Rich with a joie de vivre attitude and vibrant culture, Montreal is perfect for a weekend away with your girlfriends. It oozes Parisian vibes, without the international price tag. Like the Europeans, Montreal locals love to eat, drink and play. From the preserved colonial mansions in Old Montreal to the views at the top of Mount Royal, there is so much history to explore in the city. Whether you’re celebrating a bachelorette party or just need a girlfriend’s weekend trip, this lively Canadian city is a must-visit for you and the ladies in your life. Read on for our guide to a girls’ getaway in Montreal, whether you’re a Torontonian in search of a quick escape or a Prairies gal looking for an adventure.
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Reach new heights at Mont Royal
If you wander west of downtown Montreal, you will eventually encounter the stunning views of Mont Royal. This iconic “small” mountain not only gave the city its name, it is also hard to miss. Situated on this hill is Mount Royal Park, which spans almost 500 acres. It’s a popular tourist destination and boasts picturesque views of downtown Montreal. As one of the city’s largest green spaces, it’s perfect for a stroll with your girlfriends or an impromptu photoshoot. For the selfie-loving girl in your group of friends, you already know that a requisite stop at this Montreal landmark will be in the cards.
Treat yourself to shopping on Sainte-Catherine Street
Sainte-Catherine Street in Montreal is synonymous with shopping, and fine Montreal shopping at that. It’s lined with boutiques, department stores like the Quebec-based retailer Simons and shopping centres such as the Centre Eaton. Start at Saint-Laurent Boulevard then head west for the ultimate shopping experience. With Montreal having a reputation as Canada’s sartorial capital, the fashionista in your crowd will surely want to stop here for some retail therapy.
Relax by the water at BOTA BOTA
This unique spa-on-the-water is anchored to the Old Port of Montreal. It offers an oasis for classic spa relaxation combined with the natural rocking of the St. Lawrence River. The spa features Nordic baths and thermotherapy. After a day exploring Montreal, a dry sauna or steam bath is just what the doctor ordered. Whether you’re unwinding after a night on the town or specifically visiting Montreal for a spa trip, there is nothing wrong with indulging in self-care and allowing yourself to relax.
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Indulge in French Cuisine at Chasse-Galerie
With less than a dozen items on their menu, Chasse-Galerie is the epitome of fine dining in Montreal. Located in a sub-basement, the restaurant gets a cozy ambiance from its low ceilings and exposed brick walls. The French-Canadian inspired menu features buffalo and whelk, which are also known as sea snails. Depending on how hungry your group is you can choose between three, six or ten courses.
Get bubbly at La Champagnerie
A weekend with your girls deserves a toast. Why not go all out and raise a glasses of the good stuff at La Champagnerie? This champagne and sparkling wine bar is known for the unique way they open bottles of bubbly. Contrary to the traditional, and often messy, way we’ve all come to know; La Champagnerie claims to use a technique called sabrage. If you’re feeling brave, you can try your hand at cutting off the cork and bottles tip with a clean sweep of a sabre. Either way, a glass of champagne can help you kickstart your night, or perhaps even start your afternoon on a party-ready note!