Because of its great many churches, Montréal was nicknamed the “city of a hundred steeples.” Humorist Mark Twain even mused that you “couldn’t throw a brick without breaking a church window!”

 Must-see attractions

  • Gay Village (métro Beaudry)
  • Little Italy and marché Jean-Talon (métro Jean-Talon)
  • Chinatown (métro Champ-de-Mars/Place-d’Armes)
  • International district (métro Square-Victoria/Place-d’Armes)
Quartier des spectacles (Entertainment District)

Place des ArtsThis vibrant quadrangle whose epicentre is Place des Festivals hosts a number of major international festivals each year. Home to some 30 performance venues, including Place des Arts, the area also boasts numerous cultural hot spots. Of particular note: the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Monument-National, Society for Arts and Technology (aka the SAT), and Club Soda.

Quartier latin (Latin Quarter)

Rue Prince-ArthurClustered around the Université du Québec, this small student quarter buzzes with life and action. Its axis is the ever-popular Rue Saint-Denis, home to innumerable bars, cafés, bistros, bookstores and boutiques. Add to this cinemas, performance halls, the Grande Bibliothèque and the Cinémathèque québécoise, and you’ve got one of the busiest cultural hubs in the city, a mecca for visitors and locals alike.

Plateau Mont-Royal

Plateau Mont-RoyalClose to downtown, the Plateau is arguably the city’s hippest ’hood, with its eclectic cultural goings-on, trendy restaurants and funky urban lifestyle. The bohemian borough’s main artery is Avenue du Mont-Royal, with Parc La Fontaine as its green heart. Major shopping thoroughfares alternate with small, quiet streets flanked with walk-up duplexes and triplexes and their distinctively Montréal spiral staircases.

To be discovered

Métro de MontréalThe more than 30 km (18.5 mi.) of corridors and shopping arcades that constitute Montréal’s “underground city” connect some 2,000 shops, hotels, restaurants, cinemas, transport stations and buildings. Some 500,000 people use this vast pedestrian network daily, sheltered from the weather’s worst. Most downtown metro stations and malls provide access to the network.

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