64 The best things to do in Montreal this summer

64 The best things to do in Montreal this summer

There’s no better time than now to experience the sights, sounds, tastes and textures of the world’s most exciting city. Montreal has so much to offer.

Montreal is an incredible city, filled with art galleries, parks, and beautiful architecture. It’s one of the best places in North America to see the world’s best artists, so why not experience it yourself?

If you are looking for a vacation that combines culture, history, food, festivals and music, look no further! Here are my 64 recommendations for the best things to do in Montreal during the summer.

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Best things to do in Montreal

1. Eat your way across the city

What is this? In Montreal, food is king.

How come?

Some of the most well-known and highly regarded restaurants in the world can be found in Montreal, as well as many new discoveries in every neighborhood.

Fresh market veggies, a fuss-free aesthetic (bagels, anyone?), and unconventional cuts of meat are common features of local cuisine (hello, smoked meat).

If you’re looking for something simpler, try the shredded Quebec ham on local cheeses at Vin Mon Lapin (and, of course, a glass of wine).

2. Join the brunch bunch

What’s this? terrasses and brunch are two of the most important aspects of Montreal’s identity. It’s a summertime piece of bliss if you combine them.

What’s the point?

Everything seems right again when brunch is served on a terrace under a warm sun. Make the most of the outdoor eating season in these areas by sampling as many terrasses as possible.

Among our favorite venues for an al fresco breakfast are Terrasse Nelligan and Hotel William Gray.

Don’t miss:Nosh Arthur’s Bar’s terrace provides a superb bagel brunch, while Leméac’s pain perdu in glitzy Outremont is French toast on steroids. Don’t miss:

3. Head to the nearest terrasse

What is this? In a city known for its 5 à 7s, Aire Commune’s 5 à 7 is a local favorite among the city’s many terraces.

How come?

There is nothing better than an after-work drink and some live music at Espace Louvain’s buzzy outdoor setting to end a long day.

With live DJ sets and special performances by local artists, Aire Commune extends the classic formula of a typical Montreal 5 à 7 until roughly 8 or 9 p.m.

Don’t miss: Shaq France, Lu B, and A$h Banks will kick off the season’s programming on May 26.

4. Have the time of your life at Cabaret Mado

What’s this? Mado Lamotte, the Queen of the Gay Village’s drag cabarets, has opened a new venue in the Gay Village.

What’s the point? In a city famed for its nightlife, this performance space, which has been around for more than three decades, hosts some of the craziest drag shows in the area.

New performers (including RuPaul’s Drag Race stars) often appear on the show’s no-filter stage, and every night is a jubilant celebration.

Madame Mado can translate for Anglos if they’re kind enough throughout the shows. Those who sit near the hostess’s podium are more likely to get roasted by her.

If you haven’t already, don’t miss the weekly Mado Reçoit series, which is hosted by the doyenne herself. It’s a Cabaret Mado experience like no other.

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5. Explore an urban mountain in the heart of the city

What is this? The Mont-Royal peak, Montreal’s centerpiece and namesake, offers panoramic views of the city’s central core from every aspect.

How come? Mount Royal, a 692-acre urban park, provides a taste of nature without having to leave the city.

There’s no better place to get away from it all than the mountaintop, whether you’re hiking through the woods, picnicking in the shade, or cross-country skiing for miles.

Mount Royal Chalet is a must-see if you’re in Montreal. Jacques Cartier Bridge’s glittering lights may be seen at night.

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6. Dive headfirst into street fairs

What’s this? Street fairs abound in Montreal’s many neighborhoods throughout the summer months.

What’s the point? Going to a street fair in the city is a great way to see what’s going on, whether it’s a festival or an event of some sort.

There is a high season for them in the months of May and June and July, such when the Quartier Latin blocks off traffic to ring-in the terrasse season or when the Plateau converts a wide swath of Saint-Laurent Boulevard into pedestrian street for the F1 Grand Prix on the weekend of June 17.

