Best of Montreal

Moutain and down-town Montreal

Montreal is by far one of the top destinations to visit in North America. The city lays on a 50km long island surrounded by the Saint Laurence River.  It is the second largest French speaking city (second only to Paris) and is the perfect mix between European and American culture.  For nature lover to party animals, for world class cuisine gourmet to big shoppers, Montreal has something for everyone.  It is home to over 40 major festivals and events including the International Jazz festival and Just for Laughs.

Montreal is also a big sport city, hosting the F1 Grand Prix and being home to the mostly awarded hockey team, the Montreal Canadians.  As you may see Montreal is truly on a league of its own.

Content

This are the Montreal topics that we would like to share:

  1. Montreal’s  Flash Interactive Map
  2. Top 10 Montreal
  3. Montreal’s  Essential
  4. Top Neighbourhoods in Montreal
  5. Top Attractions in Montreal
  6. Best of Down Town Montreal
  7. Best of Old Montreal
  8. Best of the Mont-Royal Park and Cote-des-Neiges
  9. Best of the Plateau
  10. Best of the rest
  11. Top Restaurants, Bars and hotels
  12. Conclusion

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Moutain and down-town Montreal

Top 10 Montreal

It is hard to find the top 10 in a city such diverse as Montreal, as there are so many things to visit, to enjoy and to experience.  Here is however a list of what I consider the top thing you must do when visiting Montreal:

  1. Mount Royal Park, The Mountain and the lungs of the City.
  2. Sainte Catherine Street, in the centre of the city from Down Town to the Village.
  3. L’Oratoire St.-Joseph du Mont-Royal in Cote-des-Neiges.
  4. Mont-Royal Street in the artist neighbourhood of the Plateau.
  5. Promenade du vieux Port and the Place Jacques Cartier to discover historic Montréal
  6. Crescent Street and its restaurants, bars and night life.
  7. The Montreal Canadians and the passion for Hockey.
  8. Montreal’s Grand Prix and the circuit Jacques Villeneuve on the Park Jean-Drapeau
  9. The Olympic Stadium and all its attractions including Biodôme and botanic garden.
  10. Quartier Latin and its student, café and cinema atmoshphere.

Montreal Jacques Cartier Bridge and Molsonl

Montreal’s Essential

Before revealing you the best sites and attractions in Montreal, let’s go over some of the facts about Montreal.  Montreal’s essential will cover the following topics:

  1. Montreal’s geography
  2. Montreal’s economy
  3. Montreal’s politics
  4. Montreal’s history
  5. Montreal’s sports
  6. Montreal’s education

Geography

Montreal is the second largest city in Canada, just after Toronto.  It is consider one of North America most international city, consisting of more than 30% of immigrants and with the vast majority of its citizens speaking at least two languages (French and English).  The metropolitan area consists of around 3.5 million people, which is about half the entire population of the province of Quebec.  It is 1600km from the Atlantic and has the largest container port on the east-coast of North America.

Economy

A part from the education, tourism and information technologies sector, Montreal is a big player in the film industry.  Indeed it employs more than 9000 people and generates $1.6 billion annually.  It is often a cheaper alternative for big Hollywood productions, by offering qualified film crew and the latest technology (including special effects and post production).

Politics

Jean Drapeau is perhaps the most known mayor of Montreal.  Indeed he was re-elected a record of 7 times from 1954 to ’57 and 1960 to ’86.   His legacy consists of making Montreal what it is today by upgrading the metro (the underground trains), supporting the Expo 67 and the Olympic Games in 1976.  He was however criticized for his huge spending especially concerning the Olympic Stadium (which ended up costing nearly $3billions and only paid of in 2006).

] Place Jacques Cartier in Vieux Montreal

History

Montreal was first discovered by French explorer Jacques Cartier in 1535 when he settled on the island and named the mountain Mont-Royal.  More than a century later, in 1642 Paul De Chomedy (sieur de Maisonneuve) founds the colony of Ville Marie, which was shortly after renamed Montreal.  It was the great days for the fur trade.

In 1763, after the 7 years war between the French and the English, New France, which included the cities of Quebec and Montreal, became a British colony.  Shortly after loyalist from the south and immigrants from Scotland and Ireland arrived to Montreal, which resulted in tensions with the French speaking community.

