A Design Lover's Guide to Montreal

Apartment Therapy's Design Destination Guide

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Montreal, is a middle ground between European and North American cultures. A place where many traditions meet, arts and design evolve, and the city boils with people converging and creating.

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See:

Habitat 67: Built in 1967 for the World Expo, it is a revolutionary housing concept for urban families.

Canadian Center for Architecture: International research center and museum, the CCA has exhibitions, as well as an education center.

Contemporary Art Museum: the Montreal MAC was founded in 1964 by artists and collectors who wanted to see contemporary art flourish locally.

Pointe à Callière: set in an exceptional building in the heart of old Montreal, Pointe à Callière is the museum of history and archeology. As it is right above where Montreal was first settled, you can even walk around the preserved vestiges of this colonial town.

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Tour:

Chateau Ramezay: Built in the 18th Century, it is the first historically classified building in Québec. A museum as well, it provides 500 years of re-enacted history.

Cycle Tours of Montreal: One of the classic ways of seeing the city with its many cycle paths. 

Old Montreal Ghost Walking Tour: An original way of discovering the old part of the city, through investigations based on historical crimes, witch hunts etc.

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Shop:

Marché Bonsecours: Inaugurated in 1847, it is home to Quebec's Arts and Craft Council, and to many great design, jewelry, arts and crafts boutiques.

Mont Royal Avenue: A great avenue to stroll on and visit the many shops and restaurants with the originality of local designers and entrepreneurs.

Kanuk: If you want the shop for the best possible winter jacket, this is the Quebec made brand that works for years of rough winters.

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Eat:

• Jean Talon Market: Not only a great place to do your grocery shopping, but also a place where you can eat from many, many stands and restaurants. 

Flavors and aromas of old Montreal Walking Tour: The name speaks for itself. For the foodies in us, discovering Montreal through its fine culinary secrets. 

Schwartz: A classic smoke meat deli restaurant famous enough to sometimes have a whole block worth of a line. Recently bought by Celine Dion and her husband.

Au Pied de Cochon: One of the best restaurants in town, everything on the menu is based on Foie Gras.

Pikolo Café: One of the best cups of coffee in town can be found here.

Cafe Névé: The other great place for fantastic coffee. 

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Stay:

Le Saint Sulpice: In the middle of the old town, a really swanky and beautiful place to stay.

Maison Pierre du Calvet: Right on the river in the Old Port, the Maison Pierre du Calvet was built in 1725. It is the oldest historical house open for public accommodations in Montreal.

Le Gîte: Located in the very dynamic Plateau Mont-Royal, home of Leornard Cohen. 

If you have other recommendations for Montreal, let us know in the comments! 


(Images: 1. Shutterstock 2. Habitat 76 3. Musée du Château Ramezay Facebook page 4. Shutterstock 5. Jean Talon Market 6. Le Saint Sulpice)


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