We all need an escape from the hectic hustle and bustle of city life once in a while. Even city lovers need some peace and quiet, whether it is to study, to read or just to relax.
Here are five of the most relaxing spots in Montreal.
Whether you want to take your workout outdoors or want to enjoy panoramic views of the city, Mont-Royal is the perfect place to be. Although it can be pretty busy on summer weekends, head out here mid-week and you will feel like you have the whole mountain to yourself. The chalet lookout or Kondiaronk Lookout (one of many dispersed around the mountain) offers a breathtaking view of downtown and the St. Lawrence River.
If you’re looking for some quiet time, whether it is to read, reflect or just to relax, the Westmount Public Library will take you into a different era with it’s beautiful high arched windows and big comfortable armchairs scattered around. Founded in 1897, the library features a lofty and quiet reading room complete with a fireplace. Just walking in will instil calmness. This goes without mentioning that it is located in the beautiful Westmount Park.
4574 Rue Sherbrooke St. W., 514-989-5300
Treat yourself by spending a day at this unique and quiet floating spa. Docked at Montreal’s Old Port, Bota Bota offers a soothing, therapeutic water circuit and a variety of treatments, which include facials, massages and manicures/pedicures. It is the perfect setting if you’re looking to disconnect, relax and pamper yourself. To make the experience even more unique, it’s possible to enjoy impressive views of the city and sunbathe on the boat’s outdoor decks.
358 de la Commune St. W., 514-284-0333
A hidden gem in NDG, this artsy and cozy café is a great place to relax and enjoy an espresso. It is an excellent spot to kick back mid-afternoon as the sun streams into the café’s large windows that look out onto the lovely NDG Park. The walls are decorated with local artists’ work and the display is changed periodically. The quiet daytime vibe transforms in the evenings as Shaika Café hosts comedy nights on Tuesdays and Open Mic nights on Wednesdays.
5526 Sherbrooke St. W., 514-482-3898
A Montreal treasure, the Botanical Garden is a magnificent place to enjoy some fresh air, relax and admire beautiful flowers and plant life. A green oasis in the busy city, it has a collection of over 20,000 plant species, 10 greenhouses and plenty of thematic gardens to stroll around and enjoy. Guided tours of the gardens are available but if you are simply looking to unwind, taking in the lush and fragrant surroundings on your own might very well do the trick.
4101 Rue Sherbrooke St. E., 514-872-1400