Montreal, we know that it's cold outside and that you are leaning towards spending your days at home warm. Well, there is a bunch of things to do in the city and if you don't want to end up like a cocoon by the time the winter comes to an end, go out and do something because spring is not just around the corner! You know we got your back and here are the coolest and funnest things to do this week end, Montreal!
Thursday, February 5th
Zimmer with Robert Robert at Mme.Lee will also be happening tonight. Zimmer is all the way from France, don't miss out! View details>
MELT at Blizzarts is becoming everyone's favourite night on Thursday nights. Go dance to some funky electro groovy vibes. View details>
EDM Thursday at L'Abreuvoir is where you want to go for vibe out if electronic music is your thing. View details>
How about getting in the Poutine week spirit by trying a poutine from our 10+ suggestions, after your night out? There are so many to chose from, you won't be able to decide, good luck! View details>
Friday, February 6th
We dare you to try Urban Camping! That's right, camping during winter. Follow Nomad Live around the city and camp at different spots. They will be setting camp at the Olympic stadium on Friday. View details>
Of course Get Nice Fridays at Blizzarts for those who like to get rowdy and don't mind getting out of the club sweating like they ran a marathon! View details>
Check out GrandBuda and Noo-Bap at Blue Dog. These guys will make sure you party like there is no tomorrow. View details>
If you can't make it to Igloofest on time, don't worry! There is the After Igloofest party at Luwan.View details>
Saturday, February 7th
Beat the Clock Saturdays is the new weekly event at Muzique. On the ones and twos will be Yao, Kidd and Jericho. Don't sleep on this Montreal! View details>
The forth weekend of Igloofest is here and you don't want to miss this one out! Eekkoo who was signed by deadmau5 has a set that will warm you up! View details>
A very special event will be happening and you want to be there. Montreal Loves Dilla at Inspecteur Épingle. Go celebrate the life of hip hop legend J Dilla. View details>
You can always go and grab another poutine because it's poutine week that that is what you are supposed to eat anyways!
Sunday, February 1st
Remember when you were a kid and you used to go Tobogganing? Well how about you take a bunch of friends and do the same! Maybe you can grab some drinks to warm you up! Check out the best places for tobogganing in Montreal. The best part is, it's free! View details>
Do you love comic books? Everyone loves comic books and there is a Retro Gaming and Cartoon Fest at Ruby Foo's. If you missed Comicon, this is for you! View details>
Montreal is an amazing city, we all know this. Whether you just moved here and are getting used to everything or you've lived here your whole life and nothing surprises you anymore there's some things we can all relate to about Montreal life.
When you move to Montreal you probably have ideas of getting a gorgeous sunny apartment in Old Montreal with views overlooking the St Lawrence River or a spacious loft in the Plateau filled with plants, but then reality hits.
Although rent in Montreal is pretty reasonable compared to other large cities in Canada right now, it's still very difficult to find a nice place under $800 per month. You can easily find apartments for around $500/month in the downtown area but you'll likely be living in a dingy space with a landlord that mysteriously forgets to answer your emails or texts when things happen to break.
I know we all wish that we could afford to take Uber everywhere around the city. I mean, it's just so convenient to tap a button on your phone and a car will come and pick you up and deliver you wherever you want to go. Unfortunately, there's almost always a surge on Uber in Montreal so basically it's almost always double the price.
When Uber is out of the question our next option is the good ol' Montreal metro. When there isn't 5 buses passing with the "En Transit" sign or a 10 minute wait to transfer at Berri or hoards of people during rush hours, the metro isn't all that bad..
Nightlife in Montreal is pretty hit or miss. You might plan a huge night out with your friends where you think you'll end up at a massive rave at New City Gas or you're all going to dress up nice and drink fancy cocktails at Velvet.
Whether you made it out to these plans or not you'll most often end up a dive bar like Cock n' Bull or Bifteck drinking cheap beer and maybe singing some karaoke at some point in the night. Honestly, you'll have way more fun at a dive bar where you'll spend half the money than if you went out to a crazy club.
There's tons of gorgeous restaurants in Montreal, in fact this city is known for it's amazing culinary culture. Although we wish we could go out to all this cute restaurants and eat delicious food all the time, but it's just not feasible for most of us.
Between paying for your rent, groceries, social life and whatever else you might need, money can get a little tight some months. But you really can't go wrong with a classic poutine though and here in Montreal there's no shortage of amazing poutine restaurants.
Oh yes, the weather in Montreal! It's been so confusing this year no one knows when the heck is going on anymore. We barely had a real summer at all, it was cold and rainy the entire time. Now we're in fall and it's 30 degrees every single day!
Who knows what this winter has in store for us but we all know we're in for some Arctic cold temperatures and more than a few massive snowstorms.
We all wish we could shop at those beautiful boutiques that line Saint Laurent street with all the cutest clothes. They always have the most stylish outfits that will guarantee you look your best on your nights out.
But for most of us those boutiques are wayyy out of reach. There's nothing wrong at all with shopping at H&M, it's my go-to spot if I need some new clothes on a budget, but the clothes are pretty poor quality and not always on point with their styles.
People usually think that university is all about about partying, getting wasted and going staying out all night long. While this is a part of university life the rest of it is spending all-nighters at the library, cramming for finals and trying not fail all your classes.
We party hard and we study hard, that's the balance you need to have when you're in university. It can't be one or the other because that's just not sustainable. But once you figure that out you're golden!
