1. Sample sensational street food
Are you a gourmet at heart? Then you can’t miss out on Canada’s biggest food truck gathering at the Olympic Stadium, which is back for an eighth season. Every first Friday of the month starting on May 3, more than 50 food trucks will be on site with their unique culinary specialties. They’ve got something for everyone: wood-fired pizzas, festive corn on the cob, colourful tacos, decadent poutines, delicious seafood, lobster rolls, juicy burgers, sweet churros… Located at the Olympic Park near the Pie-IX station, it’s easy to get there by metro from Hotel Ruby Foo’s. The open-air space and warm atmosphere are perfect for this gourmet event—best of all, admission is free!
If you’re still looking to have fun and can’t wait until the first Friday of the month, check out Les Jardineries, also at the Olympic Park’s Esplanade Financière Sun Life. Somewhat reminiscent of Germany’s biergartens, Les Jardineries is the ideal spot for happy hour in an eco-responsible space, with its lovely vegetable garden, chicken coop, playgrounds, picnic tables and hammocks. Whether you’re among family or friends, you’re sure to have a great time!
Are you dreaming of a beach vacation but stuck in town this summer? No problem, our beautiful city is filled with delightful destinations where you can feel the beachside breeze in your hair and lounge on the sand.
Village au Pied-du-Courant is the perfect urban beach for those wishing to relax, enjoy good food and spend the evening dancing to top DJs. You’ll have the impression of being on a modern boardwalk with a spectacular view of the St. Lawrence River, especially on the evenings when the fireworks are on display.
For those who are looking for something a little more glamorous, the Clock Tower Beach is the place to get your dose of Vitamin D. With its fine sand, refreshing cocktails and pretty blue parasols, you’ll feel like you’re on the French Riviera. If you prefer a location where you can go for a swim, head over to Jean-Doré Beach anytime between June 19 and September 2. Make the most of your visit and rent a canoe, kayak or pedal boat. Everything you need is available on site, including lounge chair for maximum comfort.
3. Fill up on culture during festival season
Montréal is a true cultural hub. There’s always something going on! Spring heralds the return of warm weather, and it really kicks off when the festival lineups are announced. Unabashed music lovers, rejoice! The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Les Francos de Montréal, Osheaga, Heavy Montréal, ÎLESONIQ and Piknik Électronik will give you plenty to listen to.
In addition to the wave of music events, the city offers many other cultural festivals during the summer, including Just for Laughs and Zoofest for comedy fans, as well as Week-ends du monde for seasoned travellers. Fashionistas, don’t miss out on the Fashion & Design Festival! And sports enthusiasts will definitely love the Rogers Cup: this year, the tournament will feature the top names in men’s tennis.
4. Enjoy the good life at the Old Port
The Old Port is at its most exciting in the summer; its European charm is difficult to resist. What a perfect time for a romantic stroll along its pedestrian walkways, browsing the creations of the neighbourhood’s artists and watching local street performers. Stop at one of the city’s most beautiful patios—like Jardins Nelson or Perché—for a drink. And to cap off your magical day, hop on the ferris wheel at sunset. If you’re the athletic type and are up for an adrenaline rush, try the zip line for an urban aerial experience.
Hungry for art and technology? Discover PY1, the brand new immersive multimedia venue envisioned by none other than Guy Laliberté. He is producing Gabriel Coutu-Dumont’s latest creation, Through the Echoes, which will premiere on June 1, 2019 at the Clock Tower Pier. A technological odyssey through space and time combining music and light awaits! All summer long, avant-garde digital creators will feel right at home in the grand, modular pyramid’s futuristic decor. It’s an attraction not to be missed.
5. Experience water sports on the St. Lawrence River
Are you a fan of the great outdoors seeking to step out of your comfort zone? Why not give stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or surfing a try? Tame the waves of the St. Lawrence River and learn water sport techniques with professionals from KSF or SUP MTL—summers will never be the same!
Montréal definitely has everything you need for an unforgettable summer. Don’t hesitate to ask the staff at Hotel Ruby Foo’s for guidance on the city’s festivities.
Talk to the locals
Forget about the overly edited images on Instagram and the countless travel guides that always recommend the same spots. Talk to people who actually live in the city you’re visiting! They’re the best source of information about your destination’s hidden treasures. Ask them about their favourite restaurants and things to do, the city's most vibrant neighbourhoods, and any tips they might have. Get out of your comfort zone; that’s often how the best memories are made.
Do your research
While talking to locals will certainly help you venture off the beaten path, you should still learn a little about your destination to explore it efficiently. Before you go, find out about the local customs, lifestyle, security concerns, areas to avoid and food. And why not learn a few basic sentences in the country’s language, or bring a pocket dictionary to facilitate your conversations? Be a respectful traveller, not an annoying tourist.