On June 24, during the national feast, St-Jean Baptiste, or ItalFestMtl in Little Italy at the beginning of August, don’t miss the various street festivities.

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7. Catch some Shakespeare in the park

What’s this? a few lawn chairs on a grassy hill, and the bard. Throw in a few glasses of mead and it’s time to celebrate.

What’s the point?

Shakespeare in the Park, presented by Montreal’s Repercussion Theatre, has been a summertime event for over a decade, drawing crowds of over 13,000 people to parks all around the city.

It’s a great method to discover new places to visit and discover new green spaces that you’ll want to revisit in the future. Free admission is an additional perk (though donations are graciously accepted).

Not to be missed is a comedy on the absurdity of marriage called All’s Well That Ends Well.

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8. Dig into the tastiest neighbourhood: Plateau-Mont-Royal

What’s this? Bagels, poutine, and smoked pork can all be found in this hoppingborough, as can many other Montreal and Québécois favorites.

What’s the point? Mile End, the Plateau, and the McGill Ghetto are famed for their best-of-the-best specialty delicacies, including hot and fresh bagels from wood-fired ovens at Fairmount and St-Viateur.

Montreal-style smoked pork at Schwartz’s, and poutine at La Banquise, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Stop at Wilensky’s Light Lunch or Beauty’s to begin or end a historic food crawl in Montreal.

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9. Wander through the streets of Old Montreal

What is this? The narrow cobblestoned streets and foundations of Old Montreal, built by the city’s early New France residents in the 17th century, are what solidify Montreal’s European origins.

How come? Some of Montreal’s best restaurants, extensive retail avenues, a few museums, historic architecture, and sights aplenty can be found in this neighborhood overlooking the St. Lawrence River.

Whether you’re looking for something to do during the day or at night, this area of town has much to offer.

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The Place-Jacques-street Cartier’s entertainers, the Galerie d’art Images Boréales’ Inuit art, the sunbathing at Clock Tower Beach, and the Gothic Revival cathedral Notre-Dame Basilica are not to be missed.

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10. Experience tennis history in real time

What’s this? One of Montreal’s most popular parks hosts the National Bank Open, which features live tennis by the world’s greatest players.

What’s the point?

So if you want to see Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal play in Jarry Park this year (while the ladies compete in Toronto), get your tickets now and you may be seeing them in August.

Consider taking a walk around the park during your visit; if chance is on your side you could catch a cricket match or a community baseball game that’s always entertaining.

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11. Taste Quebec terroir at Jean-Talon Market

What is this? From fishmongers to bakers and eateries to grocers, Jean-Talon is a farmers market that dates back to 1933.

How come? Montreal’s markets are the city’s culinary building blocks, full of local food and products, whether it’s here or at other locations like Atwater Market.

While there are seasonal pop-up eateries in the summer, there is a consistent supply of vendors throughout the winter months.

What you shouldn’t miss: In addition to the local charcuterie and cheeses, El Rey Del Taco and Le Petit Alep are great places to eat.

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12. Shop ‘til you drop in the Underground City

What’s this? A vast, interconnected system of tunnels beneath the city’s centre that provides simple access to the city’s subway system. In the summer, it’s cooled down and heated up.

What’s the point? It takes more than 30 kilometers to walk the entire maze, so a single visit is never enough.

Every day, half a million people use this system to move from restaurants to malls to downtown attractions. It is the world’s largest system of its sort.

Ice skating at 1000 de la Gauchetière, the World Trade Center’s World Trade Center Wall, and Eaton Centre’s Time Out Market Montreal are all must-sees.

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13. Take a street art tour of Saint-Laurent

What is this? One may see street art by emerging and established artists alike on the Main (one of Montreal’s most well-known streets).

How come? A wide range of painters put up new murals throughout Saint-center Laurent’s between Maisonneuve and Saint-Viateur in the summer, while passersby take in street fairs, cuisine, and extended bar patios.

