March is a hormonal month. On some days, you can feel the warm spring breeze will blow into town, and you'll think to yourself "wow, this is it!" Then, three days later, it will drop down to a bone-chilling -20 degrees as a blizzard of epic proportions beats down on the city. In other words, March is rough.
That said, during the Month of March I often hear Montrealers make small talk about the weather, commiserating about our shared experience and trying to give each other a sense of optimism that, yes, warm weather is definitely around the corner. This is the last chance, however, do to all those winter activities you didn't do while you we're Netflixing under your duvet all winter.
This is your LAST CHANCE, to get your friends together and go spring skiing or go on that toboggan ride you promised your girlfriend you would take her on all winter. Over the next few pages we will look at the best Montreal has to offer in the very fickle but fun month of March.
Enjoy some Qing Hua dumpling with friends
I can't get enough or talk enough about these delicious fluffy and savoury pockets of goodness. They are purely addictive and so affordable, you will find yourself going every week.
Visit Barley Cereal Bar for some eye-popping coffee
This unique concept breakfast at-any-time-of-day spot opened just a few months ago and is already a success. Bring your laptop and do some work in their tranquil and lush interior space.
Enjoy the best part of March and visit a Sugar Shack
March just isn't complete without a visit to one of the many Sugar Shacks surrounding the city. You can go for a simple sweet snack, or stay for the full course meal.
Indulge in a crazy good poutine at Ma Poule Mouilee
Ma Poule Mouilee has quickly become one of the most sought after chicken and poutine spots in the city. Don't be intimidated by the long line-up, it moves fast.
Enjoy a drink or a coffee at Bar Darling
If you have not yet visited this St-Laurent spot, it's time. It's perfect for a drink, coffee, light meal - or all three if you're in the mood. Bring a date for the best experience.
Try the new concept that just hit town - waffles on a stick at LApop!
If you have a sweet tooth you might enjoy this new concept that just hit town. LApop serves up sweet waffles on a stick, with toppings galore. So yummy, not to mention photogenic looking.
Have a drink at new Verdun spot, Bar Social Verdun
Wellington street is the next St-Lo. With spots like Bar Social Verdun opening, I have no doubt that soon we will all be soon Ubering down to Verdun on Friday nights.
Indulge in classic diner delights at Green Spot
Bring all your friends for a fun and tasty casual meal at one of Montreal many greasy spoon diners. The coffee refills are sometimes free, so you can just sip warm watery coffee and hang all afternoon.
Share a rustic Italian meal at Nora Grey
If you're looking for the perfect romantic date resto, Nora Grey is probably one of the top places in Montreal to go. The atmosphere is intimate and the vibe is relaxed. The food is phenomenal, too. Can't get enough of this place.
For a super cute date idea, visit Putting Edge Downtown
Indoor mini putt is a great date idea, especially if you're on the first 1 - 3 dates. Activities always give a good buffer for potential silences and awkwardness. Or you can go with a big group of old friends. Both are definitely going to be memorable.
Take your date for some private Karaoke singing fun
Private room karaoke is a super fun date idea, and also a great way to spend an evening with a group of friends. Most Karaoke spots will serve drinks and even food straight to your room. Be warned: You might end up staying all day and night.
Try Montreal's hot new Pizza Spot Elena
Impress your date and take them to a new trendy restaurant in St-Henri, Pizzeria Elena. Because everyone loves pizza right?
Plan a bowling night for you and your date (or friends)
Montreal is home to quite a few awesome bowling alleys that accommodate people of all experience level, I should know, I am a terrible bowler and I actually feel comfortable at some of these places. Usually, beer and food are available, so take the fun up a notch.
Treat your date to a fancy drink and bite at Iberica Downtown
Restaurant Iberica just opened a few months ago and it's quite a beauty. This airy open space is perfect for a special date night. Hint Hint.
Organize a special activity for you and your date, take them to Action500 Karting
For the ultra-competitive couple, Action 500 makes for a great date idea. They also have other activities like paintball and arcade, you could potentially spend hours there.
Spoil your date with a romantic sunset drive
When it comes to planning a memorable date, it's the thought that counts, not how much money you spend. Taking a long weekend drive outside of the city to see the sunset is pure romance and a great time to just relax with and connect with your date.
Visit Montreal's one and only Cat Cafe!
You will never catch me here, not because I don't love cats, or think this concept is great - but because i'm deathly allergic to my furry friends. For all those who are not, this is a fun way to pass the afternoon and do something different.
