Artsy And Beautiful Plateau Mont-Royal – In Photos

Ask any of the local Instagrammers where there favourite place in Montreal is, chances are it will be somewhere on Plateau Mont-Royal. Old-Montreal would be a close second, with its historic buildings and cobblestone streets; but Plateau Mont-Royal represents what it’s like to live in Montreal, and is home to so many of the city’s icons, like the twirling staircases, the hip coffeeshops, and the colourful facades.

It’s a popularity contest others neighbourhoods will always lose, for Plateau Mont-Royal has everything, and in spades. Character, architecture, colours, and angles. What more could a photographer want?

I lived in the area for almost ten years (I only left because it got too expensive, not because I had outgrown it, I assure you); therefore, I have a LOT of pictures of Plateau Mont-Royal. If you ever visit this area – which I strongly recommend you do – and you see a blonde girl frantically snapping away facades and staircases, come say hi, it’s probably me!

Plateau Mont-Royal – In Photos

The three photos below were taken on many different streets in the Mile End area of Plateau Mont-Royal, mostly on Hutchison and Durocher. This was an impromptu photo trip while I was waiting to meet with a friend at nearby Croissanterie Figaro. That’s Montreal for you – brunch with a side of colourful facades.

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Not to be outdone, the eastern part of Plateau Mont-Royal along Avenue Laurier is just as picturesque and has the benefit of having a more local atmosphere to it. Few tourists venture out in the area, preferring to stick to busy Avenue du Mont-Royal and the hipper western part. All the more room for me ♥

plateau mont-royalMy favourite ice cream shop: Bo-Bec, 1300 Avenue Laurier Est
plateau mont-royalThe street I used to live on, Avenue des Érables

plateau mont-royalThe colourful Montréal Café, 1546 Avenue Laurier Est

plateau mont-royalAvenue Christophe-Colomb

plateau mont-royalRue Saint-André

plateau mont-royalRue Duluth

plateau mont-royalRue Prince-Arthur Est

plateau mont-royalAvenue Henri-Julien, just north of Rue Villeneuve

plateau mont-royalAvenue des Érables

plateau mont-royalBoulevard Saint-Laurent

plateau mont-royalRue Drolet

plateau mont-royalRue Drolet
plateau mont-royalRue de l’Hôtel de Ville

If I had to pick only one photogenic area, and there are way too many for this to ever happen, I would probably choose the stretch of Avenue Laval between Square St-Louis and Avenue du Mont-Royal. Why? See for yourself.

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Plateau Mont-Royal: Favourite Locations for Photography

  • Rue Drolet and Avenue Laval between Avenue du Mont-Royal and Square Saint-Louis
  • Rue Rivard, Rue Garnier, and Rue de Lanaudière between Avenue Laurier and Rue Rachel
  • Streets surrounding Square St-Louis
  • The leafy alleys of Parc Lafontaine and Parc Laurier
  • Église Saint-Enfant-Jésus du Mile End flanked by Parc Lahaie

Plateau Mont-Royal: Additional Reading

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27 Comments on Artsy And Beautiful Plateau Mont-Royal – In Photos

  1. kami
    September 3, 2014 at 10:14 am (4 years ago)

    I loved this place!!! Plateau was my favourite place when I visited Montreal last year and I just wish I could have spent more time wandering aimlessly around! These pictures make me miss it big time! Guess I need to think of revisiting :)

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      September 30, 2014 at 9:23 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes you must, Kami! Plateau Mont-Royal deserves at least a full day, if not two!

  2. Elaine
    September 3, 2014 at 12:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this place!!! Great picts :-)

  3. Jean-Thomas
    September 3, 2014 at 4:03 pm (4 years ago)

    Quelles belles photos. J’adore la première avec la dame sur le mur! Où se trouve-t-elle?

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      September 30, 2014 at 9:22 pm (4 years ago)

      C’est au coin de la rue Hôtel-de-Ville et Villeneuve.

  4. Glenny
    September 5, 2014 at 1:53 pm (4 years ago)

    thank you for posting this! i’m gonna be in montreal this coming sunday! :)

  5. Emily
    September 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful photos! It’s been a couple years since I’ve been to Montreal, and that was in February! I need to go back in the Spring/Summer!

  6. Alison (See My Travels)
    September 10, 2014 at 4:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Montreal is such a beautiful city to just wander around. I remember visiting a couple of years back and being transfixed by the houses with spiral staircases, decorative window frames and lots of cute bicycles! I want to go back :-)

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      September 30, 2014 at 9:18 pm (4 years ago)

      Wandering off in Plateau Mont-Royal looking at houses is one of my favorite things to do ever! :)

  7. Shekoufeh
    September 19, 2014 at 1:12 am (4 years ago)

    I love your pictures and blog. I am planning to visit Montreal in Oct. I booked mark few pages of your blog for what to eat and do in Montreal!

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      September 30, 2014 at 9:16 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks for your kind words Shekoufeh! Have a great trip :-)

  8. Wandering Carol
    October 1, 2014 at 9:36 am (4 years ago)

    Truly lovely photos. You show the neighbourhood to perfection.

  9. Charles McCool
    October 13, 2014 at 11:12 pm (4 years ago)

    I was lucky to stay at a Mont-Royal apartment this summer. Lots of walking around Plateau and surrounding neighborhoods. Beautiful area.

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      October 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm (4 years ago)

      It really is. I always recommend staying in Plateau, such a nice place to be based.

  10. Arnette
    March 2, 2016 at 2:17 pm (3 years ago)

    Great post. I remember walking around the Plateau every day when I worked at Vice years ago. Thanks for sharing

    • Marie-Eve
      March 5, 2016 at 3:21 pm (3 years ago)

      Wonderful! Plateau is a lovely area to stroll in.

    • Marie-Eve
      March 11, 2016 at 11:12 am (3 years ago)

      It’s my favourite neighbourhood for a reason! :)

  11. Augustus Delosangeles
    March 12, 2016 at 11:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Mile End is a stylish, yet casual Montréal neighborhood. It’s also a dynamic community that could be used as a metaphor for our human possibility. That’s deep, no?

  12. Kathryn
    May 6, 2016 at 9:33 pm (3 years ago)

    Im heading to Montreal in 5weeks!!! The apartment we are staying in is in downtown plateau, so these pics are getting me even more excited :D. Cant wait!

    • Marie-Eve
      May 9, 2016 at 9:36 am (3 years ago)

      Enjoy your trip and welcome to Montreal!

  13. Carla
    April 5, 2017 at 6:01 am (2 years ago)

    I’ve just discovered your web page and I’m so sad I didn’t knew about it before, since I’m flying to Montreal, Quebec and Toronto in 2 days and I barely have time to read everything… Anyway, I’m gonna write down all the main info and I’m sure I will enjoy your city at its best!!
    PS: Good to know you love Europe, we do have a lot to offer!
    PS2: Love your webpage, and will continue browsing through it after my Canadian trip!
    Carla (Madrid)

    • Marie-Eve
      April 26, 2017 at 5:37 pm (2 years ago)

      Hope you liked your trip!


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