As a result, monumental works of art are created and shown throughout the year.

You shouldn’t miss: Local artists like Miss Me and Stikki Peaches should be on your radar, as should the June Mural Festival.

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14. Walk on the wild side at the Ecomuseum Zoo

What’s this? The Ecomuseum Zoo, a wildlife preservation site in Montreal’s West Island, is a great place to introduce children to the indigenous fauna of Quebec.

What’s the point?

It’s just 30 minutes from the city center, yet this zoo is a humane take on a zoo, where the animals are all indigenous, housed in huge, natural-looking cages, and cared for to the furthest extent.

It’s possible to spend a half-day there, if you bring a lunch and take your time. You can see anything from snowy owls to gray wolves.

If you get up early enough, you may help feed the otters, lynxes, bears, and wolves as part of the morning activities. Find out when things are happening by looking at the events calendar.

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15. Take in free shows with 52-foot circus giants

What is this? Acrobatic performances in three downtown Montreal locations are living proof that Montreal is still a circus city.

How come?

Complètement Cirque will host 3 Giants, a free event in July, and you won’t want to miss it.

Acrobatic sculptures that are 50 feet tall and depict steel giants will be installed in three locations throughout Montreal: the Jardins Gamelinat Quartier des spectacles, the Place-Ville-Marie Esplanade downtown and Vinet Park, which is located just north of Atwater Market.

Get your phone out because this is going to be a smash hit on Instagram.

Each venue will have two free events every day, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to see a variety of acts.

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16. Stroll through the Botanical Gardens

What’s this? Over 190 acres of culturally themed gardens, greenhouses, and Art Deco buildings are home to a massive plant collection.

What’s the point? Known as one of the most prominent plant collections in the world, the Botanical Garden is a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike. Insectarium, a natural history museum with 95 species, is also located in the site.

There are a number of lesser-known but equally enthralling activities in the Chinese Garden’s Main Exhibition Greenhouse that should not be missed, including the Lantern Festival in the early fall.

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17. Party it up in clubs across Downtown

What is this? With DJ events and ravaged dance floors all around this core area, Montreal is notorious for its nightlife.

How come? This city has a well-deserved reputation as a party destination seven days a week, thanks to its high legal drinking age, several inner-city university campuses, and bar closing times of three a.m. or later.

Soubois, an underground forest dinner club and a nightclub, and Stereo, an after-hours club, are popular places to spend the night and dance ’til the sun comes up.

The F1 Grand Prix is a great time to visit Crescent Street, a strip of restaurants and clubs, especially during the weekend.

18. Feast your eyes on the Cirque du Soleil

What’s this? Performers from all around the world perform for the Montreal-based, world-famous circus organization.

What’s the point? In the late 1970s, a small group of street performers formed a touring circus that has now grown into a world-class show that amazes in every way.

Its design and performing talents are now regular acts in Las Vegas, while travelling across the world between the end of summer and the winter months in Montreal.

At any time between mid-spring and mid-summer, grab a pitcher of sangria at Terrasses Bonsecours rooftop bar before heading to the big tent for a concert.

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19. Discover art in every form at the Phi Centre

What is this? Experience a diverse range of artistic mediums, from the technically competent to the provocative, at this eclectic arts center.

How come? The Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art’s exhibition venue, the Phi Centre, was opened by the same persons and provides regular programming in all kinds of art, both analog and digital.

Whatever the medium, there’s always something mind-boggling going on in the world. It also has a green roof, an urban garden, and beehives included into its design.

Don’t miss: Keep an eye on its schedule for the next virtual reality event or see a gig by a local artist to get a taste of Montreal’s celebrated independent music scene.

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20. Get lost for a day in Parc Jean-Drapeau

What’s this? An entertainment park, a high-speed racetrack, and 662 acres of open space split across two islands.

What’s the point? Some of Montreal’s largest events, such as Osheaga, Heavy MTL and ’77 Montreal, have their start here.

