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Grand Prix Weekend in Montreal: Things To Do, See And Eat

In this blog post, Olivia + Laura share the different ways to explore the city during the best weekend, whether you’re a local or visiting!

As engines roar and the excitement builds, there’s nothing quite like Grand Prix weekend in Montreal. The city comes alive with an electric atmosphere, offering an array of activities, sights, and culinary delights that make this weekend unforgettable. Whether you’re an F1 enthusiast or just looking to soak in the Montreal culture, this comprehensive guide, from a local, is meant for both locals and visitors alike. Here’s how to make the most of the Grand Prix weekend in Montreal.

Things to See

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

The heart of the action, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Île Notre-Dame, hosts the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix. Even if you’re not attending the race, take a stroll around the island to catch glimpses of the cars and feel the pulse of the event.

Downtown Montreal

During Grand Prix weekend, downtown Montreal transforms into a hub of activity. The streets are lined with luxury cars, and Crescent Street becomes a pedestrian-only zone filled with booths, kiosks, and stunning car displays. It’s a prime spot to immerse yourself in the festivities and meet fellow racing fans.

Old Montreal

For a change of pace, visit Old Montreal. Wander through cobblestone streets, admire the historic architecture, and visit landmarks like the Notre-Dame Basilica and the Old Port. The charm of this area is timeless, providing a perfect contrast to the high-octane excitement of the Grand Prix. There’s a reason they call it the Europe of Canada!

Mile End

Explore the Mile End neighborhood, known for its artistic vibe and vibrant culture. With its eclectic mix of cafes, boutiques, and street art, it’s a great place to experience the local scene and enjoy some leisurely exploration.

Things to Do

Attend Grand Prix Parties

Montreal is famous for its Grand Prix parties. From exclusive VIP events to lively street festivals, there’s something for everyone. Notable venues like The Ritz Carlton, New City Gas, and various rooftop bars host themed parties where you can dance the night away with breathtaking views of the city.

Explore Mount Royal

Escape the crowds with a visit to Mount Royal. Hike up to the Kondiaronk Belvedere for a panoramic view of the city, or enjoy a leisurely picnic by Beaver Lake. It’s a great way to relax and take in the natural beauty of Montreal.

Visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

For art lovers, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts offers a serene retreat. With its extensive collection of classical and contemporary art, it’s a perfect place to spend a few hours immersing yourself in creativity and culture.

Where to Eat

These are some of my favourite restaurants in the city that should not be missed! Montreal is known to have amazing restaurants and many different cuisines, you’ll enjoy almost any restaurant you stumble upon.

Café Olimpico

A beloved local coffee spot with multiple locations around the city. Do yourself a favour and order The Remix, you won’t regret it!

Bar Bara

Bar Bara is known for its cozy ambiance and exceptional cocktails. It’s a great spot to unwind and enjoy a carefully crafted drink after a day of excitement.

La Catrina

For a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine, La Catrina is a must-visit. Their vibrant dishes and lively atmosphere make it a fantastic dining destination.


Elena offers delicious Italian fare with a modern twist. From their delectable pizzas to fresh pasta dishes, it’s a place that never disappoints.

Name’s On The Way

This trendy eatery combines a relaxed vibe with innovative dishes, making it a perfect spot for a casual yet memorable meal.


Shay is a hidden gem, known for its eclectic menu and intimate setting. It’s an ideal choice for those looking to try something new and exciting.

Mano Cornuto

Mano Cornuto is a must-visit for its inviting atmosphere and delicious Italian-inspired dishes. It’s a perfect spot for a cozy meal that combines comfort and sophistication.


Grand Prix weekend in Montreal is more than just a race; it’s a celebration of speed, culture, and community. From the thrilling events at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to the vibrant street parties on Crescent Street and delectable cuisine at top restaurants, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

So, gear up and get ready to experience Montreal at its finest!


Laura from Olivia + Laura


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