Things to Do in Montreal

Place des Arts

Popular Areas

Place des Arts is much more than a concert hall. Performances aside, the building alone is grand enough to attract a gaggle of artsy approval. Dubbed a “multipurpose cultural complex,” its mission is to grant more Montrealers access to the performing arts. Get cultured with a dose of ballet, opera or orchestra. Dress the part (tortoise-shells and wing-tips) and see what’s on.

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Underground City

Shopping Areas

Go down under. The many-tunnelled “RESO” is the largest below ground complex ever. Created to shield against Montreal’s frigid winters, the functionality of underground city is this: it keeps the locals defrosted during their coldest season. Shop, dine, and do 1001 things and never go above ground. Most Montrealers scurry about this tunnel-town daily.

Accommodations near Underground City
  • 800 Rue de la Gauchetière West, Montreal, QC H5A 1L3
Old Port of Montreal

Popular Areas

One part’s a port, the other a sweeping outdoor area. This used to be the go-to spot for fur traders. But that was then, this is now. During summer, food trucks populate the area. Grab a bite of artisanal and organic street-eats, and then picnic your heart out by the Saint-Lawrence River. Afterward, walk off your moveable feast with a stroll to urban Clock Tower Beach.

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Crescent Street

Popular Areas

A street for the people! Farm to table food, organic coffee, and bougie boutiques – sound like a place you want to be? You and everyone else. Crescent Street is high quality with a touch of trendy. Above all, it knows how to throw a party. Grand Prix festival rolls into Crescent during the summer and revs the rue into a haven of free samples, food trucks, and luxury cars.

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Bell Centre

Stadiums or Arenas

Calling all ice hockey superfans! Bell Center (aka the holy church of hockey) is a living, breathing homage to the national sport. As the largest stadium of its kind in North America, it’s a happy-place for foam-fingered locals. Other performances happen here, too, but nothing compares to the sound of skaters whooshing by.

Accommodations near Bell Centre
  • 1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal, Montréal, QC H4B 5G0
  • Open Monday–Friday 12:00–18:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Mount Royal Park


Escape the urban and soothe your need for nature. This park’s a mark of pride for Montrealers, a place to cross country ski in the winter and hike in the summer. Exercise junkies: you’ll encounter your tribe on these trails. Of course, Mount Royal is outfitted for more than joggers and vinyasa yoga circles. Pick a patch of grass and picnic to perfection on bagels, et al.

Accommodations near Mount Royal Park
  • 1260 Remembrance Road, Montreal, QC H3H 1A2
  • Open Monday-Sunday 06:00-00:00
Montreal Casino

Popular Areas

The Montreal Casino never closes. Seriously. Gamble the night away in this many-floored gargantuan gambling palace. If you meet the eighteen-plus cut, you’ll find more than just slot machines to scratch your entertainment itch. Dining options, sundry bars, breakfast joints and lounges abound - all prime places to observe the action unfold around you.

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Saint Joseph's Oratory


Catholics and architecture fiends: prepare to be besotted. This Italian-Renaissance basilica brings people to their knees. Literally. Don’t be surprised if on the way up (it’s quite a walk to the top) you see people crouching down to pray on each step. The most famous church in Montreal also publishes its own magazine and hosts many special events.

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Rue Ste Catherine (St. Catherine Street)

Popular Areas

St. Catherine is the cool kid of Montreal streets. Nine-to-fivers, McGill undergrads, Sunday-brunchers, the fashion-forward, you name it–this electrifying lane attracts all walks of life. It’s also a hub for commerce, commercialism and protestors hoping to garner attention for their newest cause. Eat your own heart out in the countless shops–or just eat.

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Montreal Botanical Garden


Does your heart beat for botany? From heirloom to medicinal, plants of every phylum grow in these gardens. Amble for hours amidst 22,000 leafy species and 7,000 kinds of trees, and then take in some pretty “seedy” exhibitions (get it?). Part of the “Space for Life” initiative, this garden joins other institutions around the city to educate Montrealers on all things science.