The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve hosts the annual F1 Grand Prix, while the Biosphere environmental museum and La Ronde amusement park are remnants of Expo 67. Explore the city for a day and see where it takes you.

At Piknic Électronik (held on Sundays from May through September) or Île Soniq (held in August), don’t miss dancing to electronic music.

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21. Satisfy your snack attack at Gibeau Orange Julep

What is this? In Montreal’s Côte-des-Neiges, a renowned roadside attraction and classic cafe built like an enormous orange serves a particularly creamy orange juice drink.

How come? Since the early 1930s, Gibeau Orange Julep, a casse-croûte, has served thirsty motorists with its refreshing beverage and mouthwatering hot dogs and poutine.

This is the last remaining site of a popular franchise in Montreal, with hours that extend into the wee hours of the morning during the summer months.

Don’t miss: Wednesdays from May to August, when antique vehicle enthusiasts gather to display their prized possessions. It’s a popular Instagram location because of the orange globe’s backdrop.

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22. Dinner and a movie at Cinéma Moderne

What is this? Bars, chefs, musicians, and the general public may all enjoy the sand and hammocks in this reimagined public space.

How come? An event space in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighborhood of Montreal, this venue is known for its weekly family-friendly events and parties.

Bars, cantinas, green areas, and beach parties are all housed in shipping containers with lights hanging from them and other repurposed materials, giving it the appearance of a swankier favela.

During live music performances in its beer garden and during the International Fireworks Festival, it’s a must-see.

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23. Get lit by the Jacques-Cartier Bridge

What is this? A 365-color chromatic calendar illuminates the bridge that connects Montreal Island and Longueuil.

How come? In order to really appreciate the bridge’s 150th anniversary and 375th anniversary commemoration illumination, it’s best to go up close and personal.

The Montreal Fireworks Festival, the world’s largest of its type, which began in 1985, can also be seen from here, whether you’re on it or not.

A four-hour dinner cruise is a must-do if you want to take full advantage of the city’s nighttime illuminations.

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24. Dance in the sand at Village au Pied-du-Courant

What is this? Bars, chefs, musicians, and the general public may all enjoy the sand and hammocks in this reimagined public space.

How come? An event space in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighborhood of Montreal, this venue is known for its weekly family-friendly events and parties.

Bars, cantinas, green areas, and beach parties are all housed in shipping containers with lights hanging from them and other repurposed materials, giving it the appearance of a swankier favela.

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During live music performances in its beer garden and during the International Fireworks Festival, it’s a must-see.

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25. Hang out in a tropical rainforest at the Montreal Biodome

What’s this thing? Four North American habitats, as well as a few Sub-Antarctic Islands, are represented in this indoor zoo and aquarium.

What’s the point? The Montreal Biodome, created for the 1976 Summer Olympics, houses thousands of creatures from more than 200 different species and 500 different plant types, making it a must-see for visitors.

A visit to the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, which is right next door, will provide an equally enlightening experience.

If you want to experience nature at its most lush and luscious, head to the tropical rainforest or see Canada’s only penguin colony.

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26. Let your freak flag fly at Tam-Tams

What is this? An annual summer event, this outdoor celebration takes place every Sunday in the vicinity of Mount Royal’s Georges-Étienne Cartier Monument.

How come? Slackliners and live action role-playing fights are common sights in the grass around the statue of the Goddess of Liberty throughout the summer months of May to September, while the surrounding area is filled with people of all ages and backgrounds, as well as a cloud of pot smoke.

Everybody’s welcome to join in on the fun!

Vendors will have mementos to take home, so don’t forget to get some food to go with that six-pack you forgot to bring.

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27. Take a spin aboard La Grande Roue de Montréal

What’s this thing? 60-meter-tall observation wheel with kaleidoscopic lighting and climate control that runs year-round, giving visitors the opportunity to see the whole city of Montreal from a bird’s-eye perspective.

