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Old Posted Mar 14, 2013, 11:16 PM
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Montreal neighbourhood redux

It occurs to me that I can literally name 25 distinct commercial districts in the old city of Toronto, but I don't have as complete a handle on the different Montreal hoods as I'd like.

Here's what I think I know:

- St. Laurent: the Main is eclectic
- St. Laurent north: Little Italy
- St. Laurent south: Chinatown
- Mont Royal: hipster central
- St. Denis north of Sherbrooke: "French" (sorry, this shows my limited understanding of the nuances of Montreal culture)
- St. Denis south of Sherbrooke: village-ish
- St. Catherine east of St. Denis: gay village
- Maissonneuve and St. Urbain: entertainment district
- Parc north of Mont Royal: Mile End
- Crescent: undergraduate party central
- Sherbrooke in Westmount: establishment "English"
- Monkland in NDG: thirty-something "English"
- Marché Jean-Talon: market

Can anyone make corrections and/or add to this? I'll make edits to the list here as additions and corrections come in. Edit: See subsequent posts for better info on the neighbourhoods.

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Old Posted Mar 14, 2013, 11:26 PM
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- Monkton in NDG: thirty-something "English"

Can anyone make corrections and/or add to this?
I think you mean Monkland
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2013, 11:28 PM
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I think you mean Monkland
Yep. Corrected.
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Just a couple more :
Promenade Ontario, Masson, Fleury, Cote-des-Neiges/Queen-Mary, Laurier East, Plaza St.Hubert/marché Jean-Talon, Parc between Laurier and Beaubien, Bernard
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2013, 11:59 PM
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Just a couple more :
Promenade Ontario, Masson, Fleury, Cote-des-Neiges/Queen-Mary, Laurier East, Plaza St.Hubert/marché Jean-Talon, Parc between Laurier and Beaubien, Bernard
Okay, I'll add to my list as we go. Can you describe the neighbourhoods?
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Just a couple more :
Promenade Ontario, Masson, Fleury, Cote-des-Neiges/Queen-Mary, Laurier East, Plaza St.Hubert/marché Jean-Talon, Parc between Laurier and Beaubien, Bernard
A few more:
- Wellington in Verdun: neighbourhood's main street, in the same vein as promenade Ontario and Masson st. More and more food / restaurant oriented
- "Petit Maghreb" on Jean-Talon between St-Michel and Pie-IX: well, the name is quite self-explanatory
- Beaubien in Rosemont near Molson park (mostly west of it): good food, good drinks, good movies
- Laurier west (between Côte-Sainte-Catherine and Saint-Laurent: establishment "French"
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Here's my take. I put Calmar's suggestions in the mix too. Montrealers, don't hesitate to correct. There's more that I probably forgot.

- St. Laurent/Rachel: Little Portugal/Spain, McGill students
- St-Laurent/Prince-Arthur: flashy people, McGill undergrads, ferraris, lame nightclubs, lively area.
- Around St. Laurent/St-Zotique, Dante: Little Italy, young francophones
- St. Laurent/de la Gauchetière: Chinatown
- Mont Royal East of St-Denis: little France, young professionnals, changed a lot over the years. When people talk about the Plateau, it's usually what they have in mind. Not so cool anymore.
- Mont Royal West of St-Denis: A bit more anglo, trendier
- St. Denis north of Sherbrooke: French/Québécois/touristy. Similar fauna as Mont-Royal, although higher-end shops.
- St. Denis south of Sherbrooke: Quartier Latin; terrasses, mostly UQAM but also McGill students, a bit touristy
- St. Catherine east of St. Denis: gay village
- Ste-Catherine/McGill: downtown, underground malls, shops, office towers.
- Maisonneuve and St. Urbain: Quartier des spectacle. Most festivals are set there. Eclectic crowd.
- Parc north of Mont Royal: Mile End; greeks/hassidics/hipsters
- St-Viateur east of Parc: Mile End; hipsters/hassidics
- Bernard east of Parc: Mile End; hipsters/hassidics
- Crescent and Ste-Catherine west of Peel: touristy, McGill/Concordia undergraduate party central, flashy nightclubs, strippers.
- Sherbrooke, Greene, Victoria in Westmount : establishment "English"
- Monkland in NDG: thirty-something "English"; Family-oriented
- Sherbrooke in NDG: A bit younger, students, mostly indian/eastern europe immigrants, also family-oriented
- Marché Jean-Talon: great diversity of immigrants, students, young professionnal, mostly francophone. Hip.
- Jean-Talon west of Parc: great diversity of immigrants. Mostly Indian/Paki/subsaharian Africa. Best Indian restaurants in town. Known as Parc-Extension.
- Promenade Ontario: Arguably the most "Quebecois" commercial stretch in Montreal. Blue-collar, artists, karaoke bars, few immigrants, cheap rents. Can be trashy.
- Masson: Mix of blue-collar and young professionnal. (Halfway between Mont-Royal east and promenade Ontario)
- Côte-des-Neiges/Edouard-Montpetit: Université de Montréal students, immigrants, families.
- Côte-des-Neige/Van Horne: Immigrants (mostly indian I believe)
- St-Paul/Notre-Dame: touristy, art galleries, trendy restaurants/bars, Hotel-boutiques
- Beaubien between St-Laurent and St-Denis: young francophones, immigrants, hipsterish
- Beaubien east of St-Denis: francophone, students, intellectuals, artists, family-oriented
- Laurier Est: francophone, family-oriented, good neighborhood life, relatively rich folks
- Laurier Ouest: establishment francophones
- Notre-Dame east of Atwater: Griffintown; antique shops, cool restaurants, professionnals, anglo
- Notre-Dame west of Atwater: St-Henri, mix franco/anglo, students, hip, can be trashy, cool restaurants and bars.
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It occurs to me that I can literally name 25 distinct commercial districts in the old city of Toronto, but I don't have as complete a handle on the different Montreal hoods as I'd like.

