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Gay Village

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Address: Berri St east to Papineau St, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Neighborhood encompassing St. Catherine East and its side streets, home to...

Neighborhood encompassing St. Catherine East and its side streets, home to Montreal's gay and lesbian community.

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I love the gay village specially in summer the street becomes a walking street and it's all terraces and restaurants. It's a very nice walk after the fireworks and you can also... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love the gay village specially in summer the street becomes a walking street and it's all terraces and restaurants. It's a very nice walk after the fireworks and you can also enjoy a dinner before the fireworks. Since I know that gay villages don't exist in certain countries and some people never been to any of these: it's a... More 

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It had been many years since we had been to Montreal and explored the gay village. Montreal is a very gay-friendly city. However, since acceptance has grown, the gay community now is found all over Montreal instead of how it was in the past when gays were mainly concentrated in the village. The acceptance is a great thing, but the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tons of bars and restaurants! The street is pedestrian only in the summer, so it is great for strolling. The rooftop bar at The Complexe has great views.

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Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a walk through one of the streets. It was colorful and a nice walk. We would recommend a visit.

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy to find area of Montreal, on St Catherine after the high fashion stores, festooned with pink balls. Great place for a coffee, window shopping, people watching.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is so much to see, just love the atmosphere hear...there is so many nice bars, and places to eat, I can recommend this place to everyone, no matter there sexual preferences... I'll be back for sure

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Montréal gay village decked out in its finest is a nice place for a stroll. What was once a seedy, direlict district, East St. Catherine is home the one the world's best Gay Villages. Strings of pink balls strung from side to side along the mile long street (closed to vehicular traffic for five months every year), the atmosphere is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Some places were over priced. Food was not amazing and many homeless people. I liked that everyone speak both English and French and some even Spanish! Not so great for couples it's very loud if you like loud clubs.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Spend an hour or so walking around seeing the art show. Not too impressive, not run well. We were disappointed. Best thing we saw was a child book illustrator, very professional work, Felix Girard. Otherwise the area had a few cafes, none upscale, stopped for lunch was just so so. Nice to see lots of people supporting the event though.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

This was the highlight of Montreal, I already had fallen in love with Montreal and then I visited Gay Village what a fun experience. I love the rainbow flags in the buildings and the stores, the theme walls are so chic and meaningful. I will be coming back to Montreal and specially to this area. There was a circus going... More 

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The Village (Gay Village)
The rainbow pillars of Beaudry Métro Station shepherd the way into to The Village, one of the largest hubs for gay and lesbian culture in North America. With an open layout and a congenial aura, the refurbished buildings along Rue Sainte-Catherine pay a special homage to menswear and to caffeine, with showrooms and cafes. By morning, the antiquing gems along Amherst Street are packed with collectors. An incredible party spot, The Village comes alive at night, when clubs, bars, and dance halls open their doors and the revelry is high, epitomized by the fanciful trimmings of the apropos Oscar Wilde building. From May to September, the area closes to automotive traffic, allowing restaurant terraces to pour onto the streets, creating a dynamic sense of community. Les Boules Roses, thousands of pink baubles, are hung to welcome in the festivals and celebrations, including Montréal en Arts, Divers-Cité, and the Pride Parade.