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Taking just 48 hours in a city is always never enough time, though often that is all our schedules can afford us. This past month, in Montréal that’s all I had time for on ground. I wanted to make the most of my time and was sure that I would see the majority of the main sites and not miss the local places I heard everyone talk about.

What was a pretty well-rounded trip to this incredibly, diverse city, I managed to hit almost every spot on my must-see list. It was a balanced two days of good food, sights, and experiences that are unique to Montréal.

So here’s how to spend 48 hours in Montréal…

Day 1

9 am

Breakfast at Tommy Cafê, grab a coffee and pastry in a charming space.

10 am

Explore a few of the exhibits on show at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.

11:30 am

Be in wonder by modern art at the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal.

1 pm

Take a late lunch at Toqué! which is right by the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal in a fun space, serving up French-inspired dishes.

2 pm

Make the walk to Old Montreal with a stop at the incredible library called Centre des Archives nationales du Quebec on the way to visit the iconic shops and cafes in the historic district.

3:30 pm

An afternoon coffee is always a good idea, try a cappuccino from Flyjin.

4:00 pm

Head to the famous Basilique Notre-Dame to tour around (closes at 4:30).

6:00 pm

Rooftop drinks at Hôtel Nelligan to watch the sunset.

7:30 pm

Dinner at Le Serpent, where playful, rustic dishes meet an incredible interior.

Day 2

9:00 am

Start the day with breakfast at Olive et Gourmando.

10:30 am

Take a bike tour with Fitz & Follwell on the Hoods & Hidden Gem Tour where you’ll discover the area of Plateau Mont-Royal.

3:30 pm

Make the climb to Parc Mont Royal for one of the most beautiful views in the city

6:00 pm

Explore the Quays of the Old Port

7:30 pm

Dinner at Bouillon Bilk for elevated, modern, french-inspired cuisine

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