We stayed far from this quarter, and only crossed it twice by car. Enough to make a decision: next time in Montreal it will have its own day.
Traditional architecture, and the mixture of styles and nationalities, turn it in something we shouldn't miss . But we did!
(I think that if Fernanda knew about its shops we would have found a way...)
If you're on the Main right by the Plateau area, you should definetly swing by Orchid Nightclub. It's located right on 3556 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, corner Prince Arthur. It's the largest hip hop and r'n'b club in the area. As well, it's got a beautiful and diversified crowd on Fridays & Saturdays. In fact, Orchid nightclub has been voted as one of the top 3 nightclubs in Montreal by the Montreal's Mirror "Best of Montreal Reader's Poll 2006".
The nightclub is very well decorated with plenty of lounge spaces. Its complemented by 5 bars scattered around the club. For those who just want to dance, we have a 5,000 sq. feet dance floor that is located right in the middle of the venue, as well as a 30,000 watt sound system that is virtually in sync with our intelligent light show.
Usually there's a 10$ cover charge but you can contact us to get on to the guestlist that allows you and your guests to enter cover FREE. Just contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a ring at 514-889-6589 (Daniel) / 514-583-6423 (Phil). For more information, visit us at: www.dp514.com & www.orchidnightclub.com
it's often said that there are 2 very different mindsets in montreal. st-viateur vs. fairmont, cresent st. and bishop vs. st-laurent and st-denis...
in the plateau, you'll find that everything leans a little to the left. if you're looking for a cool place to people watch, shop, eat or go out to a pub or bar, this is the place for you. plateau-ers tend to live eat and breathe the area..which is considerably large. it's less touristy and i think, a little more authentic Montreal-art a la hipster.
if you're looking to just dip your toe in the area, get off at sherbrooke metro, walk through carre st-louis down prince arthur and up st-laurent until you get to mont-royal and walk along mont-royal until you're too tired to walk any more.
you can also walk up st-denis to mont-royal and do the same. or walk down rachel E in between all with great restaurants, shops and bars in between.
of noteworthy character:
-meow on mont-royal for a customized t-shirt
-oh la la for inexpensive clubwear and 15$ ballet flats on st-laurent near prince arthur or mont-royal near the metro heading further east
-zone for unique home items on st-denis (last item purchased: 9$ cast iron song bird hooks for coat hanging)
-pitarific on rachel and st-laurent for the best tzaziki and souvlaki pita you'll ever have in your life (really, you'll thank me)
-the button store way up on st-denis about 6 or seven blocks from mont-royal ( i bought day of the dead and astroboy buttons here super cheap.)
-lustre on st-laurent for a girly one of a kind souvenir
-billy kun bar for the ostrich heads on the wall and chill ambience on mont-royal
-the two stores owned by the same people on the corner of prince arthur and st-laurent near clark st. (the names escape me, but they have a really good selection of choice indie-hipster clothing)
- the montreal fashion student showcase thingy store (again, can't remember the name) on ave des pins and st-laurent for montreal fashion and canadian of the moment cult brands. great shoes and purses and fantastic!!!! jewelry.
-multi-mag on st-laurent and prince arthur for your international magazine fix. they sell hard to find international art, photography and fashion magazines like GUP, PDN, applied art, Venus magazine and Paste. if you can't find it in this location, it's probably not avaiable in montreal.
- coupe bizarre for the best 50 bucks you'll ever spend on a funky hair cut. (they give discounts to students if you show id)
- the great store on rachel est with the colored glass doorknobs and imported throws. it's near st-denis and the name once again escapes me, but if you're comming from st-laurent towards st-denis, it's on the left side of the street.
where else can you find a huge black faux leather hobo big enough to fit a small child in *and* a wrought iron vanity tray with black and white bird and insect motif a la anthropologie store with glass insert all for 30 dollars? nowhere, i tell you.
plan a day to explore the plateau. if you feel adventurous, it takes about 45 minutes by way of mont-royal to parc to sherbrooke or st-catherine depending on where you're staying to walk back towards downtown. remember to walk downhill on your way back and you'll be fine.
The Plateau neighboorhood has so much to offer, not only terrific shopping and restaurants but also many interesting things to see. Unique building murals, window shopping, people watching, street musicians, and more liven the streets!
Ceramic Cafe Studio a cafe with an artistic twist.
Enjoy a delicious coffee or bite to eat while working on creating your own ceramic or glass dishware.
Paint anything from plates to teapots to bowls for a couple of hours. You choose the colors and dont be worried you dont have to be an artist to succeed there. They will give you tips on how to paint. It is very easy and the time will fly without noticing.
Once you re done with your masterpiece, leave it at the cafe for glazing and pick it up few days later.
It makes for a great gift or ornament for your home.
ceramic Items range from: $3 to $15
You pay $10 for using the Paint and equipment for 3 hours.
+ whatever you eat there
Of course, one cannot leave Montréal before seeing 'Le Plateau', one of the 3 most best areas to live in North America... Oh well. This is where I was born and raiser and I moved out in 1998, since the rent went so high.
But I have to admit you'll find some nice pubs, restaurants and shops.
If you don't see this part of the city and one day meet someone that have seen Montreal, you will look silly.
It was made famous in the 70's by writters and artists but is still known to be a hangout of would-be-singers and writers. It's also the most popular neighbourghood in Montreal and a lot of peoples want to live there for the many stores, restaurants and bars like Eggspectations (great breakfast), El Zaziummm (tex-mex and great design), Chez Doval (portugese), Frites Alors (belgium, best fries in town), La Binerie Mont Royal (traditionnal quebecois home cooking), Pizzedelic (designer pizza), Toque (french, considered to be the best restaurant in the city), Balattou club (well known for the african music), Le Belmont (still very popular dance club), Le Passeport, Whisky Cafe, Cherrier cafe... Must see: Tam Tam on MontRoyal on sundays in the summer (spontaneous drum and percussion fest but don't go by car), Fairmount Bagel on Fairmount st (Great Great bagel like you've never tasted! opened 24/7 and the smell from the oven will drag you there!), Lafontaine Park (not to visit at night, but walking around during the day is very soothing!), Mount Royal st (between St-Denis and St-Laurent streets) for it's recycled clothes shop or east of St-Denis st for it's used record, books and CD stores and St-Hubert st (sherbrook and Mont-Royal) for it's great examples of typical old styles Montreal houses.
Mont Royal and the Plateau- the area, not the mountain.
Spend a day shopping and browsing throughout this area (Metro stop, Mont Royal, just get off and go!) It is full of outlet shopping and unique boutiques, especially vintage clothing. There are many restaurants and cafes around that are interesting, also at night. Try Avenue, (922, av Mont-Royal Est)a restaurant with a very chic look to it. The prices are reasonable and the ambiance is neat.