Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser
I'm going to Montreal this coming long weekend for Jazz Fest. I'll be staying at the Sofitel. I would appreciate any suggestions for touristy things to do (other than taking in the jazz, of course) for a first-time visitor. Thanks!
Across the street is an amazing store called Giorgio's. You're near Peel so check that out. Have lunch and breakfast in the courtyard garden in the Ritz (more or less across the street.)
Spend a lot of your time in old port. I'd say for someone older and more into culture, exit the sofitel, cross the street, then walk west. A ton of art galleries, boutiques, and a museum or two. East of that is pretty shitty and pointless. In fact most of Sherbrooke east of McGill is useless if you're a bit older. That changes if you go south or north, I was never a big Plateau fan but if you like East Village (is that the right equivalent?) maybe check it out. But yeah, mostly Old Port and Montreal West.