Plateau Mont-Royal
Plateau Mont-Royal
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The area
Neighborhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Go native in Plateau Mont-Royal, where bespoke shopping, hip eateries, and wacky paint jobs attract locals and transplants alike, making it one of the city's most diverse and distinctly authentic experiences. A creative hub, Montreal's artistic elite pack the cafes along Rue Saint-Denis, where young painters and fashion designers draw inspiration from the playful murals and stately Victorian homes that dot the Plateau's side streets. Not a major sightseeing destination, a visit to Plateau Mont-Royal allows you to enjoy a local perspective, soaking in indie films, latte art, contemporary galleries, and the city's best bagels. A center of polyglot culture, Québécois accents mingle with shades of Portuguese, Greek, and Hebrew in the area's iconic Mile End district, where restaurants straddle chic designer boutiques, serving up chorizo and caldo verde. Friendliest to those on foot, it's a jungle of colorful awnings and sidewalk umbrellas, pedestrian walks and luxury shopping.
How to get there
  • Sherbrooke • 5 min walk
  • Saint-Laurent • 9 min walk
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  • rita6620152015
    New Bern, North Carolina28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    huge pedestrian mall in effect
    Great place to shop, eat and explore the vibrant area. It is also full of booths and pop-ups too. We spent hours exploring and enjoyed lunch at Schwartzs as well as bagels at L Viature
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • CAZ485
    Atlanta, Georgia95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Montreal’s French at Its Best
    More a neighborhood than a specific place, this area is friendly, very international, easy to walk or bike with plenty of good food and wine, and comfortable accommodations. I could sit for hours and enjoy the ambience in St. Louis Square or Park La Fontaine. And less jet lag than France.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • TheMahdi
    Boracay, Philippines248 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beauiful Graffitis on Walls
    It's actually another location almost 45 minutes walking distance from Notre Dam Basilica where you can find beaugiculGrafitis on the walls and houses painted with different colors. Since we came in December most of the colors were faded and i believe they renew the paintings after cold seasons. A good place to go during late spring and aummer but nothing much in Winter.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 20, 2023
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TheMahdi
Boracay, Philippines248 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It's actually another location almost 45 minutes walking distance from Notre Dam Basilica where you can find beaugiculGrafitis on the walls and houses painted with different colors.

Since we came in December most of the colors were faded and i believe they renew the paintings after cold seasons.

A good place to go during late spring and aummer but nothing much in Winter.
Written December 20, 2023
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rita6620152015
New Bern, NC28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Great place to shop, eat and explore the vibrant area. It is also full of booths and pop-ups too. We spent hours exploring and enjoyed lunch at Schwartzs as well as bagels at L Viature
Written June 19, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,204 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I have to admit that I was disappointed in this classic neighborhood. My tour book and friends gave it a big build-up, but my experience was less dramatic. Too many empty storefronts, which may be the result of Covid. Not enough ethnic food. But there is coffee and when you walk on the side streets there is the classic 19th Century architecture.
Written June 23, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,204 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
There are bars and restaurants and some pretty residential streets. This is an important neighborhood, a major part of the city. But frankly we were disappointed in the lack of density of businesses and the lack of people on the street. The brick buildings can be dreary.
Written October 5, 2022
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S N
Leominster, MA131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I have walked around here both summer and winter, and each has its charms. I think it's fine to be a typical tourist here, taking pictures of the murals and the architecture. Go ahead, be artsy! Great place for a coffee, too, or a meal.
Written February 26, 2023
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stevenmac1
Glasgow, UK326 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Had a wander around this area on the way to another neighbourhood.

There is a quirky feel about the place with some interesting shops and eating options - lots of lovely coffee shops too.

Good bit of pedestrian walk ways so safe for a good wander.

