Even if you are not a design lover but you are just visiting Canada for its glorious landscapes, passing through Québec, you can’t miss Montreal, designated as “city of design” by UNESCO in 2006. Like the organization said: “It became the first North American city to dedicated completely to bring awareness to good design”. That’s the reason way we can’t really miss the opportunity to describe all the juicy stuff you can find in Montreal in our MONTREAL DESIGN GUIDE 2019: from the impressive colorful street arts that adorn buildings and street to the Art Deco building that fascinate us. Let’s begin!
WHERE TO STAY
THE FAIRMONT QUEEN ELIZABETH
The largest hotel in Montreal, The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth opened its door in 1956 and had been welcoming visitors since then. With over 950 rooms and suites, you can surely find your space, from the sophisticated Nacarat bar, the perfect choice to relax a bit, to the Marché Artisan, a gourmet personal pantry from where you could choose your next meal based on sustainability and attention to the local community.
HOTEL CHEZ SWANN
If you are searching for a more diverse experience, the Hotel Chez Swann might be the perfect answer for you! Different but certainly more unique, this hotel offers fewer rooms than the others but every one of them had been commissioned from local artisan: this way you can fully appreciate the Montreal design scene to the fullest. The bright colors and modern decorations, together with the numerous art events that take place here, could really inspire your stay in the city.
Location: 1444 rue Drummond Montreal, QC.
WHERE TO EAT
If you are ready to completely immerse yourself in a unique experience, you must try the Foodlab for sure! Not only a culinary experience but also an artistic one: located inside the Société des Arts Technologiques, it’s the obvious choice for the local artists and designers passing by. The cuisine, redefined by the chef Timothy Vielajus, chose the motto “from the earth to the table” to give attention to the responsible role taken by the gastronomic scenery. Do we need to say more?
WHAT TO SEE
It’s the only environment museum in North American so it deserves surely a visit. From interactive exhibitions to guided activities, the museum purpose is to raise awareness to most pressing issues of our world, such as the environment and the actions that we must take to increase awareness to the problematic and to search for solutions. We are sold!
It seems like a common link in Montreal but you can understand the social impact that designers and artists’ work try to have on society. Never Apart tries to engage the visitors with exhibitions, installations and panel discussions, always toward a better change.
LAMBERT ET FILS DESIGN STORE
This store deserves a visit just for their creative objects, a perfect mix of lighting and sculpture into urbane design products. Classic pieces with a modern twist that will grab your attention, for sure! If you liked this Montreal Design Guide, check other city guides for more inspiration!