The good life reigns supreme in this exceptionally charming French Canadian city.
Discover Montreal, Quebec’s historic districts and modern style, as this lively city is always ready to showcase its distinctive culture and cuisine. Wandering historic Vieux-Montréal’s cobblestone streets for its 19th-century architecture and charming artisan shops, visitors can immerse themselves in art galleries, museums and clothing boutiques featuring Quebec designers. During warmer months, locals embrace the pedestrian lifestyle, strolling the streets and stopping for café au lait or fresh-from-the-oven treats at one of the many bakeries. Head farther afield on two wheels via the numerous bike paths that connect this city island’s many green spaces and shoreline.
- Les Quartiers du Canal
- Vieux-Montréal (Old Montreal)
Montreal’s downtown district is home to the popular Place des Arts, which hosts year-round festivals and exhibitions. Sainte-Catherine Street is lined with cozy cafés, bookstores and shops showcasing the latest trends from Quebecois and international fashion designers. At the nearby Palais des Congrès, visitors can check out the city’s first permanent immersive multimedia exhibition, Oasis, and Crescent Street is the place to go for lively watering holes and clubs.
Dining, Shopping, Museums, Nightlife
Les Quartiers du Canal
One of Montreal’s newest neighborhoods, or “quartiers,” this area unites three smaller districts (Griffintown, Saint-Henri and Little Burgundy) into a destination well-suited for the young and hip to eat, drink and explore. Situated along the city’s Lachine Canal, this former industrial zone has now become a green area where walkers, joggers and cyclists share the canal paths. With several new restaurants and plenty of watering holes, visitors can easily spend an afternoon and evening hopping from boutiques to bars to one of the area’s many charming cafés, or “buvettes.” Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in Quebec-made products at Atwater Market.
Dining, Modern Design, Green Spaces
Vieux-Montréal (Old Montreal)
Historic Old Montreal features cobblestone streets, distinctive 19th-century architecture and quaint shops, many featuring work by Quebec-based artisans. With plenty of sights to see — Place d’Armes square at the Basilica of Notre Dame, the Old Port’s promenade and plenty of souvenir galleries — it’s a traveler’s dream, with excellent restaurants where the food is just as wonderful as the views overlooking the St. Lawrence River.
Dining, Shopping, Nightlife
Stay in The Center of it All
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Explore the Colorful Neighborhoods of Montreal, Quebec
Dine and Shop Around Downtown
Kick off your vacation exploring the downtown shopping options on Sainte-Catherine Street, including the famous Simons department store. When happy hour rolls around, head to one of the lively bars of Crescent Street.
Take time to stroll the cobblestone streets of Vieux-Montréal, admiring the historic architecture, indulging in a coffee on one of the many patios overlooking the St. Lawrence River and picking from numerous fine-dining options.
Explore the City's Canals
Discover the newest neighborhood in the city. Explore the Lachine Canal by watercraft and rent a bike to wander the area’s boutiques, restaurants and brewpubs.