We love our city and want to show you the best of what it has to offer. Here’s a list of POP staff’s personal recommendations, along with special deals for those of you visiting Montreal!
PLACES TO SLEEP - WHERE TO EAT - WHAT TO SEE - WHERE TO SHOP
PLACES TO SLEEP
• POP HOSTEL
POP Hostel is a special initiative wherein we strive to put visiting artists and festival-goers on the spare beds, couches and air mattresses of Montrealers. We love the idea of bringing people together for a super fun event, and it’s a great way to meet new friends, see amazing music, films and art, and to show newcomers to Montreal some of the best things the city has to offer.
• HÔTEL FAUBOURG
With an excellent downtown location, just a short walk from the Quartier des Spectacles, Hôtel Faubourg Montréal provides a spacious and inviting home away from home for business and leisure guests – for a great value.
• TRYLON APARTMENT HOTEL
Situated in the heart of Le Plateau, Trylon’s apartment style hotel rooms makes it one of the best places to stay in Montreal. Its rooftop pool (!!!), lounge area and amazing view on the mountain gives you everything you need to live the full Montreal experience.
WHERE TO EAT
Montreal is a place of a thousand tastes, being the North American city with the most restaurants per square capita after New York! You can check out Yelp reviews to help you navigate through whatever your heart desires, but here’s the inside scoop on where the POP staff likes to go.
• AUX VIVRES
Montreal's premier vegan restaurant now has two locations, in the Plateau and Westmount. This joint has everything you'd want from a healthy, eco-friendly and delicious meal. Make sure to try their coconut "bacon"!
• BÁNH MI BÁNH YIU
This Vietnamese sandwich joint in the heart of the Mile End has been our (not so) guilty pleasure all summer long. For only $6 a sandwich, you don't have to break the bank for a great bite. Tell Mikey we sent you!
• BISTRO PAVILLON
Mix culinary arts with locally designed goods and you get a brand new space in the village where creativity, discovery and passion collide. The food will leave you wanting more!
• CAFÉ RESONANCE
Every night of the week, Resonance proudly hosts jazz, classical & experimental music from some of the finest artists in our community. Throughout the day, they serve delicious and affordable vegan meals, as well as great coffee.
• COMPTOIR 21
Because there’s never a bad moment for homemade clam chowder and Fish n’ Chips! No.
• DÉPANNEUR LE PICK UP
This place encapsulates everything that is unique about Montreal: a restaurant in a convenience store. Plus, the BEST veggie pulled pork IN THE WORLD! It’s been proven… sort of.
• LA TAMALERA
Traditional Mexican food made with love. If you’re in a rush, don’t sweat it. They do take-out too!
• LE CAGIBI
Open til midnight, live music some nights, full bar, vegan-friendly. Lots of space to kick back and take advantage of free wi-fi.
• NOUVEAU PALAIS
Think Greasy spoon meets gastronomic greatness. Go for their wide range of cocktails, grab some late night food, and stay just to hang out and socialize to the sounds of a live DJ.
• PHYLLO BAR MELINA'S
To try the potato phyllo is to crave it for the rest of your life. Consider yourself warned.
• PITA PAN
Authentic mediterranean cuisine in the heart of the Mile End. Look no further when you're craving a solid falafel pita for an affordable price!
• TA CHIDO
Ta Chido Ta Chido is a cute Mexican hot spot decorated with an amazing collection of colorful figurines. Go on Friday evening for a tasty taco special and micheladas!
WHAT TO SEE
Want to explore Montreal but not exactly sure where to start? Our friends here will make sure you have your bases covered.
FITZ AND FOLLWELL
Fitz & Follwell offers Montreal's best bike tours, walking tours and bike rentals! Their carefully-crafted urban experiences make travelers feel like locals and locals feel like travelers.
LOCAL MONTREAL TOURS
Ranked #1 Food Tour in Montreal, you'll get to experience each neighbourhood through a series of delicious food tastings and learn the history behind the food, the landmarks, the architecture, and the art with your local guide who relays the fascinating historical and cultural stories of the city.
HOW TO GET AROUND BUS AND METRO
Bus Routes 55 (Saint-Laurent) and 80 (Parc) connect downtown with the Plateau, Mile End, and Little Italy and run approximately every 10 minutes. There is also a night bus service on these routes, making them accessible 24-hours and handy for partied-out late nights!
Each bus and metro fair is $3.25, but get the most out of it by purchasing a night pass for only $5 (valid from 6pm to 5am)! Affordable daily and weekend passes are also available, visit stm.com for complete schedule and details.
If the weather permits, biking is the best way to get around the city and perfect for venue hopping. Montreal has a public bike system called BIXI with bike stations near almost all venues and hotels. Complete map of pickup / dropoff points is available on montreal.bixi.com