Feel the heat this winter in Montréal
This article was updated on January 16, 2019.
When the mercury plunges and the city's blanketed in snow, most people start craving comfort. Here are some suggestions for staying toasty over the winter months.
Head to Scandinave Spa Vieux-Montréal for some well-earned R&R with traditional Finnish hydrotherapy, which alternately immerses you in heat and cold to leave your body feeling both energized and deeply rested. The Nordic spa combines the benefits of this age-old tradition with chic, minimalist decor to create an unforgettable experience.
Luxuriate in the exclusive thermal circuit at Spa William Gray, which boasts a Himalayan salt room, herbal sauna and a gorgeous seasonal outdoor pool. Book ahead for a Signature Treatment: a 100-minute massage on a heated Gharieni quartz sand bed covered with soft sheets.
Feast your eyes at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau, where you can take in a spectacular view of Old Montréal while relaxing in the hot tub or one of the enormous padded portholes on this repurposed boat floating on the St. Lawrence River.
If you're looking to experience the great outdoors in the heart of the city, the stylish and spacious Strøm spa nordique on Nuns’ Island can’t be beat. In short, a wealth of wellness options is waiting for you!
Further reading: Get your wellness on at Montréal spas.
At the impossibly elegant Ritz-Carlton Montréal, banana leaves work their magic at Spa St. James. Known for their antioxidant and therapeutic properties, the slightly heated leaves are applied to the body, then covered with a moist, hot cloth. It’s a one-way ticket to relaxation, surrounded by the scent of tropical forests, followed by a simultaneously relaxing and invigorating 90-minute massage. All in all, it's a luxurious break from Montréal's winter.
Further reading: Stay in the lap of luxury.
A celebration of sake
Boost your spirits under the cherry blossoms in the Village. Le Blossom is the smaller sister restaurant to Red Tiger and Kamehameha. It offers the longest sake list in Montréal, accompanied with mouth-watering Japanese-inspired dishes. The trendy, modern hideaway is the place where you can warm up with ambrosial rice wine and delectable fresh rolls, tartars or poke bowls.
Further reading: Cheers to cocktail bars in Montréal.
With a selection of savoury snacks at the bottom, scones with Devonshire cream on top and a dazzling array of desserts in the middle, high tea at Rosélys, the Art Deco-influenced restaurant at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, will take you to the gastronomic heights, helped along by a piping hot cup of tea, of course. Don’t forget to go downstairs and admire the circular fireplace and tantalizing aroma of fresh coffee at Krema Café.
Fiery mouth, warm belly
Pumpui, an unexpected neighbour to the traditional Italian restaurants in Little Italy, is a laidback little curry shop where you can indulge in generous servings of deliciously spicy Thai curries to help you beat back the cold. What a treat!
Further reading: Hot food for cold days in Montréal and Where to eat some of the best Chinese food in Montréal.
Battle of the fondues
Fondue is a cold-weather classic, and Montréal has a number of great options to choose from. Whether you want French-style fondue at Restaurant La Raclette or a Japanese version at Shabu Shabu Kagayaki, one thing is clear: fondue always hits the spot.
Further reading: Best traditional Quebecois cuisine in Montréal.
Laure Juilliard, blogger
Laure is a writer, community manager and the founder of the blog Une Parisienne à Montréal. She’s also an epicurean globetrotter who’s always on the hunt for innovative concepts and must-try restaurants. In 2016, she co-founded Slow Journeys, a webzine that focuses on ecotourism and design.
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