Montreal is chalk full of restaurants and activities that all out of towners want to try when they come. Of course you can't bring your friends to all of them in a weekend, but down below is a list of the most epic and popular things EVERY tourist must go try and experience.
Whether it be activities, tourist spots, restaurants, or entertainment there is something on this list for everyone! I guarantee that by bringing your family and friends to these places they will leave with amazing memories and will 514% be back again.
Terrasse Nelligan is a great spot for you and your visitor to have a classy dinner legit in the sky! You can dress nice and enjoy drinks on this rooftop terrasse while having some of their delightful fish tacos. It's a great place for a cute girls night out or for somebody's first night in the city. Oh, and of course who could forget their stunning view of Old Montreal and the Basilica?
L’Gros Luxe never disappoints! Not only can you order several dishes and expect nothing less than heaven on a plate, but you won't break the bank! Their menu is fairly cheap so you can impress your visitor by telling them to order as many things as they like! You can definitely expect the bill to be under $50.
If you've ever had the poutine from La Banquise, then you know that it is undoubtedly worth the wait. The lineups are likely to be longest at dinner time, and between 2:00-3:00 a.m., when everyone is stumbling home from the bar and needs a good poutine to slow them down. This is the ultimate poutine experience your visitor need to expereince!
While some Montrealers may roll their eyes at this choice, it would be ridiculous not to include Schwartz's on this list. I mean, both locals and tourists know all too well that the food is amazing and a must visit!
This is the place to go for a classic Montreal Breakfast. All you really need to know about this Montreal institution is that the bagels are amazing: super moist, slightly dense, bursting with that iconic Montreal bagel flavour, and just as delicious un-toasted as they are served up crispy. Yum? Yum.
Ah yes, the perfect way to relax with your BFF from out of town is by treating yourselves to a spa day. Personally, I recommend Bota Bota since it is only $45 before 11 am and after 6pm for their water circuit. Not only do you relax, but you also get to see Montreal from a whole other angle with the stunning views you receive on the boat's deck and in the main pool that looks over the whole city!
Head on down to Allez up for a rock climbing adventure with your sporty friend from out of town! This is a perfect activity for those athletic tourists since Allez Up has have walk-ins every Sunday from 1-5PM!
If you want to spend your last day in Montreal relaxing but you don't always have money to go to a spa, then head down to the Ceramic Cafe! You can enjoy a lovely painting experience with some coffee on a nice raining spring day. It's literally open until midnight!
Enjoy the sunshine we are going to have this spring by going biking along the Lachine Canal. It is absolutely stunning and a great way to stay active while having fun with your touristy friend. If you are wondering where the hell you are going to find a bike, don't worry! Montreal has Bixi bikes that are actually free on the last Sunday of every month tor 5$ for the day!
For $20, you can enjoy zip-lining through Old Montreal! This is a great activity for those adventurous friends of your that are coming from out of town. At the end of the zip-line you can hit up Terrasse Bonsecours for a drink.
Atwater Market is an absolute must visit location in Montreal especially if you only have 24 hours! You will be surprised on just how much time you can spend at Atwater Market, especially in this nice weather we've been having lately! It is literally my happy place and the variety of restaurants always serve fresh food. Plus, you can just walk around all day and enjoy a nice stoll along the Lachine Canal or buy plants (cacti YAS)!
If you are more on the active side, why not gather some of your friends that came on a road trip to Montreal with you for an early morning hike to watch the sunrise! Not only will you stay fit, but you will also have a gorgeous view of the city and I suggest bringing a picnic for a nice brunch!
From 9-5pm every day of the week you can check out Montreal's superb botanical gardens! It includes 75 hectares of facilities and greenhouses and plenty of exotic plant life to make you feel like you are in a whole new world. It is absolutely stunning and the park area makes for a great little picnic area! Plus, during the month of October there is the Garden of Lights!
Why not check out the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to see their spectacular exhibits, FOR FREE! This is a win-win situation, everyone under 30 gets free entrance to the permanent exhibits! You don't have to spend any money and you get to walk around and view beautiful pieces of art.
See all of Montreal on your first day in Montreal with your best bae from out of town for cheap! The Montreal Observatory is absolutely stunning and very romantic especially if you go at night under the stars.
For a great birthday bash dinner if you are coming from out of town, I suggest checking out Kampai! Their Japanese garden beer paired with their superb dishes will blow you mind! It's a great place for a lovely dinner and also a night out with drinks since it turns into a hip bar/club after dinner service!
For a nice casual night out with all of your gang and no reservations, I suggest heading to Fitzroy! They have a huge space that boasts plenty of pool tables, couches, video games, plants, and two bars. It's hella lowkey and no heels required. Plus, everyone wants to be seen in a picture on their palm leaf wall!
Bar Darling isn't just a typical bar, it's also a cafe! You can now have Tequila at 1PM to start off your day and coffee at Midnight to keep you up for a LIT AF night ahead at this amazing bar. So, forget about those average places that just serve dinner and then transform into a bar and check out Bar Darling where you can enjoy all of life's wonder... Coffee and Alcohol. This Plateau cafe-bar is officially changing the game in Montreal!
Perché Bar Terrasse just opened and trust me, the drinks are just as good as the views! You can enjoy their tapas/entres menu that features tacos and small snacks while sipping on some cocktails as you enjoy the view from the 8th floor.