Shop at local markets
The best way to experience local cuisine is definitely to check out the city's markets. Discover new ingredients, ask questions, taste regional flavours and get some inspiration to recreate your own feast once you’re back home. Talk to the shopkeepers about their specialties and get their tips on how to prepare traditional dishes. You might even find some souvenirs to bring back with you!
Leave your car behind
Why waste time and get frustrated in traffic when you can use a more environmentally friendly mode of transportation that allows you to truly experience the pace of the city you’re visiting? By using public transit or renting a bicycle, you can really get a feel for the area. It will also be easier for you to stop wherever something grabs your attention!
Give yourself the gift of time. Slowly sip a café as you observe the amazing details of your new environment. Put your mobile phone away and take a long walk. Avoid shortcuts and, most importantly, don’t overschedule your visit! Trying to see everything at once will just make your trip stressful. Live in the moment.
Write down your memories
Bring a notebook with you; you’ll be glad you did. It’s the best way to remember all your little discoveries. Reading through your travel notes makes the return home a little less sad.
If you are thinking about visiting Montréal soon, don’t hesitate to ask the professionals at Hotel Ruby Foo for their recommendations to have a blast while discovering the city!
Romance on Mount Royal
The Belvedere on Mount Royal is an idyllic attraction in an emblematic Montréal area—and a must for first-time visitors. With its spectacular view of the city, it's an ideal spot for a well-deserved break after a winter walk in Mount Royal Park. Or, breathe in the fresh air at the city's summit and enjoy the romantic atmosphere to cap off an evening with your significant other. If you go during the day, take the opportunity to visit Saint Joseph’s Oratory on Mount Royal just a short distance away.
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in Montréal culture is to taste its culinary classics. Stop by Mile End and try some of the city's iconic specialties, like fresh bagels from Saint-Viateur or Schwartz's Deli’s famous smoked-meat sandwich. If you’re in the Plateau area, be sure to visit La Banquise and discover their 1001 variations of the poutine. For something a little healthier, make your way to the Atwater Market and enjoy its seasonal fruits and vegetables—and pick up some gorgeous flowers while you’re at it!
Go back in time
Without a doubt, Old Montréal is one of the city’s most beautiful neighbourhoods. The architecture and cobblestone streets are reminiscent of Europe, yet it maintains its North American charm, continually reinventing itself with numerous emerging restaurants and businesses. Just 12 Métro stations away from Hotel Ruby Foo’s, the Notre-Dame Basilica and its luminous experience, AURA, are not to be missed. End the day on a high note with a stroll down Rue de la Commune and a ride on the ferris wheel at sunset!
Natural beauty from around the world
If you’re in Montréal in the fall or winter and the weather is not cooperating, reenergize with a visit to the fascinating Botanical Garden near Viau Métro. An oasis in the middle of the city, this Montréal phenomenon's different climates, landscapes, gardens and greenhouses will invigorate you. It’s perfect for a quiet afternoon, on your own or with the family!
History through art
Montréal has a plethora of museums to choose from, whether you’re an artist, forward thinker or history buff. There’s something for everyone! Enjoy the classics at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, innovative works at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, or a blast from the past at Pointe-à-Callière. Make the most of your stay, experience Montréal's culture and learn more about our cosmopolitan city's influences.
This list could go on forever... Montréal is an eclectic city where you can discover something new each time you visit. Hotel Ruby Foo’s is ideally located for all your activities, and our dedicated staff is always happy to help you make the most of your time exploring the city.
Enjoy your stay!
What could be better than strolling through a Christmas market’s colourful decorations and festive kiosks to put you in the Holiday spirit! From December 20th to 31st, discover the fairy tale inspired Merry Montreal’s enormous Christmas market in the Old Port. You’ll be transported into the heart of Germany, while staying in the heart of our city’s grandest neighbourhood. Free activities include the unforgettable New Year Eve party, a tasting bar, musical shows, and fun Nordic activities! A magical must-see to discover before crawling back and warming up into our soft beds!
A Unique Shopping Tour
No idea what to get for your loved ones? Do your holiday shopping in Montreal’s underground city, where you can avoid traffic, escape the snow, and make the most of the wide variety of stores. When you’re ready for a break, stop by Montréal Trust’s enormous Christmas tree for a relaxing cup of coffee and a healthy dose of holiday cheer!
For a Jolly Good Time
Is Christmas your favorite holiday? Then jump into your winter vacation at bar Miracle to savor hot ciders and exclusive festive cocktails served in amusing cups. The yule-themed scenery bursting with decoration and a warm ambiance – that is as worthy of your childhood’s favorite Holiday movies – will take you directly to Santa’s home. From November 30th to December 30th, this pop-up bar is settled in Scarlett Exclusive located in Old Montreal. Since it’s only a few subway stations from Hotel Ruby Foo’s - It’s a must!
