Saint-Laurent metro station, on the green line, spills out onto Saint-Laurent Boulevard – known affectionately to Montréalers as “The Main” – and into the historic red-light district, now reborn as part of the downtown Quartier des spectacles, a year-round hive of arts, culture and entertainment activity. One-of-a-kind, character-filled performance venues, bars, restaurants and shops are a staple of this lively and dynamic part of the city. To help you get to know the neighbourhood, here are 10 unique and popular spots within 10 minutes walking distance of Saint-Laurent metro station. The Must: Quartier des spectacles Walking time: Between 2 and 9 minutes, depending on the venue Visitors to the roughly one-square-kilometre downtown Quartier des spectacles may notice the red-lit sidewalks in front of many of the 80-plus cultural venues located within this district, a nod to the area’s colourful history. In the present, the Quartier des spectacles is home to classy and classic state-of-the-art venues like Monument National, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Metropolis, Club Soda and, the crown jewels of soft-seater theatres, the centrally located Place des Arts complex. The Underground Experience: Les Foufounes Électriques Walking time: 4 minutes Foufounes Électriques (which translated means, yup, “electric buttocks”) is Montréal’s – and arguably… / Read More →
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The St-Laurent Street Sale, aka The Saint-Laurent Street Fair, aka Main Madness, is a testament to the fact that if Montrealers were given the opportunity, they would spend every summer day outside, eating, shopping and drinking in the sun. No matter what you call it, it means one of Montreal’s most beloved streets is closed to cars and open to having an awesome time…
Dinner at Moishes Steakhouse has been the classiest night out on the Main since 1938—and it still stands up.
Montrealers love their thrift shops. That is probably why you’ll find some in almost every neighbourhood of the city. Conveniently, three of our favourites ones are neighbhours, which makes for an easy vintage shop-hopping sessions on Saint-Laurent Boulevard. Moreover, these boutiques have a unique way to play with retro stylings, making them an awful lot of fun to walk into, even when you’re not looking to actually buy anything.
Last week, my colleague Daniel Baylis introduced you to MEET A MONTREALER, an exciting new feature of this blog that allows you to meet some of Montreal’s coolest individuals. Today, I bring you party host extraordinaire: the one and only, Paulo Branco.
When podcasts were first introduced, they were usually about the things that most interested the internet-savvy people that first made them. But, as the rest of us caught on, the subject matter grew to include almost everything. So now that it’s 2010, when it comes to Montreal’s best podcasts, there’ a little something for everyone…