A Week In Montreal

 

If you follow us on Instagram you probably already know that I recently went to the East Coast for 2.5 weeks and visited 8+ cities. Yes it was crazy and I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation, but it was well worth it. One of my favorite places I got to visit was Montreal. It was my first time there and my first time in Canada. I was pretty excited to see what my neighbors to the North had to offer, and boy, I was not disappointed! 

The Food:

If you know me at all, you know I love food...like a lot! Needless to say, the food was by far my favorite part. Montreal surprised the hell out of me by having a plethora of gluten/dairy free options at almost every place I went. Before going to Montreal I prepared myself for having to sit out on the enjoyment of French foods and settle for salads and bun-less sandwiches, like I usually do. But French Canada came through for your girl and my two favorite words became "sans gluten" real quick! I got to enjoy crepes, Italian food, bakeries, and even poutine. 

Some of my favorites:

Boulangerie Le Marquis

- All gluten free/mostly dairy free bakery (from heaven).

This bakery was by far my favorite place of the trip. I honestly wish I could have tried everything and then gotten 5 more to go! That flaky apple pastry still baffles me. I've never had GF/DF pastries that taste that close to the actual buttery gluteny French goodness. I can't even speak, this pastry deserves a moment of silence. 

La Banquise

- Poutine

This place has insane amounts of poutine options, including a GF/DF version. French fries, gravy, cheese, I added meats...need I say more!

Restaurant Ottavio

- Italian with a gluten free menu.

I can't tell you how often I crave Italian, I mean it's in my blood after all, but usually I can't partake in any of my favorites. This restaurant had so many gluten free options, including dessert! Oh and if you're wondering what I got, it was pizza, duh!

Maisonneuve Market & Atwater Market

- Markets galore!

The markets in Montreal are probably the best I've ever been to. The first market I went to was the Maisonneuve Market. There I got delish foie gras mousse and duck rillettes to spread on a GF bread loaf for lunch and a GF blueberry muffin for dessert, all from Première Moisson. But my favorite market by far was the Atwater Market. This place had so much fresh fruit and veg, all the maple flavored things you could ever want, and some amazing Jamón ibérico (aka fancy ham) at the butcher. In fact, I liked this market so much I contemplated moving in and not leaving until I ate all the things!

The Fun:

The thing I was most excited to see in Montreal was the street art. Someone on Instagram had mentioned a mural festival that happens in the Summer, and from then on I was determined to seek out all the art I could find! The best place I found was Rue St. Laurent. This is a street full of buildings that are covered in beautiful murals everywhere you turn (as well as food and shops, but priorities!). 

Speaking of festivals, on my last night in Montreal the Montréal Cirque Festival was going on. This was an experience for sure and I'll be honest, I didn't know what I was in for. Maybe the best way to describe it is avant-garde, it was weird, but in the coolest way. There was an interactive acrobatic circus group that I'm pretty sure were just ravers, a comedic act on stilts, a comedic act focused around hilariously weird inventions, men with fishbowls on their heads, and giant puppets. Oh, and I can't forget the men in the windows. One was playing a flute with a stuffed penis playing another instrument and the other was a cook that only wore an apron and liked to show off his buns. It was so whimsical and it was all in French, so I didn't understand a lick of it, but I still had an amazing time. If you find yourself in Montreal in the Summer, I would definitely look into the festivals!

If you followed along on my adventures on our Instagram stories, I hope you enjoyed seeing what I got up to in each city. And hopefully after reading this post you'll have some ideas for your next trip to Montreal! It truly is a charming city and I can't wait to go back and eat more sans gluten things next time!