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Le Plateau

Le Plateau Mont-Royal
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Address: 170 Prince Arthur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Description: This old working-class neighborhood is known for its sense of community...
This old working-class neighborhood is known for its sense of community. Some people have said that it is what Manhatten was in the 60's.The secrets and charms of the Plateau Mont-Royal make it one of the most delightful parts of Montreal. Like Soho, Greenwich Village and other famous districts in the world's great cities, the Plateau has become a tourist attraction in its own right. On the Plateau, the old rubs shoulders with the new, and people of every background come together. There's certainly no better window on the daily life of Montrealers. Visitors also enjoy it as a natural community of artists that's home to a number of well-known cultural institutions. They love its dynamic commercial life: its specialty shops, cosy restaurants, small hotels, country-style bed and breakfasts, cafs, bars, activities and events of all kinds. It really shouldn't be missed.You can soak up its edgy urban vitality and then take a short walk to relax in one of its glorious green spacesthe huge Parc Lafontaine or the wonderful Parc Jeanne-Mance. You can go to a play and out for a meal, visit an art gallery or peddle along its miles of bike paths. The Plateau Mont-Royal has so much to offer!The Plateau by nightYou can't talk about the Plateau without mentioning its nightlife. In the evening, the neighbourhood begins to pulsate to a different rhythm as people congregate in its countless bars, discos, lounges, and cafs until the wee small hours of the morning. For cocktail hour or for an evening out, the Plateau has bars ranging from fashionable martini lounges to casual pubs where you can enjoy a pitcher of beer with friends.
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Little France in Montreal

Montrealers call Le Plaeau "La petite France", the equivalent to "French Town". There are a lot of nice storefronts to gawk at (unless you are wealthy enough to actually shop in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2013
Jacques H
Montreal, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I went to Montreal mid-October with my French fiance to show her the wonderful French side of our country. On our second night there someone smashed the window of my car and stole everything inside. We had planned to spend another week in Quebec but we left and went back to Toronto where I never see such douchebaggery going on.... More 

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Cranbrook, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This part of Montreal is young, vibrant and full of great places to shop and eat. Close to McGill and downtown. Highly recommend!

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

If you only had time to visit one Montreal neighbourhood other then Old Montreal and Downtown this would be it. The most densely populated with a huge percentage of people working in the arts. Tons of bike paths, local restaurants, parks galore, typical and signature houses of Montreal with the stair cases on the outside. Try poutine here, have brunch... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Montrealers call Le Plaeau "La petite France", the equivalent to "French Town". There are a lot of nice storefronts to gawk at (unless you are wealthy enough to actually shop in these), many good restaurants and food stores, and of course a number of French denizens, which, let's not forget, the Quebecois call "Maudits Francais" (Blasted French) when in a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Duluth is a pretty street with interesting shops and restaurants.

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Go native in Plateau Mont-Royal, where bespoke shopping, hip eateries, and wacky paint jobs attract locals and transplants alike, making it one of the city's most diverse and distinctly authentic experiences. A creative hub, Montreal's artistic elite pack the cafes along Rue Saint-Denis, where young painters and fashion designers draw inspiration from the playful murals and stately Victorian homes that dot the Plateau's side streets. Not a major sightseeing destination, a visit to Plateau Mont-Royal allows you to enjoy a local perspective, soaking in indie films, latte art, contemporary galleries, and the city's best bagels. A center of polyglot culture, Québécois accents mingle with shades of Portuguese, Greek, and Hebrew in the area's iconic Mile End district, where restaurants straddle chic designer boutiques, serving up chorizo and caldo verde. Friendliest to those on foot, it's a jungle of colorful awnings and sidewalk umbrellas, pedestrian walks and luxury shopping.