Montreal this week you shine bright like a diamond! It's Montreal En Lumière and this Saturday will be Nuit Blanche so be ready to pull an all nighter, the good kind. It just means that you get to party all night, litterally! The winter has it's fun side too, people! There's so many things you can do and we put up a list just for you. Here it is Montreal;
Thursday, February 26th
The third edition of La Cuvée d'Hiver will be back at Église St-Enfant-Jésus. Some delicious food, live music and microbrewery beers. Go warm yourself up! View event>
#LeCypher a tribute to Nujabes at Le Bleury is a tribute to excellent producer who left us to soon. Live music, food and good vibes overall, you don't want to miss out on this. View event>
One of our favorite events is MELT at Blizzarts. This week J.U.D. will be joining the lineup. View event>
Vodka lovers, I Love Moscow at Brutus is where you need to go, it's self explanatory. View event>
Fool's Gold's very own Shash'U is resident at Grenade for Jeudis #TBT. Drop by and chill! View event>
Louisahhh!!! with Jay London at Apt.200 will be playing the best in house music. View event>
Friday, February 27th
Random Recipe who will be back from their european tour will be getting on the RBC Scene for MTL en Lumière. This certainly one to check out this week end. View event>
Rowdy rowdy Get Nice at Blizzarts for the ones of you who love to get out the club sweating. It's a good workout! View event>
The RBMA is based in Montreal and is in full force. You don't want to miss RBMA Bass Camp Presents: DJ Quick & Mannie Fresh & Shash'U at Le Belmont! Like really, be there! View event>
Did you know there was a rap battle league in Montreal? DMS Battle Ring at Club Mixte Lounge is a rap battle you want to be to see what they're all about! View event>
Saturday, February 28th
MUTEK with the RBMA Bass Camp at Espace Réunion will pull an all nighter for Nuit Blanche. View event>
Another must see show is La Nuit Tribe at PHI Centre with A Tribe Called Red. The tribal group will have you dancing until you fall asleep! View event>
Art lovers, Station 16 has a special night for you. They'll be offering guided tours of all the Murals of the main. While you wait for your scheduled tour, you can party at the Station 16 art gallery. How lovely is that? View event>
If already know everything about the murals but you love art, check out the Art Attack for Nuit Blanche at Fresh Paint Gallery. View event>
Beat The Clock Saturdays at Muzique is the party to go to when you're tryna dress to impress and pop bottles! View event>
Vinyl addicts, MIMS brings back the 24 Hours of Vinyl to Le Bleury. Can you handle it? View event>
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.
Montreal and Toronto are two of Canada's largest cities but that's where the similarities end. Toronto is known as a business-oriented city, filled with bustling streets kind of like a smaller New York City some might say.
But Montreal is known to be more similar European cities, filled with cobblestone streets, authentic cuisines from all over the world and a never-ending stream of things to see and do.
I wouldn't say one city is better than the other, given that I grew up in Toronto and have now lived in Montreal for 4 years, I honestly love them equally. But there's some things about Montreal that make it totally unique, there's a reason Torontonians come here to visit all the time.
The nightlife is always exciting, our summers are packed full of activities and of course we're known to have some of the best festivals in the world. So if you're considering visiting Montreal from Toronto this summer, here's some things you definitely shouldn't miss.
With music venues in Toronto closing left and right, take The Hoxton for example, Torontonians need some good music in their lives. Newspeak is a unique venue in Montreal that hosts up-and-coming DJs and musicians under their bright neon lights on the dance floor.
Kampai Garden is one of Montreal's coolest new spots located in the heart of downtown. It's filled with plants, pool tables and neon lights giving it a casual and urban feel. They also have amazing drinks!
With 3 different locations across Montreal, this bar is definitely somewhere to experience if you've never been before. They make seriously delicious drinks in giant mason jars that have lots of alcohol but literally taste like juice.
Ping Pong Club is located in Montreal's Mile End and is a casual and fun place to go out drinking with your friends. They have a ping pong table and games like Jenga that you can bring to the table and play with your friends!
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Every Saturday and Sunday throughout the entire summer, Montreal hosts Picnik Electronik. It's a music event that features great DJs on two different stages, drinks out of buckets, and lots of different games. It's one of the best things about Montreal's summers!
2. Village Au Pied-du-Courant For Drinks On The Beach
An open air space that hosts day-time and night-time events all throughout the summer in Montreal. It's an area that has a sandy beach, a DJ stage, a fully stocked bar, hammocks and more! You should definitely bring your friends to hang out here this summer.
On the first Friday of every month, all of Montreal's best food trucks gather outside the Olympic Stadium to serve up some of their best eats. Choose from tons of different culinary options like dim sum, lobster rolls, pulled pork, poutines, ice cream and so much more!
