Between the Jazz Fest, Just for Laughs and jet boating, there’s little wonder why millions of fun seekers flock to Montreal each summer. Fêted for its European flair, the bilingual heart of La Belle Province is also brimming with fabuleux attractions for fashion-loving locals and tourists, too. From French bikinis to flutes of bubbly, this city will having you saying “La vie est belle” whether you’re here for the long haul or just a long weekend.
These 10 hot spots are must-visit destinations:
1. From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly– Beyond the Icon, until October 6
The actress-turned-royal gets the retrospective treatment with more than 100 objects on display, including testimonials, love letters, film clips, fashions and more.
Address: McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke Street West
The luxe French lingerie brand brings its sexy skivvies and swimwear to Montreal with its first branded boutique.
Address: 396 Laurier Avenue West
Sabre a bottle of bubbly at this swish new watering hole specializing in all things sparkling wine.
Address: 343 Saint Paul Street East
4. Lio Fratelli
Treat your hands and feet right at the posh mani/pedi spa’s spacious new locale.
Address: 100 Laurier Ave. W.
5. Beyoncé: The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, July 22
Shake your jelly as Queen B performs her greatest hits in show-stopping costumes by the likes of Riccardo Tisci, Kenzo, DSquared2 and Emilio Pucci.
6. Montreal Fashion & Design Festival, July 31–August 3
With legendary French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac as honorary chairman, the four-day public celebration of fashion, design and music is sure to be bigger and better than ever.
7. Osheaga Music Festival, August 2–4
The three-day music fest will feature Frank Ocean, The Cure, Phoenix, Ellie Goulding, The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, to name but a few. Need we say more? (PS: The grounds will be swarming with style-stalking shutterbugs, so dress to impress!)
Address: Parc Jean-Drapeau
Cost: $90 (single-day pass) or $235 (three-day pass)
8. Aritzia, August 15
The Vancouver-based brand is finally bringing its contemporary-chic collections to La Belle Province with the opening of three boutiques at Montreal’s Eaton Centre, Carrefour Laval and Fairview Pointe Claire.
At long last, Montrealers can enjoy street cuisine as the first fleet of roving restaurants in more than six decades takes to the streets.
10. West Elm
Call it the summer of “home chic home,” with the recent opening of this hip housewares store in the ever-booming Griffintown district and the impending arrival of Zara Home at Carrefour Laval this August.
Address: 995 Wellington St.