Ready, Set, Skate!
Skating is a favourite winter activity in Montréal, among athletes and amateurs alike. The city has a lot of options for a romantic date or activity with friends on the ice. There are plenty of superb outdoor rinks, like the Natrel Skating Rink in the Old Port of Montréal, or the one at the Winter Village on the Esplanade Financière Sunlife near the Olympic Stadium and Viau Métro station. If you prefer to avoid the wind and snow, try the indoor skating rink at Atrium Le 1000.
The Classics Never Go Out of Style
Some traditions never fade, and Les Grands Ballets’ magical Nutcracker is definitely one of them. See the Enchanting Escapade from December 13th to 30th at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Place des Arts. Performances are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., so you can share this experience with your children without them getting too cranky.
Hotel Ruby Foo’s is ideally located for you to enjoy all these activities and have a memorable winter stay. Our dedicated staff is always there to help you discover the best that the city has to offer.
An Exquisite Meal for Every Taste
The Holiday season is the perfect time to gather around a festive table, celebrate the year’s successes and show your employees how much you appreciate their work. The meal you serve is therefore a priority. With Hotel Ruby Foo’s Christmas Party Packages, you can enjoy a delectable four-course meal and choose the dishes that suits your tastes and preferences. Our packages also include a welcome cocktail, a selection of refined hors d’oeuvres and two glasses of wine per person. A chocolate fountain or dessert table is also available to top off your dinner. Moreover, the hotel offers an exclusive bedroom rate of $125 for a Deluxe rooms and free parking.
You’ll Feel Like Dancing
Just because it’s Christmas, that doesn’t mean we have to go overboard with the classics. As they say, moderation is always in good taste—especially when Jingle Bells starts playing on repeat as soon as Halloween is over. Choose music that will make your guests want to dance and join the party. Offer a mix of styles and groups to further strengthen team spirit. Why not send out a survey a few weeks before the event and ask employees if they have any requests?
Lively and Varied Entertainment
A DJ or a host can make the difference between a memorable Christmas party and an event people can’t wait to leave. Make sure the host you choose caters to all age groups in attendance. Also, give people enough time for a relaxed meal; don’t rush them with endless games that interrupt them while they’re enjoying their meal. Effective organization is crucial for the evening to go smoothly!
Instead of wasting money on something that will end up being re-gifted, take the time to learn about your employees’ interests. Don’t just rely on your own tastes; this is an opportunity for you to get to know the people you work with every day. Also, offer your guests an original memento of the event. A fun photo booth, personalized wine glass or festive box of sweets can turn your Christmas party into an important tradition for your employees as opposed to just another formal event.
Don’t forget to think of those who may overindulge. To keep your guests safe, look into a designated driver or taxi service. Better yet, have your Christmas party at Ruby Foo’s Hotel, where you can enjoy the comfortable king-size beds in our Deluxe rooms for only $125 a night. That way, you can continue celebrating worry free!
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Otago, Hotel Ruby Foo’s signature restaurant, has a wood-fired oven and a talented pizzaiolo whose creations are made in the Italian tradition. The result is simply divine! The pizzas on Otago’s simple menu are always delicious and worth the visit. Plus, the restaurant’s warm and relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect place for a romantic dinner, or a get together with family or friends. You’ll become regulars in no time, we’re sure of it!
Ideally located on Parc Avenue, Moleskine is no longer the city’s best-kept secret—and for good reason! With a relaxed atmosphere downstairs and upscale dining upstairs, it’s actually two restaurants in one and their passion for good food and drinks brings them together. Wine lovers will be delighted to discover the impressive wine list, with its vast selection of private imports, and the pizza… it is sublime. Moleskine even has an ice cream bar, so try to save room for dessert!
Located in the heart of Little Italy, this restaurant faces tremendous pressure to prepare pizza that will delight even the harshest critics. Leave it to Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione to rise to the challenge! The chefs concoct exquisite pizzas using fresh market ingredients. Their seasonal menu creations range from traditional to adventurous and are always delectable; it is served in an authentic and friendly, Italian-inspired setting. The entire family will love GEMA!
For a traditional Neapolitan pizza at its best, head to NO.900. Cooked in just 90 seconds, these pizzas give a whole new meaning to the term “fast food.” Everything is tastefully and expertly crafted. The secret to their success is their homemade fleur de sel mozzarella. Another great reason to check out NO.900? They might be in your neighbourhood! This certainly makes things easier when you are craving pizza … Like now, perhaps? ;)
Is your mouth watering? You know where to go. Ready, set, bon appétit!
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