This amazing lookout at the top of Montreal's Mont-Royal gives you a stunning view of the downtown skyline. In Toronto, we just don't have something like this. That makes this spot something everyone from Toronto will love when they visit Montreal!
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I know tons of people from Toronto that already trek out to this festival because it's just so amazing. They always book the best acts for their headliners and feature tons of unreal up-and-coming artists as well. I always leave this festival with more great new artists to listen to than I came in with.
Toronto does have it's own version of Jazz Fest but it just doesn't compare to Montreal's. Montreal holds on of the worlds largest Jazz Festivals and they really go all out. There's tons of free concerts on the main stage, street performers all over, and amazing concerts from June 28th-July 8th this summer!
Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival is one of the best things to experience this summer. They headline some of the world's funniest comedians and this year they'll be hosting Jerry Seinfeld, David Spade, Rick Mercer, Trevor Noah and so many more. The festival is taking place this July 12th-31st and and definitely shouldn't be missed!
MUTEK is a creative digital festival featuring artists and electronic music from all over the world. This year's festival will be taking place on August 22-27th! Find shows at SAT, Metropolis, Monument National and the outdoor Places des Arts Esplanade.
OK, so I have this conversation with my boyfriend almost EVERY weekend. Whenever we want to go out, we always have this problem of finding something lowkey to do. What I mean by this, is that we want to go to a new LIT restaurant or try an insane new activity where we don't have to try hard to look good and can just have fun.
I am positive that my boyfriend and I aren't the only ones... I mean, we all usually end up just going to do the same thing, but it gets pretty lame after awhile. So, to help us all out I have composed this list of A1 date ideas that are LOWKEY AF.
Yes, the infamous neon-red light has made its way on the list! Now Kampai is legit my favorite place to go to for dinner and for a night out. You can dress it up or dress it down and you are guaranteed a chill night from the moment you walk in with your lit date. It's lowkey with pool tables and even fabulous food before the party starts!
Alright, for a 514% lowkey night, you and your lit date really need to check out this Cuban restaurant in downtown Montreal. The food is BOMB, the decor has a modern twist, and their drinks are pretty insane! Plus, everyone wants a lowkey picture in front of the famous neon sign: all you need is love and mojitos.
For a lowkey coffee date with your special someone, I suggest checking out Le Berri Café! This rustic vibe is perfect for a nice warm cup of coffee over your latest stories to impress your date! It's lowkey in the sense that it isn't too busy and it's cute AF!
For a gourmet brunch to really impress your LIT AF date, this is the place for you! They offer smoked salmon eggs benedict that are accompanied by a salad, scalloped potatoes, soup and chocolate mousse for those who just can’t get enough. The food is heavenly and you will be filled up ASAP!
Spring is awesome for many reasons. Budding plants, beautiful sunshine, and the super fun 21 Balancoires exhibit that takes place in the Quartier Des Spectacles annually until the end of May! It's a lowkey date because you and your lit date can swing, talk, and walk around Quartier Des Spectacles where there are always fun things to do and try.
Summer is never over! If you happen to be dating a Montrealer that just can't get enough of summer, I suggest heading to Oasis Surf if you want to celebrate the nice weather! It's honestly amazing and a great way to show your lit date that you have an adventurous side.
Bar Darling is hella lowkey and looks so LIT that you won't be able to resist not going there for drinks with your equally as amazing date whether it be coffee or beers. 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!
Starting on May 5th, every first Friday of the month will be met with dozens of food trucks next to the Olympic Stadium! So, instead of going to a random restaurant, you can bring your date to several in one day!
You will be surprised on just how much time you can spend at Atwater Market, especially in the nice weather of spring! It is literally my happy place and they always have a lot of fresh food and activities that you and your lit date will never get bored. Plus, you can buy them beautiful flowers or great chocolate treats.
10. Have A Lowkey Date At All of Montreal's Museums This Spring
You can never go wrong with a museum date, especially when there is Free Entrance To Over 30 Montreal Museums this spring! That means that you can check out ALL of Montreal's museums for free so your amazing date won't cost you a thing. I suggest making a cute goal with one another that you must see all the museums before summer ends!
Head on down to Allez up for a rock climbing adventure this spring with that special someone! This is a perfect activity for those lowkey athletic Montreal dates that you really want to impress, and trust me it's so much fun! They have walk-ins every Sunday from 1-5PM!
If you want to spend spring by relaxing with that special someone, 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 a great way to get to know that artsy and lit date of yours.
Starting mid-May, Piknic Électronik is back and it's the perfect date for those LIT Montrealers who love being outdoors and surrounded by music and fellow lowkey people! It's a great way to show your date the fun side of you.
14. Have A Lowkey Date At The Botanical Gardens This Spring
Witness the flowers budding with your lovely date over a nice picnic in the botanical gardens of Montreal. This is a great lowkey date for those photographers out there who want to get to know their superb date.