There will be tons of merchandise stands around the track. It’s too expensive though, just buy them off ebay. You’ll pay way less.
As for seating, the silver grandstands are usually in places with more action & a better view of the cars. It depends on which grandstand you want though. Not every “section” within every “grandstand” is amazing.
For Grandstand 11:
-sections for 1-4 are the best (lower section number is better)
For Grandstand 12:
Sections 5-7 are best (higher section number gives a better view)
For Grandstand 24:
-I think sections 2-4 would be best (closest to apex of hairpin)
If you want specifics of why I’m saying those sections in the grandstands let me know.
The main streets are always Crescent (blocked off for events) & Peel Street. Sometimes St-Laurent street is blocked off with events also.
There are so many good restaurants & pubs in Montreal you can find anything. Let me know what you guys are looking for.
Unique things to lookout for during the weekend for first timers?
-Bring the essentials with you, bottle of water, umbrella?, snacks?
-Take time to walk around the track & get different vantage points
-If you have seats in GS 1,2,3 or 11-12. Walk down the back straight & get some videos of the car braking into the last chicane. It’s amazing. (usually security doesn’t allow people without tickets to those sections down towards the Senna Curve but try anyway).
There’s a ton of connected underground shopping/stores throughout downtown:
-Les Cours Montreal
If you are in town for long enough or have children you guys can go to the Six Flags theme park on the island beside the F1 track.
In the old port:
Montreal Science Center