Where To Eat, Drink and Play In Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal

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

Plateau Mont-Royal

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Have you ever visited Plateau Mont-Royal? What were your favorite parts?

22 Comments on Where To Eat, Drink and Play In Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal

  1. Nancie
    August 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm (5 years ago)

    I used to work in Montreal, and loved this part of the city. I would love to go back again. Great map!

    • Marie-Eve
      September 1, 2012 at 11:55 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks! Montreal is such a great place :)

  2. Laurence
    August 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm (5 years ago)

    It’s awesome that you have a place where you know you want to be. And wow.. what a lot of work has gone into this map. I’m going to be keeping this on hand for when I make it to Montreal :D

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      September 1, 2012 at 11:55 am (5 years ago)

      I’m glad you like this Laurence – indeed, lots of work but I love my Plateau and want people to enjoy it at the fullest :)

  3. Katherina
    August 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm (5 years ago)

    I love this, Marie! I had have never been to Montreal (but the World knows it’s on the top of my list). It’s a great idea you had here, a very useful tool!

    • Marie-Eve
      September 1, 2012 at 11:54 am (5 years ago)

      There are some cheap flights from London to Montreal. You should check it out ;)

  4. Ayngelina
    August 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm (5 years ago)

    This is one of my favourite parts of the city as well, although I wish I had this list of places a few weeks ago when I was there.

    • Marie-Eve
      September 1, 2012 at 11:53 am (5 years ago)

      I guess you have no choice but to come back then :)

  5. Richard
    August 2, 2013 at 6:52 am (4 years ago)

    If an understated ambience, exquisite french gastronomy and excellent value (eg. byob) are your aim, you must try La Salamandre on Rue de la Roche. Do not turn away when your first step inside places you beside the nearest table. The best surprise I’ve had at a restaurant perhaps in my 49 years.

    • Marie-Eve
      August 7, 2013 at 5:02 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks for the suggestion Richard!

  6. Zy
    October 10, 2013 at 6:01 pm (4 years ago)

    thank you so much for this

  7. Carthy
    June 15, 2014 at 9:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Are there any hotels in the neighbourhood or close by that you can recommend?

    • Marie-Eve
      June 16, 2014 at 3:09 pm (3 years ago)

      Plateau has more Air B&B rentals than hotels — the closest hotel I could recommend is Hotel 10 on Sherbrooke Street.

  8. Kathy Reilly
    June 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm (3 years ago)

    We are in the area for 5 months, visiting our son and his family in Laval. We stayed at Saint Lazare for a month and are now in Terrebonne. We feel very foreign even though we are third generation Canadians because no one speaks English and we are working on refreshing our high school French but cannot understand the rapid speech. We bought French for Dummies and are signed up for an on-line course. My three year old grandson corrects my pronunciation LOL. We do feel more able to converse when in East Montreal and feel more at home but where we are is closer to our family. One thing baffles me. The French Canadians rightfully wish to preserve their culture but in order for us to learn more about and to appreciate their history, we have to be able to read French as none of the tourism brochures are in both languages.

  9. Charlie
    November 29, 2014 at 3:23 pm (2 years ago)

    My favourite place on the Plateau used to be just down the road from where I lived. It’s called Café Les Entretiens. It’s got a great relaxed vibe, a Parisian feel and a pianist at the weekend. Foods great too. If you don’t know it I recommend checking it out.

    • Marie-Eve
      December 4, 2014 at 8:50 am (2 years ago)

      I loooooove this coffeshop. I take out of town friends there all the time! Hate that there’s no wifi though, but the food is amazing.

  10. kami
    December 2, 2014 at 6:23 am (2 years ago)

    I was in Montreal last year and Plateau Mont Royal was definitely my favourite part of the city, I could easily picture myself living there! You just made me daydreaming about returning there!

    • Marie-Eve
      December 4, 2014 at 8:48 am (2 years ago)

      Plateau Mont-Royal IS a dreamy place to live. I just moved away to a new place and I do miss it heaps!

    • Marie-Eve
      December 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm (2 years ago)

      Happy to help!

  11. Tracy Kaler
    August 24, 2016 at 3:14 pm (8 months ago)

    Plateau would be my pick if I lived in Montreal…such an amazing city! One of my favorites right behind NYC and Paris. :)

    • Marie-Eve
      August 29, 2016 at 11:30 am (8 months ago)

      It’s the best-looking neighbourhood that’s for sure!


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