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Reviews of Montreal



October 25, 2016

My family and i lived in Montreal for about 20years,my three children grew up there and living in Westmount was wonderful.
1 review


October 24, 2016

I have been to Montreal several times,my reason for going back is I fell in love with a city that's very European in style,which is why I'm moving there
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2 reviews

Very good

October 25, 2016

Easy to walk most everywhere. Disappointed in the so called underground city. The rain made it difficult to sightsee outdoors.
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1 review


October 24, 2016

Una ciudad hermosa, muy grande y con muchas cosas por ver y hacer. Además cerca de la ciudad hay muchos lugares para visitar. Imperdible. En mi opinión debes ir a la región de Quebec antes de ir a Europa.
2 reviews


October 24, 2016

A very safe city with great restaurants , shopping, and many sites and activities to keep you occupied .
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1 review


October 24, 2016

People were friendly. Loved Old Montreal. Restaurant Soubois food, staff, atmosphere for dinner was amazing. FOOD WAS FANTASTIC.!
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October 24, 2016

Montreal is full of charm and history. Old Montreal was wonderful and the city centre had plenty of good pubs and restaurants to choose from.
6 reviews


October 24, 2016

I felt I was in Europe, New York. I loved Old Montreal, all the cathedrals, galleries.....all.
2 reviews


October 24, 2016

BIG city i enjoyed getting lost and eventurely knowing how to get around.
1 review

Accommodations and Hotels in Montreal

Auberge & Hotel Montreal Espace Confort

7.4 Good

Score from 880 reviews


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  • 2050 rue Saint Denis, Downtown Montreal, Montreal
Hotel Travelodge Montreal Centre

7.2 Good

Score from 3573 reviews


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  • 50 Boul Rene Levesque Ouest, Downtown Montreal, Montreal
Hyatt Regency Montreal

7.9 Good

Score from 1741 reviews


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  • 1255 Jeanne-Mance, Downtown Montreal, Montreal
Loews Hotel Vogue

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 730 reviews


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  • 1425 rue de la Montagne, Downtown Montreal, Montreal
Hotel Place D'Armes

9 Wonderful

Score from 682 reviews


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  • 55 St-Jacques Street West, Old Montreal, Montreal
Courtyard by Marriott Montreal Downtown

9 Wonderful

Score from 2743 reviews


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  • 380 René-Lévesque Boulevard West, Downtown Montreal, Montreal
L'Appartement Hôtel

8.6 Excellent

Score from 1201 reviews


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  • 455 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Downtown Montreal, Montreal
Hôtel Le Cantlie Suites

8.3 Very good

Score from 2596 reviews


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  • 1110, Sherbrooke Street West, Downtown Montreal, Montreal
Hilton Garden Inn Montreal Centre-Ville

8.7 Excellent

Score from 1681 reviews


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  • 380 Sherbrooke Street West, Downtown Montreal, Montreal
Discover Montreal

Popular Neighborhoods in Montreal

Downtown Montreal

210 properties

Home to business barons, power couples and traffic of the 9-5 kind. Museums, urban superstores, and skyscrapers as sleek-as-the-sun make for a dramatic central cityscape. When dashing through the district, find Deville Dinerbar. A scoop of their comfy mac & cheese is a crash course in what happens when diners go gourmet. Being “stuffed” is Québécois for happy!

Plateau Mont Royal

112 properties

Bonjour! You’ve just entered francophone Le Plateau. These tree-lined streets are notorious for being home to the prim and modish. Pretty as a picture, this residential area of affluent, French-speaking folk is best for a bite of brunch. The district’s gourmet nature woos the masses with its wacky menu items. Duck fois gras candy, anyone?

Quartier des Spectacles

43 properties

Creative types will feel at home in Quartier des Spectacles. This is the artistic heart of Montreal, where the galleries are tucked next to concert venues and there’s always a live show to find. No matter your age or artistic inclination, you’ll find something that strikes a chord.

Old Montreal

40 properties

Old Montreal is one part storybook, one part city. The old-world architecture, horse-drawn carriages and cobbled streets give it a sophisticated feel. This walkable area is awash in galleries, ateliers, alleyways and hip, hidden gems. Cafes tempt your with their farm-sourced dishes. Follow the smell of poutine and try the city’s signature dish.

