My husband and I are both big eaters (and I'm a big cook) -- all types of cuisine, high brow, low brow, ethnic, whatever. He has never been to Montreal and I'm going to surprise him with a weekend trip mid September. We're staying at Hotel Opus (Sherbrooke Street and St.-Laurent Boulevard). We would be perfectly happy to go from breakfast to market to incredible cheese shop to lunch to coffee to unique grocery store to afternoon cocktails to wine shop to dinner to sleep! And then repeat the next day! And the next! We fly in Friday late afternoon and leave late on Sunday.
If anyone has recommendations for the weekend, please suggest a day itinerary for us. I'm not so familiar with the city, but understand it is pretty walkable (we won't have a car). I'd rather spend more time walking (build up an appetite) around a particular area that is chock full of great food finds than cris-crossing the city in a taxi to go to one specific place.
I'd imagine on Friday, we'll probably opt for cocktails (any serious cocktail bars, either with the classics or with fancy new-fangled libations? -- How about wine bars?) and a yummy dinner somewhere near our hotel (which I understand is fairly central). Maybe somewhere French for dinner to really introduce my husband to the City. And, on Saturday and Sunday -- please recommend markets or unique food shops. Are there any foods that are unique to Montreal - baked treats, deli surprises or street food? Any seasonal treats that we should be sure not to miss?
All suggestions welcome -- thanks in advance!