Relative to its other Canadian city counterparts, Montreal is an Instagram gold mine.
Around almost every corner there is an interesting building to photograph, always another beautiful meal to eat (and take a snap of before doing so!), as well as plenty of magical moments to capture. There are some things that Montreal just does really, really well, especially where aesthetics are concerned. Here are the top 10 photo opportunities to add to the ‘gram and step up your Insta feed if you find yourself in Montreal. Also be sure to read to the end where you’ll get the full Instagram Guide to Montreal interactive map, with all these photo ops and more!
Brunch is an event of epic proportions in Montreal. Seriously, I wish every meal in Montreal could just be brunch. Here are a few places that do it really well and are super photogenic!
Cafe Melbourne – for the pretty plates and cool insta-worthy options.
LOV Restaurant – for the dreamy interiors, vegetarian brunch, and all around great addition to any feed.
2. Old Montreal Photo Ops
Walk down almost any street in Montreal’s Old Port area and you will feel like you are instantly transported back to Europe. Visiting Montreal relieves me of my constant desire to jump on the next plane overseas (read about why here.) There are some streets and alleys in particular that lend themselves well to be photographed, and they are:
Rue St Paul Est – for the stone buildings facades
Rue Saint Gabriel – a cobblestone street has a couple quaint buildings, and a wide birth to capture them from.
3. Hôtel William Gray Rooftop (and Interiors!)
Hotel William Gray is THE place to stay in Montreal. Not only located in the best possible spot in Old Montreal, every single corner of this place is swoon-worthy. If you’re not staying at the hotel, then you can visit the rooftop and enjoy sunset drinks while snapping away with the city’s skyline as your backdrop!
This adorable little flower store is adorned with cascading pots of flowers dotted with these white bird cages going all the way up the building’s front facade. You kind of just have to see it for yourself. Located in the Mile End neighbourhood, there’s plenty else around there to make the trip a bit north worth it
I won’t lie, I visited this spa solely to be able to sit in the treatment waiting area. I think you’ll understand as soon as you see the magazine-worthy boho vibes of this space. (Secret tip: if you don’t have time for a treatment, then you can order a drink from the spa’s cafe, and politely ask to drink it in the waiting area around the corner.)
6. Cafe Hopping
Tommy Cafe – for the all-white interiors, stunning architectural elements, and hanging plants to accompany your latte and pastry all upon marble tabletops.
Crew Collective Cafe – the most awe-inspiring space that was once a bank has been converted into a cafe and coworking space that will make you want to work in it all day long. Or just stay for a latter or light lunch.
Cafe Osmo – for the cool concrete interiors (it is semi-underground afterall) and iced lattes.
7. Saint-Louis Square
This square features a park surrounded by heritage buildings with candy-coloured trim and more Instagram-worthy spots within a one-block radius than you can post in a week. It’s been named “the closest thing to a European neighbourhood square you’ll find this side of the Atlantic.,” according to Project Public Spaces and I couldn’t agree more.
8. Farine Five Roses (+ waterfront bike path)
This old flour factory has long been an iconic become along Montreal’s skyline. The perfect way to get there is to hop on one of the Bixi bike shares in the centre of town and cycle along the waterfront path until you reach it. The best time to see is is at sunset, as the illuminated sign contrasts the darkening sky. Be sure to continue along the waterfront path, as it is one of the the best bike paths I have ever rode on anywhere in the world!
9. Palais des Congrès de Montréal
You either love or hate the bright rainbow glazed facade of this infamous downtown landmark building. Regardless of opposing opinions on the architectural value of it, I think we can all agree that it makes for a coloured backdrop – both indoors and outside of it.
10. Bota Bota Spa
This “spa on the water” is exactly that – a series of water-related basins, rooms and activities that are worth circulating through weather it’s in the heat of the summer or the dead of winter. On top of offering a variety of spa treaments and packages, you can also opt to just get a water circuit pass and dip in and out of the nordic baths, saunas, steam baths, hottubs, cold plunge basin and outdoor pools.