What’s the point? Montreal’s 375th anniversary was marked by the construction of the La Grand Roue, or observation wheel, in Old Montreal.

This lit wheel, based on similar monuments in Chicago and Hong Kong, is a beautiful tourist attraction and a romantic evening for locals.

A day and night package, or early bird offers at a half-price, are two must-dos when doing this tour.

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28. See cutting-edge art at Musée d’art contemporain

What is this? More than 1,500 local and international artists have contributed to this top collection of contemporary art in Montreal, which boasts more than 8,000 works.

How come? There are frequent exhibitions of visual and performing arts at the MAC, Canada’s first contemporary art museum, which opened in 1964.

Because of the extensive renovations now underway at its previous location, it has decided to move to a new location even closer to the center of Place Ville Marie.

Visitors and locals alike go to the museum year after year to see art that is both thought-provoking and evocative of the human condition.

Take advantage of Montreal’s annual Nuit Blanche celebration, which features DJ and VJ performances, art workshops, and temporary installations, to visit this museum.

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29. Marvel at the iconic architecture of Habitat 67

What’s this thing? One of Montreal’s most iconic landmarks is a Moshe Safdie-designed apartment building that takes on the appearance of a stack of cubes.

What’s the point? Habitat 67 is a must-see for anybody interested in modern architecture or wondering about the city’s most iconic structures.

When Montreal held the World’s Fair in 1967, Safdie’s master’s thesis was transformed into a pavilion for Expo 67.

The 354 concrete shapes, which are 12 stories high and hold more than 100 flats, are still open for 90-minute tours in French and English, redefining urban life.

Be sure to check out the nearby Lachine Rapids, which has a two-meter standing wave; if you’d want to attempt it yourself, there are local adventure tourism firms that can provide you with the necessary equipment.

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30. Bliss away aboard Bota Bota

What is this? As one of the city’s most luxurious spas, this ferryboat offers a stunning view of the city’s historic Old Port and Habitat 67 in the distance.

How come? As a floating spa, this multi-tiered edifice may not actually be able to disembark from its moorings, but it certainly seems like it.

Nordic water circuits with saunas and baths may be enjoyed all year round, while outdoor gardens are great for relaxing in the warmer months.

The onboard restaurant La Traversée, where you may dine and have a massage or beauty treatment, is a must-do.

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31. Paddle or pedal lengths of Lachine Canal

What’s this thing? This 14.5-kilometer canal, which connects Old Port with Lake Saint-Louis, is a designated national historic property.

What’s the point? There are several things to see and do on land and in the water along the canal’s length.

One of Montreal’s most comprehensive bike routes, it begins at the Lachine Visitors Center and concludes in Old Montreal, where you may have a romantic dinner with a view of the city’s skyline.

Avoid: H20 Adventures’ electric and paddle-powered swan boats are a fun and unique way to explore the water. As a result, McAuslan Brewing’s Terrasse St-Ambroise beer garden always has the option of acquiring the munchies.

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32. Eat your heart out in Chinatown

What is this? Restaurants, boutiques, and bars line both sides of De la Gauchetière, the neighborhood’s original main thoroughfare.

How come? A group of laundromats in 1877 has evolved into a unique neighborhood unlike any other in the city.

In addition to Sunday breakfasts at Ruby Rouge, Dragon’s Beard Candy and Nouilles de Lan Zhou, there are bamboo steamers loaded with dumplings at Qing Hua, as well as the culinary performances of Nouilles de Lan Zhou.

Don’t miss: Taking a breather at the pagoda-topped Holiday Inn’s internal koi pond before traveling to Chinatown West on the downtown campus of Concordia University for more.

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33. Check out who’s headlining at MTelus

What’s this thing? Quebec City’s performing arts center is home to some of the best local and international musicians in the world.

What’s the point? The structure that houses MTelus has been providing entertainment for more than a century, first as an indoor ice rink in the nineteenth century, then as a cinema, and finally as a theatre.