In 1844, Montreal was declared the capital of United Canada and established itself as one of the world’s biggest grain ports and a manufacturing and financial hub.

In the 20th century, Toronto became Canada’s metropolis, but Montreal managed to place itself internationally mainly with the Expo 78 and the Olympic Games.  Montreal is still today a remarkable city, offering a wide array of international cuisine, sports events and culture life with many museums, art galleries, music venues and cinemas.

Montreal Canadiens

Sport

Montreal has perhaps the highest number of hockey fans per citizen in North America.  It is not surprising by being home to the mostly awarded hockey team, the Montreal Canadians, boasting NHL-record 24 Stanley Cup championships.

It is also host to the F1 Grand Prix at the famous circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Notre-Dame Island.

Montreal’s education

Montreal has the highest concentration of post-secondary students of all major cities in North America (4.38 students per 100 residents, followed by Boston at 4.37 students per 100 residents).  It has 4 universities including 2 Anglophone (McGill and Concordia) and 2 francophone (UQUAM and University de Montreal)

Place des Arts

Top Areas in Montreal

Montreal core is divided into the following areas including:

  1. Down Town Montreal.
  2. Old Montreal (Vieux-Montreal).
  3. Mount Royal Park and Cote-des-Neiges.
  4. Le Plateau (including Quartier Latin and the village).
  5. Quartier Latin and its student, café and cinema vibe
  6. The Village, east of Sainte Catherine
  7. The best of the rest including the east side, Mile-end and Outremont.
  8. Montreal East and the Olympic Quarter
  9. Park Street in Mile End area
  10. Laurier and Bernard French cafés atmosphere in Outremont

Of course there are plenty more interesting neighbourhoods in the metropolitan area of Montreal, but we couldn’t list them all, and we consider that those mentioned are the most important.

Notre-Dame, Vieux Montreal

Top Attractions in Montreal

The best attractions in Montreal including the top sights, streets, Museums, Parks and Churches

Montreal’s best streets include:

  1. Sainte Catherine Street , in the centre of the city from Down Town to the Village
  2. Promenade du vieux Port and the Place Jacques Cartier
  3. Mont-Royal Avenue in the artist neighbourhood of the Plateau Notre-Dame
  4. Saint-Laurent and its fancy restaurants and nightlife
  5. Saint-Denis in the heart of the Latin Quarter
  6. Crescent Street and its restaurants, bars and night life
  7. Cotes-des-Neiges and its student quarter
  8. Sherbrooke and its grandiose buildings and hotels

Montreal’s best parks include:

  1. Park Du Mont-Royal, The Mountain and the lungs of the City.
  2. Park Jean Drapeau
  3. Park Lafontaine

Montreal’s best religious sites include:

  1. Oratoire St-Joseph
  2. Basilique Notre Dame

Montreal’s best Museums include:

  1. Musée des Beaux-arts
  2. Musée d’art contemporain
  3. Pointe-à-Callière Museum

Montreal’s best sporting attractions:

  1. The Montreal Canadians, the “Habs” and the passion for Hockey
  2. Montreal’s Grand Prix at the circuit Jacques Villeneuve on the park Jean-Drapeau
  3. The Olympic Stadium, where was held the Olympic games of 1976

Best of Downtown Montreal

Best of Downtown Montreal

Down Town Montreal is definitely the place to be, with all its skyscrapers, underground city and nightlife scene.    From the Mont Royal Park to the North until the old City in the South and from the Atwater area in the west until the Places Des arts in the east it has all the best places you need.

Downtown Montreal is also consider the central business district and contains most of the city’s skyscrapers — which, by law, cannot be greater in height than Mount Royal. The two tallest of these are the 1000 de La Gauchetière and 1250 René-Lévesque, both of which were built in 1992.

Some of the best attractions include:

  1. Crescent Street
  2. The Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre
  3. The Underground City
  4. Planetarium
  5. Musée des Beaux-arts
  6. Musée d’art contemporain
  7. Sherbrooke Street
  8. Chinatown
  9. Square Dorcester and Place du Canada
  10. Cathedral Marie-Reine-du-Monde
  11. Christ Church cathedral

Sainte Catherine Street

Sainte Catherine Street is perhaps one of the longest and well know street of going from the west to the east of the City.

