WHAT IS IN STORE OR MONTREAL GRAND PRIX
With Montreal’s 2013 Grand Prix Festival just around the corner, scheduled this year for June 6th to June 9th, we’ve decided to give you a City Guide – Listing Montreal’s favourite hot spots, to make sure your Grand Prix Weekend is perfect. With the unpredictable weather these past few weeks, let’s hope for clear skies to kick off this summer’s series of Grand Prix A-list events.
EVENTS TO NOTE
On June 8th, Velvet speakeasy welcomes you to the Cirque du Grand Prix event. Entertainment so far includes DJs, Sleepy&Boo, and Julian Prince from New York. Tickets can be purchased online.
EATS AND TREATS
Montreal is known for its wonderfully diverse restaurants. We suggest you start your day off with a breakfast or brunch. For the best luxe setting, we recommend you make reservations at XO a L’Hotel St. James – you will not be disappointed. And for a more casual experience, check out Le Cartet on McGill street near Wellington – but get there early, as this is a fav spot amongst Montrealers!
SHOP ‘TILL YOU DROP
After enjoying the finest foods and wine, how about checking out some of the city’s best designer boutiques. For the perfect high end menswear, take a stroll to Peel street and stop by L’Uomo Montreal – which have brands like Bottega Veneta, Prada. Kiton and Zegna.
Then head to the Old Port – there are so many to name here. One in particular to note for the more fashion-forward lovers, is Reborn on St. Paul W. Stay in Old Montreal and head to St. Jacques street, where you will find a great shop called Vault, with accessories from Bally, Canali and Rimowa to name a few. Another cool spot is Want –Apothecary, if you are in the Westmount area.
GRAND PRIX HOSPITALITY
Most of Montreal’s more lavish hotels, have special Grand Prix packages. A few that we recommend, are the W Hotel, Hotel Gault, and L’ Hotel St-James; all located at the heart of the Old Port – Montreal’s go-to spot for a luxurious experience, surrounded by the city’s urban elite. We also recommend you visit the beautiful revamped Ritz Carlton, and the St-Germain hotel, both in the Downtown Montreal.
Relax and get your beauty on at the following top spots in Montreal. Spa on the water you ask? We’ve got that with Bota Bota Spa sur l’eau, a luxe setting in the Old Port for a perfect getaway. If you need to get that perfect glow for a night out on the town, we suggest you head to Esther Morin Medispa and get the Photorejuvenation treatment! (You will thank us later) An ultra-private setting that you will love. If you are staying at a hotel and wish to stay there, you can! We recommend you definitely reserve some “me-time” at L’Hotel St. James` Rainspa, at the W or even Le Spa by Vimont at Hotel Gault.
Want to get away from it all, but not in the mood to visit a spa? We understand. In that case, head South West and visit the Atwater Market area. Where you can walk along the canal (or rent a bike), stroll through the farmers` stands, with the freshest of fruits and veggies, pick up a perfect croissant at the Premiere Moisson or Pain D’Ore – or even just indulge on delicious ice cream! Griffintown / Atwater Market is such a great place to unwind.
Montreal is truly a wonderful city and we cannot mention all the best places, but try we did, and hope that THE LIST of Hot Spots will make your GPX weekend even better.