Some of Montreal’s top artists (apart from the Corona Theatre) perform here, although there is no stadium sense.

Don’t miss: Time Out Market Montréal, Foufounes Électriques, Taverne Midway, and Montreal Pool Room’s hot dogs are all great options for pre-drinks (sorry, no pool tables).

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34. Visit the hallowed ground of L’Oratoire Saint-Joseph

What is this? Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Canada’s biggest church with one of the world’s largest domes, is a haven for individuals seeking a connection to nature, culture, and spirituality.

How come? It was originally built in 1904 as a modest chapel, but as the membership grew, it had to be expanded to its current size in 1967.

Saint André of Montreal’s heart is preserved in a reliquary, as is the Grand Beckerath Organ, which has pipes that exceed 32 feet in length and is claimed to be capable of performing miraculous healing.

See thousands of crutches and canes left behind by individuals who claim Brother André was able to heal them or attend one of the Oratory’s public organ performances to see the evidence.

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35. Put your hands together at the Quartier des Spectacles

What’s this thing? One of the city’s most popular districts for cultural and entertainment events spread throughout eight locations, as well as the primary location for some of the city’s most well-known events.

What’s the point? Even in the middle of winter, this area is a hotbed of activity, thanks to the Just for Laughs and International Jazz Festivals (the world’s largest), as well as regularly planned public art installations.

There you’ll also find the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Montreal Opera, both of which put on a superb show.

During the summer festivals, enjoy free outdoor performances and movies at Cinémathèque Québécoise, which are sure to keep you occupied.

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36. Stop in at the iconic gentleman’s club Café Cléopâtre

What is this? Strip club on the ground level with exotic dancers and an upstairs cabaret with burlesque, vaudeville, and drag acts is a good illustration of Montreal’s neon-soaked history of exotic dancers in Montreal.

How come? Because Café Cléopâtre is one of the few establishments that have survived the redevelopment of Montreal’s red-light district, it is an important component of why this city was once dubbed the Paris of North America.

Bareoke, a karaoke-striptease event that takes place on the first Saturday of every month, is not to be missed. With a courteous and pleasant atmosphere, it’s more wholesome than it sounds

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37. Foster a love for reading at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

What’s this thing? In the heart of Mile End, this Canadian publishing company’s bookshop features comics and graphic novels from authors from around the country and around the world.

What’s the point? Since 1990, Drawn and Quarterly, one of the city’s best-known booksellers, has published comics.

A result of its popularity, this bookshop opened in 2007 and has since become a meeting spot for the city’s literary elite, hosting book releases for well-known authors.

This isn’t just a comic book store, though; it also has a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction titles.

Free Comic Book Day or Montreal Comic Arts Festival should be on your list of things to see and do while you’re in the city in May.

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38. Trip out in a rooftop spherical projection room

What is this? Using a 360-degree circular projection screen, the facility presents a wide range of entertainment, including films, dance parties, and games.

How come? The Satosphère is the first of its sort in Montreal and worldwide, and is housed in the same building as the Society for Arts and Technology, an arts and research center specializing in immersive technology.

With 157 speakers and frequent programming that includes virtual reality, VJs, and DJs, it’s a very unique experience.

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Everything else on the third level, including an outside deck and the Foodlab, a farm-to-table restaurant with cocktails and outstanding biodynamic wine, is highly recommended.

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39. Sip on craft brews from Dieu du Ciel!

What’s this thing? A locally owned and operated microbrewery known for its wonderful beers, both conventional and experimental, that are popular with both residents and visitors.

What’s the point? A vast variety of brews may be found at Dieu du Ciel!, but its capacity to churn out a diverse selection is what sets it apart from other artisan breweries in the Montreal area.

Regardless of the season, it always has a lengthy line and full tables because of its extensive blackboard menu, but the wait is well worth it for some of Montreal’s greatest beers.

Get a bottle of one of its well-known, time-tested formulas, or try something new using fruits, flowers, spices, and sweets.

