- Margarita Milne
Plateau Mont-Royal is best known as the hipster district of Québec. It’s very flat and stylish with old-style stone masonry, plenty of trendy bars and restaurants, and a thriving arts scene. Here, we list ten of our favorite things to do and see in the area of Plateau Mont-Royal in Montréal, Canada.
L’Écomusée du Fier Monde
Museum documenting Plateau Mont-Royal’s history
The Ecomuseum, which is housed in a former public bath, is a stunning example of 1920s architecture. The museum traces the Industrial revolution and the origins of the area of Plateau Mont-Royal. Steeped in Plateau Mont Royal’s rich history, come here to reflect on the history and social issues of the community.
Opening hours: Wed 11am-8pm, Thur-Fri 9.30am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-5pm
2050, rue Amherst, Montréal, QC, Canada, +1 514 528 8444
Club and lounge
Located in the heart of the main city center, just on Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Blizzarts is a popular party destination for residents of Plateau Mont-Royal, and Montreal in general. Both a great place for a quiet drink or a dance, Blizzarts is a great mix between a lounge and a club. Up-and-coming DJs from Montreal love playing there so expect to hear some good music too.
Watch out for: house specialties, such as Irish Car Bombs and Dark & Stormies
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10pm-3am
3956A, Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC, Canada, +1 514 843 4860
Pub Le Sainte-Élisabeth
Bar/pub with incredible terrace
Pub Le Sainte-Élisabeth is worth a visit for its terrace alone. The terrace is surrounded by 45-meter high ivy-covered walls, which look particularly beautiful in the summer months. On the second floor, you can admire their garden from the glassed-in terrace. The drinks come at a good price and the Bloody Caesar cocktail is a particularly delicious cocktail to try. The outdoor patio is the perfect place to have a relaxing drink outside with beautiful, wondrous surroundings.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 3pm-3am
Watch out for: the Bloody Caesar
1412 Sainte-Élisabeth, Montréal, QC, Canada, +1 514 286 4302
Experienced ‘Labtenders’ serve original cocktails
If you’re into your cocktails Le Lab is a must. Founder, owner, and mixologist Fabien Maillard has over 15 years experience making cocktails. A master of his art, he won Top Shelf Barman in 2014 and third best International Bar Leader in 2010. Gabrielle F. Panaccio works with Fabien as director and owner. The founding owner of ProxiBar, she is a trusted mixologist too, willing to mix any classic or drink of your choice. Expect a dimly lit speakeasy with skilled bar staff.
Opening hours: Mon-Tues 5pm-2am, Wed-Sat 5pm-3am, Sun 5pm-2am
Watch out for: the El Commandante (Fabien’s signature cocktail) and The Ying-Yang (Gabrielle’s signature cocktail)
1351 Rachel Street East, Montréal, QC, Canada, +1 514 544 1333
Dieu du Ciel
Busy neighborhood pub
Dieu du Ciel is for those into microbrews. The pub serves homegrown house brews and exotic imports. The beer selection itself is a very large menu, so this is the perfect venue for beer lovers. Even if you’re not a beer lover, it is always very busy and so another reason to go, aside from the brews, is the lively and vibrant atmosphere. If you’re in the area, this bar comes highly recommended, so it’s worth your time to have a drink or two here.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 3pm-3am, Fri-Sun 1pm-3am
29 Laurier West, Montréal, QC, Canada, +1 514 490 9555
Concert and event venue
Rialto Theatre is a concert and event venue that has been designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. The theater is a former movie palace and was constructed between 1923 and 1924 by Montréal architect Joseph-Raoul Gariépy, who was inspired by the Neo-Baroque style of the Paris Opera House. Rialto Theatre is a historic monument and a must-see in Plateau Mont-Royal.
Opening hours: varies depending on events
5723 Avenue du Parc, Montréal, QC, Canada, +1 514 770 7773
Great live music venue
Come to Métropolis to hear some great live music. The building in which it lies in has been ‘gifted with nine lives’, as Métropolis has said. First a skating rink in 1884, then a summer theater the following year, the building was then severely damaged by fire. Since then, it has been converted back into a theater, then a cinema in 1923, before once again catching fire as it opened in the 1930s.
Opening hours: varies depending on the shows
59, Rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montréal, QC, Canada, +1 514 844 3500
Roman Catholic Church
Situated on Henri-Julian Avenue is Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church, a Roman Catholic church that was built in 1875 according to plans by Alphonse Raza. The church has suffered many fires and has been rebuilt several times. The interior now is a Baroque revival style with stained glass windows. Visit the church to learn about its history and once there, don’t forget to take in the beautiful architecture.
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 12pm-6pm, Sat 10am-12.30pm and 1pm-4pm, Sun 1pm-5pm
4237 Avenue Henri Julien, Montréal, QC, Canada, +1 514 842 8450
Bagg Street Shul
Synagogue built in 1921
Built in 1921, Bagg Street Shul is Québec’s oldest living synagogue building. It is recognized as a heritage site by Québec’s Minister of Culture and the City of Montréal. The building is a plain brick box from the outside but inside, you’ll find beautifully carved and intricate interiors.
Opening hours: Sat 9.30am-12pm
3919 Rue Clark, Montréal, QC, Canada, +1 514 481 9542
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park
Beautiful scenery to relax in
For a place to relax, Parc Laurier is the site to visit. When visiting, you may find that you feel like a local here as it’s often frequented by locals, away from the bustling tourist crowds. The park contains an array of centenary trees, a soccer field, two baseball fields, a public swimming pool, a horseshoe pit, a dog park, and a playground.
Opening hours: 6am-12am
By Margarita Milne