Often regarded as one of the hippest, prettiest and overall most fun areas of the city, Plateau Mont-Royal has plenty of photogenic staircases, tastefully decorated eateries, passionate residents, and heaps of charm.But with increasing popularity comes tourist traps; and because I love you guys, I decided to share my favorite restaurants, bars, cafés and shops in the neighborhood.
But with increasing popularity comes tourist traps; and because I love you guys, I decided to share my favorite restaurants, bars, cafés and shops in the neighborhood, one I lived in for almost ten years and one I have a really hard time not going back to on a daily basis. You’re welcome. Enjoy my Plateau ♥
My Five Favourite Things To Do In Plateau Mont-Royal
If you only have a couple of hours to spend in Plateau Mont-Royal, you won’t have nearly enough time to visit the places I marked in the map above (I am aware that there are “a few” – understatement of the year? Probably.) The five places below are what I think you should not miss.
Get Your Java Fix: Café Réplika (252 rue Rachel Est)
Owned by a Turkish couple, Réplika stands out from the crowd with its subtle eastern menu; served on dainty vintage and mismatched plates, the savoury scones and the meat boreks are to be enjoyed at the shop’s immense communal table and washed down with strong yet flavourful lattés and espressos.
Shop ‘Til You Drop: Frank & Oak (160 rue Saint Viateur Est #613)
That is a though one. There are SO many shops to enjoy in the area, whether on avenue Laurier Ouest or East, boulevard Saint-Laurent or Avenue du Mont-Royal. But if I had to pick one, I’d go with Frank & Oak – not an obvious choice since it sells male fashion but they are such a Montreal staple that it would be wrong to overlook them.
Drink Like a Local: Buvette Chez Simone (4869 avenue du Parc)
“Convivial wine bar with a rotating list of vintages & tapas in urban digs with moody lighting” according to Google, and I couldn’t agree more. The award-winning decor and lively outdoor terrace are definitely worth a drink or two.
Eat a Good Meal: Kinoya Izakaya (4250 rue Saint-Denis)
Izakayas are all the rage in Montreal these days and this is by far my favorite – in addition to their original menu and festive sake bomb calls, their decor is what appealed to me the most. It’s like being inside an ancient Japanese fishing boat! Make sure to order their Melon Ball, my favorite drink on the menu.
Relax: Parc Laurier
Centenary trees. Locals having al-fresco BBQ birthday parties. Children chasing around squirrels. It doesn’t get better than this. I still call this park my favorite even though I now live in a different neighborhood – I try to make it here at least once a week!
Plateau Mont-Royal: Additional Reading
- Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Montreal Bagels
- 7 Things To Do In Plateau Mont-Royal
- Artsy And Beautiful Plateau Mont-Royal – In Photos
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Have you ever visited Plateau Mont-Royal? What were your favorite parts?