Fathom Favorites : Montreal

1. The Montreal Tower Observatory

The Montreal Tower Observatory

Observatory attached to the Olympic Stadium and located in the highest-inclined tower in the world. The best views of Montreal.

3200 Rue Viau
Montréal, QC H1V 3J3, Canada

2. Parc du Mont-Royal

Parc du Mont-Royal

The city's largest park, designed by Central Park architect Frederick Law Olmstead. Plan a stroll on Sunday during the spring or summer to experience the hundreds of drummers who gather and perform improvised shows.

1260 Chemin Remembrance
Montréal, QC H3H 1A2, Canada

3. Oratoire St. Joseph

Oratoire St. Joseph

Enormous copper-domed basilica overlooking Parc du Mont-Royal. Devout Catholic visitors climb 99 of the 283 steps on their knees in honor of Jesus.

3800 Chemin Queen Mary
Montreal, Quebec H3V 1H6

4. Habitat 67

Habitat 67

Uniquely shaped structure resembling a tower of Jenga blocks. Built for the 1967 World’s Fair as an example of futuristic housing.


2600 Ave. Pierre-Dupuy
Montreal, Quebec H3C 3R6

5. Fairmount Bagel Bakery

Fairmount Bagel Bakery

Twenty-four hour bakery selling one of the most delicious bagels you'll ever try. Fresh, crusty, compact, a bit sweet, and chewy. True aficionados may not like the sweetness but most don't mind. 

74 Ave. Fairmount West
Montreal, Quebec H2T 2M2

6. Beauty's


Family-run landmark serving brunch since 1942. Be prepared to wait at least a half hour on weekends.

93 Ave. du Mont-Royal West
Montreal, Quebec H2T 2S5

7. Olive et Gourmando

Olive et Gourmando

Local favorite run by Toqué's former chefs. Closed Sundays, so Saturdays are packed. Pastries, sandwiches, and salads are made fresh daily. Be sure to try the ruby-colored raspberry limonade, a perfect mix of tangy, tart, and sweet.

351 Rue Saint-Paul West
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2A7

8. Garde-Manger


Owned by famous Canadian chef Chuck Hughes and known for its classed-up version of the local specialty — poutine served in a cast iron pot with chunks of fresh lobster. Cozy interiors lined with chalkboard walls listing the ever-changing menu. It's on the noisy side, so this is not the place for an intimate tête-à-tête. 

408 Rue Saint-François-Xavier
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2S9

9. De Farine & d'Eau Fraiche

De Farine & d'Eau Fraiche

Small patisserie on a quiet residential street. Sit for a cup of tea and order delicately decorated cookies and cake that can easily pass for works of art. Attention to detail extends to the decor, from decorative molding to tables etched with pyrography.

1701 Rue Amherst
Montreal, Quebec H2L 3L4

10. Toqué


The most well-known restaurant in Montreal. Serving French haute-cuisine made from locally sourced and artisanal ingredients. Reservations and appropriately elegant attire are a must.

900 Pl. Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Montreal, Quebec H2Z 2B2

11. Jardin Nelson

Jardin Nelson

Located on the main square in Vieux-Montreal, which can be very touristy, but nonetheless, a good spot for late brunch, live jazz, and great people watching.

407 Pl. Jacques-Cartier
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3B1

12. Joe Beef

Joe Beef

Classic bistro serving large portions of simple, exquisite Quebecois cuisine. The rustic decor includes a bear head over the bar and blue checkered napkins. A favorite of both locals and visitors, so reserve your table well in advance.

2491 Rue Notre Dame West
Montreal, Quebec H3J 1N6

13. Le Cartet

Le Cartet

Fine-food boutique, coffee bar, and restaurant. The menu has something for everyone, and $15 brunch selections are a deal considering the quality and quantity of food served. There may be a long wait for a table, but it's worth it.

106 Rue McGill 
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2E5

14. Schwartz’s Deli

Schwartz’s Deli

Home to Montreal's famed smoked meat sandwich: rye bread with a smudge of mustard and a steaming heap of specialty brisket prepared on-site daily. One serving is half a sandwich, so order extra if you’re starving and make sure to get a can of black cherry soda to wash it all down.

3895 Blvd. Saint-Laurent
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1X9

15. Hotel Le St. James

Hotel Le St. James

Opulent antique decor with modern amenities like Bang & Olufsen sound systems and flat-screen LCDs. Infamously known for the time it was booked in its entirety by The Rolling Stones (and their crew).

355 Rue Saint-Jacques
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1N9

16. Le St. Martin Hotel Particulier Montreal

Le St. Martin Hotel Particulier Montreal

One of the few hotels with a rooftop deck and outdoor pool. Located down the street from McGill University (the Harvard of Canada) and one block from Rue Sainte-Catherine, one of the main streets, lined with eateries and stores.

980 Blvd. de Maisonneuve West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1M5

17. Hotel Gault

Hotel Gault

Luxurious avant-garde hotel in a former textile warehouse with loft-style rooms and heated bathroom floors.

449 Rue Sainte-Helene
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2K9

18. Hotel Nelligan

Hotel Nelligan

Cozy design hotel with river views. The rooftop terrace is a prime spot for cocktails during the warmer months, and the restaurant, Verses, serves excellent modern French cuisine.

106 Rue Saint-Paul St. West
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1Z3

19. Auberge du Vieux-Port

Auberge du Vieux-Port

Charming hotel in a former leather factory on the riverfront. The look and feel of a B&B with four-star service. Be sure to ask for a room with water views.

97 Rue de la Commune East
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1J1

20. Hotel St. Paul

Hotel St. Paul

Minimalist boutique hotel housed in what was once considered Canada’s most attractive building. The restaurant, Hambar, has an impressive wine list created by sommelier Philippe Poitras.

355 Rue McGill
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2E8

21. Le Petit Hotel

Known for their personable and attentive staff, the intimate boutique hotel is steps away from the city's best restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries. Perks include free breakfast and WiFi.

168 Saint-Paul St. West
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1Z7

22. Les Touilleurs

Les Touilleurs

Minimalist gourmand store that sells kitchenware, high quality cooking tools, and holds classes and demos by Montreal's best chefs.

152 Ave. Laurier West
Montreal, Quebec H2T 2N7

23. Papeterie Nota Bene

Papeterie Nota Bene

Independent stationery shop selling brands like Rhodia, Clairefontaine, and Lamy. Locals and visitors rave about attentive owner, Russell Hemsworth, and his kind staff.

3416 Ave. du Parc
Montreal, Quebec H2X 2H5

24. Drawn & Quarterly

Drawn & Quarterly

Flagship store of Canada’s most successful comic book publisher. They carry the latest indie comic books and graphic novels.

211 Rue Bernard West
Montreal, Quebec H2T 2K5

25. Holt Renfrew

Holt Renfrew

High-end Canadian department store from the family that owns Selfridges.

1300 Rue Sherbrooke West
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1H9