Things to do in Montreal

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts



Best of the best

780 local Airbnb host recommends

Located in the heart of Little Italy, the Jean-Talon Market is one of the oldest public markets in Montréal. When it originally opened in May of 1933, it was named “Marché du Nord” (north-end marke... read more

In the heart of Little Italy, the Jean-Talon Market is one of the oldest public markets in Montréal. The Jean-Talon Market is known for its numerous local fruit and vegetable vendors as well as the... read more

The Jean-Talon Market is a place you can't miss. Known for its numerous local fruit and vegetable vendors as well as the cultural diversity of its shopkeepers. It is one of the largest public marke... read more

#2

Mont Royal

Parks & NatureParks
1260 Chemin Remembrance·Map·Hours·Website·

682 local Airbnb host recommends

That park is at the center of our city. You'll love it for the view and the hikes you'll be able to take. During winter time you usually can skate on the beaver lake. You'll have great view of the ... read more

The jewel of Montreal’s city parks is, without question, Mount Royal. This 200-hectare park occupies part of the mountain that lies in the midst of Montreal island, and includes the highest spot in... read more

The jewel of Montreal’s city parks is, without question, Mount Royal. This 200-hectare park occupies part of the mountain that lies in the midst of Montreal island, and includes the highest spot in... read more

490 local Airbnb host recommends

If you're going out in Montreal you have to end your night here ordering Quebec's classic nosh - poutine. La Banquise specializes in the dish, and serves over thirty different kinds of poutine, pl... read more

Located off a busy bike path, this 24 hour hipster joint is famous for its poutine. Let's face it, who can resist soggy fries and chewy cheese curd? Suggestion: ask for extra sauce and WAIT couple ... read more

Because you have to try POUTINE at least once before you go, so you might as well try the best! Open 24/7. ** They have vegetarian version available with a meatless gravy & vegan cheese that is su... read more

700 local Airbnb host recommends

Lafontaine Park is Plateau Mont-Royal’s biggest park. A 40-hectare gem of traditional park landscaping, it includes two linked ponds with a fountain and waterfalls, soccer and baseball fields, beac... read more

Come unwind around the pond, this park is your neighbour! Lafontaine Park is Plateau Mont-Royal’s biggest park. A 40-hectare gem of traditional park landscaping, it includes two linked ponds with a... read more

84 acres of splendid nature greet players at La Fontaine Park, located in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal in Montreal. The park boasts a number of very attractive features for visitors, including bike trails... read more

381 local Airbnb host recommends

The Montréal Botanical Garden, one of the city’s jewels, is recognized as one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens. It offers a colourful program of events, exhibitions and activities all year... read more

The Montréal Botanical Garden, one of the city’s jewels, is recognized as one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens. It offers a colourful program of events, exhibitions and activities all year... read more

Montreal’s Jardin de Montreal, or Botanical Garden, is a 75 hectares oasis in the middle of the bustling city and has a reputation as one of the most important and established gardens in the world.... read more

357 local Airbnb host recommends

A Montreal landmark - opened since the 30's - currently owned by Celine Dion's management group. Long line ups at times but so worth the wait. Montreal smoke meat at it's best!

This is the "Katz of NYC". Smoked meat essentially is thick slices of pastrami. Served on rye with homemade pickles and mustard. My suggestion: wait in take out line and get brisket (sliced), ry... read more

Schwartz's Deli is famous for the Montréal smoked meat sandwich. It's always packed with people who either live around the corner or have come all the way from the other side of the planet, but its... read more

405 local Airbnb host recommends

The Atwater Market is one of two large public markets in Montreal. They have a wide selection of meat, cheese, and produce vendors, and everything offered there is much better than anything you wou... read more

Located in the southwest of Montréal near the Lachine Canal, the Atwater Market and bordering street are named after the 19th century businessman and municipal politician, Edwin Atwater. It was est... read more

Montreal’s Atwater Market (Marché Atwater) is one of Montreal’s most popular food markets. It features fresh produce, over ten butcher shops, three cheese shops, a fish shop and over a dozen specia... read more

307 local Airbnb host recommends

From Poland to Montreal! When he arrived in Canada in 1953, St-Viateur Bagel Shop founder Myer Lewkowicz didn’t know the first thing about baking anything, let alone bagels. He had grown up in a l... read more

It's 4am. You can't fall back asleep. You want to surprise your family with their favorite "Lox & Bagel". You got the fish, cream cheese, capers and onions. Just missing the fresh bagels! Luck... read more

Saint-Viateur bagel, Fairmount bagel... Two iconic places, and I couldn't pick one over the other. Montreal's bagel are simply delightful, and always cheap! Open 24/24.

