7 Things To Do In Plateau Mont-Royal In Montreal

No longer just the “most European city of North America,” Montreal is home to many thriving neighbourhoods that are just waiting to be discovered by visitors who’d like something other than the sights of Old Montreal.

The best example of this rejuvenation is Plateau Mont-Royal; just north of downtown Montreal, it sprawls from the edge of the emblematic mountain to the colourful, picturesque tree-lined streets that have taken over every Montrealer’s Instagram feed. Here are the seven most fun, iconic and memorable things to do in Plateau Mont-Royal, Montreal’s most beloved district.

This post first appeared on Expedia Canada Viewfinder Blog, for which I am a contributor – but I figured I could post it here as well, just in case you haven’t seen it!

My Favourite Things To Do In Plateau Mont-Royal

Indulge Your Inner Foodie

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Rumour has it that Montreal has the second highest amount of restaurants per capita in North America – is that the best reason to wear your eating pants or what? With classics like smoked meat from Schwartz’s to poutine at La Banquise, and with local favorites like Kinoya Izakaya and French bistro Les Héritiers, there really is no reason to skip any meal in Montreal. Don’t forget breakfast – Hof Kelsten bakery and Iranian brunch at Byblos are among the city’s most popular spots.

Related: 15 Cheat Eats Under $15 In Montreal

Play Photographer For a Day

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With perfectly aligned rows of houses, colourful windows and twirling iron staircases, Montreal knows how to be sexy for the camera. I would suggest specific areas or streets, but the truth is, the whole of Plateau Mont-Royal is worthy of a snap. But make sure to wander along Boulevard Saint-Laurent for some of the best street art this side of the pond!

Related: Artsy And Beautiful Plateau Mont-Royal – In Photos

Hike, Hike Baby

The neighbourhood gets its very name from the infamous mountain; it only seems fair that visitors should want to indulge in one of the most popular things to do in Plateau Mont-Royal – make their way up to admire the view, right? Indeed, having lookout points on two of its sides, Mont-Royal offers splendid panoramas of the eastern portion of the city and the shiny, pointy skyscrapers of downtown. Lazier travellers will find comfort in the fact that there is a bus service to the mountain top from Mont-Royal métro station – you’re welcome!

A Nightcap, Maybe?

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Being home to a relatively young crowd, Plateau Mont-Royal is blessed with some of the city’s best flair bars, microbreweries and pubs. Whether you want to sample the local brews (Dieu du Ciel or HELM), discover inspired cocktails (Le Lab or Big In Japan Bar) or just relax and unwind (Buvette Chez Simone or Maison Publique), you can be sure to find it in Montreal’s busiest, yet most charming, district.

Hang Out With the Hipsters

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Mile End is the official capital of the Montreal hipster crowd. Located in the western portion of Plateau Mont-Royal, this subdivision is where visitors will find most bearded men, start-up offices and vintage record shops. An excellent people watching spot if there ever was one, Mile End also has unmissable photo opportunities, world-class street art and a delectable drink/food scene that would make any other city jealous.

Related: Where To Eat, Drink And Play In Plateau Mont-Royal

Get Your Java Fix

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Travelling solely to try out new coffee shops is something more and more 20-somethings do nowadays, and Montreal certainly hasn’t missed the memo. With seemingly one or two new coffee shops opening up every week, even Montrealers have a hard time keeping track! My favorites, however, remain Le moineau masqué, Café Les Entretiens, Café Névé, and Myriade.

Related: The 19 Best Montreal Coffee Shops (AKA Where I Spend Most of My Waking Moments)

Shop ‘Til You Drop

One of the longest shopping streets in North America, Boulevard Saint-Laurent has long been regarded as the most exciting shopping destinations in the city, especially between Bernard and Prince-Arthur streets. Some of the local favorites include home decor V de V, ladies-only Unicorn and 1861, grown-man approved Frank & Oak (although this is just around the corner from Saint-Laurent) and, of course, the dozens of vintage shops scattered along the way. Put on your shopping shoes!

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10 Comments on 7 Things To Do In Plateau Mont-Royal In Montreal

  1. Henry Perazo
    July 27, 2015 at 11:56 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing the article. It’s very beautiful. Hope to hear more from you.

    • Marie-Eve
      August 3, 2015 at 11:53 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Henry! Plateau Mont-Royal is fantastic indeed.

  2. Anna
    August 4, 2015 at 12:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Marie,
    My husband and I will be staying for 4 nights in Montreal this October but we can’t figure out where to stay. Leaning towards Old Montreal or Plateau Mont-Royale. We are in our 20s and love to eat, drink, and shop like locals but see the tourist spots as well. What are your recommendations?

    • Marie-Eve
      August 4, 2015 at 3:36 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Anna, there aren’t many hotels in Plateau Mont-Royal per se so downtown/Old-Montreal are probably your best bets. Depending on your price range, I suggest Hotel St-Paul, Hotel ZERO1, Hotel Nelligan, ALT Hotel. These are all great places. In Plateau Mont-Royal you will have Auberge du Carré St-Louis and Hotel de l’Institut, which is part of a high-end hospitality training school. Enjoy Montreal!

      • Anna
        August 5, 2015 at 8:49 am (2 years ago)

        Thank you for the recommendations! And for all your travel posts. We can’t wait to explore Montreal and we will definitely be following your advice on what to see and do there. I especially can’t wait to show my husband your list of the best inexpensive food in Montreal. I think food is our favorite part of traveling!! :)

      • Marie-Eve
        August 7, 2015 at 10:07 am (2 years ago)

        Thanks Anna! Happy to help.

  3. Lisa Quinlan
    September 25, 2015 at 4:16 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello Marie-Eve (my cousin’s name is Eve-Marie :) – my husband and I are planning to spend Thanksgiving (American) in Montreal. I adore your blog and would love any insight into your absolute must do(s) re: eating. We are in our 50s and love to hang with the locals and do the casual thing. If you have a number one choice for Chinese? What about something that we couldn’t possibly get in the States? And I have to say I make a mean tourtiere but would love to try an “original”. I’m sure you get tons of emails so any recommendations whenever you get a chance would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much!


    • Marie-Eve
      September 30, 2015 at 10:59 am (2 years ago)

      Well you definitely can’t get poutine in the US, that’s for sure :-) For traditional Quebec food, go to Ma’am Bolduc or Binerie Mont-Royal, both on le Plateau. Montreal also has excellent French food as there are many expats in the city – check out the list I wrote for the tourism board: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/blog/authentic-french-food-in-montreal/

      Enjoy Montreal Lisa!

      • Lisa Quinlan
        October 14, 2015 at 1:31 pm (2 years ago)

        Thanks Marie-Eve – really looking forward to it!

  4. Kristen
    June 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm (1 month ago)

    Hi there! I am coming to Montreal in July and staying at Lofts du Vieux-Port in Old Montreal. Is that a good location to stay? Also, what is the best way for us to get to Plateau Mont Royal from that location? Looking forward to digging deeper into your blog for more ideas!


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