Accommodation: discovering Montreal's neighbourhoods

What are the best neighbourhoods in Montreal?

Montreal is a pleasant city to live in, both dynamic and warm. As we mentioned earlier in our Top 10 reasons to live in MontrealAs we mentioned in our previous article, warm hospitality, art and gastronomy are at the heart of the city's neighborhoods. The question now is: what are the best neighborhoods in Montreal?

We offer you an overview of the main neighbourhoods in Montreal, with pictures, budget and description to help you in your selection of your future neighbourhood in Montreal as part of your expatriation . Our interactive map below integrating the 4 metro lines in Montreal (green, orange, blue and yellow) will allow you to easily locate the neighbourhoods in the city of Montreal.

Overview of Montreal's neighbourhoods

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Montreal neighbourhood: Plateau Mont-Royal (●on the map)

At the foot of Mount Royal, the Plateau overlooks the city centre. It is the favourite neighbourhood of the French, who settle here in large numbers. Get ready for an intense and friendly neighbourhood life while having access to all the charms of urban life. Green alleys and lanes, colourful houses, spiral staircases, local shops... You will feel like in a big village!

ℹ️ This area is very popular with the French and the rent prices are quite high!

Metro: Mont-Royal, Sherbrooke and Laurier (South exit) - Line ORANGE

Average housing cost: 3 ½ : 1450 $ // 5 ½ : 2100 $

Parks Lafontaine Park, Laurier Park, Jeanne Mance Park, Mount Royal Park

Commercial and tourist streets: avenue Mont Royal, rue Saint-Denis, Boulevard Saint-Laurent (between Mont-Royal and avenue Duluth), avenue Laurier, avenue du Parc, rue Rachel, avenue Duluth

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Neighbourhood of Montreal : Le Mile-End

Mile End is the little Brooklyn of Montreal. Here, designer boutiques and local artisans flourish on every street corner, artists' studios are popping up everywhere and urban, festive and avant-garde culture is king. There are dozens of new addresses and small independent cafés mingle with institutions (Bagels de Fairmount and St Viateur, Kem Coba ice cream parlour, Café Olimpico...). In this neighbourhood, as on the Plateau, the life of a large village is reflected in its streets where all the inhabitants seem to know each other. 

ℹ️ Although it is quite far from the metro (about a 15-25 minute walk from the nearest metro), it is well served by bus routes.

Subway : Laurier, Rosemont - Line ORANGE du Parc - Line BLUE LINE

Average housing cost: 3 ½: $1250 // 5 ½: $1500

Commercial and tourist streets: Boulevard Saint-Laurent (from Villeneuve to Van Horne), avenue du Parc, rue Fairmount, rue Saint-Viateur, avenue Bernard

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Montreal neighbourhood : Griffintown

Formerly an industrial district, Griffintown is today the famous landmark of modern and trendy condos with high-end services (roof terraces with swimming pool, barbecue, gym...) and a superb view of downtown. Preferred by young dynamic executives and couples without children, Griffintown is a rapidly developing neighbourhood, with a growing number of trendy restaurants and bars. 

ℹ️If you are a family though, this area may be less suitable: 10-20 minutes distance to the nearest metros, less green space, less friendly neighbourhood life. 

Metro: Bonaventure, Georges Vanier - Line ORANGE LINE

Average cost of housing: 3 ½: $1500 // 5 ½: $2000

Parks Park of Meubliers, Lachine Canal

Commercial and tourist streets: Notre-Dame Street West, William Street

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Neighbourhood of Montreal : The South-West (Saint-Henri, Little Burgundy)

The Sud-Ouest offers an urban and friendly living environment, with fresh air on the banks of the Canal and proximity to the downtown area. A real neighbourhood life reigns here and the Atwater Market is a daily gathering of residents, local producers and tourists in search of gourmet flavours. The district has been growing in recent years and offers a wide variety of housing for all budgets: Victorian houses stand alongside working-class buildings, and former factories transformed into designer lofts are popping up all over the canal.