The Montreal Canadiens (The Habs)

Montreal is the city of hockey with their Canadiens team (the team with the most tittles ever).  Located in the Centre Bell it is definitely worth going to see a game.
canadiens.nhl.com

The Underground City

Montreal’s Underground City (also called RESO), a set of interconnected complexes both above and below ground is the largest underground complex in the world.  It includes over 32 km (20 mi) of tunnels spread over more than 12 km2 (4.6 sq mi), connecting areas including shopping malls, apartment buildings, hotels, condominiums, banks, offices, museums, universities, seven metro stations, two commuter train stations, a regional bus terminal and the Bell Centre amphitheatre and arena.  If you are looking to shop around and avoid the winter cold, the underground city is the way to go.

Planetarium

The Montreal Planetarium was not only the first public planetarium in Canada but is also Canada’s largest, with a seating capacity of approximately 375.

Musée des Beaux-arts

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is one of Montreal’s finest.   It was founded in 1860, making it Canada’s oldest art institution and is now the country’s largest.  The museum is located on the historic Golden Square Mile stretch of Sherbrooke Street.

Musée d’art Contemporain

The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is a contemporary art museum in the Place des Arts complex in the eastern part of Down-Town Montreal. The collection includes over 7,000 works of art by more than 1,500 artists (1,200 still living), covering contemporary art in Quebec in particular and Canada in general, as well as international artists. The museum is Canada’s only cultural complex devoted to both the performing and visual arts. Its collections include contemporary paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper.

Sherbrooke Street

Sherbrooke Street (officially rue Sherbrooke) is a major east-west artery and at 31.3 kilometres (19.4 mi) in length, is the second longest street on the Island of Montreal. The street begins in the town of Montreal West and ends on the extreme tip of the island in Pointe-aux-Trembles, intersecting Gouin Boulevard and joining up with Notre-Dame Street.   The street is divided into two portions. Sherbrooke Street East is located east of Saint Laurent Boulevard and Sherbrooke Street West is located west. Sherbrooke Street West is home to many historic mansions that comprised its exclusive Golden Square Mile district, including the now-demolished Van Horne Mansion as well as the imposing Beaux-Arts style Montreal Masonic Memorial Temple.
The street is named for John Coape Sherbrooke, the Governor General of British North America from 1816 to 1818.

Chinatown

Chinatown in Montreal (French: Le quartier chinois de Montréal) is located in the area of De la Gauchetière Street.

Square Dorcester and Place du Canada

Dorchester Square (originally Dominion Square) is a large urban square in downtown Montreal. Together with Place du Canada, the area is just over 21,000 or 2.1 of manicured and protected urban parkland bordered by René Lévesque Boulevard to the south, Peel Street to the west, Metcalfe to the east and Dominion Square to the north. The square is open to the public 24 hours a day and forms a focal point for pedestrian traffic in the city. Until the creation of Place du Canada in 1967, the name Dominion Square had been applied to the entire area.

Best of Vieux Montreal

Best of Old Montreal

Old Montreal was the original establishment of the first French colons and most of the charm still remains in its narrow streets.  The port stretching for over two kilometres along the St-Lawrence River has been the social, economic and cultural soul of the city ever since early fur traders used it as a trading post in 1611. It was here that the city and the port came to life more than 350 years ago.

The best sights of Old Montreal includes:

  1. Places Jacques Cartier
  2. Hôtel De Ville
  3. Basilique Notre Dame
  4. Marché Bonsecours
  5. Quai de l’Horloge
  6. Pointe-à-Callière Museum
  7. Parc Jean-Drapeau
  8. Habitat 67
  9. Lachine Canal Bike Paths
  10. Centre d’Histoire de Montréal
  11. Centre des Sciences de Montréal

The best sights of Ile Sainte Helene and Ile Notre-Dame include:

  1. Parc Jean-Drapeau
  2. Circuit Giles Villeneuve
  3. La Ronde

Places Jacques Cartier

Place Jacques-Cartier is a square located next to the Hotel De Ville and is the entrance to the Old Port of Montreal.  It is named after the French explorer who first discovered the island of Montreal.

Hotel de Ville

Hôtel De Ville

The five-storey Montreal City Hall or Hôtel de Ville de Montréal is the work of architects Henri-Maurice Perrault and Alexander Cowper Hutchison, and was built between 1872 and 1878 in the Second Empire style. It is located between Place Jacques-Cartier and the Champ de Mars, at 275 Notre-Dame Street East.