Not massive area but worth a visit if passing through that way.
Written June 28, 2022
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CAZ485
Atlanta, GA95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
More a neighborhood than a specific place, this area is friendly, very international, easy to walk or bike with plenty of good food and wine, and comfortable accommodations. I could sit for hours and enjoy the ambience in St. Louis Square or Park La Fontaine. And less jet lag than France.
Written August 6, 2023
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JimmyJackk
San Marcos, CA5,753 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Nice area we wandered through on our way to Mount Royal park. Not far from Parc La Fontaine and the Quartier Latin.
Written May 5, 2019
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P1e
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Couples
The Plateau (including the Mile-End) is A MUST if you want to get an idea of the real Montreal and not just the touristy one you find in Old Montreal or the downtown strip of St-Catherine and Crescent Streets. The Plateau Mont-Royal Borough (PMR for short) is considered one of the hippest places to live in the world thanks in large part to its avant-garde artist community (particularly its independent music scene), its plentiful boutiques, venues, galleries, cafés and renowned restaurants, for all tastes and budgets. It’s architecture (mostly turn of the century triplexes, with external winding iron staircases, and working class duplexes). Its tree lined streets provide shade in the hot summer months, and its numerous parks and bike paths encourage a dynamic community enjoyment of public spaces.
The best way to tour the Plateau is by bicycle so that you can get a real feel for the place. The Plateau is the neighbourhood that has the lowest car ownership rate in all of Canada (50%). Many locals prefer getting around on foot or by bike because everything you could possibly need is close by. Its proximity to downtown makes for an easy commute by bike, on foot or by public transit. This local consumption and its density is also what allows so many small independent businesses to flourish. Since the restaurants do not cater primarily to tourists, but depend on the local population, you can be sure the quality is excellent.
Best time to visit is between mid-April and mid-November so that you can use the Bixi-Bike-Share service. The Plateau has stands every couple of blocks at which you can pick up or leave a bike (5$/day in 45 minute segments, automated stands require credit card). To get an overall look at the Plateau I suggest riding from large park to large park. Park LaFontaine is on the Southern edge of the Plateau (Sherbrooke St.) and the centre (btw Papineau and De LaRoche St.). Take the Breboeuf St. bike path up to Laurier Park, be sure to stop on Mont-Royal Ave. for a stroll as it is one of themost vibrant commercial streets in the Plateau and always full of life. The Laurier Park area is called Village Laurier by many as Laurier Ave. is a beautiful tree lined street with (new) bike paths and a perfect mix of residential and commercial, with great restaurants and boutiques (i.e. Byblos for delicious Iranian food, Pyrus for foodies - try their apple-wood smoked salmon tartar), Tri Express - small place with the best sushi in town, and so many more).
Then take the Laurier bike path west to the Mile-End, the Brooklyn (Williamsburg) of Montreal. One block North of Laurier is Fairmont Av. with the famous Fairmont Bagel shop, and one block further North is the famous St-Viateur St., which , along with Park Av., is the centre of the community with its restaurants, cafés and boutiques. Park Av. is the western limit of the Plateau, (one block further and you are in posh Outremont), and is the heart of what was the Greek neighbourhood (now there are more hipsters than Greeks living here). It still boosts the best Greek restaurants in town, featuring the very posh (expensive) Milos, amongst more affordable options.
Then head south down Park Av. (or Esplanade, if you prefer a residential street for safer cycling), until you get to park Jeannne-Mance, which is the park at the foot of Mont-Royal park. At the Southern end of the tree lined path through the park, (along Esplanade featuring some of the most beautiful houses of the Plateau), you will arrive at Duluth St.. Take Duluth St. East to St-Laurent Boulevard, the other big commercial artery on the Plateau after Mont-Royal and St-Denis, otherwise known as the Main. Here you are in the heart of a neighbourhood that was home to successive waves of immigration. You still can savour great smoked meat at some famous Jewish delis and some great grilled fare at local Portuguese restaurants. Further south on St-Laurent, toward Sherbrooke St. You will find the upscale restaurants that cater more to tourists, including those along the pedestrian street of Prince-Arthur. The posh restaurants and not-so-posh concentration of night clubs cater to a not so local crowd and can get pretty crazy at night Thurs.-Sat.
If you keep heading east along Duluth St. you will eventually hit Park LaFontasine, your starting point, after passing by some very good restarants along the way, including the (in)famous Pied de Couchon which is known for its rich delicious food including many dishes featuring foie gras. Along Duluth and Rachel (one street north) there are many bring your own wine restaurant. However, many of the best byob restaurants have now opened off the beaten track (like Mister B, Quartier General, LaPrunelle, Le Blue Raisin, etc).
In the Park Lafontaine is a very nice restaurant and gallery called l’Espace LaFontaine, a non-profit that, with the help of the borough, reinvests in the displays by local artists and historians, as well as family oriented activities like an electric train for kids.
Written January 2, 2012
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ATRjr
Rochester, NY93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
Our experience in the Plateau area was a welcome respite from the intensity of the Latin Quarter (LQ), Old Montreal, the cathedrals, etc. We went to Montreal to relax, but got caught up in sightseeing and navigating traffic until we experienced the restaurants and easy pace of the Plateau District, especially near Av du Mont-Royal and Rue Saint-Denis. We found the restaurants to be a "good value for the money" alternative to those downtown, and certainly more relaxing than the student areas in the LQ and Village. We could enjoy out coffee with baguette or croissant, sitting outside a bakery, and imagine we were in France.
We didn't shop, but saw plenty of little medium-to-upscale stores. Parking wasn't a problem. Safety wasn't a problem.
For us, it was the place to go to have the kind of dining experience we had hoped for in Montreal, and to be simulated by pleasant sights and sounds.
Written July 12, 2014
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