Top Neighbourhoods Downtown Montreal
After spending years living in downtown Montreal, we have lived in a few of the neighbourhoods surrounding the downtown area. These different neighbourhoods are all quite convenient for pedestrians, with many unique boutiques, bars and restaurants to offer. Rents are affordable all over the downtown core, which is why there are so many students lining the streets. We have found that the following areas are some great, centrally located places to live:
1.) Plateau – Historic Victorian buildings linethe slim streets of the plateau, making you feel as though your walking down a quaint street in Europe. Not the best access to public transit, more of a family friendly type of area. Great for French people, not many English folk around this area.
2.) Old Port – The ritzy part of downtown, and also the most expensive. You have access to waterfront properties and public parks, four star restaurants, hotels and of course some of the best nightlife in town! Great area to walk about on a warm Sunday, lots of sightseeing to be had! 🙂
3.) Concordia Area – Concordia University’s student district, packed full of shopping, cafes, walking distance to all the downtown malls and easy access to the metro. This is where you will find towering apartment buildings mixed in between three-storey historical buildings. Affordable housing is freely available in this area and so are grocery stores, pharmacies and anything else you could need on a day-to-day basis.
4.) McGill Ghetto – McGill Universities student district. This is a very safe area of Montreal, there are plenty of students walking around at all hours of the night and day. You can also benefit from Complexe La Cite’s underground mall, containing everything from a Pharmacy, to a grocery store, to a movie theatre to the SAQ, and much more.
Happy House Hunting! 🙂