Old Montreal

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Jeffrey on November 9, 2000

Old Montreal (or Vieux Montreal) is the most historical area in Montreal. It contains a concentration of museums and landmarks, and is located on the waterfront. There are also plenty of gift shops, restaurants and cafes.

The area is reminiscent of Europe, with its cobblestone streets and historic architecture. Saint-Paul Street is the oldest street in Montreal, and it has many small art galleries, and shops of every size and sort. Where St. Paul crosses Jacques-Cartier Place, there is an open plaza that was a market, but now is lined with street performers (musicians and magicians when we were there), and small cafes and restaurants. Bonsecours Market is also on St Paul Street. It is now an indoor mall of gift shops, but was the City Hall until the 1870's. It is a beautiful building and definitely looks more like city hall than shopping.

There are many other historic buildings that we admired, but will have to learn more about on my next visit.

Old Montreal/Vieux Montreal
Borough of Ville-Marie
Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 3B2


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