Have fun

Mar. 8, 2024

9 fun activities to do downtown, rain or shine

Suggestions d'activités

Montreal’s weather can be unpredictable, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying it to its fullest. From a variety of artistic exhibits to culinary delights, charming cafes, and an underground pedestrian network stretching over 32 km, downtown Montreal is full of surprising discoveries, regardless of the weather. 

Here are 9 activity ideas to explore or re-discover the city center, regardless of the weather conditions.

Artistic Discovery in Downtown Museums

Nothing beats a cultural journey to enrich the mind. Downtown Montreal’s museums, such as the McCord Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MBAM), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC), offer a variety of exhibitions that captivate all lovers of visual arts

These spaces are filled with art ranging from ancient to modern. They offer exhibition types that appeal to everyone, both young and old. Visiting these museums is more than just an outing; it’s an opportunity to learn and marvel as a family, a chance for everyone to discover something unique.

A visit to the Belgo is also a must! A dozen art galleries and artists’ studios await your visit.

Musée McCord – 690 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (MBAM) – 1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Musée d’art contemporain (MAC) – Place Ville Marie – Niveau Galerie

Les Galeries d’art du Belgo – 372 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest

Le Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, un endroit à visiter par beau temps ou mauvais temps au centre-ville de Montréal
© Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

Adventure at Laser Game Evolution

For those seeking to add some action to their day, Laser Game Evolution provides a thrilling and interactive experience. Located in the heart of downtown on Sainte-Catherine Street, this gaming venue offers exciting challenges suitable for all ages. 

With its custom-designed labyrinths, light-based games, and cutting-edge equipment, Laser Game Evolution is the perfect spot for family outings, hanging out with friends, or even corporate events, offering a great way to actively have fun away from screens and daily routines.

1226 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest

Laser Game Evolution, un endroit à visiter par beau temps ou mauvais temps au centre-ville de Montréal
© Laser Game Evolution

Royal Tea at the Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton Montreal offers an elegant and refined experience with its famous afternoon tea. Since 1912, this iconic hotel has welcomed guests into its luxurious setting for a stylish tea break. 

Guests can indulge in a selection of exquisite teas, complemented by homemade sandwiches, fresh scones, and sweet treats prepared by the establishment’s pastry chef. 

The tea sessions, held daily between 11:30am and 3:30pm in one of the hotel’s beautiful rooms – The Palm Court – provide a moment of luxury and tradition, evoking the feel of English royalty right in the heart of Montreal.

1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Le Ritz-Carlton, un endroit à visiter par beau temps ou mauvais temps au centre-ville de Montréal
© Ritz-Carlton Montréal

Cosmic Mini-Golf at Putting Edge

For a fun family outing or a get-together with friends, Putting Edge offers an extraordinary mini-golf experience. Picture glow-in-the-dark courses immersing players in a world of vibrant colors and fantastical settings.

Ideal for laughter-filled moments and friendly competition, this recreational center is the perfect escape from the everyday routine, adding a colorful twist to your day.

1259 Rue Guy

Putting Edge, un endroit à visiter par beau temps ou mauvais temps au centre-ville de Montréal
© Putting Edge

Cozy Downtown Cafes

After a morning stroll or shopping spree, nothing beats a gourmet break in one of the many cafes the city center has to offer. 

Café Myriade, a pioneer of third-wave coffee in Montreal, is known for its artisanal approach and exceptional coffees.

1432 Rue Mackay

You can also visit Brûlerie Faro, which roasts its own coffee, offering a full range of gourmet, organic, and fair-trade coffees.

1444 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest

Shaughnessy Café, near Atwater metro, is another must-visit for lovers of warm, friendly places.

1455 Rue Lambert Closse

Want more suggestions? Check out our article 9 comforting downtown cafés to discover

Le café Shaughnessy, un endroit à visiter par beau temps ou mauvais temps au centre-ville de Montréal
© Café Shaughnessy

Downtown Arcade Entertainment

For video game enthusiasts, downtown Montreal is filled with arcades that offer endless fun and a chance to lose track of time!

Centre Playbox is a gamer’s paradise, boasting over 80 games ranging from the latest releases to classic favorites. It’s the perfect spot for a fun and competitive gaming experience.

705 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest (Eaton Centre)

Arkad Amusement offers a dive into the world of retro arcades, complete with virtual reality games and a vintage vibe. Something to satisfy both nostalgic gamers and new adventurers.

1386 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest

Claw Sur’prize is known for its claw machines, reward games, and a lively, colorful atmosphere, making it an ideal place for children and families.

1181 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest

Claw Sur'prize, une arcade à visiter par beau temps ou mauvais temps au centre-ville de Montréal
© Claw Sur’prize

Exploring Montreal’s Underground City

The Montreal Underground Pedestrian Network (RÉSO) offers a unique way to explore the city. Stretching nearly 32 kilometers, it connects metro stations to many shopping centers and cultural venues. 

Ideal for a day of shopping, a walk with friends, or discovering hidden city treasures, the underground network features art galleries, shops, and dining spaces, providing a unique discovery experience away from weather whims.

Le Complexe Desjardins, point de départ du réseau souterrain, un endroit à visiter par beau temps ou mauvais temps au centre-ville de Montréal
© Complexe Desjardins

Sensory Immersion at Oasis Immersion

Oasis Immersion is a must-visit for those seeking a unique artistic experience. This digital art center immerses you in various virtual worlds, combining cutting-edge technology with artistic creativity. 

Let yourself be transported into various virtual worlds by walking-through interactive exhibitions. It’s the perfect outing to escape the routine and live an experience that everyone will remember.

301 Rue Saint-Antoine Ouest

Oasis Immersion, un endroit à visiter par beau temps ou mauvais temps au centre-ville de Montréal
© Oasis Immersion

Musical Treasures at Cheap Thrills

Cheap Thrills is a haven for music lovers, offering an eclectic selection of vinyl, CDs, and other musical formats. 

From timeless classics to the latest hits, this iconic record store is a treasure trove for collectors and music enthusiasts alike. This is the spot to be to find rare gems, discuss music, or browse for your next musical favorite.

2044 Rue Metcalfe

Cheap Thrills, une boutique à visiter par beau temps ou mauvais temps au centre-ville de Montréal
© Cheap Thrills

Stay tuned for downtown news