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Fairmount Bagel

Food SceneBakeries
$· 74 Avenue Fairmount O·Map·Hours·Website·

258 local Airbnb host recommends

In 1919, Isadore Shlafman arrived in Canada and opened the first bagel bakery in Montreal. It was called the Montreal Bagel Bakery. It was located at the back of a lane, just off of Saint-Lawrence ... read more

"The Original Fairmount Bagel Bakery". Today, the family continues to make their bagel using the same traditions and methods that Grandfather Isadore brought to us from the old country. All the bag... read more

Don't let anyone convince you otherwise. Fairmount bagels are THE best bagels in town. St. Viateur bagels' got nothing on them. Pick up some freshly baked sesame bagels, or get a delicious smoked s... read more

239 local Airbnb host recommends

Very popular pub - Terrasse on the street - Produce their own beer. MO-FR: 3pm-3am SA-SU: 1pm-3am ------ Microbrasserie très populaire - Terrasse sur la rue. LU-VE: 15.00-3.00 SA-DI: 13.00-3.00

Wonderful microbrewery on Laurier with a rotating menu of craft beers. A perfect place to do a beer tasting. Prices are very reasonable, and there's also a menu with some very nice plates. Awesome ... read more

More than 12 brews on tap - rotate based on what's in season. This microbrewery makes some of the best IPA in all of Canada - you can even see what the upcoming new brews are. Gets very busy on the... read more

342 local Airbnb host recommends

Spacious museum showcasing Québec & Canadian visual works, plus international contemporary art - FREE entrance to the permanent collection and temporary exhibition with a fee ($ less on wednesdays)

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is an art museum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is Montreal’s largest museum and is amongst the most prominent in Canada. The museum is located on the historic Gol... read more

Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Art in French) is the city’s largest museum and attracts over one million visitors each year. Located on Montreal’s historic Golden Square Mile, the ... read more

269 local Airbnb host recommends

Place des Arts is a major performing arts centre in Montreal, Quebec, and the largest cultural and artistic complex in Canada in terms of many festivals such as International Jazz Festival. Google ... read more

In the heart of Montreal's festival area - and across from shopping mall Complexe Desjardins. Also best place to get tickets for shows all around town. Definitely a must-see area especially during ... read more

Arts Plaza in downtown area. Hosts many outdoor events and festivals throughout the summer such as The International Jazz Festival & Just for Laughs

227 local Airbnb host recommends

Nice strong Italian coffee that has lovely terrasse for the summer .. Try cafe latte and enjoy hipster culture there... In summer time they are so many good looking people there!!! Oh mine!

Hipster Italian cafe in a 1970s pool-hall setting with TV sports & a patio (popular even in winter).

Café Olimpico is a somewhat of a Mile End institution. It has been around for years. It's a typical Italian café. The coffee is good and strong, they show soccer games on the TV's and they have old... read more

#14

Aux Vivres Plateau

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 4631 Boul St-Laurent·Map·Hours·Website·

203 local Airbnb host recommends

AMAZING vegetarian and vegan restaurant. I recommend the Dragon Bowls and the BLT. Replace bacon with coconut? Sounds crazy but it's awesome!

Aux Vivres is probably Montreal's most famous all-vegan restaurant, and they serve both delicious dinners and brunch on weekends. In the summer, they have a lovely little terrasse in the back that'... read more

Aux Vivres finds the perfect way to surprise carnivores and please vegans with their flavorful dishes, leaving you full and satisfied. Try their tatsy Aux Vivres burger or the Thai bowl with tempeh!

