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Montreal

With an exciting calendar of year-round festivals, stunning European architecture, exquisite eateries, high-end shopping and more, this city is pretty irresistible.

From humble beginnings as a French fur trading post, Montreal has developed into one of the most exciting, cosmopolitan cities in Canada. The island city lives and breathes its French connection through pride in its colonial history, dogged preservation of European architecture and a large majority of French-speaking citizens. This cultural identity is subtly written into the narrative of the city and is evident from the quaint bookshops and charming cafés that line the pretty cobblestone streets.

Soak up Montreal’s unique festival atmosphere in the bustling streets of the Downtown area. This vibrant district is home to the famous Quartier des Spectacles, which not only has 30 concert halls, including the Montreal Symphony House, but also hosts the über-cool Montreal International Jazz Festival.

With a year-round events programme that is the envy of far weightier cities, Montreal is a buzzing hub of music, comedy, film and fireworks. Furthermore, the excellent selection of hip bars, trendy hot-spots and top-notch restaurants means visitors can enjoy the finest evening entertainment without having to put in too much legwork.

The city is overflowing with beautiful buildings that traverse a range of architectural styles. Undoubtedly, the Notre Dame Basilica is one of the jewels in Québec’s religious crown. Admire its stunning Gothic-revival exterior before comparing it to St Joseph’s Oratory – the largest and arguably most majestic church in Canada.

At Old Port, spend a pleasant afternoon ambling along the banks of the Saint Lawrence River. Enjoy sweeping views of the city skyline from the top of the old clock tower and keep an eye out for ships navigating the precarious Lachine Canal.

Afterwards, stroll around the colourful district of Plateau Mont-Royal. Browse the quaint bookshops or sip a coffee in one of the many charming cafés. This bohemian neighbourhood is home to a heady mix of musicians, artists and students who all contribute to its infectious laid-back vibe.

Shop til you drop in the busy boutiques of Saint Catherine Street and Underground City before heading to the Bonsecours Market to pick up some unique souvenirs lovingly hand-crafted by the finest artisans in Québec. Whether it's exquisite jewellery or restored 18th-century furniture, you’re sure to discover something really special.

Montreal absolutely deserves first place on any Canadian itinerary so why not check it out for yourself?

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Where to stay in Montreal

Downtown Montreal featuring outdoor art, a city and art

Downtown Montreal

4/5Very Good!(100 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and great live music, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Montreal. Check out top attractions like Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Bell Centre, and jump on the metro at Peel Station or McGill Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Montreal
Notre Dame Basilica which includes interior views, a church or cathedral and religious aspects

Old Montreal

4.5/5Wonderful!(33 area reviews)

A bustling port renowned art and top sights from Old Port of Montreal to Old Port – discover Old Montreal, a destination also famous for its historic sites.

Old Montreal
Plateau Mont Royal showing street scenes, signage and shopping

Plateau Mont Royal

4/5Very Good!(10 area reviews)

Noted for its art galleries and cafes, there's plenty to explore in Plateau Mont Royal. Top attractions like The Underground City and Mount Royal Park are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Mont Royal Station or Laurier Station to see more of the city.

Plateau Mont Royal
Gay Village featuring outdoor eating, street scenes and cafe lifestyle

Gay Village

4.5/5Wonderful!(6 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Gay Village for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Sainte-Catherine Street and Saint-Pierre Apotre Church. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you take a ride at Beaudry Station.

Gay Village
Latin Quarter which includes street scenes, cafe scenes and a city

Latin Quarter

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Latin Quarter for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Sainte-Catherine Street and St. Denis Theatre. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you take a ride at Berri-UQAM Station.

