sur ton blog.
    Je veux vous envoyer d’autres photos avec des enfants au gym et à la halte garderie sur l’adresse email que vous m’avez laissée et j’aimerais voir comment Jack il a grandit depuis.

  4. September 12, 2012 10:16 pm

    Margareta-Gym Petit Prince-Montréal

    In looking on the internet to check the website of my gym ( and I came across your blog.I immediately recognized all the cute little Jack and I also saw the pictures of my gym. I am very glad you liked the gym and I thank you very much for putting pictures of my gym on your blog.I want to send you more photos with children at the gym and nursery on the email address that you left me and I’d like to see how it has grown since Jack.

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