Gay Village

35 properties

Love knows no bounds in these accepting streets. Two-mom homes are as common as drag queens, and rainbow flags ripple in the wind. But this colourful village is more than flair and flamboyance. Hip students and young artists are moving on up into this trending Village.

The Underground City

23 properties

The name says it all, or does it? This epic network of tunnels, shops, metro-stops and 1001 eateries isn’t actually all “underground.” However, it’s all inside. In a city so cold that your eyelashes can freeze in sub-zero temperatures – that’s a pretty good deal. Celebrate being indoors with a Montreal-styled maple syrup gelato from Paysanne.


11 properties

HoMa is true-blue Montreal, with a tiny trickle of tourists. Tip your hat to dog walkers and Sunday strollers on your way to the Botanical Gardens. Marvel at the myriad of markets, and find somewhere to sit for a spread of fresh charcuteries and cheese platters. An affordable area to live, HoMa is both diverse and blessedly quiet.

Quartier Latin

6 properties

Care for a coconut milk latte with a side of poetry? You won’t be the only one with quirky tastes in Quartier Latin. Browse this bohemian district’s thrift stores, attend literary readings, and dive into political debates with leftist-leaning postgrads. Ethnic eateries serve up dishes from all corners of all continents, and cheap brews abound. “Santé!”

Local Tips for Montreal

Patrice Patissier
Myriam by Myriam

An avid baker, Myriam enjoys cooking classes and creating sweet treats for her co-workers.

Treat yourself to some cheeky sweets, a glass of wine (or both!) at Patrice Patissier. Take a group class with renowned pastry chef Patrice Demers, or simply sit back and indulge on the lunch or dinner menu, complete with a wine waiter to pair wines to your meal and dessert.

  • 2360 Notre-Dame West Montreal (QC) H3J 1N4
  • Open Wednesday–Friday 10:30–18:30, Saturday 09:30–18:30, Sunday 09:30–17:00
Nathaniel by Nathaniel

Nathaniel is a Montreal travel junkie and loves sharing hidden gems with tourists and locals alike.

The Ecomuseum Zoo is a great way to get outdoors and experience nature. Acting as a refuge for animals, the museum is home to over 115 indigenous animal species including the black bear and arctic fox. Your new furry friends are waiting!

  • 21125 Chemin Sainte-Marie Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (QC) H9X 3Y7
  • Open Monday–Sunday 09:00–17:00
Jean-Talon Market
Sophie by Sophie

Born in France, Sophie was pleasantly surprised by the fine French food on offer in Montreal.

Follow your nose to the scent of fresh baked bread and artisan cheese, to discover Jean-Talon Market. Open daily, the market is a colourful collection of stalls where you can sample fruits or listen to enthusiastic vendors sell their product with the typical Montreal "joie de vivre" (joy)!

  • 7070 Avenue Henri Julien, Montreal (QC) H2S 3S3
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 07:00–18:00, Thursday–Friday 07:00–20:00, Saturday 07:00–18:00, Sunday 07:00–17:00
OSM - Orschestre Symphonique de Montreal
Kim by Kim

Kim likes to spend her time satiating her passion for books, photography and delicious food.

For a classical experience that will be music to your ears, be sure to book tickets to hear the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal (OSM) play their magic. Held in the stunning Place des Arts event venue, an OSM show is sure to make your jaw drop!

  • 1600 Saint-UrbainMontreal (QC) H2X 2M5
Silo #5 - Silophone
Luis by Luis

Born and bred Montrealer Luis lives for humour, and adores the city’s Just for Laughs Festival.

Silophone is a truly unique installation that combines sound and architecture, all within the realms of an abandoned grain elevator. Simply send a noise or message over the internet, and your sound will be captured by Silo #5’s microphones, and then echoed through the nearby streets.

Randolph Pub
Mathieu by Mathieu

A perfect night for Matt? Great friends, good drinks and some awesome board games!

