We all know what to do in Toronto, (if not, here's a bunch of ideas) but a lot of Torontonians don't know what to do when they are in Montreal, since there are just SO many restaurant, bars and so on.

If you are planning on leaving the city for the long weekend, here's the ultimate list to ensure you have the best weekend ever in Montreal, whether you are with some guy friends, your girl squad or you significant other.

PS. These lists will have you exploring a lot of different areas in the city, so make sure to buy a weekend all-access subway pass.

PPS. These are NOT your average tourist spots; these spots have been hand-picked by a TRUE Montrealer (cough, me).

Weekend Itinerary #1: For The Guys 

Start the day with breakfast & beer at 'Station Des Sports' on Sainte-Catherine Street.


Here are some fun activities for afternoons:

Bowling at Le Forum. There is also a movie theatre in the establishment.


Pool at Sharx, one of Downtown Montreal's most renown place.


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Karting and Paintball at Action 500, the largest indoor karting centre in Canada.


Book a table at Joe Beef for dinner or dress up to meet some girls at one of those 10 upscale Montreal restaurants.


Here are 4 options to go out, depending on your vibe:

Get drunk with your boys at Brutopia, a small pub on Crescent Street.

Go dance, play pool and forget your name at Fitzroy, one of the best bars in the Plateau (artsy area).

Watch a hockey game at Peel Pub.

Go to New City Gas, a massive & vibrant dance club in an 1859 industrial space, with DJs and outdoor space.


Photo cred - naeem.adam

Finish the night with a poutine at La Banquise (open 24/7) or Chez Paré, the best gentlemen's club in Montreal.


On the next day, you can have coffee (or drinks) and play some board games at Randolph, on Saint-Denis Street.

If you have more time, here's a list of other fun things to do in Montreal with your crew + a list of all the best video game bars.


Weekend Itinerary #2: For Girl Squad

Start the day with mimosas and a delicious Spanish inspired brunch at Mesón, in Villeray, a cozy residential area in Montreal.


Then head downtown for an appointment at Le Manoir, the best place to get your nails done.


If it's warm outside, take a long walk until the Old Port, to relax in the nordic baths of the Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau.


Before a long nap and few hours to get ready for the night, get a reservation at Grinder, in the heart of Griffintown. This neighbourhood (southwest of Montreal) is very dynamic and trendy right now. The warm restaurant offers a good choice of meats, wine, seafood, and it has a raw bar.

Here are 9 other amazing places to eat with your squad in Montreal if you are looking for another type of cuisine.


Here are 3 ways to discover Montreal's nightlife after dinner: 

At Flyjin, an upscale night club in the Old Port, well-known by celebrities.

Photo cred - apt200mtl

At Apt. 200, if you feel like having a wild night on the Saint-Laurent strip.


Try any tavern/bar on Mont-Royal Street, in the heart of the Plateau, a more bohemian area of the city. We recommend Les Torchés, le Saint-Sacrement and la Taverne Normand.


On the next day, cure your hangover at Fabergé, a nice brunch place in the Mile-End. When you feel better, visit the small independent boutiques in the area.

If you still have some time left, here's a list of ‘Ladies Only’ nights in Montreal.


Weekend Itinerary #3: For couples 

Have brunch at Le Bon Vivant, an industrial-chic restaurant in the cozy Saint-Henri area.


Take a long walk in the Old Port, the most romantic thing you can do in Montreal right now.


Take a mini trip to California and share a poke bowl at Venice MTL, still in the Old Port. To digest, rent a bike (bixi) and take the bicycle path until the Lachine Canal.


Photo cred - Janice Lawandi

Have diner in Montreal's Little Italy. Impasto is particularly romantic. With intimate seating and amazing service, you’ll definitely feel like the only two people in the room.

You could also try one of the 10 Montreal restaurants to take your significant other before having sex. 


Finish the night with some cocktails at the W Montreal Hotel, before going up to your suite.


Make sure to try the breakfast menu at their new restaurant, ÊAT, before leaving the hotel on the next morning.

If you still got some time, check out the list of Montreal things to do with your s/o this month, or this one: unique late night date ideas in Montreal.


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