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The Village

Eat, drink and party in this lively center of Montréal’s cuisine and nightlife. See why the city’s gay district is thought to be one of the largest in the world.

Also known as the Gay Village, this area north of the Quartier Latin is so LGBT-friendly that even its metro station has rainbow pillars. Although the Village is the epicenter of Montreal’s gay scene, just about anyone would enjoy the festive atmosphere. Due to low rents, a young population and a high density of cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs, the Village is one of Montréal’s most exciting areas.

The Village is centered on St. Catherine Street. From June through September, this street is closed to traffic, so the whole neighborhood feels like a vast plaza. Walk along St. Catherine Street and notice the professional street art lining the façades. On a sunny day, sit out on one of the many restaurant terraces for a cup of coffee and watch the fashionable crowds.

There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from in the Village, each of those varying in uniqueness and popularity. You can get anything from a cheap dinner, in a bistro with in-house DJ, to a pricier meal based on the nouveau-French cuisine in an elegant décor.

Most locals hit the bars at just before midnight, which is a good time to hop around between the many different nightlife options. Catch a cabaret show performed by the Village’s most flamboyant drag queens. If you rather have a chat over a cocktail, visit one of the many gay bars in the area. And, if you are enjoying yourself, party until the next morning at a late-night dance club.

The best time to visit the Village is during one of its famous week-long parties. Divers/Cité is the neighborhood’s spectacular annual festival, which lasts a week between July and August. It culminates with the gay pride parade. Watch Mascara, the world’s largest drag show, which takes place during this festival. Black and Blue is a week-long series of big techno parties during Canadian Thanksgiving throughout various venues in both the Village and other parts of Montreal. Get tickets for these festivals in advance, because they are world-renowned, and fill up fast.


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Hôtels Gouverneur Montréal

Hôtels Gouverneur Montréal

1415, rue Saint-Hubert, Montreal
3.4
of 5, from 986 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Hôtels Gouverneur Montréal is in the Latin Quarter, a 15-minute walk from the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal. The historic downtown offers shops, restaurants, and landmarks like Notre-Dame Basilica. Guests can also browse the shops lining Saint Catherine Street, a 10-minute drive.

Lively 1BR in The Village by Sonder

Lively 1BR in The Village by Sonder

Rue Sainte Catherine Est and, Montreal
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Gay Village, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of University of Quebec-Montreal and Metropolis. Notre Dame Basilica and Bonsecours Market are also within 2 mi (3 km).

EconoHotel.ca

EconoHotel.ca

1649 rue St-Hubert St, Montreal
2.3
of 5, from 3 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Gay Village, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Quebec-Montreal and Metropolis. Notre Dame Basilica and Bonsecours Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Central 1BR in The Village by Sonder

Central 1BR in The Village by Sonder

Rue Sainte Catherine Est and, Montreal
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Gay Village, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of University of Quebec-Montreal and Metropolis. Notre Dame Basilica and Bonsecours Market are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$39
Hotel Arena Palace Montreal

Hotel Arena Palace Montreal

1553, St André, Montreal
1.7
of 5, from 23 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Located in Gay Village, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Quebec-Montreal and Metropolis. Notre Dame Basilica and Bonsecours Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$76
M Montreal

M Montreal

1245 Rue Saint-André, Montreal
4.3
of 5, from 26 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Gay Village, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Quebec-Montreal, Metropolis, and Bonsecours Market. Notre Dame Basilica and Christ Church Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$78
Empire Suites

Empire Suites

1606 Rue Saint-Hubert, Montreal
2.7
of 5, from 22 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Gay Village, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Quebec-Montreal and Metropolis. Notre Dame Basilica and Bonsecours Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$68
Hotel St André

Hotel St André

1285 Rue St-Andre, Montreal
3.4
of 5, from 322 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Gay Village, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Quebec-Montreal, Metropolis, and Bonsecours Market. Notre Dame Basilica and Christ Church Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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