Montreal Neighborhoods Inside Out
By Evelyn Reid, About.com Guide
Confused yet? Let me help! Find out everything you need to know about living and playing in Montreal's various neighborhoods, districts, surrounding towns and more. And this section will continue to grow, so drop by from time to time for updates and neighborhood additions.
- Renting Apartments in Montreal: The Lowdown and the Law
- Ville-Marie Borough
- Southwest Borough
- Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough
- Rosemont-La Petite Patrie Borough
Renting Apartments in Montreal: The Lowdown and the Law
Montreal is a city of tenants. And according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Montreal offers the cheapest rent in the country, compared to Canada's other major cities. And with almost two thirds of Montreal's dwellings listed as leased, it's no surprise Montreal has a strong tenants rights movement and prominent rental board. The irony, though, is that many residents don't know their rights as tenants and stories of landlord intimidation are still abound, despite the law. Don't be be bullied. Learn about the ins and outs of renting an apartment in Montreal with a little bit of guidance, just below.
Housing the heart of Montreal's sociocultural and economic activities, the Ville-Marie borough seldom sleeps with neighborhoods like the downtown core, the Gay Village, Chinatown, Old Montreal, Latin Quarter and McGill Ghetto to keep it hopping. Affordable housing is a little harder to come by in this borough compared to other Montreal locations, and don't count on finding anything cheap in Old Montreal. But getting around with public transit is a breeze. Read up on Ville-Marie's top museums, restaurants, shopping destinations and more!
- Gay Village: From Living to Playing
- Gay Village's Le Club Sandwich
- Montreal Chinatown in Pictures
- Old Montreal's Pointe-à-Callière Museum
- Old Montreal's Bonsecours Market
- Old Montreal's Gibbys Steakhouse
- Downtown Dinosaur Bones at the Redpath Museum
- Downtown's Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
- Old Montreal's Centre d'Histoire de Montréal
- Downtown's McCord Museum
- Downtown Shopping Malls
- Downtown's Canadian Centre for Architecture
- Downtown's Montreal Planetarium
- Downtown's Sun Life Building: Top Landmark
- Downtown's Trattoria Trestevere
- Downtown Montreal's Curry House
- Plage Doré: Montreal's Urban Beach
- Floralies Gardens
- Montreal General Hospital
- Downtown's Ste. Catherine Street: Santa Parade
Montreal's Southwest Borough, aptly named for its location southwest of downtown's Ville-Marie, has a nitty gritty past with the ghostly likes of Griffintown. The area has been gradually gentrifying over the last decade with pockets of new condos popping up in Southwest's traditionally working class neighborhoods like St. Henri, Little Burgundy, Côte St. Paul, Ville-Émard and Pointe St. Charles. But this area's roots are strong. There's still plenty of affordable housing in this borough and public transit is easily accessible.
- Griffintown: A Neighborhood in Transition
- Lachine Canal: Montreal's Industrial History
- Skating at Angrignon Park
- Art at the Darling Foundry
It's hip. It's trendy. It's overpriced. And unless you're planning on buying a fresh new condo in the heart of one of North America's coolest neighborhoods ever or have some serious happy-go-luck on your side, your floors will be crooked and your apartment, undersized. But the nightlife, the shopping possibilities, the glaring creativity of the area and candy-store selection of restaurants you'll have access to on the Plateau and in the Mile-End will remind you on a daily basis why you moved here in the first place. And public transit is easy to come by as well the borough's many bike paths.
- Eat Cheap at Patati Patata
- La Raclette's Raclette
- Eat With Your Hands at Le Nil Bleu
- A Raw Deal at Marché 27
- Montreal's Best BYO?
- Bring Your Own Saké to Yuukai
- Go Basque at Pintxo
- Top Poutine at La Banquise
- Vegan Fare at Aux Vivres
- Corner of Pine and Laval
- Street Art on Duluth
- Skate at Parc La Fontaine
- Or Skate at Jeanne-Mance Park
Rosemont-La Petite Patrie Borough
Montreal's third most populated borough -- containing neighborhoods like Little Italy, La Petite Patrie and Rosemont -- offers lots of affordable housing. This particular borough is significantly cheaper than what neighbors just south, on the Plateau and in the Mile-End, can expect to pay in rent. An important sociodemographic feature of Rosemont-La Petite Patrie is that a statistically higher than average proportion of residents are unilingual French speakers. So anyone considering a move to La Petite Patrie as well as Rosemont will find it helpful to have a moderate to strong working knowledge of French.