7 fun things to do downtown when it’s pouring rain

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Stéphane Deslauriers

7 activités divertissantes à faire au centre-ville quand il pleut des cordes
Let’s face it, the weather in Montreal is often uncertain, especially when fall rolls around. Even if Mother Nature isn’t always the most cooperative during this time of year, you’re not going to let a few grey clouds stop you from having fun, are you?

So here are 7 fun things to do in downtown Montreal when it’s pouring rain!

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the museums downtown!

There’s no better time to visit one of downtown’s museums than when the skies are threatening. Whether it’s the McCord Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) or the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC), you’ll find everything you need to indulge your passion for the visual arts.

Until April 16, 2023, the McCord Museum presents an exhibition devoted to photographer Alexander Henderson. The museum also has a permanent exhibition entitled Indigenous Voices of Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience. Finally, until October 16, 2023, if you’re concerned about where your food comes from, the exhibition Eating Local is sure to satisfy you.

Until July 2, 2023, the MBAM presents Views of Within: Picturing the Spaces We Inhabit. And hurry! The exhibition featuring Swiss artist Nicolas Party and the music of singer-songwriter Pierre Lapointe, L’Heure Mauve, ends on October 16.

 If you’d like to discover new artists, we warmly invite you to visit the art galleries along Sherbrooke Street: L’Espace Gallea, the Eric Klinkhoff gallery, the Cosner Art Gallery, La Guilde, the NuEdge gallery, among others.



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Be the main actors in an action movie at Laser Game Evolution

Don’t feel like sitting at home and watching action movies? Then why not experience them for real in a place whose motto is “fewer guns, more fun”?

Located at 1226 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Laser Game Evolution is the ideal place to take on challenges with coworkers, friends, or family. The company manufactures and designs its mazes, armour and guns and develops its software. If it’s raining and you want to stretch your legs, try this laser game!


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Feel like English royalty at the Ritz-Carlton

Since 1912, the tea experience has been a tradition at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. With a selection of fine teas, homemade sandwiches, scones, and the hotel’s pastry chef’s creations, you’ll feel like English royalty at the tea-tasting sessions. These take place in the Palm Court, one of the legendary downtown hotel’s magnificent rooms. Sessions take place daily from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.


Play mini-golf on another planet at Putting Edge

As you’re strolling downtown with friends or family… boom! It starts raining! It might be a good time to get off the beaten path and head to the Putting Edge mini-golf centre.

Located at 1259 Guy Street, you’ll be amazed by the establishment’s black-lit golf courses. You’ll enter a world filled with dazzling colours, sights, and sounds with mesmerizing glow-in-the-dark features. If you want to play mini-golf on another planet, there’s no better place than Putting Edge.


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Watch the rain fall in a downtown café

After a few hours of shopping, you’ll likely want to take a break and sip a hot drink in one of the cafés downtown… and there is no shortage of establishments to choose from!

There is, of course, the Myriade Café located at 1432 Mackay Street, which is considered the precursor of third-wave cafés in Montreal. You can also take a break at the Brûlerie Faro downtown. This roastery is located at 1444 Sainte-Catherine Street West and is dedicated to roasting specialty coffee.

Finally, you can quietly watch the rain fall at the Shaughnessy café, located right next to the Atwater metro station. With seating for 20 or so, it’s such a welcoming place that you’ll want to linger there for a long time.


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Lose track of time at the arcades of the Time-Out Market or Arkad Amusement

Are you a fan of video games? Well, downtown is full of arcades to keep you so entertained that you’ll lose track of time!

 The word “fun” doesn’t accurately describe Montreal’s newest arcade mecca: Arkad Amusement. Located at 1386 Sainte-Catherine Street West, it’s the perfect place to challenge your gamer buddy or plan a “fierce” family competition.

Are you more into classic games? The retro arcade under Time Out Market Montreal’s huge glass roof has everything to satisfy you: classic pinball, Pac-Man, or old-school Super Chexx table hockey, among others. You can even get your picture taken in a photo booth!


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Stretch your legs in the Montreal underground while shopping!

Located in the heart of the metropolis, this pedestrian network links metro stations to several shopping centres over a distance of nearly 32 kilometres. If you want to stroll with a few friends, shop with your life partner, or simply stretch your legs while it’s raining out, Montreal’s underground is a fun route to discover.

👉A trip to underground Montreal… or the discovery of beautiful treasures!


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After taking the time to read our suggestions, we wouldn’t be surprised if you start hoping for a rainy fall season. With so many fun and unique indoor activities to choose from, there’s no reason to avoid downtown Montreal when it isn’t nice out. You’ll find everything you need to turn your rainy day into a memorable one.