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Old Montreal neighbourhood guide

Old Montreal is tightly packed with attractions, bars, restaurants and things to do—here's what you need to check out

Vieux-Montréal / Old Montreal
Photograph: Tourisme Montréal/Stéphan PoulinVieux-Montréal et Vieux-Port: Place Jacques-Cartier

Old Montreal is the city's birthplace, a historic neighbourhood full of cobblestone streets and centuries-old foundations dating back centuries. Its picture-perfect beauty makes it a prime destination for selfie stick-waving tourists hungry for shopping, attractions and guided tours, but its high-end status makes it a local-friendly breeding ground for the city's Michelin-calibre restaurateurs and some of the best bars in the country—both of which make it a hotbed of the city's nightlife, too. Check out our selection best things to do, eat, see and drink in this storied touchstone that connects this North American city to its European roots.

How to get to Old Montreal

Take the Orange Line on the Montreal Metro to either Place-d’Armes or Champ-de-Mars station and simply walk toward the oldest-looking buildings in your periphery. You’ll be in the heart of it before you know it.

Things to do in Old Montreal

The best things to do in Old Montreal

The best things to do in Old Montreal

Time to crawl the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal, our ground zero for some of the best attractions and activities.

The best Old Montreal restaurants

The best Old Montreal restaurants

These Old Montreal restaurants are the finest of fine dining and the top casual options found in the city’s historic hub.

The best Old Montreal bars

The best Old Montreal bars

Find all the swanky cocktails, old fashioned pubs and secretive hideaways you need with the best bars in Old Montreal.

Attractions in and around Old Montreal

Attractions in and around Old Montreal

The best Montreal attractions reveal the city’s rich history and landmarks, all waiting to be (re)discovered.

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Things to do in Downtown Montreal

Things to do in Downtown Montreal

Amazing things to do in Downtown Montreal are found on every corner, each bursting with arts, culture, food and drink.

The best cheap things to do in Montreal

The best cheap things to do in Montreal

Maximize your dime and time with the best cheap things to do in Montreal, from arts and culture to food and drink.

The best free things to do in Montreal

The best free things to do in Montreal

Find activities, attractions and more without spending a single dime with some of the best free things to do in Montreal.