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An introduction to Montréal’s most popular neighbourhoods

Every neighbourhood in Montréal exhibits a unique character of its own, encompassed in its historical sights, restaurants, hotels and art galleries, nightlife, parks and people. From west to east, we’ll introduce you to the neighbourhoods that form the core of urban Montréal, before circling outwards in additional articles to introduce more neighbourhoods. Old Montréal Where historical New France meets the modern world, cobblestone roads intersect with digital art installations and celebrated chefs astutely twist traditional dishes, Old Montréal embraces a unique blend of old and new. Walk along the Saint Lawrence River boardwalk in the Old Port, with views of Habitat 67 and Parc Jean-Drapeau, Bota Bota spa and more. Step back in time in the gorgeous Notre-Dame Basilica, Chateau Ramezay and Pointe-à-Callière Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History and leap into the present at the PHI Centre and DHC/ART gallery. Find luxury and boutique hotels along quaint, narrow streets lined with excellent restaurants such as Accords Wine Bar and Restaurant, Le Club Chasse et Pêche, Restaurant Les 400 Coups and  Taverne Gaspar. Downtown The heart of Montréal’s entertainment district, the Quartier des Spectacles, centres on downtown’s Place des Arts, where world-class music, opera, dance and more grace the stages and festivals take over the streets every summer. Nearby, incredible art, culture and history exhibitions… / Read More →

MTLàTABLE sets the table in every Montréal neighbourhood

Everybody knows that Montréal neighbourhoods are singular destinations, each with their own personality. Explore them on foot or by bike and you’ll constantly find a new beat, fresh vibe and renewed creativity. Now that MTLàTABLE is happening, why not head to the four corners of the city to discover new attractions, new charm and—of course—new restaurants. To whet your appetite, hop on this guided tour! Downtown Montréal’s business and cultural centre is located due south of Mount Royal. It’s home to one of Canada’s busiest commercial arteries, Sainte-Catherine Street, so consider doing some shop-cercising before dinner. Your culinary journey begins at Pullman, the equally beautiful and scrumptious wine bar, then it takes you toward the skyscrapers to sample the fine fare at Decca 77 or the Italian cuisine at Fiorellino Snack Bar – Ristorante. Your other option is to aim high with the chic brasserie-style menu at Enfants Terribles (Au Sommet Place Ville Marie). To see all participating restaurants in the downtown area, click here. Mount royal, Outremont and Westmount Welcome to the posh end of town, where the grass really is greener. Feast your eyes on spectacular Victorian homes, verdant alleyways, manicured gardens and ubiquitous good taste. Nothing’s too… / Read More →

FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Montreal is an architecture-lovers wet dream. Whether you appreciate Art Deco, neoclassical, modern or anything in between, we’ve got a mishmash of styles and approaches to satiate your construction curiosity. In fact, I’d say we define urban architectural promiscuity. In this photo we have the iconic Montreal Olympic Stadium. “Built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium is a bold design by French architect Roger Taillibert. A funicular-type elevator brings visitors to the top three observation floors of the Tower, the tallest inclined tower in the world, which offers a spectacular view of the city. The sports centre, at the foot of the Tower, has six aquatic pools as well as a multi-sport facility.” Thanks to flickr extraordinaire, achille_beaulne, for this magnificent shot. Click on over for other photos of Achille’s perspective of Montreal. —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.

BEST MONTREAL SUSHI JOINTS: SATA SUSHI IN HOMA

Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (or HoMa) is a Montréal neighborhood that has some major Montréal attractions. The food scene in this district is starting to blossom, and Sata Sushi is a restaurant most definitely leading the movement.

MONTRÉAL NEIGHBORHOODS 101: HOCHELAGA MAISONNEUVE

Hochelaga Maisonneuve is the home to some major Montréal attractions. This itinerary will get you on your way to discovering what’s happening. If you’re interested in true Quebecois neighborhood, consider the Hochelaga Maisonneuve district – or HoMa if you prefer appearing stylish. Many people overlook this neighborhood because it’s considered working class, and lacks the glossiness of The Plateau or Old Montréal. But due to a recent influx of yuppies and students, many Montréalers are regarding HoMa as the next “up and coming” area of the city.  It is definitely worth checking out.