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Gay Village

Montreal
Gay Village which includes street scenes, outdoor eating and cafe lifestyle

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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Hotel Arena Palace Montreal
Hotel Arena Palace Montreal
1.5 out of 5
1553, St André, Montreal, QC
The price is $47 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 5
Located in Gay Village, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and St. Denis Theatre. Old Port of Montreal and Notre Dame Basilica ...
2.2/5 (361 reviews)
"Un hôtel que je ne recommande pas. Les terminaux de paiement non fonctionnel. On exige 100$ de dépôt alors que ce n'est pas mentionné auparavant. Pas d'eau froide malgré que le problème a été signalé. Le staff manque de professionnalisme."

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

Hotel Arena Palace Montreal
M Montreal
M Montreal
2 out of 5
1245 Rue Saint-André, Montreal, QC
The price is $96 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in Gay Village, this eco-friendly hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and St. Denis Theatre. Old Port of Montreal and Notre ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (382 reviews)
"It’s such a lovely hostel. It’s so clean and organized. Staff are really helpful and friendly."

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

M Montreal
Maison des Jardins B&B
Maison des Jardins B&B
3 out of 5
1365 Logan, Montreal, QC
The price is $88 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 7
Located in Gay Village, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and St. Denis Theatre. The Underground City and Bonsecours ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (121 reviews)
"A beautiful property well situated in a fabulous city. The hosts could not have been more exceptional!"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Maison des Jardins B&B
Auberge Le Pomerol
Auberge Le Pomerol
3 out of 5
819, boul. de Maisonneuve Est, Montreal, QC
The price is $114 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Located in Gay Village, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National Library of Quebec, University of Quebec - Montreal, and Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (573 reviews)
"Friendly and helpful staff."

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

Auberge Le Pomerol
Samesun Montreal Central
Samesun Montreal Central
2 out of 5
1586 Saint-Hubert, Montreal, QC
The price is $61 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
Located in Gay Village, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and St. Denis Theatre. The Underground City and Place des Arts are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (235 reviews)
"Very cozy and neat place. central location, Staff was amazing:)"

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2021

Samesun Montreal Central
Econo Lodge
Econo Lodge
2 out of 5
1683 Rue Saint-Hubert, Montreal, QC
The price is $87 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in Gay Village, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and St. Denis Theatre. Old Port of Montreal and McGill University are ...
3.2/5 (645 reviews)
"I really liked the Place… Was Amazing… The only Issue was the Parking… We Paid $30 for 2 Days"

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Econo Lodge
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