11 Essential Free Apps for Visiting Montreal

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While living in or visiting Montreal, you want to discover the cultural diversity that the city has to offer. Museums, exhibitions, concerts, bars, parks, restaurants — especially during the summer, the city never sleeps. Here are 11 of the best smartphone apps for exploring Montreal.

1. MétéoMédia

The essential weather app in Montreal is MétéoMédia. More informative and detailed than basic weather apps, the interface allows you to have the actual temperature felt (essential in winter) as well as alerts in the event of a storm or freezing rain. Essential for any season! — Available on Google Play and in the Apple store

2. The official Tourisme Montréal guide

To discover the city of a hundred steeples, use Tourisme Montréal’s official application. The application offers recommendations based on your tastes, preferences and location. Find a few places you love? Save them and find them again thanks to the city map, available even without an internet connection. Perfect for visiting Montreal at your own pace! — Available on Google Play and in the Apple store

3. Eatizz

Eatizz is an application for anyone who wants to benefit from promotions in grocery stores, fruit sellers, caterers, bakeries and other coffee shops. Every day, local businesses post the temporary discounts they offer in their stores and the quantities available. You can consult the list and shop according to your desires. — Available on Google Play and in the Apple store

4. Musées de Montréal

Musées Montréal brings together nearly 50 Montréal museums in one app. Access the permanent and temporary exhibitions of the museum of your choice. Travel around the city with your mobile phone and, with a simple search, plan your museum visits or let yourself be tempted by the exhibition nearest to you, thanks to the geolocation feature. — Available on Google Play and in the Apple store


5. Indie Guides Montréal

If you want to visit Montreal off the beaten track, the Indie Guides Montréal app is for you. This city guide highlights Montreal’s cultural and alternative scene. The goal: to suggest squats, music venues, hidden restaurants and artists’ studios that are not found in the classic guides. Or in their own words, “places that have dogs and make up the true identity of a city.” — Available on the Apple Store and Google Play

6. Chrono

If you often use public transit in the Montreal metropolis, Chrono will be very convenient; it has the itineraries and schedules of metros and buses. The app is quick and easy to use, unlike others available. It’s possible to save bus stops as favorites, and a map is also available to see the different lines nearby. — Available on Google Play and in the Apple store

7. La Vitrine

With La Vitrine, access all of Montreal’s shows, events, exhibitions, cultural activities and last-minute offers in one place. Take advantage of the more than 140 expositions listed and practical information on visiting Montreal’s museums! Whether you’re more into cinema, art, history or science, you can find all of Montreal’s culture in no time at all. — Available on Google Play 



BIXI is the official application of the Montreal bike share service. Pay per ride or with a membership, it allows you to know in real time the number of bicycles available at each station, in addition to offering some useful maps. Definitely use it if you want to avoid having to rent a car. — Available on Google Play and in the Apple store

9. Venue Parking

This app allows drivers to find and book parking spots near their location. Venue Parking lists the different parking lots in Montreal, their characteristics and prices. Especially helpfully, this app even locates free parking lots! — Available in the Apple store

10. Streetfood Quest

A little something to eat? Streetfood Quest helps hungry people locate food trucks, carts, and other street food establishments in several Canadian cities, including Montreal. — Available in the Apple store

11. Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ)

At the SAQ, a state corporation in charge of the wine and spirits trade, you can find the spirits of your choice. The application will provide you with a wealth of practical information. Promotions currently happening, the location of the nearest wine and spirits store… Wine lovers of all kinds will be delighted. — Available on Google Play and in the Apple store

crédit: Eatizz
This article was first published on our sister site Maudits Français.
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