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Restaurant L'Avenue

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 922 Avenue du Mont-Royal E·Map·Hours·Website·

166 local Airbnb host recommends

L'Avenue is one of my favourite brunch places in Montreal. Their eggs Benedict and pancakes are among the best in the city. They get extremely busy on the weekends, so be prepared to wait at least ... read more

One of the most popular breakfast and brunch places in the Plateau. There is always a line up during the weekend, so try to go early or preferably during the week. Closes at 4:00pm. Cool concept an... read more

Place à brunch bien connu du plateau. Il faut y aller tôt (10h max) ou attendre en file. Déco atypique, SDB à essayer / Most iconic brunch place on Le Plateau. Go early (no more than 10am) or wait ... read more

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Restaurant Joe Beef

Food SceneRestaurants
2491 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest·Map·Hours·Website·

174 local Airbnb host recommends

By far my all time favourite restaurant in Montreal. The food, drinks and service are exceptional, and the experience is worth every penny. I usually order the steak for two, which comes with two s... read more

Few restaurants in North America embolden gluttony like Joe Beef. It's the blackboards in every room, scrawled with the names of carnal pleasures in lilting French: foie de veau au girolles, tourne... read more

165 local Airbnb hosts recommend By far my all time favourite restaurant in Montreal. The food, drinks and service are exceptional, and the experience is worth every penny. I usually order the ste... read more

#17

Burgundy Lion

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 2496 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest·Map·Hours·Website·

165 local Airbnb host recommends

Pourquoi pas une bonne bière anglaise... Tient son nom du quartier : La petite Bourgogne. A nice English pub named after the borough : Little Burgundy.

Super fun and trendy English pub. They have trivia night once a week and offer up a great Pimm's Cup and fish and chips!

The staggering whisky menu at the Burgundy Lion, a lively British-style pub with dark wood surfaces and frosted glass, offers further means to warm up.

155 local Airbnb host recommends

Vices & Versa is a warm friendly bistro with a focus on Quebec's regional products: craft beers on tap and in casks, locally sourced food and concerts. This brewpub is a showcase for local producers.

This bar has 36 craft beers on tap - and are switched up every so often. Large backyard for drinking delicious beers outside on warm evenings.

With a wide range of craft beers from both near and far on tap, Vices & Versa is a beer lover's dream.

155 local Airbnb host recommends

Awesome bar and music venue located right underneath us! Offering affordable shows by local/touring bands every single night, cheap Quebec beer, and vegetarian food!

Casa Del Popolo (or simply Casa for the regulars) is a pretty unique place. It's been around for a long time and attracts a mostly anglo crowd of artsy and slightly hippie type (and I mean that in ... read more

Bar / Music venue / Good nachos and vegetarian sandwiches. Cosy, affordable and they have local / touring acts almost every night of the week. My fav: double shot margaritas xxx

188 local Airbnb host recommends

Rainy day? Spend hours at the Eaton center! It is located in the heart of the Montreal underground city, and is connected to the Montreal Metro via McGill station, enormous food court, stores, stor... read more

Centre Eaton is a shopping mall located in Montreals underground city. Fascinating how the Underground City now stretches for 32 kilometers (20 miles) and covers 4 million square meters. Great for ... read more

The Montreal Eaton Centre is a shopping mall located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located in the heart of Downtown Montreal in the underground city, and is connected to the Montreal Metro via... read more

134 local Airbnb host recommends

Best wine bar in Montreal! Small wine bar with decent tapas, very good service, cool crowd. Local DJs spinning tunes but it is not so loud that you can't have conversation. Mostly locals.

Also a resto, of sorts - the charcuterie plates are rustic and tasty, the roasted chicken the most popular item on the menu. This is more of a 30+ crowd, and a lot of Franco Quebec film-types (acto... read more

La Buvette is a Mile End staple. It's been open for about 15 years but it's still as popular as ever. They're mainly a wine bar but they also serve tapas style food (until late). It's more of a sit... read more

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BAR - Big in Japan

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$$· 4175 Boul St-Laurent·Map·Hours·

144 local Airbnb host recommends

This izakaya, or japanese brasserie, is quite the hot spot on the Main for alternative late night eats. You won’t find any sushi here, but rather lots of classic Japanese dishes and recipes like ta... read more

Big in Japan Bar is a speakeasy-type bar specializing in sake and Japanese whisky. The interior is really unique with a bar that stretches and twists all across the place, so that everyone is techn... read more

This is by far the coolest little bar in Montreal. Just look for a tiny red Japanese symbol on a black door, right next to a burger and poutine joint. If you’re greeted upon entry by a majordomo in... read more

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Au Pied de Cochon

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 536 Avenue Duluth E·Map·Hours·Website·

