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Downtown
Old Montreal
Plateau Mont-Royal
Underground city
Iles Ste-Helene and Notre-Dame
Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Chinatown
Quartier latin and village
Côte-des-Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grace
Outremont
Westmount
South-west of Montreal
Other neighbourhoods
Outside the island

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Montreal by neighbourhood

Montreal, like some other large cities, is a city of neighbourhoods. But Montreal's neighborhoods are quite different from each other. Each neighbourhood has its own personnality and history, the difference is palpable. You can't confuse Cote-des-Neiges with the Centre-Sud district or the Plateau from Little Burgundy. This difference comes from the fact that Montreal started out where old Montreal now stands, then slowly expanded to the north up to Sherbrooke street and at the turn of this century merged with many small cities and villages around the city : St-Louis du Mile-End, Ste-Cunegonde, Maisonneuve. etc. All these small villages had their own history, architectural style, etc. Some of those old neighborhoods have disappeared or changed completely but most retained their personality.

Here are Montreal's different districts and neighborhoods as they are presented in this guide (you can click on the big red numbered dots to go to a district or select it from the list below the map). Keep in mind this is only a general map, it's not to scale but it gives an idea where the different districts are located :

Plateau Mont-Royal Quartier latin Chinatown Old Montreal Iles Ste-Helene and Notre-Dame South-west Downtown Westmount Outremont Cote-des-Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grace

For each district, there's:

  • a general introduction
  • a must-see section
  • a museum section (and seasonal exposition sites)
  • a restaurant section for that district (there are over 4000 restaurants in Montreal, that section will only present some of the most interesting from good to excellent, but it all depends on your taste; there is a restaurant section in the yellow pages that is also divided in specialties, it's a good way to experiment)
  • a bar/club section (this part is not complete, i'm still looking for suggestions for bars...)
  • a surrounding street section (the streets that delimit those districts, it's just to give a general idea of the location of the district, it doesn't mean that there's nothing to see outside those limits or that it's the official boundery...)
  • and the list of metro stations that can be use to access the districts.

Here is the list of all the neighbourhoods as they appear in this guide:

Downtown, business downtown, Ste-Catherine street and the underground shopping malls, museum district, Mont-Royal, etc
Old Montreal, museums, the Place Jacques-Cartier, the old port, etc
Plateau Mont-Royal, restaurants and bars, boutiques, residential streets, etc
Underground city, metro, shopping malls, etc
Ste-Helene and Notre-Dame Islands, La Ronde, the Casino, the old fort, etc
Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, the botanical garden, the olympic stadium, the Maisonneuve market, etc
Chinatown
Quartier latin and the village, restaurants and bars, red light, etc
Cotes-des-Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Oratoire St-Joseph, Université de Montréal, Monkland village, etc
Outremont, restaurants, boutiques, parks, etc
Westmount, restaurants, boutiques, parks, etc
South-west of Montreal, Atwater market, Lachine canal, etc
Other sections on the Island of Montreal, Ahuntsic, Villeray, etc
Outside of the island of Montreal, Laval and north-shore, South-shore and west


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