SEE in Montreal

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Old Montreal

Old Montréal is a beautiful historic neighbourhood.  Some of the buildings date back to the 17th century, making Old Montreal one of North America’s oldest urban areas. The intricate architecture and cobble-stoned streets, riden with horse-pulled carriages, enhance its historic elegance. Old Port (Vieux Port) lies to the side of old Montreal, creating a scenic  and romantic view of the area.  To get there, all you have to do is take a 25 minute walk from downtown campus. It is full of great restaurants, shops, museums, and street performers.

Chinatown

Chinatown is a lovely cultural area to discover. It houses many authentic Asian restaurants, large food markets, and convenience stores. Tourists and locals alike flock to Chinatown, in search of its various cuisines (Catonese, Mongolian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and more), its amazing bakeries, and its eclectic shops. Montreal’s Chinatown is mainly located along De La Gauchetiere Street. You can walk to Chinatown in less than 20 minutes from downtown.

Little Italy

The charm of little Italy makes it a wonderful place to visit. Petite Italie is home to fine Italian shops, cafes and restaurants,–bringing you a delicious taste of Italy. It is also located nearby Jean Talon market– which sells all sorts of fresh fruit, specialty breads, cheeses, and baked goods. Moreover, the Church Madonna della Defesa is a site to visit when roaming around Little Italy. You can get to there by taking the metro to Jean-Talon station.

Mont-Royal

West and up the hill from downtown is Mont-Royal, (not a mountain actually, more like a really big hill) where the view of  Montreal is simply spectacular. The hike from the bottom up to the panoramic viewpoint– “The Chalet lookout” (facing downtown Montreal)–is a manageable 30 minutes. The Mont-Royal Park area includes the popular Jeanne Mance park, where TamTams happens every Sunday. For those of you who do not know what TamTams is, click on this link: http://citynoise.org/article/5313

Don’t miss out on this site–a haven in the middle of a city!

Mile End

Endearing and multicultural, this neighbourhood is filled with cute cafes, designer shops, inspiring art, wonderful restaurants and more to discover. It is said to have been the heart of Montreal’s indie music scene–home to various upcoming muscians and artists. You will find that Montreal’s two famous bagel bakeries, St.-Viateur and Fairmount Bagel,  also reside here.Set aside some time to head towards this area and experience a special part of Montreal.

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