Latin Quarter

Top hotels in Montreal

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Loews Hotel Vogue
Loews Hotel Vogue
4.5 out of 5
1425 de La Montagne, Montreal, QC
The price is RM565 per night

This family-friendly Montreal hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and The Underground City. Montreal ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,944 reviews)

"Big rooms and very clean. Good location and parking was easy"…"

Reviewed on 19 May 2020

Loews Hotel Vogue
Hôtel Ruby Foo's
Hôtel Ruby Foo's
3.5 out of 5
7655 Decarie boulevard, Montreal, QC
The price is RM253 per night

Located in Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Saint Joseph's Oratory, University of Montreal and Mount Royal Park. Sainte-Catherine ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,395 reviews)

"A very nice hotel and would be excellent when everything is open and up and running after covid is all through with!! Clean and very nice rooms."…"

Reviewed on 30 May 2020

Hôtel Ruby Foo's
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC
The price is RM397 per night

Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Underground City, Bell Centre and Christ Church Cathedral. Notre Dame Basilica and Saint ...

4.3/5Excellent! (7,363 reviews)

"Spacious room with great view of the city. They were able to accommodate all my requests as I was traveling with a toddler"…"

Reviewed on 27 May 2020

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

Popular places to visit in Montreal

Old Port of Montreal
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Old Port of Montreal

4.5/5(56 reviews)

Historic architecture, modern attractions and an exciting calendar of festivals make it impossible to get bored at this lively and scenic riverfront space.

Notre Dame Basilica
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Notre Dame Basilica

4.5/5(51 reviews)

Welcoming all kinds of pilgrims from popes to pop stars, this gorgeous basilica should definitely appear on your Montreal itinerary.

Montreal Biodome
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Montreal Biodome

4/5(9 reviews)

Visit this exceptional Montreal facility to explore five ecosystems investigating the diversity of marine, plant and animal life in the Americas.

Top things to do in Montreal

Quebec City & Montmorency Falls
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Quebec City & Montmorency Falls

88% of travellers recommend
RM397
Per adult
3-Day Passport Montreal: 28 Attractions & Public Transportation
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3-Day Passport Montreal: 28 Attractions & Public Transportation

84% of travellers recommend
RM405
Per adult
Montreal Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Montreal Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

RM189
Per adult
Heart of Montreal Motorcoach Tour
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Heart of Montreal Motorcoach Tour

72% of travellers recommend
RM199
Per adult
Electric Scooter Tour of Plateau, Mile End & Old Montreal
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Electric Scooter Tour of Plateau, Mile End & Old Montreal

96% of travellers recommend
RM326
Per adult
Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex
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Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex

94% of travellers recommend
RM76
Per adult

Reviews of Montreal

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
51
5 - Excellent 41.12903225806452%
4 - Good
59
4 - Good 47.58064516129032%
3 - Okay
11
3 - Okay 8.870967741935484%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.6129032258064515%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.8064516129032258%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Jan 2020

Locals friendly , easy to walk around and safe

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Dec 2019

Can walk everywhere. Must go to the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal, truly amazing.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

29 Nov 2019

I don’t think Montreal really fits the hype. I wasn’t expecting skyscrapers. The old town wasn’t that big. Go to Europe and see the real thing.

4/5 - Good

ASHISH

14 Nov 2019

From a leisure traveller's point its probably a nice city for one visit if interested in cultural and tourist attractions. Probably a 2-3 times if interested in visiting the theme parks, Gilles circuit or specific adventure activities.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Nov 2019

Beautiful city with a distinctive French rhythm. We were here during the recent Canadian general election, and it was easy to see where the locals loyalties lie first.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Oct 2019

Nice city to just walk around

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Montreal

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Montreal Playlist – Great Music by Musicians from Montreal

This playlist highlights all the great artists that make Montreal one of the world’s most musical cities.
Montreal Playlist – Great Music by Musicians from Montreal
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How to Spend a Weekend in Montreal

From the cobblestones of Old Montreal to the fashionable shops of Sainte-Catherine Street, Montreal offers an unforgettable getaway.
How to Spend a Weekend in Montreal
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Eat your heart out in Montreal

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Eat your heart out in Montreal
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Skiing near Montreal

Shredding the slopes of the Laurentian Mountains near Montreal
Skiing near Montreal
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The best festivals in Montreal

Partying at festivals in Montreal
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