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Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

  • Botanical Gardens

    Impressive flora
    Montreal’s Botanical Gardens are not far from the Olympic Stadium, and are generally regarded as among the best in the world. There are over 20,000 plant varieties on around 75 hectares. The Chinese Garden is one of the largest outside China.
    4101 rue Sherbrooke
    Montreal, E H1X 2B2
    +1 514 872 1400
    espacepourlavie.ca
  • Ile Sainte-Hélène

    Meeting point
    Eating, drinking, listening to music and dancing – on Sunday afternoons in summer, Montreal’s party scene congregates on the Ile Sainte-Hélène for the «Piknic Electronik». Montreal has acquired the reputation of a «fun city». Especially in the warm season, the number of festivals, concerts and parties is simply endless.
  • Notre Dame Basilica

    Magnificent chancel
    The Notre Dame Basilica, which bears a striking resemblance to its namesake in Paris, is one of the highlights in Montreal's Old Town. The church, built in neo-Gothic style, was completed in 1829 and was the largest church in Canada and the USA for a good number of years. The magnificent chancel never fails to leave visitors in awe. Incidentally, Celine Dion tied the knot in this very church.
    110 Notre-Dame Ouest
    Montreal QC, H2Y 1Y2
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  • Olympic Stadium

    Olympic Games 1976
    Architectural icon: the Olympic Stadium and its inclined tower. Although the Summer Olympics were held in 1976, the world’s most expensive sporting area was not finally completed until 1987. The futuristic tower leans over the stadium at an angle of 45 degrees. An elevator takes visitors up to the viewing platform.
    4141 Rue Pierre De Coubertin
    Montreal, QC H1V 3N7
    +1 514 252 4141
    parcolympique.qc.ca
  • Marché Bonsecours

    Market hall
    The city underwent a rapid industrialisation in the 19th century. One landmark that dates back to its heyday is the Marché Bonsecour, opened in 1847. Today, the market hall is home to exhibition rooms, cafés and souvenir shops.
    350 St-Paul Street East
    Montreal, QC H2Y 1H2
    +1 514 872 7730
    marchebonsecours.qc.ca
  • Mont Royal

    Viewpoint
    Mont Royal is 233 m high. The views of the city from the peak are spectacular, especially in good weather. Mont Royal is a leisure area for a large part of the population. There are lots of paths, so it’s perfect if you’d like to get some fresh air while you’re sightseeing.
  • Old Town

    French charm
    Houses with old stone façades, dreamy cafés, cobbled streets...The historic heart of Montreal exudes French charm, American style. The Old Port, the dazzling market hall with its shining dome, the narrow streets with restored houses, the Notre Dame basilica with its magnificent chancel – a stroll through the Old Town is the best way to explore the architectural, cultural and religious heritage of this city.
  • Old Port

    A haven for leisure lovers
    Right next to the Old Town, Montreal's Old Port has become a vibrant location offering a wide range of leisure activities. From gentle bike rides in the summer to an artful lap of the ice-rink in the winter, this place has something for everyone.
  • Stacey Zhang

    Elegant materials
    Montreal designer Stacey Zhang, who grew up in Jamaica, works with exclusive materials such as Italian silk, cashmere and mohair. Her elegant, understated classic creations are produced in limited editions, mostly by local tailors and seamstresses. Her studio is on Rue Sainte-Catherine.
    1378, rue Sainte-Catherine
    Montreal, QC H3G 2B2
    (4107a, rue Saint-Denis)
    + 1 514 303 8832
    staceyzhang.com
  • Chocolaterie Suisse

    Sweet treats from Switzerland
    Lovers of Swiss confections don’t have to miss out in Montreal. Chocolaterie Suisse imports just about everything that Helvetia produces to delight the sweet-toothed of the world: from run-of-the-mill milk chocolate and Basler Leckerli to Appenzeller Biberli and the exquisite pralines by Tschirren of Bern.
    2080, rue Crescent
    Montreal, QC H3G 2C6
    +1 514 499 0626
    chocolateriesuisse.com
  • Surface Jalouse

    Each to his own item of furniture
    Would you like to have that touching family photo as wall-filling wallpaper? Or perhaps a lampshade bearing the visage of your favourite star? The young proprietors of Surface Jalouse create personalised furniture and accessories to their customers’ requests. The imagination knows no boundaries.
    2672, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
    Montreal, QC H3J 1N7
    +1 514 303 6220
    surfacejalouse.com
  • La Bouquinerie

    For music lovers
    A city with a dynamic music scene must also have some good music stores. As well as the big outlets downtown (HMV, Indigo), there are also plenty of specialist shops. One good place for second-hand discs is the Bouquinerie, which stocks a comprehensive selection of classical, jazz and world music. Right next door are Le Marché du disque and L’Echange.
    799, av. du Mont-Royal Est
    Montreal, QC H2J 1W9
    +1 514 523 5628
  • Parisian Laundry

    Arts in a laundry
    The Parisian Laundry is a private gallery that stages large themed exhibitions in the beautifully restored rooms of a former laundry. The heart of the gallery is the former machine room. It’s the perfect spot for multimedia works and projections, installations and sculptures. The gallery regularly and frequently holds changing exhibitions of works by contemporary Canadian artists.
    3550 Rue Saint Antoine Ouest
    Montreal QC H4C 1A9
    +1 514 989 1056
    parisianlaundry.com
  • DHC/ART

    Art hall
    Another highlight is DHC/ART, a multi-storey art hall that most recently caused a stir with a highly-regarded exhibition of works by the French artist Sophie Calle. DHC/ART is an exhibition room for contemporary art at the heart of Old Montreal.
    451, rue Saint-Jean
    Montréal, QC H2Y 2R5
    +1 514 849 3742
    dhc-art.org
  • Fonderie Darling

    Contemporary art
    This cultural centre includes an exhibition room, artists’ studios and the
    Cluny Artbar. The Fonderie is a place for visual arts, and was founded and is directed by the non-profit arts organisation Quartiere Ephémère. Its mandate is to support the creation, production and dissemination of contemporary art.
    745, rue Ottawa
    Montreal, QC H3C 1T6
    +1 514 392 1554
    fonderiedarling.org

LOCAL TIP

The Garde Manger is a relaxed restaurant with an irresistibly casual atmosphere. The offer includes fish, meat and delicious pasta. The clientele is modern and trendy rather than easy-going and informal. And I also like the music in the Garde Manger.

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Garde Manger
Restaurant Garde Manger
408 Rue Saint François Xavier
Montréal, QC H2Y 2S9
+1 514 678 5044
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