A city with a real downtown, and a hundred real neighbourhoods
Montréal’s quartier’s all have their own personalities, as evidenced by their food, architecture and joie de vivre.
Downtown, for example, is a real downtown that’s a magnet for Montrealers and visitors alike. Buzzing international business centre by day, urban hotspot by night, Montréal’s downtown just switches tempo when the sun sets. Boutiques, bars, restaurants, views of Mount Royal, major world organization headquarters plus the Underground Pedestrian Network that links it all together indoors.
Just south lies the new Quartier International, the nerve centre for Montréal’s business and trade and home to avant-garde, head-turning buildings.
Past, present and future converge in Old Montréal, where old-world and modern architecture lend the romantic feel and urban. Montrealers adore their old city, with its fashion and furniture shops, art galleries and the Pointe-à-Callière archaeology museum. Visitors especially love the boutique hotels. The Old Port is everyone’s playground, and the ultra-modern Cité du multimedia is where software whizkids create übercool gaming and animation software that Montréal’s so famous for.
Wallpaper magazine summed it up: “Plateau Mont-Royal is the coolest neighbourhood in North America.” Maybe that’s because it has one of the highest concentration of artists. It’s pretty, very old, with loads of winding, outdoor staircases, funky shops, cozy bistros and cafés, theatres and galleries.
The Village is a broadcasting hub and restaurant paradise by day and a partygoer magnet by night. Little Italy’s got zing and bling and Marché Jean-Talon, a year-round market where Montrealers meet to get the best and freshest of the land.
The Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district is a “beehive” of activity for the whole family, with the Insectarium, Botanical Garden, the Biodôme, and Olympic Park and Tower all grouped together.
Montréal is a real city, with real people really enjoying their city.