Popular with tourists and locals alike, the charming Old Town features picturesque buildings, unsurpassed markets, and delightful historic touches, from the cobblestone streets to the Victorian-era facades. Step outside the majestic architecture of Union Station, one of Canada’s most historic buildings, and stroll eastward. Here you’ll find modern furniture boutiques and funky coffee shops, sprinkled with the unusual and unexpected, including the iconic Flatiron Building with its “fluttering effect” mural.
Foodies, locals, and visitors all flock to the St. Lawrence Market, an extraordinary collection of butchers, bakers, greengrocers, and cheesemakers. Grab a world-famous Peameal on a Bun and a bag of fresh cheese curds, and lounge at one of the outdoor picnic tables.
A short walk away lies the Distillery District, a pedestrian-only, European-style outdoor site, reclaimed from a collection of Victorian-era whiskey distillery buildings. It now houses art galleries, artisanal food stores, and the best patio scene outside of the downtown. While away the day with an authentic, handcrafted margarita or a spiced hot chocolate in hand. If you visit in December, you can experience the wonder of the season as the District hosts a European-style Christmas market, featuring live carolers, hot mulled wine, and a visit with Santa Claus.