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40. Go Try Montreal’s First-Ever “Doughnut Smoothie” Cafe

Try this new Montreal Cafe if you’re a fan of smoothies and doughnuts! It was officially inaugurated last month!

They’ve made a god-sent creation with their bizarre mashup of doughnuts and smoothies. As a result of their expertise in luring Montrealers, this café has already established itself as a serious contender.

41. Go To The “Asian Street Food” Festival

Montreal will hold its first-ever all-Asian culinary festival in the summer of 2017! Foodfest MTL is hosting an ALL-ASIAN NIGHT MARKET, INCLUDING OUT-OF-THE-WORLD DELICACIES.

Located at the new open-air bar, Riverside, on the beautiful Lachine Canal in Montreal!

The event will take place on either Friday, August 25th from 17:00 – 23:00 or Saturday, August 26th from 11:00–23:30.

42. Go to The Clock Tower Beach

Let’s make the most of the sun while it lasts! Enjoy the remaining 30 days of summer by sipping cocktails on a “fake” beach!

Tanning, volleyball, and more are just some of the wonderful summer activities you may do in while getting your hands on some bottles.

43. Go To Montreal’s Tattoo Festival

Tattoos are truly magnificent works of art, and we here in Montreal are privileged to host Quebec’s largest tattoo festival!

The Art Tattoo Show Montreal will be held in downtown Montreal this summer, and it seems like it’s going to be a BLAST! The Art Tattoo Show will be held at Gare Windsor in downtown Montreal on September 8-9-10, 2017.

44. Go To The All-New “Hot Dog Restaurant”

At 1637 Rue St-Denis in the heart of downtown Montreal, there’s a new hotspot named Crazy Dogs Bar. Crazy hot dogs, poutines like potato tots, sausage and loaded nachos are all on the menu at this restaurant.

45. Go To Piknic Electronik

Ending your weekend with Piknic Electronik is a terrific way to go out in style! Drinks, electro music, cuisine, and a relaxed environment await you and your BFFs as you soak up the rays at this beachside bar.

For the remainder of September, it will take place on Sundays!

46. Check Out Atwater Market

Even at the end of the summer, Atwater Market remains a must-see place in Montreal! On a warm summer day, you’ll be astonished at how much time you can spend in Atwater Market.

It’s a location where I feel at home, and the diversity of eateries ensures that the cuisine is constantly fresh. It’s also a great place to go for a bike ride along the Lachine Canal or to shop for plants and flowers.

47. Go To The Canal Lounge

You’ll feel like a million bucks as you sip wine and take in the vistas of the Lachine Canal from the deck of this yacht.

At the beginning of the summer, I had a wonderful time visiting this place! Stunning views and first-rate service await you at the boat’s aft deck, where you’ll find the terrasse.

48. Go To The Montreal Restaurant Ranked “Most Beautiful In The World”

Because to its ranking as the 8th most beautiful restaurant on Earth, Agrikol is now the most beautiful restaurant in Montreal, according to Insider!

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a Caribbean paradise when you dine at this trendy restaurant in Montreal, Canada.

49. Go To The Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the MMFA!

50. Go See And Maybe Ride Montreal’s New Ferris Wheel

Montreal’s newest and largest ferris wheel is located just in front of Terrasse Bonsecours in Old Montreal! In the summer, you really must see it; in fact, if you’re lucky, it may still be open until the season ends.

51. Go Bike To Terrasse St. Ambroise

Make it a goal to visit Terrasse St. Ambroise in the next 30 days with your friends who enjoy riding! ” This place, Terrasse St. Ambroise, is magnificent in every way.

My pals and I just rode our bikes along the lake near Atwater Market this past weekend and ended up there. The beer is excellent, and the snacks are excellent as well.

52. Go To Les Enfants Terrible

Lunch on a rooftop terrace is an essential part of summer! Les Enfants Terrible is a must-see this summer because of its recent popularity. At Les Enfants Terrible, you’ll be able to enjoy a meal with a view of the entire city as you eat!

