Neighbourhood Spotlight: Le Plateau-Mont-Royal

Le Plateau-Mont-Royal is one of Montreal's most lively and sought-after neighbourhoods. Not only does it contain some of the best restaurants and bars that the province has to offer, but its centrality in the city and vibrant culture makes it a neighbourhood that many explore when moving to Montreal.

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We compiled some noteworthy information about Le Plateau to help you learn more about this vibrant neighbourhood. Let's get started!

The Restaurants

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Where do we even start? Le Plateau contains some of the city's very best restaurants, featuring food from a world of cultures and tastes.

For one of the best poutines in Quebec, head over to La Banquise to fulfill your cheesy, fried desires.

For delicious ice cream and deserts head over to Kem Coba, one of Montreal's highest-rated restaurants! While in the area, why not try Willensky's classic baloney sandwiches or Drogheria Fine's unbeatable $5 gnocchi?

Restaurant Ile Flottante is pricey, but makes for a memorable and luxurious night out.

Trust us when we say that a list of magnificent restaurants in Le Plateau would take up an entire 500-page novel. We suggest exploring the area! You're bound to come across a delicious treat no matter where you go.

The Bars and Clubs

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Le Plateau is a favourite drinking spot of many, ranging from young university students to older folks looking for a laid-back night out.

Le Darling is certainly one of the most Instagrammable bars in the city, with its classy drinks and gorgeous decor. Big in Japan Bar is another unique, beautifully decorated bar.

For pubs, Bishop & Bragg's is a safe bet for that lively pub atmosphere. Le Plateau is also known for their bars with live music, with Barfly and L'Escogriffe standing out as crowd-favourites.

Some of the best clubs in this party-city also happen to be located in Le Plateau, including Datcha and École Privée. Everybody has different tastes for clubs though, so look for what you specifically want and Le Plateau is bound to have it!

The Shopping

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Le Plateau is full of hundreds of unique shops to satisfy your shopping needs. Thrift and vintage stores such as The Little Shop and Eva B are full of hip used items and have a Platea-defining atmosphere sure to brighten your day.

The Word Bookstore and Crystal Dreams St-Denis are both lovely local shops that showcase the Plateau spirit.

Just walk along St. Laurent or St. Denis to catch a glimpse at some of Montreal's most memorable and unique stores!

The Area and Real Estate

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Despite being populated with all these restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops, Le Plateau is blessed with containing many parks and being close to one of Monteal's most beautiful natural areas: Mont Royal. There is a striking balance between vibrant urban life and relaxing natural landscapes that makes this neighbourhood so special.

Real estate prices and quality really depends on what you are searching for. For students on a tight budget, Le Plateau features many inexpensive apartments near the city's major universities. However, these apartments may be of rather low quality, so we recommend keeping your eyes out for new apartments on sale, as there are frequent listings posted in this neighbourhood on a daily basis.

For those with a higher budget, Le Plateau also features many beautiful, centrally-located homes within walking distance of all that the neighbourhood has to offer.


It is not an exaggeration when we say that Le Plateau is one of the neighbourhoods that best defines the spirit of Montreal. From its impeccable array of restaurants and bars, to the unparalleled balance of vibrant city-life with nature, it stands as one of the best neighbourhood that Montreal has to offer.

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