Though predominantly French-speaking, this district of 90,000 residents boasts a large multi-ethnic population. Once fairly ... More
Though predominantly French-speaking, this district of 90,000 residents boasts a large multi-ethnic population. Once fairly run down, it is now one of the most desired addresses in Canada, thanks to a vibrant commerce, plenty of green spaces (including Lafontaine Park and Mount Royal), bike paths, art galleries, restaurants galore and a community spirit that spills out naturally into the streets. Though its cheap-and-funky days are behind it, for many people this is still the quintessential Montreal neighborhood.
While we were in Montreal, we spent an afternoon walking around the Plateau. It is easy to get to via the orange line of the metro, and you can walk the major streets, Mount-Royal, St. Denis, St. Laurent, in a few hours. There are lots of good places to eat on St. Denis and some cool shops on all the streets.
A great place to wander and find things. Lots of BYO restaurants. Many ethnicities, Greek, Bistro, Middle Eastern.
The only place I've ever encountered a black-board only bistro, like in the travel books.
The SAQ outlet near the corner of St. Denis and Duluth is well stocked
The plateau is the cutest, most charming area of Montreal is you ask me, even the people are beautiful there!. Just walk the streets towards Parc lafontaine or Laurier and stop for a fresh croissant on the way, you will love the area. Oh and don't forget to bring your dog, they will find a lot of friends on the plateau.
And a trip to the plateau would not be complete without a nice piknick in Lafontaine with a bottle of wine (Yes, drinking in Montreal's parks is not against the law , as long as you have food as well). I recommend you to sit near the water; there is a nice area with big rocks were you can sit, enjoy the sun and put your legs in the fresh water (oh, and look for the new duck's families, they come each year to reproduce in Lafontaine's lake...).
Enjoy your nice sunny afternoon in the plateau!
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