Montréal Gay Travel
Stay in the coolest Montréal neighborhoods with advice from wolfyy! While in Montréal, you might even stumble upon a male strip club! Tips for the gay village, Montréal gay bars and more below in this Montréal gay travel guide.
The Gay Travel Experience: Montréal, Canada
Gay-owned restaurants, clothing stores and bars pepper the streets beneath festive hanging balls, an art installation that has become symbolic of Montréal’s gay life. You will find a mix of Anglo and Francophone gays here (a great way to practice that French you learned), However, just about everyone speaks perfect English.
I had a blast during my short trip to this wonderful city. Vibrant and filled with young people, there was much to keep busy with, both indoor and out.
Gay Montréal: Where to Stay
I stayed in the trendy Le Plateau neighborhood. Not only was it hip, but the area was cheaper than staying very close to the gay village. Plus, my friends and I could get a larger apartment with more space to spread out.
Various coffee shops were in walking distance to the flat, so I made sure to try them all! I recommend Le Plateau, as it is a short drive to most popular destinations. A rideshare to the gay village is quite cheap. The neighborhood was very diverse and felt quite safe.
Many other hotels as well as Airbnb rentals can be found closer to the center of Montréal. I do not recommend staying too close to these highly commercial areas unless you need frequent access to office buildings there. Much more affordable options are outside the downtown, offering a more authentic experience.
Montréal has a great Metro system, so neighborhoods outside the downtown can be easily reached for barely any cost. Staying along the Orange Line is a good bet.
Montréal Experiences for the Gay Traveler
Parc du Mont Royale is a scenic vista on a cliff, high above the city. It is easily accessible by car or by foot. Tourists and locals alike capture snapshots of the drastic elevation change with Montréal’s skyscrapers offering the perfect backdrop. Parc du Mont Royale has one of the best views in Montréal.
Walking up is pretty easy and relaxing. There is a huge park and lake on the way up the mountain. There are also some restaurants with outdoor seating.
Have a sweet tooth? Love amazing pastries? I recommend you visit Patisserie Au Kouign Amann. Here you can order some classic Kouign Amann, a pastry rarely baked anymore. The recipe originated in France back in 1860.
My friend Taylor found this small bakery that is one of two establishments in the entire world that continues to bake this fine snack. Kouign Amann is not made often because it is labor intensive, with so many layers of delicious butter-soaked flakes.
Restaurants & Cafés in Montréal
Shortly after eating at Café Titanic I came across a place called Ming Tao Xuan Tea House. I have never been to an Asian tea house before, but for my first time I had a stellar experience! A server prepared the first bit of tea in our individual teapots, and my friends and I sat and talked for hours. The arrangement of the room was so peaceful; we all felt relaxed afterwards.
If you are in the Le Plateau neighborhood, check out Café Replika. They have iced macchiatos that will knock your socks off. If Turkish coffee is something you enjoy, they have that too! I actually got one of each. With plenty of space to sit, I cozied up in a window seat the morning before I headed to the airport.
Montréal Gay Bars
They were playing a mix of pop music when time I went, as well as the most popular Eurovision songs. I’ve recommended many people to this bar, and they all have told me they loved it!
Coming from US, we were not anticipating so many people under 21 years old. It turns out that 18 to 21-year old patrons frequent this club, so the faces were young!. Perhaps it was our trip timing, but it is something to consider if you prefer a more mature crowd.
For those looking for something a bit more risqué, check out G.I. Joe Sauna, Sauna Oasis or Campus. These Montréal gay saunas as well as most of the gay bars and clubs are located on St. Catherine Street East in the Gay Village.
Montréal Gay Travel Tips
Unfortunately, the City of Montréal took down the hanging balls in September of 2019. They were truly a symbol of the gay village. Many were upset about the decision, wondering why anyone would desire to remove something so iconic to the neighborhood and community.
On the bright side, the City of Montréal will sell these iconic balls while the next project design is chosen. Some will also be kept for display in the Espace Village Gallery.
Gay Life in Canada
Canada has granted fundamental rights to the LGBT community in the country’s constitution as of 1982. A whopping 80% of Canadians favor are accepting of homosexuality (as of 2013), and even higher when you narrow the age group to millennials and Generation-X.
Canada decriminalized same-sex activity back in 1969. Since 1996, sexual orientation has been included in anti-discrimination protections and more recently, gender expression since 2017. LGBT people are able to serve openly in the military as of 1992, and gay marriage has been legal in Canada since 2005.
Overall, Canada is one of the more progressive Countries in the western world with regard to homosexuality and LGBT rights!