Mile End is a stylish, yet casual Montréal neighborhood. It’s also a dynamic community that could be used as a metaphor for our human possibility. That’s deep, no?
Allow me to explain.
Mile End is a district where people live together in harmony: Greek immigrants, Hasidic Jews and artsy hipsters coexist in one neighborly mélange of harmonious potential. I don’t want to toot our Montréal horn, but if we could use this as a template for all neighborhoods across the world, we would have a pretty darn hip and peaceful globe.
Spin, Pitchfork and The New York Times have all gushed about Mile End as the hotbed of Montréal indie music, cultural diversity and all things cool. In this ‘hood you’ll find relaxed cafés, designer boutiques, inspiring art, video game developers and arguably the best darn bagels in the world (check out this sweet deal for free bagels!).
The origins of the name “Mile End” are disputed. However many people believe that it is derived from the one-mile distance of the neighborhood’s south boundary (Mont Royal Ave) from Sherbrooke Street, which is one of Montréal’s most important streets. But despite the unconfirmed source of the name, it’s unanimously accepted that Mile End is Montréal’s hippest neighborhood.
Give yourself a day to explore Mile End.
THE BEST OF MILE END
[coffee] Café Olympico – Café au lait and relaxed patio-lovin’ people.
[books] Drawn & Quarterly – Stellar bookstore featuring many locally produced stories, graphic novels and indie comics.
[drinks] Assommoir – Great drinks. Chill music. Delicious tapas.
[brunch] Sparrow – Casual, yet classy. Get there early to avoid a line.
[thrift shop] Local 23 & General 54 – Emergent, crafty local designers mixed with previously loved vintage treasures.
[local designer] BODYBAG by Jude – One of a kind, Montréal made, designer items.
[wine bar] Buvette Chez Simone – Always buzzing with locals, this is a great place for vino, some local cheeses and a glowing ambience.
Mile End Boundaries (arguable)
South: Mont Royal Avenue
North: Van Horne Avenue
East: Saint Laurent Boulevard
West: Durocher Avenue
Insider Info: The streets of Montréal don’t actually run north/south or east/west. The urban grid is about 45 degrees off its axis. Montréalers consider the river to flow from west to east, thus when you’re looking at a map, all roads running parallel to the river are considered west/east and all roads running perpendicular are considered north/south. Clear? Click on the map for a visual of this unique Montréal phenomenon.
Public Transit Access
Metro: Laurier or Rosemont Stations
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