Instagram Guide to Montreal: Top 10 Photo Ops

Instagram Guide to Montreal

Instagram Guide to Montreal | What to Do in Montreal: Best Restaurants Cafes Spas and Things to See & Do in Montreal
Instagram Guide to Montreal | What to Do in Montreal: Best Restaurants Cafes Spas and Things to See & Do in Montreal
Instagram Guide to Montreal | What to Do in Montreal: Best Restaurants Cafes Spas and Things to See & Do in Montreal
Instagram Guide to Montreal | What to Do in Montreal: Best Restaurants Cafes Spas and Things to See & Do in Montreal
Instagram Guide to Montreal | What to Do in Montreal: Best Restaurants Cafes Spas and Things to See & Do in Montreal
Instagram Guide to Montreal | What to Do in Montreal: Best Restaurants Cafes Spas and Things to See & Do in Montreal

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!

1. Brunch

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.

Cafe Melbourne Brunch Instagram Guide to Montreal

 

LOV Restaurant – for the dreamy interiors, vegetarian brunch, and all around great addition to any feed.

LOV restaurant Montreal Guide

 

Other notable options include: Arthur’s Nosh Bar, Foiegwa, & Beauty’s Restaurant.

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

Instagram Weekend Guide to Montreal

Instagram Weekend Guide to Montreal

 

Rue Saint Éloi – this little alley is tucked away and well worth exploring.

Rue Saint Éloi Garde Manger Montreal

 

Rue Saint Gabriel – a cobblestone street has a couple quaint buildings, and a wide birth to capture them from.

Guide to Old Port Montreal

 

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!

Montreal Rooftop Bar Patios | Instagram Guide to Montreal - the best bars and restaurants

Montreal Rooftop Bar Patios | Instagram Guide to Montreal - the best bars and restaurants

 

4. Dragon Flowers Shop

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

Montreal Dragon Flower Shop with hanging bird cages | Instagram Guide to Montreal

 

5. Spa Espace Nomad

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.)

Spa Espace Nomad Montreal | Best Spas in Montreal & Most Instagram-Worthy spots in Montreal, Canada

 

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.

Tommy Cafe Montreal | Instagram Guide to Montreal: Best Cafes and Coffee Shops

Tommy Cafe Montreal | Instagram Guide to Montreal: Best Cafes and Coffee Shops

 

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.

Crew Collective Montreal Cafe | Best Cafes in Montreal

Crew Collective Montreal Cafe | Best Cafes in Montreal

 

Cafe Osmo – for the cool concrete interiors (it is semi-underground afterall) and iced lattes.

Cafe Odin Montreal Best Coffee Shops | Instagram Guide to Montreal

 

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.

Saint-Louis Square | Guide to Montreal

Saint-Louis Square Montreal Carre Saint-louis

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!

Montreal Farine Five Roses | Instagram Guide to Montreal

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.

Palais des Congrès de Montréal Rainbow Building

 

Palais des Congrès de Montréal Rainbow Building

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.

Bota Bota Spa MONTREAL | Architecture Guide to Montreal: Best Spas in Montreal

Bota Bota Spa MONTREAL | Architecture Guide to Montreal: Best Spas in Montreal

Bota Bota Spa MONTREAL | Architecture Guide to Montreal: Best Spas in Montreal

 

 

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'Instagram Guide to Montreal: Top 10 Photo Ops' has 1 comment

  1. September 13, 2017 @ 4:15 pm JOHN

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