Top Montreal Instagram Hot Spots and Photography Tips (#1,3,11, & 17 are the BEST!)

Top Montreal Instagram Hot Spots and Photography Tips (#1,3,11, & 17 are the BEST!)

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Consider Montreal one of the top Instagram cities in North America!

Montreal, Canada, is one of the hottest destinations in North America for a reason! One of the oldest cities, Montreal is full of gorgeous, European-inspired architecture, incredible food, and international citizens demanding modern art and fashion. It’s one of our favorite cities in the world, and should be yours, too.

We’ve lived in Montreal for three months and found some of our favorite things to do and places to eat based on searching Instagram. The social networking site has become more than just a virtual photo book, it’s also a treasure trove of great ideas. Scroll through Montreal accounts and hashtags to be inspired by what other creative tourists and citizens are doing!

Of course you’ll want to publicize your incredible trip, too. Capturing the unique and vibrant lifestyle of Montreal is easy! There is so much beauty everywhere you go, your camera will stay out the entire time.

Here are our top photography tips and Instagram locations to remember your amazing trip to Montreal forever!

Montreal Instagram Photography Tips:

Before we get started with Montreal’s best Instagram spots, here are some important photography tips to keep in mind to get the best pictures ever. 

1. Follow (and tag!) these accounts for extra Instagram inspiration:

  • @Montreal (Tourisme Montreal office)
  • @Montreal_Gallery
  • @LiveMontreal
  • Follow (and use!) these hashtags: #Montreal, #MTL, #514, #MTLmoments

2. Avoid the crowds

Not only is Montreal home to around 2 million people, it’s also full of tourists at any given point. A lot of people can ruin any Instagram shot, so if you’re interested in GREAT photos consider heading out at crazy hours to avoid the crowds. The city starts to wake up between 7:00 am – 8:00 am, so an early start will avoid the most people and get amazing early morning light. Win win!

3. Consider your surroundings & dress the part

Montreal may not be considered the fashion capitol New York is, but TRUST ME, the fashion game here is STRONG! Up your photos by looking the part. Dress in modern trends instead of yoga pants and sweatshirt to make your Insta pics stand out.

Better yet, make those duds colorful. The architecture and general vibe of Montreal streets is monotone stone amped up with some of the most talented street art in the world. Contrast your surroundings by wearing something simple and colorful to really stand out.  (Don’t forget to do your hair and bring accessories! A floppy hat or helium balloon can make a huge difference!) 

4. Don’t get in the locals’ way

Montrealers are fast-paced people who do not appreciate being slowed down. Plan your photo shoots in advance by using our location guide and head out before the crowds so you don’t impose on too many people. They see Instagrammers all the time, and have little patience for these people getting in the way of their daily routine.

That being said, if you need help ask! Montrealers are also incredibly fun and kind and will help you if you politely (and quickly) ask for help. For instance, I really wanted to capture the picture shown as #2 below. I knew the photo was taken somewhere above the famous 18 Shades of Gay ball strings on St. Catherine Street, but I had no idea how to get to whatever platform or patio it was taken from. I stepped into a local restaurant, waited for a server to be free, then showed her the picture and asked where it was from. She asked her coworker and then gave me perfect instructions for how to find the platform.

The whole exchange took around 4 minutes (including the time I waited to approach) and was easy peasy! She was happy to help and I didn’t impose on her kindness. That’s how it should be.

 

5. Take pictures at night

Not very familiar or comfortable with night time photography and modeling? Time to learn a new skill!

As you can see from these Instagram locations, a lot of gorgeous shots are taken at night. Montreal is a historical city with modern vibes, and they use lights to bring their classic architecture into the 21st century. You’ll find the most prominent landmarks (especially between the Basilica and Old Port) lighted up in multiple colors by dusk. It’s gorgeous!

 

The Top 21 Montreal Instagram Spots

I had so much fun researching this!! Montreal is absolutely gorgeous. You’ll love all of the fun things to do and photography opportunities by going to these Instagram spots!

 

1. Gibeau Orange Julep

Plus, they have the best “orange latte” (orange juice blended with milk, I think?) you’ll ever drink. Seriously amazing. 

 

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2. Aires Libres

St. Catherine Street, Montreal’s Gay District, is full of color and amazing Instagram opportunities!

 

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3. Saint-Louis Square

These multi-colored triplex homes are the quintessential dwelling of Montreal.

 

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4. Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montreal

Can you even believe this fountain?! Gaw!

 

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5. Village au Pied-du-Courant

 

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6. “Source” by Jaume Plensa

This statue is new and turning a lot of heads. Get a snap at dusk or dawn, like this one, to best show the detail.

 

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7. Marche Maisonneuve

 

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8. Bota Bota Montreal

 

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9. Cirque du Soleil Tent, Old Port

Did you know Cirque du Soleil is originally from Montreal? The tent is up at the Old Port permanently. Get this pic by heading over early and asking the security guards to allow you beyond the street barrier for a quick pic. They’ll happily give you a couple of minutes before asking you to leave.

 

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10. Corner of Ave de l’Hotel-de-Ville & Ave Viger East

This street art exhibit is down from the walking plaza and right beside a green space and subway station.

 

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11. St. Viateur Bagels, Mile End Location

Mile End and St. Viateur Bagels are both legendary. Find this giant mural in the alley across the street from the bagel shop.

 

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12. Libres Aires, St. Catherine Street

Find this outdoor museum right beside the 18 Shades of Gay viewing platform! (#2)

 

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13. Notre Dame Basilica

The Basilica is tres famous. You pay a few dollars to enter, but this gorgeous stained glass is worth it!

 

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14. Old Port Ferris Wheel

There is SO MUCH you can do with this ferris wheel as your backgrop. Check out their geotag on Instgram to see the creative ways people incorporate the ferris wheel into their photos!

 

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15.  Marche Atwater

Atwater is one of the most popular fresh markets in Montreal. Head here for an afternoon of shopping from local vendors and tons of photo ops! It’s also right beside the Lachine Canal… (#16)

 

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16. Swan Boats on the Lachine Canal

Head to the boat and canoe rental station across the foot bridge from Marche Atwater (#15) to rent one of these beautiful boats!

 

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16. Mont Royal Lookout

The base of Montreal’s namesake, Mount Royal, has a gorgeous statue. Stop for pics there first, then take the path to the top (about 45 minutes) to reach a lookout over the entire city.

 

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17. Olympic Stadium

Olympic Plaza is HUGE! It’s a complex full of interesting buildings. Walk around the entire campus to find lots of nooks and crannies for pictures!

 

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18. Old Port Montreal

Old Port. There’s so much. Just go. It’s magic.

 

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19. Botanical Garden

This tulip field isn’t found year-round, but you get the idea! Frollick around for great pics!

 

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20. Brasserie Dieu du Ciel

Can you believe this is outside a restaurant? I can just imagine a fancy dress flowing near these industrial pipes for a high-end fashion shoot!

 

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21. Biosphere

The biosphere was origially built in 1967 when Montreal hosted the World’s Fair. It’s stood the test of time and is now one of North America’s only environmental museums! Spend an afternoon at the incredible park around the Biosphere, then get amazing pics with the geodesic building.

 

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Are you convinced that Montreal is one of the most interesting and Inst-worthy cities in the world? Gah, I would live here forever if I could handle the cold AT ALL!

 

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