Visit one of the many fun and cheap BYOW spots in town
Bring your own wine is something unique to Montreal. And we can't get enough. Some of these spots are mega affordable, a meal will cost you less than $20. Now that's a deal.
Enjoy Dim Sum for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Dim Sum is cheap and so tasty. The best part, it's an any time of day food. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and anywhere in between.
Visit the MAC Museum on Wednesday for half-off night
March is the last month of the Leonard Cohen exhibit we've been talking about so much. So, if you haven't checked it yet, now is the last chance!
Visit a new coffee shop Yulcité for a quick cup
The independent coffee shop scene is flourishing in Montreal, and I love it, because this means we have endless supply of affordable activities to do. Cafe hopping IS a #lifestyle.
Enjoy a sweet or savory crepe to go at La Cabane De Danny in China Town
When the temperature starts creeping up Montrealers flock to the outdoors for eating and drinking. Start off slow by grabbing a crepe to go at Danny's stand in China Town.
Get entertained at the movies at Cineplex on cheap Tuesday!
If you didn't know already Tuesdays are cheap night at the movies. For about $8 you can see the newest Hollywood blockbusters.
Visit the AMC arcade for an evening of games and fun
A inexpensive and fun activity night can be easily found right downtown at AMC Forum. The higher levels have not only an arcade, but full bowling alley, pool tables and much more!
Treat yourself to a fresh cut or shave at Crisp Barber Shop
Nothing like treating yourself to an old fashioned clean shave or fresh cut. Why not try a new spot, Crisp Barber Shop just opened in Point-St-Charles.
Do something different and visit the Montreal Casino
You don't even need to gamble. There's at least three bars on every floor and free coffee, obviously. If you're feeling adventures, try your luck on the dime slots.
Indulge of one of Montreal's beautiful outdoor spas
This activity is so versatile, it can be done alone, with someone special, or even with a group of friends. Any way you choose, it will always be pleasurable and super relaxing.
Treat yourself to a night in a hotel + breakfast in bed
Get a small taste of the high-life and treat yourself to a special night in one of Montreal many boutique Hotels. Order breakfast to your room for the full experience.
Bust out the lumberjack shirt and head to a very unique and gastronomic Sugar Shack experience at La Cabane A Sucre Au Pied De Cochon. Book ahead of time, spaces fill up fast.
Get your summer bod ready and take a Hot Yoga Class
Yoga is a great way to melt away the stress of pre-exam time and get your body ready for bikini season. Moksha Yoga Montreal offers single classes for only $20. Good news, it's even cheaper for students at only $15 per class.
Enjoy a delicious bowl of Ramen
Ramen never gets old. I am really happy to see that it's become a thing in the food scene in Montreal, Ramen spots are abundant now. Check out an old fav of China Town - Sumo Ramen.
Enjoy an elevated brunch experience in Griffintown at Perles & Paddock
If the brunch tastes as good as this place looks, it's going to be delicious. If you're looking to treat yourself or someone special to a unique and elevated brunch experience, look no further than this new Griffintown spot Perles et Paddock.
Plan an Oscar Night Party with friends and family
The 90th Academy Awards Ceremony will be airing on Sunday, March 4th. So, gather all your movie buff friends and make a party of it.
Take a walk around China Town
Our China Town may not be as big as New York's or Toronto's, BUT it still has plenty to offer. I love walking around and popping into all the little shops to just look around at the imported trinkets and gadgets. Always walking away with something new and surprising each time.
Plan a board game night with friends
You don't have to go out and spend a bunch of money to have a good time. A fun night can consist of having a couple friends over sharing wine and laughs over a good board game.
Enjoy the last month of hibernation with a Netflix marathon
Spring is around the corner, and it won't be as easy to flake on social plans guilt free. So indulge the last few weeks of winter with the very best of Netflix.
Last month of outdoor winter activities!
In a similar spirit, March is really the last month for all those outdoor winter activities, such as hockey, tobogganing and ice skating. Most can be done in our beautiful public parks for zero dollars. Obviously, equipment rentals are optional.
Hit up St-Catherine Street for Montreal's 195th St-Patricks Day Parade!
Ah, the St-Patricks day parade in Montreal. Each year the weather is a total surprise. It's either still an icy -30 or a warm spring breeze +10 degrees. No matter how warm or cold, there will always be at least one group of drunk grunting shirtless bros. Priceless.
Celebrate International Women's Day!
March 8th is officially international women's day. So don't forget to tell the important women in your life how much they mean to you. And celebrate how far women have come!
Save lives without donating one cent with Hema-Quebec
Giving blood saves lives. This is Hema-Quebec's mission and they have blood drives frequently across the province.