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The districts of Montreal, Canada

Montreal is composed of 19 large boroughs. The most important one in central Montreal for visitors is Ville-Marie, which is further subdivided into neighborhoods. From West to East, some of its neighborhoods include:

Downtown — Skyscrapers, shopping, museums, McGill and Concordia universities, and the Parc du Mont-Royal.

Old Montreal — the historic and quaint riverfront Old Town and Old Port.

Chinatown — the third largest in Canada, filled with numerous restaurants and shops.

Quartier Latin-Le Village — Restaurants, boutiques, cafes, pubs near UQAM in the Quartier Latin, gay bars and clubs in Le Village, and the working class neighborhood of Sainte-Marie.

Parc Jean-Drapeau — the islands of Île Sainte-Helene and Île Notre-Dame and the Montreal Casino.

Plateau mount Royal  district. The Plateau — A large, trendy district north of downtown and east of Parc du Mont-Royal noted for its quaint architecture, diverse mixture of cultures and languages, parks, music venues, theaters, restaurants, pedestrian streets, and the location of many summer festivals. Its attractions include Parc Lafontaine, the Main (Saint Laurent Blvd) with its many hotspots, St-Denis and Mont-Royal for shopping, eating and drinking. The Plateau includes several distinct neighborhoods, including Mile End.

Mile End — The legendary Fairmount and St. Viateur bagel shops, Dieu du Ciel brewery, trendy restaurants and cafés, bookstores, thrift shops, espresso and soccer bars, the Rialto Theatre, St Michael and St. Andrew’s church, boutiques and hipsters.

Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie — Little Italy and Rosemont, home to Italian, Vietnamese, and Latino communities, as well as the Jean-Talon market, one of Montreal’s largest, most popular, and liveliest open-air markets. The section of St-Laurent Boulevard that runs through this borough has seen a resurgence in new restaurants and bars.

Westmount–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce — Westmount is legally a separate town from Montreal and is mostly residential, although it has a lively section of Sherbrooke Street and Victoria Avenue as its commercial hub. Greene Avenue further east is another tony commercial area. Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) is a diverse neighborhood that includes leafy residential streets, a long commercial section of Sherbrooke West, gentrified Monkland Avenue, the Saint-Jacques strip, and the new MUHC hospital at Vendôme metro station.

Hochelaga-Maisonneuve — the “Espace pour la Vie” includes the Olympic Park, Botanical Gardens, Biodome and the Planetarium. The area has many parks with play area for children and a lot of sports facilities. Examples are Parc Luis Riel where there are tennis courts, two baseball pitches, three grass soccer fields and one artificial one. Parc Piérre Bédard has an archery field. Parc Maisonneuve is excellent for joggers and bikers. It offers a closed track to both. There are public swimming pools free for all.

Côte-des-Neiges — Multicultural neighborhood northwest of the mountain. NDG and Côte-des-Neiges are part of one large borough but have quite different vibes. Côte-des-Neiges is a vibrant street that borders on the academic world of the Université de Montréal and the Hautes Études Commercials on one side, and the hospitals (St. Mary’s and the Jewish General) on the other. Queen Mary Road is another commercial street of note.

Outremont — Upscale, francophone neighborhood noted for its architecture, boutiques and restaurants, and its flourishing Hasidic community.

South West — Including the Lachine canal, Atwater Market, St. Henri, and the emerging culinary hot-spot, Little Burgundy.

Villeray/Parc-Extension – Parc Extension, one of Canada‘s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods, is noted for its vibrant South Asian community and its family-run restaurants, while to the east, beyond Jarry Park and north of Little Italy, lies Villeray, mostly residential, but also home to a range of cafes and restaurants.

Ville Saint-Laurent — the largest of Montreal‘s boroughs, it offers a mix of residential and industrial areas. Terminus Côte-Vertu provides multiple bus routes that reach the West Island and Laval.