Here's what I think I know:

- St. Laurent: the Main is eclectic
- St. Laurent north: Little Italy
- St. Laurent south: Chinatown
- Mont Royal: hipster central
- St. Denis north of Sherbrooke: "French" (sorry, this shows my limited understanding of the nuances of Montreal culture)
- St. Denis south of Sherbrooke: village-ish
- St. Catherine east of St. Denis: gay village
- Maissonneuve and St. Urbain: entertainment district
- Parc north of Mont Royal: Mile End
- Crescent: undergraduate party central
- Sherbrooke in Westmount: establishment "English"
- Monkland in NDG: thirty-something "English"
- Marché Jean-Talon: market

Can anyone make corrections and/or add to this? I'll make edits to the list here as additions and corrections come in.
Here some changes to your list from a former Montrealer. I've included the contributions of le calmar and begratto.

- St. Laurent: the Main is eclectic
- St. Laurent north: Little Italy
- St. Laurent south: Chinatown
- Mont Royal: hipster central
- St. Denis north of Sherbrooke: "French" (sorry, this shows my limited understanding of the nuances of Montreal culture)
- St. Denis south of Sherbrooke: Quartier Latin (UQAM)
- St. Catherine east of St. Denis: gay village
- St. Catherine, Maisonneuve and St. Urbain: entertainment district
- Parc north of Mont Royal: Mile End
- Crescent: Undergraduate party central- F1
- Sherbrooke in Westmount: establishment "English"
- Monkland in NDG: thirty-something "bilingual"
- Marché Jean-Talon: market
- Marché Atwater: market
- St-Paul: Old Montréal, tourist central
- Wellington in Verdun: neighbourhood's main street, in the same vein as promenade Ontario and Masson st. More and more food / restaurant oriented
- "Petit Maghreb" on Jean-Talon between St-Michel and Pie-IX: well, the name is quite self-explanatory
- Beaubien in Rosemont near Molson park (mostly west of it): good food, good drinks, good movies
- Promenade Ontario: See Wellington
- Promenade Masson: See Wellington
- Fleury: Main street of Ahuntsic, little shops, restaurants
- Cote-des-Neiges/Queen-Mary: Two main streets of Cote-des-Neiges: very ethnic, shops, lot of students of Université de Montréal
- Laurier: Upscale, nice shops and restaurants
- Plaza St.Hubert: Wedding dress, fabrics
- Parc between Laurier and Beaubien: Ethnic, Hassidic Jews
- Bernard: Main Street of Outremont, establishement French
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Whoa, excellent contributions to this thread! I'm not going to bother updating the list in my original post, I'll just let these subsequent posts speak for themselves.
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- Promenade Ontario: Arguably the most "Quebecois" commercial stretch in Montreal. Blue-collar, artists, karaoke bars, few immigrants, cheap rents. Can be trashy.
Which part of Ontario is this exactly?
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Which part of Ontario is this exactly?
From Dézéry to Pie-IX. The area is changing rapidly. Over the last few months, a handful of restaurants/bars have opened. But it's still Montreal off the radar. It's the main commercial stretch of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. The other being Ste-Catherine between Pie-IX and Viau. Similar vibe although less lively.
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Is this seriously a thread?
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Is this seriously a thread?
Actually, I find this thread very interesting: we should do the same exercise for every Canadian city. It would definitely help me get out of the more touristy areas and explore other neighborhoods when I visit other cities. I have explored Toronto in all directions, but I'm sure I've missed a quite few of the interesting commercial districts.
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Actually, I find this thread very interesting: we should do the same exercise for every Canadian city. It would definitely help me get out of the more touristy areas and explore other neighborhoods when I visit other cities. I have explored Toronto in all directions, but I'm sure I've missed a quite few of the interesting commercial districts.
Same here.
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A Montreal friend on facebook posted this recently, and it seems to fit into the conversation..

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A Montreal friend on facebook posted this recently, and it seems to fit into the conversation..

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Montreal has such beautiful neighbourhood names.

I especially love:

- Marché Jean-Talon
- Fleury
- Cote-des-Neiges
- Laurier

Our older, established neighbourhoods don't have such pretty names (in approximate order of age, oldest first: The Battery, Fort Amherst, Quidi Vidi, Waterford Valley, Georgestown, Rennie's Mill, Rabbittown, Pleasantville, Kilbride, etc.).
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In a discussion about the amalgamation of St. John's, one of our members (who works in Europe but lived in Montreal, if I remember correctly), shared this:

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Oh, here's a map of Montreal and it's boroughs, just for interest:

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From Dézéry to Pie-IX. The area is changing rapidly. Over the last few months, a handful of restaurants/bars have opened. But it's still Montreal off the radar. It's the main commercial stretch of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. The other being Ste-Catherine between Pie-IX and Viau. Similar vibe although less lively.
The transformation has been going on for quite some time. One of the largest terraces in Montreal can be found at a fancy bistro overlooking the square near Valois. That whole section has been redeveloped. There are several artisnal bakeries, a swanky sushi joint, a recently opened hipster bar, a tea house (!). I am sure the yoga studios will be soon to follow...... Of course one can still find old school blue collar bars and hot dog joints... and hookers.... A really odd mix at this moment. Probably one of the strangest hoods in Montreal. Overall a delightful neighborhood. The side streets are very well preserved old school duplex/triplex Montreal. Just as nice as one would find in the Plateau.
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Not sure how one would consider Ahunstic as 'Plateau 2', even as a joke.
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