10 must-do things to do in Montreal in 2022

Planning a trip to Montreal? You made the right choice. Although we love Toronto and Vancouver, Montreal has its own character and a much cooler character. If Paris and Brooklyn had a Canadian love child, it would be Montreal. It’s effortlessly hip, a bit exuberant, sophisticated and unapologetically itself. So it goes without saying that there are plenty of exciting things to do in Montreal in 2022, with the city now open and ready to have a good time.

Here are 10 of the best ways to spend your time in Montreal this year to create the to-do list.

Experience coffeehouse culture in the Mile-End

A unique way to experience Montreal’s culture is through its cafes, and you’ll find the best of them in the Mile-End. This laid-back neighborhood is known for its vintage shops and trendy bars, but especially for its cafes.

Café Olympico has been a mainstay in the area since the 70s, where you’ll undoubtedly be treated to ideal people-watching while enjoying a slice of tiramisu and a frothy latte.

Where: 124 Rue Saint Viateur O

Shop at Jean-Talon Market

No trip to Montreal in the summer is complete without a visit to the historic Jean-Talon Market. Although open year-round, the market expands into a much larger open-air space during the warmer months. Here you’ll find all kinds of treats to delight your senses, including fresh seasonal produce, baked goods, flowers of all kinds, and handmade gifts to take home.

The surrounding roads are close to weekend traffic, so the best way to get there is by bike or public transit — both options are easy and convenient in Montreal.

While you’re there, you’ll want to stop at Café Saint-Henri, an adorable artisan café with a terrace out front.

Eat your way on the Plateau

On vacation, you have to eat like the locals, and in Montreal, that means lots of smoked meat, fresh wood-fired bagels and poutine. The Plateau Mont-Royal is a fun area of ​​the city that is home to many great restaurants where you can check all the Quebec must-haves on your list.

St Viateur Bagel Shop has been the city’s go-to spot for fresh, hot bagels since 1957. La Banquise’s fries, gravy and squeaky cheese curds are second to none. And of course, we don’t need to tell you that Schwartz’s Deli is the most renowned deli there is – trust us, the line is worth it.

Soak up it all at Bota Bota

This multi-level “floating” spa is located directly on the water and overlooks the city and the heritage buildings of the Old Port of Montreal. So it’s fair to say that it offers some of the best views in town. Not only can you enjoy it from multiple vantage points, but also from the spa’s many saltwater pools, glass-enclosed saunas, and indoor and outdoor relaxation areas.

You can book a massage or a day pass to enjoy the hydrotherapy circuit. If you have a special occasion to celebrate or just want to enjoy some rest and relaxation, you won’t find anything like it anywhere else.

Where: McGill entrance, corner of De la Commune and McGill

Stay in the heart of downtown

When it comes to choosing the right hotel, location and price are usually the most important factors. What if we told you that you can tick both of these boxes without compromising on luxury? Yes, this option actually exists.

The Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile is an elegant Parisian-inspired hotel located at the foot of lush Mount Royal Park. With the city’s best shopping, bars and entertainment just minutes away, the location couldn’t be more perfect. Plus, who doesn’t love waking up to a view of the horizon in a huge plush bed?

The hotel’s seasonal Renoir restaurant terrace is considered one of the best in Montreal, with live DJs and a partnership with Veuve Cliquot to keep the bubbles flowing. The restaurant is open day and night and serves fantastic French cuisine.

In short, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of a high-end hotel at far better prices than around the corner. And the Sofitel staff pride themselves on going above and beyond to make your stay enjoyable.

Where: 1155 Sherbrooke Street West

Visit the best bars in Canada

A short walk from the Sofitel is The Cloakroom, a candlelit speakeasy that has been ranked among the best bars in Canada in 2022and a short Uber ride to the Atwater Cocktail Club, also one of the best in the country.

Around the corner from the hotel is Le Mount Stephen boutique hotel’s Bar George, a grand and chic establishment that feels like you’ve stepped into another era, but with live DJs and amazing cocktails .

And of course, there’s the bustling nightlife of Crescent Street, ‘the favorite place to party’ just a few blocks away.

Where: The Cloakroom, 2175 Rue de la Montagne #100

Distortion Van Gogh at OASIS Immersion

Van Gogh Distortion is a luminous and contemporary journey through more than 225 paintings, drawings and sketches, presented for a limited time at Montreal’s OASIS Immersion.

The exhibition takes you through a series of large halls with panoramic projections, each interpreting Van Gogh’s art in a different way. The moving images are breathtaking, evocative and sometimes downright weird, but fascinating throughout.

Floor-to-ceiling illuminations create an effect that makes the room seem to move, so if you’re feeling a little disoriented, there’s plenty of comfy seating to rest and enjoy the show.

Where: 301 Saint-Antoine Street West

Unleash your wild side at Tam-tams

What better way to celebrate the return of conviviality in person than with a giant dance party? Every Sunday until September 25, crowds of revelers will flock to Mount Royal Park for a free festival called Les Tam-tams.

The colorful gathering is made up of drummers, dancers, vendors, as well as many spectators. The gorgeous greenery and warm weather create the perfect atmosphere for this summer tradition. It’s a show worth watching!

Where: Mount Royal Park via the Camillien-Houde promenade

Festivals galore!

Festival season comes alive in Montreal this summer, making it the best time of year to visit. The city will host beloved events like the MURAL Festival, Osheaga, International Jazz Festival and Just for Laughs, headlined by Kevin Hart, Bill Burr, Amy Schumer, John Mulaney and many more big names.

Where: See the festival program

Brunch in Old Montreal

Cobblestone streets, historic architecture, the smell of fresh coffee and croissants – you could do a lot worse than Old Montreal when it comes to brunch. This part of town is famous for its picturesque Parisian views, galleries, boutiques and, above all, restaurants.

You’ll definitely want to make room in your schedule (and stomach) for Olive et Gourmando, a popular foodie destination with an inventive artisanal menu.

Also worth visiting is Le Caret Resto Boutique, a loft-like restaurant serving French cuisine, and Bloom Sushi for its perfect atmosphere and plant-based Japanese dishes.

Where: Olive and Gourmando, 351 rue Saint-Paul Ouest

There you have it, folks — 10 must-do things to do in Montreal in 2022. Have a good trip!