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“old port”(35 reviews)
This lively Montreal plaza is a gathering place for natives and tourists, who enjoy the outdoor restaurants and performing peddlers.
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Between rue Notre-Dame and rue de la Commune, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is pretty much a center walking area within Old Montreal. It is a wide lane that stretches a few blocks which intersect with Norte Dame St and St Paul St. Adjacent are the Montreal City Hall, Chateau Ramezay, Vauquelin Place/fountain, and a number of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

It was lovely to stroll around and admire the architecture. Fell in love with it. A day was not enough to take it all in.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

A pleasant square built on a hill down to the waterfront. Full of eating places and shops and the occasional busker. Nelson's column dominates the top end of the square. Nice but really nothing special.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ray W
Reviewed October 23, 2018

This is a centrepiece of Old Montreal, a large open square with lots of sidewalk cafes and quaint shops.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

This is a really nice walking area in Old Montreal. It feels very European. There are vendors, street performers, restaurants, and shops. At night the city projects a movie for kids onto the side of one of the buildings. There's lots to do here.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

Not much to see here although Nelson’s Column is impressive. The square is lined with restaurants and tourist shops. It’s a nice place to eat out and people watch. That’s about it as it’s essentially a tourist hub.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

This is a nice area, full of shops and cafes and performing artists. It is a great place to spend some time on a sunny day. History. I felt transported to France.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Hawaiiantaco
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Start you day off early on Rue St. Paul walking toward the Place d'Armes and the Notre Dame Basilica. Go through the Pointe a Calliere Museum to see the fantastic history of Montreal. This will take you @ 3-4 hours. Then end you morning by...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank John M
Reviewed October 2, 2018

This is a beautiful area for strolling. It has many nice shops, restaurants, artists, music, and more.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank KathleenW326
Reviewed September 28, 2018

A charming area of Montreal to wander around, lots of little shops, cafes, restaurants and stalls to spend some time viewing, just soak in the atmosphere of this lovely area of old town.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Sarasota, Florida
Taxi Stand Near Place Jacques Cartier (2 Replies)
Is there a taxi stand near Place Jacques-Cartier? My husband can't walk far, so I thought that we could walk from our hotel (Westin) to Place Jacques Cartier seeing some sights along the way, and then catch a taxi back to the hotel. Thanks
September 18, 2014|
Response fromgros c|
Its like a 5 minute walk, make sure to tell cab driver they will get a good tip. There are cabs waiting at the St. Paul st crossing. Perhaps consider a carriage ride instead.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Please advise on our 3 day itinerary for September ++ (16 Replies)
Hi all, Mom and I will be visiting one long weekend soon! Please advise on our itinerary, if it "makes sense". I would also like to go to the Museum of Fine Arts maybe, please advise which day it may fit best. Day 1 - 9/9 Fri Arrival 2:53 pm Hotel check-in W Hotel Quartier des Spectacles -- or what else may we do in between check-in and dinner? Notkins reservations 7 pm Day 2 - 9/10 Sat Old Montreal Rue St-Paul Notre-Dame Basilica Place Jacques-Cartier Old Port of...More
August 26, 2016|
Response fromPamplemousse87|
Oh!! also, where do we go for great (high-end) shopping? :-) thanks!
Tampa, Florida
Montreal in June (6 Replies)
Hello My Friends from the North. We are coming up for 7 days in late June (19th - 26th)....staying at a Airbnb in the center of Old Montreal. I have already read a lot online and the various feedback here so have a good idea of things we want to do (wife, girls 17 & 12). Obviously probably a lot of shopping :) I did have a few questions for the local Montreal experts: 1. Read about the Plateau Neighborhood and want to spend an afternoon there and grab dinner. What streets are...More
January 12, 2018|
Response fromFLSpartan|
Thank you for the reply. That is good to hear that we will be there for that Holiday. When you say everything will be closed, you mean on that holiday? Are restaurants open on that holiday? Unsure if it's different from the U.S. Thanks again