Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Tours

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Artsy and laid-back, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, aka the Plateau, captures the spirit of Montreal perhaps more than any other neighborhood. Spiraling iron staircases crawl up Victorian-era residences on tree-lined streets, while magnificent street murals add color to commercial thoroughfares. Restaurants, cafés, bars, and boutiques abound.
 
The Basics
To understand Montreal, a visit to Plateau-Mont-Royal is a must. Many visitors explore the Plateau’s main thoroughfares—Saint-Laurent Boulevard and St. Denis Street (between Sherbrooke and Van Horne) and Mont Royal Avenue—as part of guided walking tours and bike tours.
 
Food tours of Montreal, including niche tea and chocolate-themed tours, also tend to center on the Plateau because of its high concentration of restaurants and coffee shops. Mile End, home to the city’s legendary bagel producers, St-Viateur and Fairmont, proves especially popular on food tours.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Exploring the Plateau is a must for anyone who wants to get a feel for life in Montreal.
  • The Plateau is littered with small cafés and bakeries, meaning you’re never far from your next caffeine or sugar hit.
  • Most parts of the Plateau have curb cuts for wheelchair users, though the quality of streets and sidewalks is variable. Some have large potholes and uneven surfaces.
 
How to Get There
Take the metro (orange line) to Mont Royal or Laurier stations. Bixi bike-sharing stations can be found throughout the Plateau during the summer months, while the 55 bus runs north up Saint-Laurent, also known as the Main—the buzzing shop-lined heart of the neighborhood.
 
When to Get There
The Plateau is at its best in summer, when Montrealers take to the streets to soak up the sunshine. Bars and restaurants set up temporary pavement terraces. Sections of major streets are often closed to traffic during special summer events, including the Mural Festival, which takes place in June on Saint-Laurent. Later in the summer, a four-day street festival takes place on Mont Royal Avenue.
 
LaFontaine Park (Parc LaFontaine)
The Plateau’s biggest green space, Parc LaFontaine is the third-largest in the city, with only Mount Royal Park (Parc du Mont-Royal) and Maisonneuve Park (Parc Maisonneuve) taking up more space. In winter, its lake serves as an ice-skating rink and local families go tubing down its slopes, while in summer, it’s the domain of picnickers, with open-air plays at the Théatre de Verdure and cinema screenings attracting evening crowds.

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Address: Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Beyond the Basilica Walking Tour in Montreal

Travel from historic Old Montreal to the borough of Plateau Mont-Royal on this walking tour of the city. Visit the ornately decorated Basilica then wander the streets of Vieux-Montréal while learning about the city’s history and checking out its street art. Plus, make stops in the entertainment district and Chinatown.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Montreal North City Bike Tour

This 3-hour North City bike ride ventures deep into the vibrant, eclectic, must-see ‘hoods of the Plateau, Mile-End, Little Italy, and Mile-Ex.  You will ride parks, quiet streets and laneways, spot murals and street art, and visit the Jean-Talon farmer’s market.  A real taste of authentic Montreal lifestyle! Even locals have discovered many things not seen before on this route. This tours includes a comfy yet stylish bike, helmet (optional) and water bottle.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Independent Tour of Montreal by Bike

Discover Montreal's incredible array of offerings on two-wheels. Embark on an independent bicycle tour of the city and its various neighborhoods from Chinatown—with its Cantonese restaurants and candy stands—to the hip boutiques and bohemian hang-outs of Plateau Mont-Royal. Stop for a French pastry along the cobbled streets of Old Montreal, or meander along the waterfront aboard your mountain bike or hybrid rental. You have the entire day to explore Montreal exactly how you choose.
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Montreal Ultimate Chocolate Tour

Go behind the scenes with the chocolate makers and connoisseurs of Montreal on this 4.5-hour walking tour. Meet people from different types of establishments, including a chocolatier, Mexican chef and retailer, and taste at least nine types of chocolates along the way. Stroll through the Mile End and Plateau neighborhoods, and learn about the Mesoamerican and colonial origins of chocolate, its industrial production and the bean-to-bar movement. Come away with a palette and nose familiar with the subtleties of high-quality chocolate.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Montreal Afternoon Tea Tour

Montreal is the headquarters of the famous DAVIDsTea and home to a diverse tea culture. On this 4.5-hour tour that includes both walking and taxi rides, meet the top tea makers in the city with the help of a certified guide. Tasting different teas along the way, visit a Victorian-style mixology bar in Montreal's trendy Mile End, a Chinese tea company that’s one of the world’s top importers, and a French tea importer. A formal afternoon tea completes your tea education.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Discover Montreal's Best Street Art

Zigzag through the hip and artsy Plateau neighbourhood to discover some of the best street art Montreal has to offer! Over 35 artworks to admire with the guidance of a knowledgeable host to provide precious informations and insights. Well suited for the art connoisseur or the novice art curious traveller. This walk is a great way to experience the city off-the-beaten-path!
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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3 Hour Montreal City Bike Tour with Wine or Beer

With 450 miles (650 km) of bike paths, Montreal was meant to be discovered by bicycle. During this 3-hour guided tour, cycle through the city’s various neighborhoods, main attractions and the most unusual locations. Your in-the-know guide takes you around the most popular districts and shows you lesser-known gems. This small-group tour is limited to just 13 people, ensuring a memorable experience. Once the tour ends, enjoy a complimentary drink (with or without alcohol) at a local establishment of the Old-Montreal near Ça Roule.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Montreal Food Tour with Electric Scooter

Montreal’s foodie scene is as varied as the city itself and this tasting tour takes you to the spots that only locals know. Choose from two different itineraries, exploring districts such as Old Montréal, Griffintown, Mile End, and Little Italy on the back of an electric scooter. Hop off to browse the street markets and sample street food specialties like gnocchi, poutine, Quebecois sandwiches, and maple donuts.
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Poutine & Smoked Meat Tour

Montreal is one of Canada’s most exciting foodie destinations and this tasting tour introduces you to two of the city’s most iconic dishes. Visit three popular restaurants—Schwartz's Deli, Romados Rotisserie, and Banquise restaurant—and sample Montreal’s famous poutine (French fries with cheese curds and gravy) and smoked meat sandwiches.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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