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Things to do in Downtown

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Downtown. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Downtown attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Downtown to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Downtown.

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  • Belgo Building

    Set on an otherwise unappealing stretch of Rue Sainte-Catherine, the industrial-looking Belgo Building is an inauspicious hub for the city’s contem... More
  • Boutique Andy Thê-Anh

    The Vietnam-born Andy Thê-Anh may be Quebec’s best women’s fashion designer—he’s certainly the city’s most polished. Down the stairs of his whitewa... More
  • Centre Cinéma Impérial

    Original Debut: Home to a fading vaudeville scene when it opened in 1913, the Imperial became a movie house in 1934 when it was leased to Léo-Ernes... More
  • Dominion Square Tavern

    From the same owners as Whiskey Café, Dominion Square Tavern serves a French-Canadian menu and house-made items by chef Érik Dupuis. The original c... More
  • Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

    Every year, during the first week of July, Montreal puts on this music celebration. Some acts have included Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon, and Mali's ... More
  • Holt Renfrew

    This serene, four-floor luxury department store, housed in a beautifully restored Art Deco building within the mansion-lined block known as the Gol... More
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal

    For a deeper look at Canadian art, don’t miss the Beaux-Arts museum in the heart of downtown’s Golden Square Mile. There is a small (but impressive... More

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