158 local Airbnb host recommends

Heart Attack Grill meets Cheesecake Factory. Health is of no consideration, and would be your main sacrifice in dining here. A nightmare for most Muslims, The "Pig's Feet" title says it all. Foi... read more

" If you are a bacon fanatic pork​, great foie gras. One of the most talented Chefs in Quebec Martin Picard - Try poutine au foie gras. 10 Min walk"

Chef Martin Picard’s hearty Québécois fare, starring foie gras & pork, served in a lively space. - Open 5PM to 12AM

141 local Airbnb host recommends

If you eat chicken, this is a must! Delicious chicken, fries and salad, served in a styrofoam container to take with you (park across the street) or you can eat in. Always a good idea to call ahead.

Hands down best Portuguese rotisserie chicken in Montreal. Get the whole chicken to share with salad and fries — make sandwiches with the leftovers the next day!

Romados is another well known address to Montrealers. It's THE classic Portuguese rotisserie. The setting is not fancy but it's cheap, generous and delicious. Plus, you can always take it to go and... read more

288 local Airbnb host recommends

Un beau parc pour un pic-nique. Piscine ouverte au public. Gratuit lun au ven, 5$ les fin de semaines. Great picnic park w/ a public pool that is open to the public. Free from Mon-Fri, $5 on weekends.

Beautiful park in the summer with plenty of activities. Public pool (kids pool and adult), weekly movies in the park, picnic tables, boccie courts, ping pong tables, salsa music and dancing, workou... read more

This is a huge park with playgrounds, tennis courts, soccer fields, badminton, and table tennis. There's a little dog park, too, and in the summer you can go for a swim in the pool, or you can go s... read more

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Sparrow

Food SceneRestaurants
5322 Boul St-Laurent·Map·Hours·Website·

134 local Airbnb host recommends

The dainty cocktail bar is a huge hit with Mile End hipsters. Nab a place on the couch or tuck yourself along the bar, and then order a basil gimlet. They also serve a mighty fine hangover brunch.

In a city so enamored with eating breakfast late (or lunch early depending on you look at it), Sparrow is another popular establishment well-known for its brilliant brunches. Designed to look like ... read more

Sparrow is a classic English-style pub. They have great beers, classic drinks and they serve a mix of burgers and Indian specialty (butter chicken, chana masala, etc.) They also do brunch on weekends.

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Tri Express

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1650 Avenue Laurier E·Map·Hours·Website·

133 local Airbnb host recommends

Some of the best sushi in Montreal! Refined rolls, sashimi & chef’s specialties in a 24-seat space with takeout. Cash only. Open everyday but Mondays until 10pm. Check triexpressrestaurant.com

Best sushi in Montréal! Try the degustation menu at 25$ they will bring you the best. Very small, I recommend to reserve. Wood table outside during summer. You can also take out and eat in the park :)

Some says they have the best sushis in town. Reservation compulsory. You can also eat outside (a few seats)... or order and bring them home. They are just great and fancy for a fair price!

119 local Airbnb host recommends

The hottest ice cream joint in Montreal where the whole neighbourhood congregates on hot nights. You'll find all kinds of unusual, delicious ice cream flavours at this cute little place.

Best ice cream place in town. Go for their homemade soft serve, flavor changes every other week. Long line-up but very much worth it! Open only in the summer.

Ice cream, sorbet & soft Serve. There is usually a line but well worth the wait. Line up with good company and share an ice cream at the end of a great conversation.

118 local Airbnb host recommends

Artsy Persian coffeehouse for fragrant stews, dips served with pita & breakfast, plus Iranian tea. Definitely one of the more popular and unique restaurants in town! Open Everyday 9am-11pm

We love brunch at this persian restaurant and also it's owner, the fantastic and always young Emela. Try the #4 feta omelette, it's to die for!

Iranian restaurant/coffee shop. Very nice to sit by the big open windows during the summer. Delicious brunch (try their omelette feta!)

122 local Airbnb host recommends

Boulangerie bretonne. Très connue et très bonne. Tout est bon la dedans! / Best bakery in town. Maybe because it's from my home french region: Brittany. Try their ... everything and especially brit... read more

Best croissants and pastries in town. MY personal favorites are the Natural Croissants, Abricotines, Cheese Croissants.... You cant find better.

Excellent french bakery at low prices. Try the "tarte au chocolat et framboises" or "tarte au chocolat et poire".