Six-time Canadian champion and 2010 Olympic bronze medallist, Joannie Rochette, offers her insights about what fans should do, see and eat in her home city of Montreal ahead of the 2020 ISU World Figure Skating Championships.
1. What is your favourite restaurant in Montreal?
- Bouillon bilk
- Orange Rouge
- Vin papillon
- La champagnerie – If you want to saber your own champagne bottle, they show you how! They also have great food.
- Les Enfants Terribles – If you want a great view of Montreal.
2. What is your favourite dessert place in Montreal?
Joannie: Mamie clafoutis for croissants and take-home deserts. Juliette et Chocolat for sit down dining.
3. What is your favourite activity away from the rink in Montreal?
4. What is your favourite place to shop in Montreal?
5. What is your favourite winter or summer activity in Montreal?
Joannie: In the winter I love to skate at the outdoor rink in Old Port and warming up next to the fire.
In the summer, I love driving around the Old Port with my scooter and eating/having a drink on a rooftop terrace, going to La Ronde, biking on the Lachine Canal and having a picnic in the grass, going to Atwater Market, walking around the Plateau Mont Royal and Parc Lafontaine.
6. Is there anything specific fans should know about Montreal?
Joannie: It’s a multicultural bilingual city, open to the world, where people love to eat and go out at night!
7. What is the most exciting thing about living in Montreal?
Joannie: The restaurants, the nightlife and the multiple festivals in the summertime.
8. Where is the best selfie location in Montreal?
Joannie: Anywhere in the Old Port or on top of Mount Royal. You can also go to the Olympic stadium to take a selfie with the Olympic rings with the city in the background!
There is a lot of public art in Montreal, you can google « Les chuchoteuse » in Old Montreal, people love to take pictures next to these three ladies! There is also the Love sculpture in front of L’Hotel in Old Montreal that is quite famous.
The ferris wheel in the Old Port makes for a nice selfie, and at night it is all lit up!
There are a lot of paintings and projections on buildings in Montreal, you can go on this website to choose the mini tour of your choice: https://artpublicmontreal.ca/en/tours/
9. If someone only had one day in Montreal, what are some things you would recommend them doing/seeing?
Joannie: Going on top of Mount Royal to get a picture with the city, walking in the Old Port close to Place Jacques-Cartier and City Hall, seeing a show at Place des Arts or at La Maison Symphonique. If you like museums, you can also go to Musée Pointe-à-Caillière to learn more about the history of Montréal or Musée des Beaux-Arts!
10. Where is your favourite place to unwind and catch up with friends in Montreal?
Joannie: Furco is busy on Thursday nights, businesspeople meet up after work, they have a great wine list and snacks. I also love La Champagnerie at nighttime.
If you want a great view of the city, you can have a meal on top of Place Ville-Marie, the tallest building downtown Montreal, the restaurant is called Les Enfants Terribles.
Montreal is one of the world’s most vibrant cities, where fans can enjoy a city that truly offers all the finest experiences. Buying a ticket and coming to the 2020 ISU World Figure Skating Championships will offer fans an opportunity to experience the world’s best of everything and the Joie de Vivre of both the world championships and the city of Montreal! For more information and how to buy tickets please visit montreal2020.com.