Basilique Notre Dame

Notre-Dame Basilica or Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal is located next to the Saint-Sulpice Seminary and faces the Place d’Armes square.
The church’s Gothic Revival architecture is among the most dramatic in the world; its interior is grand and colourful, its ceiling is coloured deep blue and decorated with golden stars, and the rest of the sanctuary is a polychrome of blues, azures, reds, purples, silver, and gold. It is filled with hundreds of intricate wooden carvings and several religious statues. Unusual for a church, the stained glass windows along the walls of the sanctuary do not depict biblical scenes, but rather scenes from the religious history of Montreal. It also has a Casavant Frères pipe organ, which comprises four keyboards, 97 stops, almost 7000 individual pipes and a pedal board.

Marche Bonsecour

Marché Bonsecours

Bonsecours Market or Marché Bonsecours, at 350 rue Saint-Paul in Old Montreal, is a two-storey domed public market. Named for the adjacent Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, it opened in 1847. Construction began in 1844 by architect William Footner, and was completed in 1860 by George Browne. Bonsecours Market housed City Hall between 1852 and 1878. For more than 100 years, it was the main public market in the Montreal area. It also briefly accommodated the Parliament of United Canada in 1849. Today, the market houses outdoor cafés, restaurants and boutiques

Quai de l’Horloge

Montreal Clock Tower, also called the The Sailors’ Memorial Clock, the cornerstone was laid by the Prince of Wales, on Oct. 31, 1919, with the 45-metre tower completed two years later as a memorial to the Canadian sailors who died in the First World War. The original plans called for the clockworks to be connected to five bells that would chime every hour, but the carillon was never built. The clock was constructed in Croydon, England by the firm of Gillett & Johnston, and its mechanism is similar to the one that drives Big Ben at the Palace of Westminster.

Quai de l’Horloge

Pointe-à-Callière Museum

If you are looking for a good understanding of how Montreal was built from the ground up, the Pointe-à-Callière Museum is your must visit destination.  Indeed the Museum offers impressing exhibits and displays from the first French settlers to the modern day habitants.
www.pacmuseum.qc.ca

Lachine Canal Bike Paths

If you are a cycling fanatic Montreal has an impressive array of bike routes with the mostly known is the Lachine canals.  Check out the maps for more information.
www.velo.qc.ca/fr/reseau.php

Centre des Sciences de Montréal

The Montréal Science Centre will help visitors of all ages acquire an understanding of science and technology for use in building their future.
http://www.montrealsciencecentre.com/home.html

Parc Jean-Drapeau

The Parc Jean-Drapeau is located on the islands of Sainte-Helene and Notre Dame, just south of the Old city, and is an ideal place to spend the day or enjoy the many concerts and festivities that takes places there.  The park is a Mecca for sport lover offering outdoor swimming pools, a beach, a rollerblade path and not to forget the home of the F1 circuit Gilles Villeneuve.  It is also home to the famous amusement park, la Ronde.
www.parcjeandrapeau.com

Habitat 67

In 1967 Montreal was the host of the International and Universal Exposition.  As Housing was one of the main themes of the exposition, the city developed one of the most praised urban development.  More then 4 decades after its creation, Moshe Safdies architectural masterpiece remains an icon of the city.
www.habitat67.com

Best of the Mont-Royal Park

Best of the Mont-Royal Park and Cote-des-Neiges

The Mount Royal Park also called the “The Mountain” by locals is perhaps the most emblematic natural sight of the city.  Located in the heart of Montreal, it offers astonishing panoramic views over Down Town, the Old city, the port, the river and the Olympic Stadium.  It is also an ideal place for nature lovers with lots of trails for walking and biking during the summer and cross-country skiing during the winter.

The best things to enjoy on the Mont-Royal Park include:

  1. Hike to the top of the mountain where the famous cross sits and enjoy the views from the “Chalet”
  2. Experience  the “tam-tams” on Sunday on the mountain’s east side
  3. Drive across the Camillien Houde road in the centre of the park
  4. Picnic near the Lac aux Castors (or skate on it during winter)
  5. Have a walk in the Summit Circle Park on the Westmount side of the Mountain where different wild birds can be found.

