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The Best of Plateau Mont-Royal

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Known as the Plateau for short, this neighborhood characterized by small two-story houses, spiralling exterior staircases, brightly colored awnings, and wide shopping streets plays a part in the novels of Michel Tremblay and the films of Denys Arcand. And of course, the Plateau is home to the beloved mountain! Some of the old mom-and-pop stores that originally made it special may have been replaced by chains, but this is a neighborhood still redolent with charm, boutiques, restaurants and cafés.
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5550 Rue Fullum #508, Montréal, QC H2G 2H4, Canada
Montreal’s leading raw vegan restaurant started in this small location on Rue Rachel, just a block away from Parc Mont-Royal, and was so successful that it became a city-wide chain. The dishes are the perfect mix of hearty and healthy, filled with...
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4351 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Z8, Canada
The perfect pit stop for a fresh, beautifully spiced meal, Omnivore aims at serving meat eaters and veggies alike with its menu filled with crunchy greens and inspired salad concoctions. Vegetarians will want the Herbivore plate, a choice of...
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152 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2W 1E2, Canada
Stop into the Rue Rachel haven for a kick of third-wave fuel before a hike up the nearby Mont-Royal. The lattes here are silky and caramel-sweet (naturally, without the addition of icky syrups or sugar). They also make decadent treats, including...
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4410 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Z5, Canada
The stretch of Boulevard Saint-Laurent between Rue Marianne and Avenue Mont-Royal is known as furniture alley, for all the furniture and home appointment stores that exist there. Latitude Nord was among the first to move to the area and remains...
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4105 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y7, Canada
This handsome resto-bar on Boulevard Saint-Laurent trades in a fantastical aesthetic reminiscent of old timey circuses featuring mustachioed acrobats in striped leotards. The interior is panelled wood with a stuffed dear head and a long pale-wood...
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4274 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Z3, Canada
On Boulevard Saint-Laurent between Rue Rachel and Rue Marianne, this lunch counter was so popular with nearby office workers that the owners extended their hours and spilled into the next-door space. It’s still as homey as ever, and there’s...
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1302 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1Y5, Canada
This fine dining establishment on Avenue du Mont-Royal is simple sophistication personified. From the look – muted black-and-white décor, bare bulbs, shiny wood banquettes – to the food, all is economical and judicious. The kitchen is just as...
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1969 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2H 1J4, Canada
This meat market – literally – on the eastern stretch on Avenue du Mont-Royal is a sight to be seen, with a giant meat counter and what seems like two-dozen attendants serving the avid crowds. What’s most interesting to visitors, though, is what’s...
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1615 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K3, Canada
Coocoo for chocolate? Head over to the Boulevard Saint-Laurent location of this local chain and order the molten hot chocolate with a brownie. Or maybe the lava cake. Or how about a crêpe, lathered with hazelnut chocolate sauce and topped with a...
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4380 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2J 2L1, Canada
This Québécois chain of bookstores has gone the way of Barnes & Noble over the last decade, incorporating more and more gift items, toys and stationary among their books. Traditionalists complain about it, but it has made the store – especially...
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3933 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M4, Canada
A fixture on Rue Saint-Denis for decades now, this jewelry maker offers hundreds (maybe thousands!) of beautifully crafted, inventive house-made pieces, as well as imports from all over the globe. The range of silver pieces is impressive, but...
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3960 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M2, Canada
This polished boutique on Rue Saint Denis has graced the street with its particular French flair for over four decades now. A creamy white, beige and wood emporium of kitchenware and home essentials, it’s THE store to aim at for gift shopping....
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316 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2T 1P7, Canada
This tiny bakery tucked away on Avenue du Mont-Royal hides one of the city’s most decadent secrets: the kouign amann, a Breton pastry creation that can only be tasted to be believed. Picture an eggy, pie-shaped croissant, then smother that in...
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4807 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R6, Canada
Montreal’s wine bar par excellence, Le Comptoir gets its name from the long counter that extends on the small space’s left side, with bar seating that gives onto the open kitchen. It’s a show in itself, to see how well (and fast, during rush time)...
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3643 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2V5, Canada
Warning: this photo is misleading, because Apt. 20 is never, ever empty. This lower Boulevard Saint-Laurent bar is the place to go if you want your civilized 5 pm tipple to turn into a dance party, with great spinning by DJs from near and far....
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4175 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y7, Canada
Not to be mistaken for the popular izakaya of the same name (and same owners) down the street, on Boulevard Saint-Laurent and Avenue des Pins, this Big In Japan is on the corner of Boulevard Saint-Laurent and Rue Rachel. You may not notice the...
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4902 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R5, Canada
Perched on Boulevard Saint-Laurent near Boulevard Saint-Joseph, this vast British-style pub has been a fun, clean-cut addition to a corner where bars tend toward the grungy. Beer is centre-stage here, with an astute list of U.K. imports (hello, ...
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4869 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4E7, Canada
This favorite spot turned what used to be a dismal block on Avenue du Parc into a happening strip, inspiring a wave of restaurants and businesses to open around it. The bar’s stylish interiors are characterized by narrow, long tables for intimate...
