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Old Montreal
Plateau Mont-Royal
Underground city
Iles Ste-Helene and Notre-Dame
Quartier latin and village
Côte-des-Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grace
South-west of Montreal
Other neighbourhoods
Outside the island

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Not to be missed (Downtown)

  • Mont-Royal look-out and the park, on top of Mount-Royal, best view of downtown.
  • St-Catherine street between University and Guy street, just walk along, specially friday and saturday nights. There are some nights in the summer where the sidewalk are full and St-Catherine is jammed by cars. That part of St-Catherine is also quite busy during shopping or lunch hour.
  • The Musée des Beaux Arts, the museum of fine arts.
  • Crescent street on fridays and saturday nights (bars and clubs) between St-Catherine and de Maisonneuve blvd.
  • Faubourg Ste-Catherine, a place where you can find all kinds of different foods, there are small restaurants on the third floor, and specialty shops on the ground floor (corner of St-Catherine and Guy).
  • For hockey fans, the Bell center on La Gauchetiere street on the corner of de la Montagne street. That's where the Canadien hockey club plays (when they ar enot on stike - winter 2005). There are also shows and special events. The "old" Montreal Forum is on Ste-Catherine street west (Atwater metro station) and has been tranformed into a large movie theater with restaurants, stores and arcade.
  • St-Patrick's cathedral on Rene-Levesque blvd just east of Beaver Hall. The interior is covered with carved wood panelling and painted ceilings.
  • Square Dorchester (also known as Dominion square) with the Dominion square building to the north (that is where the main Info-Tourisme office is located), the Sun Life insurance building to the east, the Windsor hotel annex to the west and the Windsor train station (with it's hall of lost steps) and the Marie-Reine-du-Monde cathedral to the south. There are also modern buildings : 1000 la Gauchetiere, Marriott Chateau Champlain hotel (aka the cheese grater), IBM-Marathon, etc
  • Square Phillips, during the day in the summer there are street musicians that perform and people that sell handmade jewelry, on Ste-Catherine across from The Bay store.
  • Underground shopping malls (see Underground "city" district).
  • The McGill university campus and the McGill "ghetto", the neighbourhood surrounding McGill university (north of Sherbrooke street between Park ave. in the east and Peel in the west). It is called the ghetto because the stereotypical McGill students is said to only live, shops, eats, etc... in that district. There's a lot of beautiful mansions since it's part of the Golden Square mile ( a part of the city where, at the turn of the century, 70% of Canada's wealth was concentrated in the hand of a few hundred families living in that section).

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