Better to ask what this airy, popular shopping center doesn't have than what it does. Bakeries, green grocers and other ... More
Faubourg Sainte-Catherine (Le)
Better to ask what this airy, popular shopping center doesn't have than what it does. Bakeries, green grocers and other food merchants of all varieties are combined with high quality fast food in a way that closely resembles Boston's enormously successful Quincy Market. In all, you can find 60 stores, 27 bars and a variety of restaurants along with a cinema hall and a health club.
Once a vibrant part of Ste Catherine, I was utterly disappointed and saddened by the state of Le Faubourg, which in the past was a signature of Ste Catherine, a place you wanted to return to to feel the life and pulse of this amazing city that we cherish so much.
What happened to the bright, lively, an clean Le Faubourg? Now with torn floors, broken walls, dark and stinky hallways and washrooms, scary spots, unbreathable air, run-down food stalls. I got my bagels and rushed out. Even the bagel bakery seemed to be struggling for life and customers. It was once a spot where you'd eat freshly made bagels and watch them make them as they served long lines of those eagerly waiting for a taste... I felt so sorry for the bagelry owners. Most of the merchants have left. The place is quickly running out of business.
SHAME ON THE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT.
Avoid this place, unless you want to grab some amazing Montreal-style bagels.
The Faubourg, once a prime spot of food in all of its various forms, is now little more than the shell of a building. Entire sections are closed off, floors torn up, stores shuttered. Half of the food court is now a dollar store, and when I asked a local vendor to explain how things had gone so radically wrong, he shrugged and said everyone who hasn’t been there in a year has the same reaction. Is there a plan for the Faubourg? That seems to be the question. As it stands now, avoid entirely.
The Faubourg is not for shopping, unless you're looking for food. The real draw of this place is its enormous food court, which has everything from Thai and Indian to Subway. If you've got a group that can't decide what to eat for lunch, this is the place to go. Certain restaurants are cheaper than others, but overall the quality is excellent. I've never seen such a welcoming food court; most are there to get you fed quickly so that you can get back to the important task of shopping. The Faubourg is the opposite, as you can stay virtually forever (and Concordia students, who can often be found studying at the tables, do). Five stars for culinary delights!
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