Montreal is known for its great artistic life, its festivals and its joie de vivre. The French and English languages rub shoulders in a natural way, and contribute to a creative effervescence. There is also a great deal of cultural diversity and large parks. In 2006, Montreal was designated a Unesco City of Design, for its strong concentration of design talent from all disciplines.

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8 of Montreal's Most Beautiful Neighbourhoods

Want to discover Montreal? Here are 8 of Montreal's most beautiful and iconic neighbourhoods.

The Plateau Mont-Royal

The Plateau Mont-Royal needs no introduction, it is one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods. Especially with the French who have decided to settle there. This has contributed to the opening of many French bakeries, and delicious French restaurants. The Plateau is one of Montreal's most beautiful neighbourhoods, with its architecture and bright colours that can be seen on postcards. It's in the center of it all, and the cultural and nightlife is bustling. The Plateau is a bit of a victim of its own success, for good reason, as housing is very unaffordable.


The district of the famous singer Claude Léveillée, Villeray is full of small cafes and neighborhood restaurants of top quality. Just north of Jean-Talon Street, Villeray offers a good compromise between tranquility and neighbourhood life. We like to walk in the immense Jarry Park.


A working-class neighbourhood, Rosemont is a quiet neighbourhood where life is good. It is one of the largest boroughs in Montreal. It includes Little Italy, La Petite Patrie, Angus and Old Rosemont. There is also the famous Jean-Talon Market, where you can find products from Quebec farms and ingredients from around the world.


A trendy neighbourhood. It’s the perfect place to buy fresh Montreal bagels. There are also plenty of interesting shops and cafes. Park Avenue, and the proximity to Mount Royal makes it one of the coolest neighborhoods in Montreal.


Once an unloved neighbourhood, Verdun is now coming back to life with Wellington Street, and all the young families who have come to settle there. It has the atmosphere of Mont-Royal Avenue, and as a bonus, access to the St. Lawrence River and a recently landscaped beach.


Griffintown has experienced a real estate boom with its condo towers with breathtaking views of Montreal and downtown. The advent of a whole new population has led to the emergence of several cafés and shops. Sometimes we feel like we're in New York.

Old Montreal

We love the charm of yesteryear and the history of Old Montreal; St-Paul Street, Notre-Dame Basilica, Bonsecours Market, and the Pointe-à-Callière Museum. We particularly like the Bota Bota spa in the Old Port, which offers incredible views of Montreal and the St. Lawrence River.


A well-known neighborhood for the wealthy. Outremont is full of beautiful streets and big trees. It is a great place to walk or cycle to admire the beautiful houses and parks.