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Exploring Montreal: Summer Walk In Historical Old Montreal for American Airlines

There is nothing like an assignment for a travel magazine to allow you to discover and rediscover neighbourhoods you thought you knew all about. Cities are living organisms and evolve on an ongoing basis and it’s always worth going back for a refresher every now and then.

Following my previous post featuring a dozen images of my assignment in Old Montreal for American Airlines inflight magazine, I felt compelled to share some of MY favorite photos taken while walking around this part of town.

So shall we get started?


What I love about this photograph is how balanced and dynamic it is, the walking couple and the people sitting in the grass really adds to the frame and make this building built in 1903 so much more interesting.


If you’re looking for a place to stop for a coffee and get some work done, look no further than Crew Collective & Cafe. Located inside a former bank, this cafe has an amazing and sumptuous decor. Definitely one of my favorite interiors in Old Montreal.


However, if you’re starving and longing for some french pastries, you could always take a break at Maison Faure. Created by renown french pastry chef Christian Faure, this place is also a pastry school.


What’s remarkable about Old Montreal is not only it is a good place to go for a walk and grab pastries, but it’s also good to go shopping. Established 20 years ago and owned by Lysanne Gagnon, Espace Pepin is one of the lead retailers of this district and the perfect place to shop for clothes, home decor.


  • Particles Of Existence Exhibit at Centre Phi –  407 Rue Saint-Pierre

I was tasked for this assignment with photographing the “Particles Of Existence” Exhibit at this multipurpose venue for arts and culture. I have to admit it was really interesting to witness people’s VR experience from the outside.


Chic and refined, as illustrated by this photo of a rhubarb dessert, the restaurant, owned by Normand Laprise, is one of the finest restaurants in the city.


In my opinion, this rooftop bar features one of the best views over the city. It’s also one of the best places to enjoy a drink after a long day of work or walking.


  • Market Bonsecours – Rue St-Paul E

The “Marché Bonsecours” is one of the most remarkable landmarks of Old Montreal. The late afternoon light was perfect to showcase this elegant building.


I’ll be honest, this terrace has one of the coolest and most breathtaking views over the Old Montreal. I was blessed with beautiful skies that evening and really love the quality of the resulting photos.


Very recent addition to the Old Port, this attraction is perfect if you’re looking to admire the city from a high vantage point (60m). I recommend going up the wheel either at dusk or in the morning.


  • Cité Mémoire – Old Montreal

Then if you’re not exhausted from all the walking, don’t hesitate to download the Cité Memoire app on your phone and trigger these projections on the walls of buildings while walking back home or your hotel.


Still looking for MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS ASSIGNMENT? Head to this collection and enjoy!


Thanks for viewing!

David Giral is a published Montreal/Toronto based editorial and commercial professional photographer specialized in architecture, interiors, portrait and travel photography.

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