Cotes-des-Neiges

A bit to the north west of the mountain is the neighbourhood of Cotes-des-Neiges.  It has a large immigrant and student population, and is one of the most densely populated and ethnically diverse neighbourhoods in Canada. With over 100 different ethnic communities, predominantly: Québécois, Filipino, West Indian, South Asian (Tamils and Bengalis), Jewish, Latin American, Chinese, Arab, Vietnamese and most recently Eastern European and African. One of the few Montreal neighbourhoods where neither the French nor English language dominate. Both national languages are spoken equally, along with many others by a high number of multi-lingual speakers. The most notable institutions in Côte-des-Neiges are University de Montréal, College Brebeuf, Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine, the Jewish General Hospital and Saint Joseph’s Oratory, whose large dommed cathedral perched above the neighbourhood, is by far its most important tourist attraction.

L’Oratoire St.-Joseph du Mont-Royal

The famous Oratoire St.-Joseph is the tallest point in Montreal, and therefore offers spectacular views to North West of the city.  The site was first the location of Brother André’s chapel built in the woods, but now became one of the most impressive religious buildings in North America, attracting thousand of pilgrims each year.  You might try to redeem yourself by climbing the hundreds of stairs to the top on your knees.
www.saint-joseph.org

Best of the Plateau

Best of the Plateau

The Plateau-Mont-Royal takes its name from its location on relatively flat terrain north of Sherbrooke Street and downtown, and east of Mont-Royal. The borough is bordered to the north and north-east by the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks; to the west by Park Avenue and the intersection of Pine Avenue and University Street; and to the south by Sherbrooke Street. It is one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in Canada, with 101,054 people living in a 8.1 square kilometre area.

Top sights in the plateau:

  1. Mont-Royal Avenue
  2. Boulevard St-Laurent
  3. Mile End
  4. Square St-Louis
  5. Park Lafontaine

Mount Royal Avenue

Mount Royal Avenue is perhaps the mostly known street on the plateau, filled with book stores, boutiques, restaurant and bars.  It is a perfect street for art and music lovers.

Boulevard St-Laurent

Saint Lawrence Boulevard or boulevard Saint-Laurent is one of the major streets in Montreal being a commercial artery and cultural heritage site. The street runs north-south through the near-centre of city and is nicknamed The Main, dividing the city between east and west.

Mile End

Mile End is one of the highly multicultural area of the city, and proud of being an artistic neighbourhood, home to artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers.

Square St-Louis

Square St-Louis is located at the east end of the lovely Prince Arthur street and is surrounded with typical French Canadian stone build houses, with at it centre is a large Victorian fountain.

Park Lafontaine

Park Lafontaine is the biggest park in the heart of the Plateau Mont-Royal. Named in honour of Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, features include two linked ponds with a fountain and waterfalls; the Théâtre de Verdure open-air venue; the Calixa-Lavallée cultural centre, as well as playing fields and tennis courts.

Quartier Latin

The Quartier Latin is known for its theatres, artistic atmosphere, cafés, and boutiques and owes its name in reference to the famous Quartier Latin in Paris.

Best of the rest

Best of the rest

Although we mainly covered the central part of the city, there are many other exciting sights that are worth visiting including the Olympic Stadium in the east and the Oratoire St.-Joseph in the west in the student neighbourhood of Cotes-des-Neiges.

  1. The Olympic Stadium
  2. Jardin Botanique de Montreal
  3. Biodome
  4. Insectariums
  5. Little Italy

The Olympic Stadium

Build for the 1976 Summer Olympic by French architect Roger Taillibert, the Olympic Stadium also called the “Big Owe” by the locals is another symbol of the city.  Once the home of the Montreal Expos but now used for entertainment purposes, it offers spectacular views from the top with its fun ride through a glass elevator.
www.rio.gouv.qc.ca/

Jardin Botanique de Montreal

The Montreal Botanical Garden or Jardin Botanique de Montréal) is one of the largest in the world. It contains a greenhouse complex full of plants from around the world, and a number of large outdoor gardens, each with a specific theme.  Some of the gardens include The Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, The First Nations Garden and The Alpine Garden.
www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin

Biodôme

The Montreal Biodome (Biodôme de Montréal) is a facility located in Montreal that allows visitors to walk through replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas.
www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/biodome/

Insectarium

The Montréal Insectarium is a museum located next to the Botanical Garden featuring a large quantity of insects from all around the world. It is the largest North American insectarium and among the largest insectariums worldwide. It was founded by Georges Brossard and opened on February 7, 1990. Its average attendance is 400,000 visitors per year. It displays both live and dead insect collections, from butterflies to bees and ants.
www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/insectarium

Little Italy

Montreal’s Little Italy (French, La Petite-Italie)  is home to many fine Italian shops and restaurants, the Jean-Talon Market, as well as the Church of the Madonna della Difesa.

