With its ancient architecture and cultural richness, its pedestrian street in summer that is full of shops, and its proximity to the Quartier des spectacles, the Gay Village is a Montreal nugget that you never tire of discovering.
Located in the borough of Ville-Marie, the Village is one of the most popular and appreciated neighbourhoods in Montreal. The reason? Its urban diversity, which mixes remnants of the Village’s history with the modernity of condos, its colourful outdoor exhibits and its tributes to the gay community that never cease to amaze the public. Not to mention the famous Sainte-Catherine Street, made pedestrians in summer, where many businesses flourish each year and where antique dealers and art galleries attract more and more people.
In addition to this place, which has become a Montreal landmark, there are also Québec institutions such as the television groups TVA and Télé-Québec, or formerly the Radio Canada house and its extraordinary master tower. The iconic Molson Brewery, one of Canada’s oldest industrial companies, will be transformed into a multi-use project. A surprising redevelopment is to be expected.
Going out and living in Le Village
During the day, the Gay Village of Montreal is a warm place where it’s good to walk in summer and winter. One thinks of a stroll along Sainte-Catherine Street, a true work of art in itself. The street, which used to display the 180,000 rainbow balls designed by landscape and urban designer Claude Cormier, will soon be dressed in a new artistic installation worthy of the name. You can also visit the Écomusée du fier monde founded in 1980, based on Montreal’s industrial and working class history, but also shop at the cheese, bakery or butcher shop on Ontario, whose fresh, local products make us salivate.
As far as nightlife is concerned, the neighbourhood is not lacking in activities and for good reason. With its many bars like Le Renard, a chic and trendy place in the neighbourhood, its nightclubs, or its original cafés like La Graine Brûlée open until 11:00 pm, you won’t be disappointed! The international singer Lady Gaga herself couldn’t help but dance the night away at the District Video Lounge, a bar that borders the most famous cabaret: the Cabaret Mado.
On the restaurant side, the neighborhood’s doing pretty well. Alone, with family or friends, you can enjoy the Passé composé and the Restaurant du Village, there’s something for everyone.
An ideal geographical and demographic situation
Its strength is also due to its demographic density, as shown on the Habiter Montréal site, but also to its accessibility. The advantage of Le Village is that it is located close to many of the city’s attractive neighbourhoods. Indeed, the gay district is next to the Quartier des spectacles, downtown for shopping, Le Plateau with its lively Mont-Royal Avenue, as well as the Old Port and its magnificent monuments. What more could you ask for? Whether on foot, by bike or with the Place des Arts and Berri UQAM metro stations, you can reach the four corners of the city very quickly!
All that’s left to do is let your imagination guide you to discover the Village from every angle.
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