To Do in Montreal

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Cité Mémoire

… an amazing new way to get to know Montreal’s history through music and wall-projections in the old town.

Cité Mémoire’s website

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Observatoire de la Place Ville-Marie

“Offering stunning views of Montreal, the Observation Deck Au Sommet Place Ville Marie enables Montrealers, as well as visitors, to discover a new and unique view of the city’s main landmarks and cultural pillars.”



1. Odessa
65 Beaubien East
Third-wave coffee right off Beaubien street.

2.Olimpico and 3. Club Social
124 St-Viateur West
180 rue St-Viateur West
Busy coffee shops in Mile-End, steps away from each other. Italian style coffee. Great patios!

4. Pikolo Espresso Bar
3418b Parc Avenue
Small third-wave coffee shop near The Word Bookstore and next door from a nice stationery.

5. In Gamba
5263 Parc Avenue
A favorite in Mile-End, with a nice patio on Parc! Small pizzas for lunch. Next door from SAQ (wine).

6. Caffè Italia
6840 Boul. St-Laurent
Grab a coffee here on your way to the Jean-Talon market. An institution for Italian coffee in Montreal.

7. Caravane Café
3506 Lacombe Avenue
Close to the conference. Study hub for UdeM students with nice patio. Pastries, salads, sandwiches.

More suggestions:


(There is so much to choose from, of course, but I tried to pick a few places worth trying!)

Breakfast, brunch or lunch

8. Mamie Clafoutis
3660 St-Denis
Pastries and coffee on the go. Really close to all the hotels located at Sherbrooke metro station (and their almond croissant is the best!).

9. Byblos le Petit Café
1499 Laurier Est
Beautiful Persian restaurant in Plateau. Persian tea, omelettes and homemade jams. Also serves lunch and dinner.

10. Le Vieux Vélo
59 Beaubien East
All-day breakfast joint in Mile-End. Very small menu.

11. L’Arrivage Restaurant
350 Place Royale
One of my favorite places for lunch/brunch in Old Montreal. Located on top of the Pointe-à-Callière museum, small bistro with a great view of the water!

12. Café Cherrier
3635 St-Denis
Casual French bistro very close to Sherbrooke metro, with a nice patio. Also good for dinner.

13. Santropol
3990 St-Urbain
Best sandwiches in town in my opinion. The patio in the back is a charm. Very good option for vegetarians.

14. Beauty’s Luncheonette
93 Mont-Royal West
Retro breakfast joint. Gets very busy on weekends!

15. Bistro Olivieri
Bistro with nice patio very close to the conference. Inside Olivieri bookstore (39).

Bagels (you can’t leave MTL without having eaten bagels – apparently the best in the world)

16. Fairmount Bagels
74 Fairmount West
Looks very crappy inside and that’s why I like it.

17. St-Viateur Bagels
263 St-Viateur West
Just as good as Fairmount!


18. Bottega
65 Saint-Zotique East
Perhaps the best pizzeria in town, in Little Italy.
*In the same area, two other pizzerias: Napoletana (byow at 189 Dante) and Gema (6827 St-Dominique)

19. Le Labo Culinaire
1201 St-Laurent, third floor
Upscale cuisine. Rooftop terrasse over the Société des Arts Technologiques.

20. Manitoba
271 St-Zotique West
Eat here before grabbing a drink at Alexandraplatz (24)! Seasonal market-cuisine. For meat lovers.

21. Bouillon Bilk
1595 St-Laurent
Upscale cuisine, steps from St-Laurent metro station.

22. Cafe Den
6576 St-Laurent
Great vietnamese, one of the best Pho in Montreal. Right across the street from Vices et Versa (28), so you can grab a beer after!

23. Invitation V
254 Bernard West
Vegan restaurant in the Mile-End. Also good for lunch.

24. Brasserie T
1425 Jeanne-Mance Street
Right on Place des Spectacles, with large glass windows. Also good for lunch. Very close to Furco (26).

