Best things to do in Montreal

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Experiences you might enjoy

Here are some activities hosted by locals that would help you explore the city.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

1. Jean Talon Market
7070 Avenue Henri-Julien
780local recommendations
Dan And Nathalie
Dan And Nathalie says “Located in the heart of Little Italy, the Jean-Talon Market is one of the oldest public markets in M...” ·
2. Mont Royal
1260 Chemin Remembrance
682local recommendations
Leo & Emmanuel
Leo & Emmanuel says “The jewel of Montreal’s city parks is, without question, Mount Royal. This 200-hectare park occupies...” ·
3. La Banquise
994 Rue Rachel E
490local recommendations
Miki says “If you're going out in Montreal you have to end your night here ordering Quebec's classic nosh - pou...” ·
4. Parc La Fontaine
1619 QC-138
700local recommendations
Leo & Emmanuel
Leo & Emmanuel says “Lafontaine Park is Plateau Mont-Royal’s biggest park. A 40-hectare gem of traditional park landscapi...” ·
5. Montreal Botanical Garden
4101 Rue Sherbrooke E
381local recommendations
Christopher+Fatine says “The Montréal Botanical Garden, one of the city’s jewels, is recognized as one of the world’s greates...” ·
6. Schwartz's Deli - Sandwiches - Steaks
3895 Boul St-Laurent
357local recommendations
Marie & Charles
Marie & Charles says “This is the "Katz of NYC". Smoked meat essentially is thick slices of pastrami. Served on rye with...” ·
7. Atwater Market
138 Avenue Atwater
405local recommendations
Oscar says “Located in the southwest of Montréal near the Lachine Canal, the Atwater Market and bordering street...” ·
8. St-Viateur Bagel Shop
263 Rue Saint Viateur O
307local recommendations
Leo & Emmanuel
Leo & Emmanuel says “From Poland to Montreal! When he arrived in Canada in 1953, St-Viateur Bagel Shop founder Myer Lewk...” ·
9. Fairmount Bagel
74 Avenue Fairmount O
258local recommendations
Leo & Emmanuel
Leo & Emmanuel says “In 1919, Isadore Shlafman arrived in Canada and opened the first bagel bakery in Montreal. It was ca...” ·
10. Dieu du Ciel!
29 Laurier Avenue
239local recommendations
Florence Et France
Florence Et France says “Very popular pub - Terrasse on the street - Produce their own beer. MO-FR: 3pm-3am SA-SU: 1pm-3am -...” ·
11. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1380 Rue Sherbrooke
342local recommendations
Simplissimmo says “The MMFA is one of Canada’s most visited museums and the eighth-most visited museum in North America...” ·
12. Place des Arts
175 Rue Sainte-Catherine
269local recommendations
DAK Design & Home
DAK Design & Home says “In the heart of Montreal's festival area - and across from shopping mall Complexe Desjardins. Also b...” ·
13. Café Olimpico
124 Rue Saint Viateur O
227local recommendations
Thomas says “Café Olimpico is a somewhat of a Mile End institution. It has been around for years. It's a typical ...” ·
14. Aux Vivres Plateau
4631 Boul St-Laurent
203local recommendations
Fred says “Aux Vivres is probably Montreal's most famous all-vegan restaurant, and they serve both delicious di...” ·
15. L'Avenue
922 Avenue du Mont-Royal E
166local recommendations
Axel says “Place à brunch bien connu du plateau. Il faut y aller tôt (10h max) ou attendre en file. Déco atypiq...” ·
16. Restaurant Joe Beef
2491 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
174local recommendations
Maya says “165 local Airbnb hosts recommend By far my all time favourite restaurant in Montreal. The food, dri...” ·
17. Burgundy Lion
2496 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
165local recommendations
Marilou says “Pourquoi pas une bonne bière anglaise... Tient son nom du quartier : La petite Bourgogne. A nice Eng...” ·
18. Vices & Versa
6631 Boul St-Laurent
155local recommendations
Pamela Et Félix
Pamela Et Félix says “Vices & Versa is a warm friendly bistro with a focus on Quebec's regional products: craft beers on t...” ·
19. Casa Del Popolo
4873 Boul St-Laurent
155local recommendations
Thomas says “Casa Del Popolo (or simply Casa for the regulars) is a pretty unique place. It's been around for a l...” ·
20. Le Centre Eaton de Montréal
705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O
188local recommendations
Josiane says “Rainy day? Spend hours at the Eaton center! It is located in the heart of the Montreal underground c...” ·
21. Buvette Chez Simone
4869 Av du Parc
134local recommendations
Elliott says “Also a resto, of sorts - the charcuterie plates are rustic and tasty, the roasted chicken the most p...” ·
22. BAR - Big in Japan
4175 Boul St-Laurent
144local recommendations
Leo & Emmanuel
Leo & Emmanuel says “This izakaya, or japanese brasserie, is quite the hot spot on the Main for alternative late night ea...” ·
23. Au Pied de Cochon
536 Avenue Duluth E
158local recommendations
Marie & Charles
Marie & Charles says “Heart Attack Grill meets Cheesecake Factory. Health is of no consideration, and would be your main ...” ·
24. Rotisserie Romados
115 Rue Rachel E
141local recommendations
Katie says “Hands down best Portuguese rotisserie chicken in Montreal. Get the whole chicken to share with salad...” ·
25. Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park
288local recommendations
Kate says “Beautiful park in the summer with plenty of activities. Public pool (kids pool and adult), weekly mo...” ·
26. Sparrow
5322 Boul St-Laurent
134local recommendations
Leo & Emmanuel
Leo & Emmanuel says “In a city so enamored with eating breakfast late (or lunch early depending on you look at it), Sparr...” ·
27. Tri Express
1650 Avenue Laurier E
133local recommendations
Richard says “Some of the best sushi in Montreal! Refined rolls, sashimi & chef’s specialties in a 24-seat space w...” ·
28. Kem Coba
60 Avenue Fairmount O
119local recommendations
Tuan says “Ice cream, sorbet & soft Serve. There is usually a line but well worth the wait. Line up with good c...” ·
29. Byblos Le Petit Cafe
1499 Avenue Laurier E
118local recommendations
Richard says “Artsy Persian coffeehouse for fragrant stews, dips served with pita & breakfast, plus Iranian tea. D...” ·
30. Boulangerie Les Co'Pains d'Abord
1965, av du Mont-Royal E
122local recommendations
Axel says “Boulangerie bretonne. Très connue et très bonne. Tout est bon la dedans! / Best bakery in town. Mayb...” ·