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Montreal's Museum Mile

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Cultural institutions give the Golden Square Mile neighborhood its heady buzz, but travelers are never far from the city’s wilder side. Montreal Museum of Fine Art head curator Nathalie Bondil gave AFAR her top Montreal picks in the November/December 2014 issue.
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1228 Rue Sherbrooke, Montréal, QC H3G 1H6, Canada
First opened for business in 1912, the iconic Ritz-Carlton Montreal—known as "the grande dame of Sherbrooke Street"—began a $200 million facelift in 2008, opening its doors again in 2012. Quebec’s most luxurious and historic...
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Montreal, QC, Canada
You might not think that Canadian history is a topic that would sustain your interest for too long, but a visit to the McCord Museum will likely change that preconception. With a tagline of "Our People, Our Stories," the museum is committed to...
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2081 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 1Z8, Canada
“She’s an original yet timeless Québec fashion designer—a rare combination. Marie Saint Pierre is known for using unusual fabrics with soft colors as well as black and white. Her designs feel really classic. I stop in when...
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859 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3A 0C4, Canada
Opened in 1880 as Canada's first natural history museum, the Redpath Museum has a charmingly old-school Victorian quality to it. The collection of artifacts assembled by intrepid explorers ranges from taxidermy and Egyptian mummies to geological...
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1339 Rue Sherbrooke, Montréal, QC H3G 1G2, Canada
“Between 2009 and 2011, the Museum of Fine Arts renovated an old church across the street and transformed it into a concert hall with incredible acoustics. The stunning Tiffany stained glass windows are illuminated at night," says Nathalie Bondil,...
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1260 Chemin Remembrance, Montréal, QC H3H 1A2, Canada
“‘The mountain,’ as locals call it, is a haven for nature lovers. It offers an unforgettable panoramic view of the city, the island, and the Saint Lawrence River. In winter, kids play on the tubing and tobogganing runs, while 11 miles of groomed...
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1227 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 1Z2, Canada
“Europea is one of the best tables in the city, with French-style food and excellent service. The chef, Jérôme Ferrer, is very fanciful. He creates dishes such as homemade jerky presented on a clothesline, and for dessert, a tree made of cotton...
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1356 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1J1, Canada
“Equal parts nonprofit gallery and shop, the Canadian Guild of Crafts is the place to buy traditional works by Inuit and First Nations artists. Everything sold here is genuine, of legitimate provenance and high quality. The space also has a small...