Top Restaurants, Bars and hotels

Top Restaurants in Montreal

The Best Restaurants in Montreal includes:

  1. Toqué – Toqué is rated among the finest restaurants in Montreal.  It showcases an exceptional menu with perfectly fresh products prepared by passionate artist in a warm atmosphere.
  2. Cafe Cherrier – Cafe Cherrier is a European-style brasserie located on the busy street of St-Denis which includes both a pub and a restaurant. It offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in a relaxed setting.
  3. Restaurant Julien – Restaurant Julien located in the heart of Montreal is famous for its Paris-inspired décor and cuisine.
  4. Chez L’Épicier – Chez L’Épicier is a friendly restaurant located in the heart of the Vieux Montreal.  It offers some of the finest cuisine and delicious wines, with a welcoming ambiance suited for both a friends’ night out as for a business party.
  5. Alexandre – Alexandre is a Paris style brasserie located on the famous Peel Street in down Town Montreal.  It is the perfect place to be during the Montreal F1 Grand Prix weekend, when the street is closed and the most beautiful cars are showcased.
  6. Bonaparte – Bonaparte an auberge / restaurant located in the heart of the Vieux Montreal offering an exquisite cuisine inspired by the French countryside.
  7. Cavalli – The Cavalli restaurant is the place to be if you are looking for the perfect ambiance in a retro decor.  It is located on the on the Peel street and offers a cosmopolitan menu.
  8. Chez la Mère Michel – Chez la Mère Michel is a famous restaurant on Guy Street offering great French classics in an intimate decor.
  9. Moishes Steakhouse – The Moishes Steakhouse is located on the boulevard St-Laurent and is well known for its great steaks and first-rate meals served in an elegant atmosphere.
  10. Newtown – Newtown, located on the busy Crescent Street is the baby of F1 racer Jacques Villeneuve and offers a Mediterranean cuisine of meats and fish.
  11. S le Restaurant – S le Restaurant is located in the heart of the Vieux Montreal and offers an exciting menu including a variety of beef and lamb, fresh fish and pasta.
  12. House of Jazz –The House of Jazz located in the heart of Montréal offers great food share combined with great live jazz musician.
  13. La Queue de Cheval – La Queue de Cheval is perhaps the best steakhouse in down town Montreal offering its famous “dry-aged” steaks and a variety of fresh fish and seafood.
  14. Restaurant Bice – The Bice Restaurant on the famous Sherbrooke street offers a variety of savoury Italian dishes in a beautiful decor.
  15. Sir Winston Churchill – The Sir Winston Churchill pub, nightclub, restaurant and bar is located on the famous party Crescent Street.  It offers a great table d’hôte and a lovely sunshine terrace in the summer.
  16. Beaver Club –Beaver Club in the heart of Montreal is recognised as one of the best tables in Canada.  It offers an innovative cuisine by promoting tasty local ingredients.

Top Hotels in Montreal

The Best Hotels in Montreal includes:

