mini montreal day trip

mini montreal day trip | little cup of j

Until this week, I had only been up to Montreal once, which I truly can’t believe. (And that was about 4 or 5 years ago!) Living less than 3 hours from this lovely city means that it makes the perfect day or weekend trip, and I plan to do quite a few more of those before I move elsewhere.

Abbey and I got a bit of a late start (totally my fault – always running late) and got to the city around 11am. Not terrible, but definitely aiming for earlier next time around. Regardless, we started our morning there in the normal fashion – with coffee! Liz was wonderful enough to send me a list of her fav spots beforehand, Tommy Cafe being at the top of the list. (With good reason!)

So, to make it a little easier, I’ve made a short list with some oh-so high quality iPhone photos (ha..) of some of the places we visited throughout the day…

#1
Tommy

Marble tables, cascading greenery from the ceiling, old school decor accents & so much more. What else could you possibly need? You can bet I’ll be hitting up this coffee spot many many more times during little trips to Montreal.

mini montreal day trip | Tommy Cafe | little cup of j

mini montreal day trip | Tommy Cafe | little cup of j

mini montreal day trip | Tommy Cafe | little cup of j

mini montreal day trip | Tommy Cafe | little cup of j

mini montreal day trip | Tommy Cafe | little cup of j

PS. Wearing Madewell denim, a striped tank (similar here) and Converse – super easy & casual for any traveling & exploring!

mini montreal day trip | little cup of j

#2
Olive & Gourmando

mini montreal day trip | Olive & Gourmando | little cup of j

This was another spot from Liz’s list, and I’m so happy we stumbled upon it (half by accident) right at lunchtime. I ordered the Vegan 2.0 sandwich and Abbey ordered the O+G grilled cheese, then we swapped a half of each – perfect for a little sampling!

#3
The Pepin Shop

mini montreal day trip | The Pepin Shop | little cup of j

Hand-selected, quality home goods and a small cafe all in this one gorgeous space – a quick “window shopping” stop well worth it. I also seriously wish I had grabbed one of those Essent’ial bags (pictured above)!

mini montreal day trip | little cup of j

#4
Venice

Healthy food (lots of vegan / vegetarian options), bright colors and beachy vibes, located in the heart of Old Montreal – I’m obsessed with this spot! My “Malibu” salad with fresh beets & goat cheese was SO good, complemented perfectly by their homemade hummus as a side. Abbey ordered a fancy pants cocktail with her meal – I won’t be forgetting that little addition next time 😉

mini montreal day trip | little cup of j

mini montreal day trip | Venice MTL | little cup of j

mini montreal day trip | Venice MTL | little cup of j

mini montreal day trip | Venice MTL | little cup of j

#5
Just a whole bunch of wandering…

The streets in Old Montreal felt very European, not to mention completely charming. Even without walking into cute shops or stopping for a few bites to eat, I would’ve been happy just photographing the lovely setting all day!

(We also, of course, moseyed down Saint Catherine Street for some shopping – not quite as photo-worthy, but necessary nonetheless) 🙂

mini montreal day trip | little cup of j

mini montreal day trip | little cup of j