Montreal Districts & Neighbourhoods
Situated in the borough of Ville-Marie, historic Old Montreal is the site of the city's first settlements dating back to the 17th century. Bordered by the St. Lawrence River and the downtown core, Old Montreal features cobblestone streets and is a popular tourist destination with numerous historic homes and buildings.
The Main, now Saint-Laurent Boulevard, was once the main hub for the Jewish community of Montreal. Today, people can stroll through the neighbourhood and visit remaining synagogues including the original Congregation Temple Soloman (Beth Schloime) and Jewish shops such as the famous Schwartz's Deli, known for its smoked-meat sandwiches.
The International Quarter is a modern urban centre, linking Old Montreal with the city's business district. Here visitors will find the convention centre Palais des Congres, the stock exchange tower and various sculptures and fountains in its streets and plazas.
This historic district, located in Old Montreal, currently plays host to numerous cultural activities, shopping opportunities, dining and pleasure boating experiences. Four separate piers, interconnected by green spaces and pathway systems, feature numerous recreational offerings for all ages.
Quartier des Spectacles is a prime location for entertainment, featuring several bars, concert venues and performance halls. Popular Montreal festivals such as the International Jazz Festival and Just for Laughs is held in this downtown sector.
The Quartier du Musee or Museum Quarter welcomes visitors to explore the Victorian-style architecture and the numerous boutiques, shops and galleries that line its streets. A central landmark located in this district is the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Vieux Montreal, the city's Old Town, dates to the 1600s and is made up of several historic districts. Located on the southeastern side of the city on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, cobblestone streets are lined with architectural landmarks such as the Basilique Notre Dame and centuries-old buildings, many of them now home to stylish cafes and trendy boutiques.
Pole des Rapides is located near the St. Lawrence River and Lachine Canal. This area features cycling paths, fauna and flora, historic sites, markets and much more.
Italian immigrants settled in this area at the end of the 19th century at after the Second World War and Italian-Canadians are currently the largest ethnic group in Montreal. Little Italy (or Piccola Italia) now boasts a number of Italian clothes and shoe shops, the Jean-Talon Market and a range of restaurants including trattorias and cafes. The vibrant community also features the Maison d'Italie and La Difesa church.
The Quartier Latin is a commercial and cultural district in Montreal, featuring several theatres, bars and nightclubs, restaurants, shops and educational institutions.
The Gay Village
Montreal's Quartier Gay (Gay Village) features one of the largest concentrations of gay and gay-friendly establishments in the world. Often referred to simply as The Village, the area includes a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and lounges that cater to the gay community.
Montreal's Chinatown is a vibrant district filled with Asian specialty shops and restaurants.
An island in the St. Lawrence River, Ile Sainte-Helene (Saint Helen's Island in English) is situated in the city of Montreal. The island is home to the biosphere, La Ronde and the Stewart Museum. The annual fireworks competition is also held on this island, which makes up part of Jean Drapeau park with Ile Notre-Dame.
The Plateau is a trendy neighbourhood showcasing a mix of cultures with several restaurants, boutiques and shops.
Montreal's Underground City
Located beneath Montreal's downtown streets is the massive underground complex known as the Underground City. Composed of 33 km (20 mi) of passageways, the Underground City offers several services and links including, restaurants, shopping malls, metro stations, hotels, office buildings, museums, banks and more.