Board game lovers unite! If you like a good game as much as you like beer, then you can’t go past Randolph Pub. On arrival you’ll be assigned a table, given a list of games to choose from, and offered game hosts to challenge your skills! Super fun with a bunch of friends.

  • 2041 Saint-DenisMontreal (QC) H2X 3K8
  • Open Monday–Thursday 16:00–01:00, Friday 16:00–02:00, Saturday 12:00–02:00, Sunday 12:00–01:00
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Recommended in Montreal

The underground shopping mall was awesome! Especially because it was stifling hot when I was in Montreal so a welcome relief to do the 'underground' city for shopping and access to most of the department and other store types.

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Why do you recommend Montreal for food?

There are some amazing restaurants there with a wide array of choices.

the Holucost Museum and Library The Art Museum at the University.

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Montreal Transportation

Air – Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is the city’s main airport. The fastest connection to the city centre is a 20-minute taxi ride for a minimum cost of CAD 17. A cheaper option is the 747 shuttle bus, which runs 24/7 between the airport and central bus station. A trip will cost you CAD 10, with a travel time of 45-60 minutes. Car hire is also available at the airport.

  • Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

The Métro system is the most convenient way to travel within the city, offering 4 lines. Operating hours are between 05:30 and 00:30, with services running every 3–10 minutes. A regular fare is CAD 3.25, however travellers staying in Montreal for a few days are advised to purchase an ‘Occasional card’ which grants you multiple trips. Metro stops are indicated by white and blue signs.


The bus system is useful for travelling to places either not serviced by the metro, or outside of metro operating hours. Services run every 10 minutes, and there is also an ‘all-night’ service that starts at midnight. Other bus options include a shared Taxibus and an express service line. Regular fares start at CAD 3.25.


Taxis in Montreal are safe and reliable, however can be expensive compared to public transport. They can also be slow due to traffic, especially during rush hour. Taxis are best used at night, or when far from public transport services. Taxis can be hailed off the street, however keep in mind they are just regular cars with a taxi sign on top. You can also dial #TAXI on your mobile phone to pre-book.


Cycling around Montreal is a fast, affordable and fun way to explore the city. BIXI is the public bike system, open from April–November 24/7. Fares start at CAD 5 for 24 hours or CAD 14 for 72 hours. There are many BIXI stations around the city, to hire a bike simply pay by credit card, unlock the bike from its dock and return it within the selected time frame to any BIXI station. All stations have a map of the bicycle path network.


While it is easy to rent a car at the airport and navigate within the city, driving is not necessary in Montreal due to the convenient and cheap public transport options. Traffic congestion can make driving frustrating, and parking is difficult to find and often expensive. If you are lucky enough to find street parking, remember to insert change or pay with a credit card on the parking meter.