53. Go To Hike Up Mount-Royal

Mount-Royal is still on your summer bucket list if you haven’t already done so. There’s no summer without at least one trip to the summit to see the sunset, even if you used to do it all the time last year and are sick of it.

54. Go On A Day Trip With Your BFF

Taking a day trip with your best friend is a great way to spend the summer!

So many things were on my bucket list that I didn’t do, but there are still 30 days in the year, which gives you plenty of time for at least two day excursions! 2 hours from Montreal is the On Water” Bike Path and Vermont River Tubing, in my opinion.

55. Rent An Insane Airbnb In Montreal

Celebrate the end of summer at one of Montreal’s craziest Airbnbs. If you’re looking for a place to have a party in Montreal, I recommend the Luxury Party Penthouse.

56. Take The Montreal Train Ride Ranked “Most Beautiful In North America”

Amtrak’s Adirondack is the most gorgeous train in North America, and I 514 percent agree with Insider.

When I was younger, I used to take it to see my family in New York on an annual basis, and I can attest that it is breathtaking!

New York City serves as the final stop after passing through Montreal and Saratoga Springs (and vise-versa). One way, it’s a 10-hour drive through some of the most stunning scenery in North America!

To make the most of the remaining 30 days, plan a getaway weekend to New York City and take the train there.

57. Go Get A Potato Tornado

Bubble tea and bubble waffles are the specialty at Cafe Unique17, a brand-new cafe in Montreal. They also manufacture the potato tornado, which you might not have known about.

58. Go Get Day Drunk At Jardin Nelson

If you prefer sangria, wine, or expensive cocktails mixed with a delicious dinner, then Jardin Nelson is the place to be! The ambience is more premium with live Jazz bands on a gorgeous garden terrasse!

59. Go To Montreal’s All-New “Hawaiian Themed” Restaurant

Montreal has its own Hawaiian cafe, as well as other poke joints, but this is something you’ve never seen before. Snack bar Kamehameha Snack Bar has revolutionized the dining experience in Hawaii.

Their menu is chock full of delicious selections, from ice cream fish cones to your favorite poké. They went above and beyond with their design.

60. Go To Ca Lem

This ice cream has grown quite popular in Montreal throughout the course of the summer, and you just must give it a try! Their charcoal black/green match tea swirl is the best ice cream in the world, hands down.

61. Go Skydiving

Go skydiving with your best friends to make the summer of 2017 truly unforgettable! A fantastic and safe experience awaits all clients at Parachute Montreal Inc.! Don’t let the summer pass you by without taking a chance and being daring!

62. Go To KemCoba via @jaycido

The 514 percent KemCoba 514 ice cream should be on your bucket list! Honestly, Kem CoBa is one of my favorite Montreal restaurants!

They have daily rotating kinds of soft-serve ice cream! When you come here for ice cream, no matter how you’re feeling, you’ll leave with a smile on your face.

63. Go To Au Sommet Place Ville Marie

The Ville Marie viewpoint is a great place to see Montreal from a unique perspective! It’s the ideal location for taking pictures and taking in the sights of summer as seen from above!

64. Go Order A 10L Sangria Pitcher With Your BFFs

In a pub, you might turn to your BFF and say, “dang if that was filled with sangria, I would get three and we would get LIT AF,” when you saw a large group of pals purchasing 10 liters of beer.

This Montreal pub now sells 10L pitchers of sangria, which means that summer 2017 will go out in style. Our gratitude goes to La Petite Grenouille de Montréal for all of her hard work.


I don’t know about you, but it seems like my last trip to Montreal was over a year ago, so I was excited to go back this summer and check out some of the best things to do in Montreal this summer.

So here is a list of the best attractions, tours, festivals, food, shopping, bars and restaurants, museums, and events going on around the city. Let me know if you have any recommendations for my next list.

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