The Esquire Guide To Montreal

F1 driver Felipe Massa gives you his tips to making the most of your time in Montreal

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It takes the same amount of time to travel to Montreal as it does to fly to New York, and while the Canadian city doesn't pretend to match the scale and excitement of the Big Apple (where can?), its multitude of unique charms makes it an excellent alternative for an accessible long weekend break. 

Here, F1 champ Felipe Massa takes you through his favourite parts of the city.

Where To Stay

Hotel intercontinental
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There are a lot go beautiful hotels in Montreal. I typically stay at the Intercontinental because it's comfortable, the service is excellent and, additionally, it's close to the circuit. As alternative options, I would recommend Le St-James, the W or the Ritz-Carlton. 

Where To Eat

Maison Boulud
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Montreal features a great mix of restaurants for every style and occasion. My favourite is Maison Boulud, owned by michelin-starred French chef Daniel Boulud. He's of the best chef in the world in my opinion. Daniel is a real "maestro". If you look for a good italian restaurant, my choice is Buonanotte. 

How To Relax

Montreal is one of my favourite cities. The atmosphere is very special and quite similar to the Monaco GP. 

There are many beautiful places, but I especially love to go running along the river and around the parks every morning during my stay. 

The 2016 Montreal Grand Prix is on 12 June. Esquire is partnering with F1 team Williams Martini Racing again throughout the season.