More restaurant suggestions: (the best of the best, or so they say)


25. Alexandraplatz
6731 de l’Esplanade Avenue
North of Mile-End, open seasonally. Patio outside. Cocktails, beers, wines, etc.

26. La Buvette chez Simone
4869 Avenue du Parc
Great wine bar in Mile-End. You can also order tapas, cheese and meat platters, etc.

27. Furco
425 Mayor
‘Hip’ bar with a great cuisine.
*You can also eat at Parvis, (next door by the same owners), which serves pizzas and has a good wine selection.*

28. Henrietta
115 Laurier West
Neighbourhood bar with good tapas, right off Laurier Street.

29. Vices et Versa
6631 Boul. Saint-Laurent
Probably the best beer selection in town; only micro breweries; drop by on your way to Marché Jean-Talon or Little Italy, where you should definitely have dinner at least once.

30. Philemon Bar
111 St-Paul West
An institution in Old-Montreal. Drinks and upscale bar food (oysters, cheese, meats, etc.)

31. Brasserie Isle de Garde
1039 Beaubien East
Steps from Beaubien metro. Beers from microbreweries, whiskey and food.

Jazz bars

32. Dièse Onze
4115 St-Denis
Close to Sherbrooke metro.

33. Upstairs Jazz
1254 Mackay
In the downtown area.

Record stores
34. Aux 33 tours
1373 Mont-Royal East
On the Plateau Mont-Royal, so you can walk around in the neighbourhood.

35. Cheap Thrills
2044 Metcalfe
Downtown- don’t be afraid of the stairs!

36. Phonopolis
207 Bernard West
On Bernard Street, in the Mile-End. Also a nice neighbourhood to walk around. Be sure to also check out Drawn and Quarterly! (42)


37. Le port de tête
Books both used and new; they specialize in philosophy.

38. Librairie Henri-Julien
Tons of used books piled up to the ceiling- worth seeing.

39. Bonheur d’Occasion
Very nice second hand book store close to Aux 33 tours (33).

40. Librairie Olivieri
New books only. Close to the conference. Same location as Olivieri bistro (15).

41. The Word Bookstore
Best English used bookstore in Montreal! You can grab a coffee at Pikolo (4) on your way there.

42. S W Welch Bookseller
English used bookstore in Mile-End.

Galleries and museums

(A lot of other galleries are on St-Paul Street in Old Montreal or on Sherbrooke near the museum of Fine Arts.)

43. DHC Art
451 St-Jean Street
Non-profit but privately curated gallery in Old Montreal. One of the best in Montreal in my opinion!

44. Parisian Laundry
3550 St-Antoine West
Art gallery set in an old industrial building in St-Henri neighbourhood. It might be a little out of your way, but you can spend the day in St-Henri after.

45. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1380 Sherbrooke West
Largest museum in Montreal. Permanent collection + temporary exhibitions.

46. MAC Musée d’art contemporain
185 St-Catherine
Located in the heart of Place des Arts. Temporary exhibitions are often worth seeing.

Walking around, etc.

47. Jean-Talon Market
7070 Henri-Julien
Beautiful outdoor public market- a must!

48. Parc La Fontaine
Very nice park, close to Sherbrooke metro. There’s a decent restaurant inside.

49. Mount-Royal Park
So beautiful in September! And you get a nice view of Montreal on top of the mountain.

Streets to walk down:
St-Denis (between Sherbrook and Laurier)
St-Laurent (from the Old port to Little Italy / Jean-Talon street)
Bernard (West of St-Laurent)
St-Viateur (West of St-Laurent)
Parc (Between Mt-Royal and Bernard)
Ste-Catherine (between St-Denis and Peel – downtown : for shopping only)
Mont-Royal (Between Parc and Chambord)
Laurier (between Papineau and St-Hubert)
Duluth (between Parc Lafontaine and Jeanne-Mance)

Calendar of cultural events in Montreal:

The ‘best of Montreal’ according to the Guardian: