TourismWELCOME TO THE EM15 TOURISM PAGE
In order to enhance your experience, EM15 has compiled several enticing offers and discounts for you during the festival!
The purchase of a ticket, a weekend package or a EM15 passport, will give you access to a number of discounts on accommodations and restaurants located in the festival vicinity, as well as transportation specials.
With Montréal as the backdrop to EM15, you can also take in the exceptional food scenes and other other bewitching delights that characterize the city. So that you can make the most of what Montréal has to offer, we’ve prepared a simple guide filled with recommendations for shopping, eating out and discovering surrounding neighbourhoods. Obviously, this is just an overview of what our great city has on offer. See this guide as the first steps in your journey. EM15 wishes you a wonderful time exploring Montréal!
THE DIGITAL SPRING
Montréal, a capital of digital art, presents a brand new season full of discovery during its first Digital Spring. A promotional initiative of special events hosted by the various digital arts organizations in Montréal, comprising more than 75 exhibitions, installations, immersive experiences, performances and public art interventions the season lasts until the summer solstice. Visit www.printempsnumerique.ca for the detailed program.
Quartier des spectacles
Generally quiet during Montréal’s long hibernation period, at first blossoming in the spring, the city comes alive at its core, as it launches festival season and people return to the streets in droves. At the heart of so much collective activity, downtown oozes with anticipation and promise. While going from the MAC to the Impérial, or while walking to the Métropolis at night, witness how the area, also home to the red light district, takes on an entirely other, after hours flavour. Replete with characters, hustlers and tourists, this stretch of downtown also struts sophistication and sensuality with its media facades and playground sensibility.
Top food, top atmosphere - $$
Open 7/7 from 4pm - KITCHEN: SUN-MON: 5pm-10pm – TUE-SAT: 5pm-midnight
Top coffee, top pizzas, top prices - $
MON: 7am-4pm – TUE-FRI: 7am-11pm – SAT: 5:30pm-11pm
BLEURY BAR À VINYLE
Secret terrace, great drink prices and exceptional music - $
TERRACE: TUE-WED: 5:30pm-1am – THU-SAT: 4pm–1am
A coffee master- $
MON-FRI: 7am-7pm — SAT-SUN: 9am-7pm
Eco-gastronomy – local food - $$$$
1155 Sherbrooke West
EVENING: 7/7-5pm-10:30pm / MON-FRI: BREAKFAST: 6am-11am / LUNCH: 12pm-3pm / SAT-SUN / BRUNCH-LUNCH : 6am-3pm
LE CHEVAL BLANC
A beer lovers paradise - $
809 Ontario East
7/7 — 3pm-3am
"Eat local" flagship grocery store - prêt à manger - $$$
360 Maisonneuve West
MON-FRI: 8am-8pm – SAT: 9am-6pm
Amazing book shop specialized in contemporary art and literature.
2 St. Catherine East
TUE: 11am-5pm – WED-FRI: 11am-7pm – SAT: 12pm-5pm
Record shop offering an extensive collection of underground rock and electronic.
364 Sherbrooke East
MON-WED: 11am-6pm – THU&FRI: 11am-9pm – SAT:11am-5pm – SUN:12pm-5pm
PAPETERIE NOTA BENE
Collection of note books and paper products from all over the world
MON-FRI: 11am-7pm – SAT:11am-5pm
THE MAIN / SAINT LAURENT
A street full of contradictions, almost bi-polar, the line between French and English neighbourhoods, where underground loft parties anonymously meet massive nightclubs; here’s where the two solitudes come together to hang out, share a drink, explore fashion, furniture and food.
Tip: The 55 bus along St. Laurent will take you all the way up and down the Main. To head north just catch the bus on St. Laurent — to head south catch it on St. Urbain (one block west of St. Laurent).
EATING ON THE MAIN
MONTRÉAL POOL ROOM
Fast-food institution and across the road from notorious show bar, Café Cléopatra - $
1217 St. Laurent
7/7 – 10pm-4am
Impossible to be disappointed- $$$
1595 St. Laurent
LUNCH / MON-FRI: 1:30pm-2:30pm – EVENING / MON-SUN: 5:30pm-11pm
Excellent cocktails, snacks and ambiance - $$
3581 St. Laurent
MON-FRI: 11am-2:30pm — 5pm-3am — SAT&SUN: 11am-3am
Real meat! Real burgers! - $
SUN-WED: 11:30am-12am - THUR-SAT : 11:30am-4am
BOMBAY MAHAL EXPRESS
Indian food + delivery service - $
3681 St. Laurent
MON-WED: 11am-10pm – FRI-SUN: 11am-11pm – SUN: 12pm-10pm
BIG IN JAPAN
Japanese fusions – intimate ambiance- $$$
3723 St. Laurent
MON-WED: 11am-3am – SAT-SUN: 4pm-3am
Smoked meat Paradise - $
3895 St. Laurent
SUN-THU: 8am-0:30am - FRI: 8am-1:30am - SAT: 8:30am-2:30am
Excellent music, ambiance and food, and a community meeting place for 15 years - $$
4040 St. Laurent
MON-THU : 8:30am-2am – FRI : 8:30am-3am – SAT : 9am-3am – SUN : 9am-2am.
The kitchen closes depending on how busy things are, but expect to eat until 2am during weekends!
Bread, sandwich and coffee. Their aim: the best bread in MTL - $
4524 St. Laurent
Vegan cuisine, juice bar + express service - $
4631 St. Laurent
MON-FRI: 11am-11pm – SAT&SUN: 10am-11pm
LE COMPTOIR CHARCUTERIES ET VINS
Outstanding quebecois food – very convenient with a late night kitchen - $$
LUNCH: TUE-FRI&SUN: 10:30am-2pm - EVENING 7/7 : 5pm-12am
Café, food, music and art - $
5490 St. Laurent
MON: 6pm-12am – TUE-FRI: 9am-1am – SAT: 10:30am-1am – SUN: 10:30am –12am
SHOPPING ON THE MAIN
Vintage clothing institution
2015 St. Laurent
Urban art gallery
3523 St. Laurent
MON-FRI: 9am-7pm – SAT: 12pm-5pm
Lovely jewels, with a made in MTL focus
3762 St. Laurent
Musical instruments shop with great selection of machines and synths
3828 St. Laurent
MON-WED: 10am-6pm – THU&FRI: 10am-9pm – SAT: 11am-6pm – SUN: 12pm-5pm
I B I K I
4357 St. Laurent
MON-WED: 12pm-7pm – THU&FRI: 12pm-9pm- SAT&SUN: 12pm-5pm
V de V
Vintage furniture and design shop\
5042 St. Laurent
MON-WED: 10am-6pm – THU&FRI: 10am-9pm – SAT:10am-5:30pm – SUN: 10am-5pm
LA FIN DU VINYLE / THE DEATH OF VINYL
Catacombs record shop
6307 St. Laurent
MON-WED: 11am-7pm – THU&FRI: 11am-9pm– SAT:12pm-6pm – SUN:12pm-5pm
EAST OF THE MAIN
LAFONTAINE PARK AND THE PLATEAU
While the early hours of the morning either mean you're going to bed or just starting a new day, Lafontaine Park the place to go for a piknic, a post EM15 bbq, or just simply for a walk along its pond’s shores. Heading north will bring you to the heart of the Plateau, an increasingly exclusive neighbourhood in the centre of the city. It’s the ideal area for window-shopping, taking a coffee break or checking all the latest fashion trends on parade.
EATING ON THE PLATEAU
Poutine palace, so many kinds
994 Rachel East
7/7 – 24h/24h
Quintessential Portuguese chicken - $
115 Rachel East
MON-WED: 6:30am-9pm – THU&FRI: 7am-10pm – SAT&SUN: 7am-9pm
AU PIED DE COCHON
Only for the strong: pork, pork, foie gras and maple syrup! - $$$
536 Duluth East
A best kept secret - $$$
4475 St. Denis
TUE-WED: 5:30pm-10pm – THU&FRI: 11:30am-2pm + 5:30pm-11pm – SAT: 5:30pm-11pm
Vegetarian Thaï - $
4088 St. Denis
TUE-SAT: 11am-2pm — 5pm-11pm
SHOPPING ON THE PLATEAU
1373 Mont-Royal East
MON-WED: 10am-7pm – THU&FRI: 10am-9pm – SAT&SUN: 10am-6pm
506 Rachel East
SAT-WED: 11am-6pm – THU&FRI: 11am-9pm
WEST OF THE MAIN
MOUNT ROYAL PARK
It's our own Central Park, and co-designed by the same landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. It’s at the top of the “mountain” that you will enjoy the very best views of Montréal. While walking up there will definitely burn some calories, the other option would be the number 11 bus - Montagne Direction West, which you can catch at the corner of St. Laurent and Mont-Royal.
SOUTH OF THE MAIN
Established in the mid 1800s by Chinese immigrants working in the mines and railroads, today the neighbourhood continues to be the centre of the Chinese community, which celebrates many of its traditional holidays and festivals here. From natural medicines and great tea shops, the food is also varied and cheap! Plus very close to all the EM15 venues. (Though you should also check out Chinatown 2, located west along St. Catherine, around St. Mathieu).
EATING IN CHINATOWN
MAISON KIM FUNG
Dim Sum specialist - $$
1111 St. Urbain
7/7 – 7am-3pm & 4:30pm-10pm
Home made noodles, super fast service - $
1018 St. Urbain
7/7 – 11am-10pm
MAI XIANG YUAN
Craziest dumplings - $
1084 St. Laurent
7/7 – 11am – 9pm
Perfect Japanese soup - $$
1007 St. Laurent
7/7 – 11am-10pm
Excellent vietnamese- $
1086 St. Laurent
One of the best Korean bibimbaps going - $
1021 Boulevard St. Laurent
PENG CHENG FOOT MASSAGE
Affordable foot relief!
1065C St. Laurent
Tiny dynamic Japanese bistro. Outstanding food. Expect a lineup but so worth it - $$$
1862 St. Catherine West
Real soup dumplings, tremendous cold spicy noodle dishes - very affordable - $
Considered the trendiest neighbourhood in town, and often compared to Williamsburg in Brooklyn, it’s home to world famous musicians, artists, and independent galleries and shops, not to mention some of the best ethnic and new creative food cultures.
TIP: The 80 Bus on Parc goes north to south every 10 minutes. To head north, catch it at the exit of Place des Arts metro on President Kennedy Avenue. Wait on Parc Avenue, pointing south to come back to EM15, and get off once you arrive at Place des Arts metro. At night the Bus changes to 365 Parc. Same route.
EATING IN THE MILE END
Best tartare in MTL – raw bar - $$$
MON-WED: 5pm-10:30pm – THU-SAT: 5pm-11:30pm
LA BUVETTE CHEZ SIMONE
What a buvette! Curated and accessible wine list - $$$
DIEU DU CIEL
Micro-brewery - $
29 Laurier West
FRI-SUN – 1pm-3pm – MON-THU: 3pm-3am
Donut and coffee - $
MON-THU: 9am-6pm – FRI-SUN: 9am-9pm
Amazing tapas, infamous and amazing live venue - $
4848 St. Laurent
DIM-JEU : 17h00-23h00 – VEN-SAM : 17h00-00h00
Deluxe casse-croute - $$
281 Bernard West
TUE&WED: 11am-3pm + 5:30pm-12am – THU-SAT: 11am-3pm + 5:30pm-3am
LA PANTHÈRE VERTE
Vegan – organic– falafel paradise - $
66 St. Viateur
MON-SAT : 11am-10pm – SUN: 11am-9pm
For bagels just check St. Viateur or Fairmount streets
SHOPPING IN THE MILE END
DRAWN & QUARTERLY
Book store, comic books specialist, the kind a shop where you want to buy every single item!
211 Bernard West
207 Bernard West
MON-SAT: 11am-5pm – SUN: 12pm-6pm
260 Bernard West
MON-WED: 10am-7pm – THU&FRI: 10am-9pm – SAT: 11am-6pm – SUN: 12pm-6pm
Female fashion, from Montreal designers and elsewhere.
54 St. Viateur West
MON-WED: 11am-6pm – THU&FRI: 11am-8pm – SAT&SUN: 11am-5pm
MUST SEE IN THE MILE END
Artist centre specializing in creation, research, distribution and education of art prints.
5445 de Gaspé #105
Local gallery and curio shop
5478 St. Laurent
WED: 12pm-6pm — THU&FRI: 12pm-8pm — SAT&SUN: 12pm - 5pm
Historically charged, Old Montréal may be the ancient soul of the city, but it has developed into a high end district for food, fashion and nightlife. From the avant-garde aesthetic offered by the free contemporary art gallery DHC/ART, and its sister complex Phi Centre, to internationally renowned restaurants, the old port makes for evocative strolls by day with opportunities to enjoy the waterfront, cafés and shops, and haunted adventures by night.
EATING IN OLD MONTRÉAL
Brunch, lunch, take out and gourmet foods for sale - $$$
MON-FRI : 7am-7pm – SAT-SIM : 9am-4pm
OLIVE & GOURMANDO
Simply perfect for an afternoon snack - $
351 St. Paul West
To treat yourself - $$$$
426 St. Gabriel
TUE&WED: 6pm-10pm– THU&VFRI: 11:30am-2:30pm + 6pm-11pm – SAT: 6pm-11pm
Delicious lunch box- $$-$$$
33 Notre-Dame West
MON-FRI : 8am-4h30pm
The real italian pizza - $$$
105 St. Paul West
MON-FRI: 11:30am-2pm + 5pm-12am – SAT-SUN: 5pm-12am
SHOPPING IN THE OLD MONTRÉAL
Gallery and shop, with a lot of made in MTL
410 St. Pierre
7/7 – 12pm-6pm
Male and Female designer labels
231 St. Paul West / suite 100
MON-WED: 11am-6pm – THU&FRI: 11am-8pm – SAT: 10am-6pm – SUN: 12pm-6pm
Men's and Women’s fashion labels
395 Notre-Dame West / Nº 101
MON-WED: 11:30am-6pm – THU&FRI: 11:30am-8pm – SAT&SUN: 12pm-5pm
MUST SEE IN OLD MONTRÉAL
Free contemporary art foundation: worth a visit for the Chapman Brothers exhibit
51 St. Jean
WED-FRI : 12pm- 7pm – SAT-SUN : 11am-6pm
A gathering place for art and the EM15 by day venue
407 St. Pierre
A master piece of the architect Moshe Safdie – Must see !
2600 Pierre-Dupuy Ave.
TIPS AND TRICKS
Be wise and reserve a table at the restaurant of your choice the day before you want to go.
It is common to add a 15% gratuity on top of the bill, calculated before taxes.
BIXI PUBLIC BIKE SYSTEM:
BIXI is Montréal’s public bike system. Accessible to everyone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
24H ACCESS: $7 CAD
72H ACCESS: $15 CAD
You have the right to an unlimited number of trips in a 24 or 72-hour period. For each trip, the first 30 minutes are included. Usage fees will be charged for longer trips.
Visit https://bixi.com/ride-with-bixi/functioning to learn more about BIXI
Download the free BIXI application to locate BIXI stations all over the city
STM PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
You can easily move around Montréal by using public transportation. Metro stations are also renowned for their various designs, many of them dating to the Expo67 era.
There is affordable bus service from the airport to the city centre: Take the 747 bus - Airport P.-E. Trudeau – $10 CAD.
Visit http://www.stm.info/en for bus and metro schedules.
Download the free STM application to plan your travels around the city.
TAXI: HAILO APPLICATION
The free application HAILO is a simple, practical and affordable way to reserve a licensed taxi with your smartphone. You can order a taxi with two clicks and then follow in real time, the car’s trajectory. The passenger only pays the fare shown on the meter, using either cash or credit card (MasterCard, Visa or American Express), with no additional or hidden fees. It’s also possible to pay directly with a smartphone by adding card details in the ‘account’ section. A receipt is sent by email. Debit cards are not accepted.
For more information about HAILO, visit https://hailocab.com/montreal/en