Plateau Mont RoyalMontreal

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Home to artists, students and bohemians of all types, this borough is Montreal’s creative and countercultural haven. 

The northeastern borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal is the most densely populated in Montreal. It is typically recognized as the liveliest and the “coolest.” Artists and students dominate this neighborhood, home to the city’s edgiest coffee shops, boutiques, bars and galleries.

Plateau-Mont-Royal is named after the flat region to the northeast of Mount Royal, the hill in the center of the island of Montreal. This borough consists mostly of heritage, low-level townhouses which are often brightly colored and ornate. Inspect the Victorian houses around Saint-Louis Square for some of the best examples.

The neighborhood of Mile End is one of the most famous parts of Plateau-Mont-Royal. A haven for creative people of all kinds, Mile End has produced many of Montreal’s world-famous artists. Actor William Shatner grew up in Mile End, and it served as the headquarters for famed indie rock band, Arcade Fire. Many consider Mile End the center of Montreal’s indie rock scene.

Part of Plateau-Mont-Royal is known as the “McGill Ghetto” due to the high concentration of McGill University students who take advantage of the area’s cheap apartments. The student population of the area adds to its countercultural reputation.

Most of the houses in the borough lack yards so on nice days crowds of Plateau-Mont-Royal residents escape to La Fontaine Park, the largest park in the area. Take a bike ride along the paths toward the park’s northern end. Cool your feet in the wading pools and discreetly observe the neighborhood’s hippest residents relaxing in the grass.

When it’s time to eat, Plateau-Mont-Royal has plenty of distinctive cuisine available. One place that simply can’t be missed is Schwartz’s Deli. This 80-year-old institution is the best place to sample a Montreal delicacy: smoked meat sandwiches. The heavily marinated roast is like nothing you’ll find outside the city.

Several metro and bus stops lie along Saint-Denis Street in the southern part of Plateau-Mont-Royal. If you are driving, parking can be scarce.

Top Hotels in Plateau Mont Royal

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
L'Appartement Hotel
L'Appartement Hotel
3 out of 5
455, Sherbrooke West, Montreal, QC
CA $114
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of McGill University, The Underground City, and Sainte-Catherine Street. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,226 reviews)

"Liked the apartment feel, there was plenty of room for our family of 5 and the price was reasonable"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2020

L'Appartement Hotel
Hotel de Paris
Hotel de Paris
3 out of 5
901 Sherbrooke East, Montreal, QC
CA $62
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Denis Theatre and Sainte-Catherine Street. The Underground City and ...

3.8/5Good! (1,089 reviews)

"The architecture is stunning! We lost power for a few minutes, but it was hardly a problem"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2020

Hotel de Paris
Hotel Manoir Sherbrooke
Hotel Manoir Sherbrooke
3 out of 5
157, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montreal, QC
CA $104
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street, The Underground City, and St. Denis Theatre. McGill ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (514 reviews)

"The hotel owners were very kind and happy to tell me all about Montreal and the things to be seen! The location was perfect, just a few minutes from a metro station. The breakfast was small but very good, with fresh breads and lovely little jam jars! Overall a really nice place to stay and see the ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2020

Hotel Manoir Sherbrooke
Hotel de l'ITHQ
Hotel de l'ITHQ
4 out of 5
3535, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC
CA $155
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Denis Theatre, Sainte-Catherine Street and The Underground City. McGill ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (428 reviews)

"Brilliant place, amazing location. Complimentary breakfast is a wonderful addition"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 12, 2020

Hotel de l'ITHQ
Hôtel-Appartements Trylon
Hôtel-Appartements Trylon
3 out of 5
3463, rue Sainte-Famille, Montreal, QC
CA $112
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Underground City, Sainte-Catherine Street and McGill University. Place des Arts ...

4.1/5Very Good! (187 reviews)

"Exactly what we needed (apartment-style accommodation with full kitchen in a great location close to McGill). Tons of restaurants, cafes, and grocery shops around. Very quiet and bright apartment with a beautiful view (10th floor). We booked a garage slot which came really handy (additional fee of ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

Hôtel-Appartements Trylon
Hotel Kutuma
Hotel Kutuma
4 out of 5
3708 rue St-Denis, Montreal, QC
CA $122
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Denis Theatre and Sainte-Catherine Street. The Underground City and McGill University ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (495 reviews)

"The property is a boutique hotel with 9 rooms. The rooms are tastefully done and are much more comfortable than a regular hotel room. The food and the drinks in particular at the restaurant are really good. Service was good for the most part. Restaurant staff could be friendlier. While it’s quite ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 11, 2020

Hotel Kutuma

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Chocolate All the Way: Guided Chocolate-Tasting Walking Tour

CA $115
Per adult
Mile End Food Tour
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Mile End Food Tour

CA $81
Per adult
Electric Fat Tire Bicycle Ride on Mount Royal
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Electric Fat Tire Bicycle Ride on Mount Royal

100% of travellers recommend
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Per adult
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CA $62
Per adult
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Per adult
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CA $6
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