Food in Montreal

Top Restaurants in Montreal

Mid-Range Fare
Le Contemporain
  • 185 Sainte-Catherine West Montreal, QC H2X 1Z9
  • Open Tuesday–Friday 12:00–14:00, Thursday–Saturday 17:30–20:00
  • 001 5148476900
Upscale Dining
Bouillon Bilk
  • 1595 St-Laurent Boulevard Montreal, QC H2X 2S9
  • Open Monday–Friday 11:30–14:30 and 17:30–23:00, Saturday–Sunday 17:30–23:00
  • 001 5148451595
Mid-Range Fare
MBCo La Boulangerie de Montréal
  • 150 Sainte-Catherine WestMontreal, QC H5B 1E4
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 09:30–18:00, Thursday–Friday 09:30–21:00, Saturday 09:30-19:00, Sunday 12:00–17:00
Upscale Dining
Brasserie T!
Upscale Dining
Taverne F
  • 1485 rue Jeanne-Mance Montreal, QC H2X 2J4
  • Open Monday–Friday 11:30–14:30 and 17:00–23:00, Saturday 16:30–23:00
  • 001 5142894558
Mid-Range Fare
  • 201 Milton Montreal, QC H2X 1V5
  • Open Tuesday–Friday 11:30–20:30, Saturday 16:00–20:30
  • 001 5148458396
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Bar Bites
  • 425 Mayor Montreal, QC H3A 2E4
  • Open Monday 17:00–10:00, Tuesday–Saturday 17:00–00:00, Sunday 17:00–22:00
  • 001 5147643588
Cheap Eats
Centrale Bergham Sandwicherie
  • 3467 Saint-Laurent Montreal-East, QC H2X 2T6
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 10:00–18:00, Thursday–Friday 10:00–21:00, Saturday 11:00–17:00, Sunday 12:00–17:00
  • 001 5145086161
Mid-Range Fare
Maison Kam Fung
Mid-Range Fare
Birks Café by Europea
  • 1240 Square Phillips Montreal QC H3B 3H4
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 10:00–18:00, Thursday–Friday 10:00–21:00, Saturday 11:00–17:00, Sunday 12:00–17:00
  • 001 5143972468
Mid-Range Fare
Marche 27 Express
Upscale Dining
La Maison du Jazz
  • 2060 Aylmer Montreal, QC H3A 2E3
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 16:00–23:30, Thursday 11:30–23:30, Friday 11:30–02:00, Saturday 18:00–02:00, Sunday 18:00–23:30
  • 001 5148428656
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Losa Rosa
  • 545 Milton Montreal, QC H2X 1W5
  • Open Monday–Thursday 11:30–21:30, Friday 11:30–22:00, Saturday 12:00–22:00, Sunday 12:00–21:30
  • 001 5142879337
Mid-Range Fare
Luca e Franco
  • 3443 Rue Saint-DenisMontreal, QC H2X 3L1
  • Open Monday 17:00–22:00, Tuesday 17:00–00:00, Wednesday 17:00–22:00, Thursday–Friday 12:00–15:00 and 17:00–23:00, Saturday 17:00–23:00
  • 001 5145079700
Cheap Eats
Bar Bites
Bar Bifteck St-Laurent
  • 3702 St-Laurent BoulevardMontreal, QC H2X 2V4
  • Open Monday–Sunday 14:00–03:00
  • 001 5148446211
Cheap Eats
Paysanne Gelato
  • 1500 Mcgill College AvenueMontreal, QC H3B 1E2
  • Open Monday–Friday 10:00–21:00, Saturday 10:00–18:00, Sunday 10:00–17:00
Mid-Range Fare
Mamie Clafoutis
  • 3660 Rue Saint-DenisMontreal, QC H2X 3L7
  • Open Monday–Friday 06:30–20:00, Saturday 07:30–20:00, Sunday 07:30–19:00
  • 001 4383805624
Upscale Dining
La Fabrique
  • 3609 Rue Saint-DenisMontreal, QC H2X 3L6
  • Open Tuesday–Friday 17:30–22:30, Saturday 10:30–14:30 and 17:30–22:30, Sunday 10:30–14:30 and 17:30–21:30
  • 001 5145445038
Cheap Eats
Smart Burger (Le)
  • 896 Sherbrooke West Montreal, QC H3A 1G3
  • Open Monday–Sunday 11:00–23:00
  • 001 5145647099
Cheap Eats
Cafe Humble Lion
Mid-Range Fare
  • 51 Roy EastMontreal, QC H2W 1L8
  • Open Monday–Thursday 17:00–23:00, Friday–Saturday 17:00–02:00, Sunday 17:00–23:00
  • 001 5144396691
Mid-Range Fare
  • 211 Notre-Dame OuestMontreal, QC H2Y 1T4
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 16:00–03:00, Thursday–Friday 14:00–03:00, Saturday–Sunday 16:00–03:00
  • 001 5142720777
Upscale Dining
The Keg Steakhouse
  • 5 Place Ville MarieMontreal, QC H3B 2G2
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 11:00–00:00, Thursday–Friday 11:00–01:00, Saturday 16:00–01:00, Sunday 16:00–00:00
  • 001 5148681999
Cheap Eats
  • 914 Sherbrooke WestMontreal, QC H3A 1G3
  • Open Monday–Saturday 11:00–21:00, Sunday 11:00–20:00
  • 001 5148424442
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