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922 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1X1, Canada
This is a queue-around-the-block type of brunch restaurant, where waiting outside with your friends is half (well, okay maybe a quarter) of the fun. Brunch is what this punky-decorated place does, so prepare for these to be among the best eggs of...
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93 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal, QC H2T 2S5, Canada
This Plateau lunch counter is as close as you can come to a American-style diner in Montreal. It was opened in 1942 by Hymie Sckolnick, who can still be seen on his trusty stool at the counter, but he’s passed his management tasks on to his son...
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1499 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal, QC H2J 1H8, Canada
The atmosphere alone in this Iranian restaurant is a wonderful introduction to any day. The sunny, high-ceilinged space on Avenue Laurier Ouest is decorated with nice wooden furniture and traditional Middle-Eastern patterned pillows, for your...
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367 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2T 1R1, Canada
This is whence all other Quebec breakfasts came from. Nearly 80 years old and as famous as Céline Dion, La Binerie is the oldest restaurant in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood, making it a classic in more ways than one: from its tiny diner...
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5035 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2J 2L9, Canada
A picturesque spot to slowly wake up on a summer weekend morning, La Petite Marche’s distinguishing feature is its narrow terrace hanging right onto Saint-Denis street on the Plateau. It’s the perfect spot to sit and people watch as you sip strong...
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4524 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R4, Canada
Like a slice of the Old Country, Hof Kelsten is the only artisanal bakery in town that makes a real, classic rye bread with kimmel seeds. In fact the breads at this Saint-Laurent Boulevard bakery are so delicious that renowned restaurants Toqué!...
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4631 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R2, Canada
What started out as a blink-and-you'll-miss-it hole in the wall became a full-blown hype restaurant where masses gather to celebrate the joys of vegan cuisine. Thanks to the savoir-faire of brothers Michael and Liam Makhan, eating healthy can be...
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3961 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y4, Canada
The handsome doorman in uniform is a cue that this dining experience will be a classy affair, though Moishes is the type of place that quickly feels like your second home. Nestled on the second floor on a busy strip of Boulevard Saint-Laurent,...
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3895 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9, Canada
While New York has its pastrami, Montréal is the home of smoked meat. (The preparation of both is similar: A beef brisket is cured in spices for a week, then hot-smoked and finally boiled before being served.) Though others may question the...
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3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M4, Canada
This glittering Plateau icon is like a piece of Paris relocated to Montreal, complete with accents. Typical French appetizers like Du Puy lentil and squid salad or marrowbones served with crispy toasts and sea salt precede a set menu including...
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536 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2L 1A9, Canada
Chef Martin Picard is one of the leaders of Montréal's restaurant scene, introducing diners—and other chefs—to a new appreciation of the bounty of local ingredients grown and produced in Québec. (He is also a television celebrity...
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4660 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R3, Canada
This tiny spa on Boulevard Saint-Laurent near Rue Villeneuve is en enclave of health, and a warm hearth of wellness and good feelings. Services offered include mani-pedis, massages, acupuncture and long-term assistance for detox and holistic...
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Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2V4, Canada
Establishing good taste on the lower Plateau since 1997, U&I was the first boutique in the city to sell accessible high fashion in a friendly atmosphere, and it still maintains pride of place among the new crop of designer stores it has inspired....
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4357 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Z8, Canada
The sculptural window dressing might not make it clear right away that Ibiki is actually a clothes store and not a contemporary art gallery. The store has been known to shift identities to suit its owners’ whims, even down to its name: what used...
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3526 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2V1, Canada
The worldwide success of this Montreal-born leather goods brand, which now has stores everywhere from Paris to Tokyo to Hong Kong, is no secret: m0851 bags are beautifully crafted here in the city by artisans who have worked for the Mamarbachi...
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1435 Rue de Bleury #102, Montréal, QC H3A 2H7, Canada
The area around Rue Saint-Denis in the eastern Plateau neighbourhood has a very cultural feel, uniting a half-dozen French-language theatres, performances spaces, bookstores and European-style cafés. Agora de la Danse, on Cherrier, is just...
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3997 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y4, Canada
Right in the thick of the fun of the Main, aka Boulevard Saint-Laurent, MainLine Theatre is an experimental English-language theatre and performance space that’s entrenched in the local creative community. It’s also where the Montreal Fringe...
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4234 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Z3, Canada
This inviting bar on the Plateau is open every day of the week and serves a nice selection local brews, but most days (as in 300 a year) it also offers live music for your listening pleasure. The raised stage at the back of the long space projects...
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4873 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R6, Canada
Casa del Popolo and Sala Rossa, across the street from each other on Boulevard Saint-Laurent on the corner of Boulevard Saint-Joseph, have been at the epicenter of Montreal’s independent music scene for the last 15 years, bringing international...
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Montreal, QC H2L 0C7, Canada
A vast, 84-acre green space in the heart of the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood, Parc La Fontaine has got everything, from a giant skating rink in wintertime on its two linked ponds, to an open-air theatre in the warmer months, where you can...
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1260 Chemin Remembrance, Montréal, QC H3H 1A2, Canada
Mount Royal Park starts at the edge of the city just beyond the McGill campus and runs alongside neighborhoods like Plateau before rising to the top of 764-foot-tall Mount Royal (Mont Réal), the hill that gives the city its name. The twisting...