  1. Fairmount the Queen Elizabeth     – The Fairmount Queen Elizabeth is one of the grandest hotels of the city providing top-quality service and includes restaurants, boutiques, a health centre and indoor pool.
  2. Hotel Le Crystal – Hotel Le Crystal is a luxury hotel providing all the upscale amenities for a pleasurable stay.
  3. Hotel St-James­- Hotel St-James located in the heart of the Vieux Montreal is rated among the most luxurious hotels in the world, combining stylish elegance, impeccable service and beauty.
  4. Intercontinental – The Intercontinental Hotel was this fully renovated and now offers the absinthe bar and a Provencal brasserie.
  5. Loews Hotel Vogue – Loews Hotel Vogue offers duvet blankets and pillows and superior cotton sheets which will give you absolute comfort and sweet dreams after a busy day.
  6. Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile – The Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile offers spacious guest rooms, decorated in a contemporary luxury style with breathtaking views of Montréal.
  7. Auberge Bonaparte – The Auberge Bonaparte located in the heart of the Vieux Montreal offers fine cuisine and excellent dining in its French restaurant.
  8. Auberge du Vieux Port – Auberge du Vieux Port features an elegant ambiance, historic decor and spectacular views of the Old Port (especially from its roof top terrace).
  9. Centre Sheraton – The Centre Sheraton offers a warm welcome, renovated guestrooms and award winning service to give you an unforgettable experience.
  10. Chateau Versailles – Chateau Versailles offers beautiful rooms and suites in its entirely renovated magnificent 19th-century building.
  11. Delta Centre-Ville – Delta Centre-Ville located in the heart of the city is close to the main attractions and access to the underground pedestrian network.
  12. Hotel De La Montagne – Hotel De La Montagne, located next to the famous Crescent Street offers impeccable service and a breathtaking view of the city.
  13. Hotel Gouverneur Place Dupuis – Hotel Gouverneur Place Dupuis is located in the heart of the city and offers easy access to Montréal’s main attractions and business centres.
  14. Hotel Nelligan – Hotel Nelligan offers stylish rooms inspired by verses by Émile Nelligan, a great Québec poet, are sure to charm their guests.
  15. Hotel Omni Mont-Royal – Hotel Omni Mont-Royal provides spacious and comfortable rooms, luxury suites and an urban spa.
  16. Hotel St-Paul – Hotel St-Paul offers modern and serene interior in a beautiful heritage building.
  17. Hyatt Regency Montreal – Hyatt Regency Montreal offers comfort and style in a recently renovated hotel. It is an ideal place for Montreal summer festivals.
  18. W Montreal – W Montreal offers luxury and comfort, chic design and modern ambiance combined with the “Top Désirs” service.

Top Bars in Montreal

The Best Bars to have a good night in Montreal includes:

  1. A GoGo Lounge – A GoGo Lounge  located on the famous St-Laurent is voted on of the best destination in the city.  It will set you in another area with its psychedelic colours, kitschy cool furniture music and funky music.
  2. Altitude 737 – Altitude 737 located on the top of one of Montreal’s tallest skyscrapers offers a breathtaking view of the whole city
  3. Aria – Aria located on the vibrant  St Denis street offers three floors of dance space with a different DJ on each.
  4. Edgar Hypertaverne – Edgar Hypertaverne located on the artistic street of Mont-Royal is one of the city legendary small club offering different vibes on different night.  A perfect place to meet new people and have some fun
  5. Globe – The Globe, located on the famous St-Laurent Street is both a restaurant and bar that offers incredible really refreshing cocktails.
  6. Koko Koko located on St Laurent’s restaurant strip offers a mix of elegance, chilled out beats and an asian cuisine.  A perfect place to enjoy a drink in a laid-back atmosphere.
  7. Lab – The Lab offers a wide array of cocktails, prepared especially for you by professional mixologist.
  8. Le 2 located on the busy Sherbrooke and Saint Laurent corner is a perfect combination of elegance, an exquisite menu and top whiskey selections.
  9. Mile End, located in the artistic neighbourhood of the same name is 3 floors café-bar which offers different atmospheres for different crowds.
  10. Stereo – Stereo is one of the most look after after-hour club in the city
  11. Tokyo Bar – Tokyo Bar is a Small  but classy club offering excellent martinis and an impressive view on the city from its terrace
  12. Time Supper Club – Time Supper Club brings some of the Miami and New York glamour to downtown Montreal with its state-of-the-art lighting and sound.
  13. Typhoon Lounge, located on the cafe street of Monkland offers delicious cocktails in a chill out atmosphere.
  14. Whisky Café – Whisky Café located on St-Laurent, has a minimalist style but offers more than 100 varieties of 100 single malts.

Conclusion

I left Montreal more than 5 years ago, having spent the biggest part of my life in this wonderful city.

Every time I’m going back I can appreciate how remarkable and unique it is, living a life of its own.  It is a city that gives its citizens one of the world’s highest standards of living.   It is like having the peacefulness of a small town with the advantages of the big city.  I strongly recommend visiting Montreal as it is truly unique and won’t leave you indifferent.