If you’re looking to explore Montréal, there’s no better way than on foot. The minute you step out the lobby doors, you’ll be immersed in a rich, beautiful culture full of details you may miss if you’re racing past in cars. Start planning your own personal Montréal walking tour by looking through our suggestions for Old Montréal, Old Port, and Montreal Chinatown.This area is famous for both historic and modern architecture. The narrow streets and limited parking provide extra incentive to explore this beautiful area on foot.
Just a short 10-minute walk from Hotel Zero-1 is the city’s oldest Catholic church, which is an absolute must-see. The stunning stained glass, altar, and arched ceilings are breath-taking. This church is truly beautiful beyond words and costs only $6 CAD to visit. It is open from 8:00AM-4:30PM. Check out their website for special events and guided tours.
After spending a few hours at the Notre-Dame Basilica, pick up some food from one of the tastiest spots in Old Montreal such as Crew Cafe, located in Montreal’s historic bank, Taberna, a Portuguese hot spot, Bistro Les Soeurs Grises, which celebrates Montreal’s Grey Nuns, or Soupe Soup, where you can try “pouding chomeur,” a classic Montreal treat. Then, head over to Champ-de-Mars, only a block and a half from the basilica, for a picnic. Located right behind the city hall, this expansive green area is a common place for locals and tourists alike to gather and relax.
Once you’ve finished your picnic, head into City Hall to stand in awe of the 19th-century architecture and learn about Montreal’s rich history. This iconic structure features free entrance and is an excellent, quick stop to cool off (or warm up) during your Montreal walking tour.
Old Port of Montréal
Once you’ve toured city hall, take a short (less than 10 minutes) walk down to Montreal Old Port. This area has over 6 million visitors every year and for good reason. The cobbled streets and waterfront path feature views of every type of boat and are sure to make you fall in love. If you’re looking to explore more than just what you can see on foot, fly above the water on the zip line, get on the water on a paddleboat, or rent a Segway or bicycle so you can take in as much beauty as possible without sacrificing being immersed in this magnificent area. If that isn’t enough for you, there’s the Science Centre, man-made beach, and tons of restaurant and boutiques for you to explore here as well.
As you start to head home for the day, be sure to stop by Montréal’s Chinatown. Stop by the entrance gate to take a picture, then go for dinner at one of the many Chinese restaurant options lining the street. Check out the shops and stalls for souvenirs to bring back for your loved ones (or yourself!). Then it’s just a short, three-minute walk back to Hotel Zero-1 to recharge before enjoying cocktails and tapas our renowned restaurant and bar, Z Tapas Lounge.