Have you heard of the Quartier du Musée?

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Marie-Josee Roy

Experience downtown Montreal at its finest at the Quartier du Musée, where it’s all about elegance. The district’s historically charged streets are home to charming hotels, renowned restaurants, beauty salons, and luxury shops. VIP escape to the heart of the city.

Cultural excursion

First stop: the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the venerable establishment the neighbourhood is named for. Check out the current exhibitions as well as the permanent collection.

Strolling through the streets of the Golden Square Mile, the neighbourhood of choice for large bourgeois families at the turn of the 20th century, take in the impressive mansions, town houses, and the city’s very first apartment buildings.

Once on Sherbrooke Street, drop by Trianon, an antique shop filled with treasures from 18th-century France. Finally, complete your cultural excursion with a stop at a Sherbrooke-Street art gallery: Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Landau Fine Art, La Guilde. . . the opportunities to admire local and foreign masterpieces are endless.

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Cultural excursion

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1380 Sherbrooke Street West

1476 Sherbrooke West, suite 100

Alan Klinkhoff Gallery
1448 Sherbrooke Street West

Landau Fine Art
1444 Sherbrooke Street West, suite 200

La Guilde
1356 Sherbrooke Street West

M Marie Saint Pierre

Fashion excursion

The Quartier du Musée is an exceptional playground for all fashionistas out there. Enjoy the most exciting window-shopping experience in town. Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn as you look through the window of Tiffany & Co. Next, check out the colourful displays at Escada or Anthropologie, and take in creations by Marie Saint Pierre: the city’s large retailers welcome you.

Between fitting sessions, take a proper lunch break at Renoir, or pick up a salad at Mandy’s and eat it on the terrace, as you contemplate your next stop.

End the afternoon with a pedi at Bio Spa Enaam or Spa St. James . . . your feet will love you for it!

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Fashion excursion

Tiffany & Co.
1290 Sherbrooke Street West

1214 Sherbrooke Street West

2130 de la Montagne Street, suite 105

Marie Saint Pierre
2081 de la Montagne Street

1155 Sherbrooke Street West

2067 Crescent Street

Bio Spa Enaam
1444 Sherbrooke Street West, suite 200

Spa St. James
1228 Sherbrooke Street West

Cloakroom Bar

Gastronomical excursion

With so much to do in the area, you might forget all about food, but try not to: there are so many excellent places to eat! Give in to your sweet tooth at Maison Christian Faure bakery, and get your fill of chocolate at Divine Chocolatier.

For happy hour, sip a martini at Cloakroom Bar, a speakeasy straight out of a defunct Montreal Red Light district, before settling down at Ristorante Beatrice or Café Il Cortile for a perfect Italian feast dinner.

Does a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun sound appealing to you? Enjoy some dumplings, sashimi, and noodle soup at Sakura. Once you’re nice and full and ready to head home, make one last stop at Latina, a fine grocery store that is sure to make your mouth water.

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Gastronomical excursion

Maison Christian Faure
1225 boulevard de Maisonneuve West

Divine Chocolatier
2158 Crescent Street

Cloakroom Bar
2175 de la Montagne Street, suite 100

Ristorante Beatrice
1504 Sherbrooke Street West

Café Il Cortile
1442 Sherbrooke Street West

3450 Drummond Street

1434 Sherbrooke Street West

© Ritz-Carlton Montréal

English-style excursion

Hopping on a flight to London may not be possible, so try the next best thing: don your best British accent and go on an English-style downtown excursion. The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, located right in the heart of the district, has the largest organ in Montreal within its walls.

After decompressing while admiring William Morris-stained glass windows, time for afternoon tea at the Ritz-Carlton—reminiscent of the most beautiful London palaces. With a little luck, you’ll even get to check out the venerable establishment’s gardens and terrace.

With a little luck, you’ll even get to check out the venerable establishment’s gardens and terrace. Feeling festive? Have a pint at Sir Winston Churchill Pub or at the incredible Bar George in Mount Stephen, a former private club converted into a luxury hotel. Who knows? You might even want to stay the night . . .

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British excursion

The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul
3415 Redpath Street

Ritz-Carlton Montreal
1228 Sherbrooke Street West

Sir Winston Churchill Pub
1455 Crescent Street

Mount Stephen
1440 Drummond Street