In the famous words of Donna and Tom from Parks and Recreation, “Treat Yo’ Self!” Sometimes you just have to let loose and celebrate you. Go on a shopping spree, indulge in an ultra chocolatey dessert, or do something crazy like skydiving. No matter what you choose, just make sure you’re happy doing it.
For a little inspiration, check out 11 ways to treat yourself in Montreal.
Treat yourself the classic way by enjoying a spa day! Strom Spa Nordique provides the ultimate pampering experience. Surround yourself by nature and indulge in any one of their lavish treatments including facials, body wraps, Swedish massages, and much more.
Where: 1001 Boulevard de la Forêt, Verdun
Blow your poutine budget and splurge on this $70 poutine, the most costly version of the dish you’ll find in Montreal. Available at Le Gourmet Burger, the Fully Loaded Mega Poutine is made with the usual (fries, gravy, and cheese curds) but in addition, it’s topped with caramelized onions, beef, bison, chicken, foie gras, truffle oil, truffle mayo, fried eggs, sautéed mushrooms, boursin, brie, goat cheese, bacon, jalapeño peppers, BBQ sauce, walnuts, and shallots.
Where: 1433 Rue Bishop
Treat yourself a la the queen of England with an exquisite high tea. Tiny cucumber sandwiches, small French pastries, scones with cream and jam, cupcakes, and macarons on a three-tiered plate are sure to delight you. Bar A Beurre serves up a yummy and colourful afternoon tea, however if you’re looking to splurge, the Ritz-Carlton is known for their fancy high tea.
Where: 350 Rue Notre-Dame E and 1228 Rue Sherbrooke O
Treat yourself with chocolate. In case you weren’t aware, Montreal chocolate restaurant, C’ChoColat, offers a unique dessert on their menu called the C’Wow. Though you can’t decipher this from the name, the C’Wow is actually what is known as a chocolate bomb. C’ChoColat’s C’Wow is a 70% dark chocolate dome filled with pieces of Belgian waffle, brownie, gelato, crumble, berries, and pecans.
Where: 1255 Rue Bishop
Just because summer’s come to a close doesn’t mean that wine tours are a no-go. The Ice Wine Tour from Montreal has exclusive access to wineries all winter long. Grab a small group, visit three local wineries, and take an interactive mixology workshop that will show you how ice wine and apple cider are made. Then of course, it’s time to drink up!
Where: Old Montreal
Located just outside the city is Parachute Montreal. Get that adrenaline pumping with a daring jump from 9000 feet in the air. Equipped with a Gopro so you can watch a video of your insane fall, this is a must for all the adrenaline junkies out there.
Where: 29 route 125, Saint-Esprit
Who can resist a mani pedi? Get your nails buffed, filed, and painted courtesy of NStyle Nail Lounge. Located inside Place Montreal Trust, this upscale beauty salon will pamper you from head to toe. You can choose from both shellac and classic mani pedis, as well as a variety of other beauty treatments including lash extensions and eyebrow shaping.
Where: Place Montreal Trust, 1500 McGill College Ave
Helicraft will have you flying over downtown Montreal, La Ronde, Olympic Park, the Montreal Botanical Garden, and Mount Royal. Tours last 30 minutes and can accommodate up to 5 people. Treat yourself by seeing Montreal from a point of view you’ve never witnessed before.
Where: 6500 Ch de la Savane, Saint-Hubert
Partaking in bottomless brunch is great option for you and your friends. Once you’ve paid the bill, the drinks can just keep on coming. L’Atelier d’Argentine is one of the classiest bottomless brunch joints in Montreal. In addition to your hollandaise-covered eggs benedict and warm beignets, you can choose between two bottomless brunch options: the bottomless bloody Mary and the mimosa kit.
Where: 355 Rue Marguerite d’Youville
Leche Desserts creates little pockets of heaven (aka donuts) at their bakery in St. Henri. Known for their artisanal and gourmet donuts, they have flavours that will rock your world. Maple bacon, peanut butter & jelly, and pumpkin pie are just a few of their unique flavours.
Where: Leche Desserts, 640 Rue de Courcelle
Treat yourself to a luxurious sunset meal aboard one of Montreal’s finest boats. Croisieres AML offers cruises day and night ranging in length from 1.5 hours to a full day, you are guaranteed to have a magical time on the St. Lawrence.
Where: 2 Rue de la Commune Ouest