It's officially cuffing season! November kicks off with the clocks being set back one hour. Making November a key month for transitioning into the colder and hibernation-ready part of the year.
But November - any month really, is usually made a little bit sweeter in the company of someone special. And just because it's getting cold, doesn't mean November needs to be dull - though, it's quite the opposite.
This month our city is hosting all types of activities to keep you and your main squeeze busy. From new restaurants, trendy bars, cozy cafe, and Christmas market - there are plenty of options to stay busy and avoid a "Netflix and Chill" rut. Click for more!
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Things To Do November 1st - 8th
1. The Vegan Food Festival Of Montreal is happening this month! This event is being held at the beautiful Marche Beauscours in the Old Port so you can spend your afternoon exploring the cobblestone streets as well.
2. The 20th edition of the documentary film festival RIDMkicks off this month. Great way to nerd-out and share common interests with your bae. Check out the official site for more info!
3. If you love shopping for the fresh and local product, now is the last time to enjoy it. Hit up the Jean Talon Market in Little Italy before the fruit and veg vendors wrap up for the season.
4. Enjoy the month of November by getting those snow-free outdoor activities done before December hits. This is a perfect time to squeeze in one last romantic bike ride along the Lachine Canal. This historical site is such a beautiful place to cruise for an afternoon. The further East you ride, the closer you get to some gorgeous views of the Saint-Larence River.
5. A great way to spend the month of November is to explore some regions surrounding the city and can be totally free - other than gas - of course. Only 45 short minutes outside Montreal, Saint-Sauveur Village and the surrounding Laurentian region is perfect to spend an afternoon.
6. Cozy up in a warm cafe and sip a latte all afternoon. Check out the very homey and inviting atmosphere of Le Byblos Cafe on the East side of the Plateau. Perfect for a day date.
7. Nothing puts the spark back into a relationship like an adrenaline pumping activity. So why not go to a shooting range. Check out Club De Tire Ville Saint-Pierre, for more info.
8. Impress your fall bae and take them to a new sleek concept/bar right downtown. This month, Le Blossom Bar just opened and looks like a great place to take someone special for a drink and a bite.
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Things To Do November 9th-16th
1. Continuing riding the art and cultural enhancement wave and visit the Montreal Contemporary Art Museum which is half-priced on Wednesdays. Starting November the museum is launching a new exhibit featuring works by Montreal's very own late Leonard Cohen.
2. With so many options of places to go and sites to see, a great place to start is by picking a metro station - totally at random, preferably one you've never been to - and explore the surrounding streets of that neighborhood. Going to explore a new place is sure to spark random interesting topics of conversations.
3. Love cool and unique vintage finds? Check out this local Vintage Bizare held at Eglise Saint- Jean Berchmans on November 11th. Great way to support a local community while coping some rare vintage finds for almost nothing.
4. Healthy couple? If yes, you can hit up the Vegan Cheese Festival with your significant other. This is a nice way to pass an afternoon and sample some tasty treats.
5. The Montreal Redpath Museum is a classic free activity of Montreal. There is no admission charge and there are several great exhibits to choose from. Visit just one or all, whatever you find the time for.
6. It's always nice to spend an afternoon reminding yourself of how historic Montreal really is by visiting some of the beautiful churches and cathedrals around the city. Why not visit the famous Saint-Joseph Oratory on a cute Cotes-Des-Neiges day date.
7. Here is an inexpensive date idea, a new restaurant just opened where almost everything on the menu is under 5$. Check out Zeppelin in Cotes-Des-Neiges.
8. So many museums, so little time. If architecture is your thing, why not visit the Architecture Museum of Montreal. Free after 5:30PM on Thursday evenings.
9. When the cold starts setting in, it's nice to move the activities indoors. Going to ACTION 500 Go Karting is a great date idea. Check out their locations around the GMA.
10. Cozy up in a cute new cafe, Waxmanhouse is the perfect option for coffee lovers that can't think of anything better than sipping hot espresso all day long.
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Things To Do November 17th - 24th
1. Join the good people of the Saint-Henri community for the bi-annual Fleek Market event being held in the gym of a school just right around the corner from Lionel Groulx Metro. Tons of vintage finds, hand-made beauty products, illustrations and prints from local artists, and much much more to shop.
2. Museums dates are always a good option. Visit the McCord Museum right downtown. Bonus: the permanent exhibit is free on Wednesday evenings.
3. Let your date win all the rounds, and hit up the second floor of the AMC Forum downtown. They have a full bowling alley and all kinds of arcade games, vintage and new. Perfect date night.
4. My personal favorite free event of November, Montreal's very own Santa Clause Parade in downtown Montreal. Clearly, this parade is free and low commitment. Stop by for a quick look or stay all day watching the floats go by. Fun for all ages.
5. Get your holiday shopping done early because the end of November is definitely market season around the city. Most of these markets are free of cover charge and all open to the public. Check out the annual "Marche De Novembre" hosted at the Artgang space in Little Italy.
6. Sip on some fancy drinks in a speakeasy-style atmosphere. Check out Le Coldroom in the Old Port with your special someone.
7. If you feel like putting on a silky dress and going out for a real treat date night, check out highly anticipated Restaurant Monarque in the Old Port.
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Things To Do November 25th - 30th
1. A great way to pass an afternoon in November is to take in the final days of the beautiful fall foliage and walk up to the cross. Yes, all the way up there. It really doesn't take that long, especially if you start from Beaver Lake and you in good company.
2. The end of November means starting to shop for those holiday gifts, why not attend a holiday book fair, it's totally free! This one is hosted by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec and will be selling old and new titles, fiction and non-fiction, for all ages.
3. There are a couple ways to gain free access to Montreal's most famous art museum - The Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts. The best way is to wait until the last Sunday of every month, where admission is totally free for all. Get there early!
4. Sometimes we think there is only one "Mont" in the middle of the city, the famous Mont-Royal, of course. But there is actually a few points of higher elevation in the city, which are all great little secret getaways, all boasting beautiful views. It's totally free to visit, check out the Westmount lookout on Summit Circle.
5. Because the end of November usually means the first snowfall, you can build up a couch fort and cozy-up indoors. Netflix is running some hot new shows this fall.
6. Are you adventurous foodie couple? Then why not indulge a little and try a unique dish - Donut Poutine - with your special someone.
7. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is always hosting events and various interesting exhibits. It's a great way to spend a couple hours on a Saturday afternoon, without dishing out too much cash.
8. Get acquainted with your lover over some tasty cocktails at Bar Renard. The cozy and romantic atmosphere, perfect for a late fall date.