Subway: Lionel-Groulx - Line ORANGE and GREENLine

Average cost of housing: 3 ½: $750 // 5 ½: $1200

Parks Lachine Canal

Commercial and tourist streets: Notre-Dame Street West, Atwater Market

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Neighbourhood of Montreal : Verdun

Verdun is a quiet neighbourhood, a little out of the way but very accessible by public transport. It is ideal for young urban families who want community life, green spaces and good, affordable shopping. 

Subway : Verdun GREENline

Average housing cost: 3 ½: $1100 // 5 ½: $1600

Parks Angrignon Park

Shopping and tourist streets: Wellington Drive

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Neighbourhood of Montreal : The Old Montreal

Montreal's historic district has an air of Europe and New York through its beautiful architecture and cobblestone streets. Running along the St. Lawrence River, Old Montreal (and the Old Port) is a great place to stroll in all seasons and is very vibrant: many restaurants, bars and cafes are nestled in its charming streets. 

ℹ️Beware though, it is a very touristy place and far from supermarkets and local shops. 

Subway: Square-Victoria, Place d'Armes, Champ de Mars Line ORANGE

Average housing cost: 3 ½: $1700 // 5 ½: $2100

ParksOld Port : edge of the Old Port

Commercial and tourist streets: Notre-Dame Street, Saint-Paul Street

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Neighbourhood of Montreal : Little Italy and Mile-Ex

Little Italy and Mile-Ex are two neighbouring and very similar neighbourhoods: peacefulThey are a little further from downtown than Mile End and the Plateau, but close to the metro. The proximity of the Jean-Talon market and the dynamic life that reigns around it make it a place of shared cultures (you'll find the best Italian and Indian restaurants in town, among others). In these neighbourhoods too, the emphasis is on artistic and gustatory development Art galleries, restaurants, bars and surprising design cafés await you here.

Subways: Jean Talon - ORANGEline and BLUE, De Castelnau, Parc - BLUE line

Average housing cost: 3 ½: $1500 // 5 ½: $1900

Parks Little Italy Park

Commercial and tourist streets: Avenue du Parc, Avenue Jean Talon, Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Rue Dante

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Neighbourhood of Montreal : Downtown, Ville-Marie

It is the business centre of Montreal. Here, shopping centres and companies have taken up residence and the area is divided between flats and offices. It is nonetheless very lively and busy, but you won't find the conviviality of some other neighbourhoods.

Subway: Peel, Concordia - GREEN line

Average housing cost: 3 ½: $1600 // 5 ½: $2000

Parks Dorchester Square, Canada Place

Commercial and tourist streets: Rue sainte-Catherine

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Neighbourhood of Montreal : Le Village

The LGBTQ+ Quarter of Montreal is a very lively and colourful part of the city, full of restaurants and bars. In the summer, St. Catherine Street is entirely pedestrianized in the area.

Metro: Saint-Laurent, Beaudry - GREEN line

Average housing cost: 3 ½: $1600 // 5 ½: $2000

Commercial and tourist streets: Rue sainte-Catherine

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Quartier de Montréal : Quartier des Spectacles

The cultural heart of the city, this district is animated by numerous festivals and events throughout the year. Many bars and restaurants are present around the Place des Festivals, enough to delight your stomach between two concerts. Very central, the Quartier des Spectacles is suitable for young professionals and couples wishing to have a rhythmic and dynamic daily life.

Metro: Place des Arts - GREEN line

Average housing cost: 3 ½: $1600 // 5 ½: $2000

Commercial and tourist streets: Sainte-Catherine Street, Place des Festivals

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Neighbourhood of Montreal : Hochelaga-Maisonneuve-Viau

This popular neighbourhood is now in full development. Its proximity to the city centre has made it an asset and it is now popular with young families who want to live in a warm and community atmosphere. 

Metro: Préfontaine, Joliette, Pie IX, Viau - GREEN line

Average housing cost: 3 ½: $900 // 5 ½: $1,700

Parks: Lalancette Park, Morgan Park

Shopping and tourist streets: Ontario Street East

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Neighbourhood of Montreal : Sainte-Marie

A working-class neighbourhood that is also changing. Once a working-class neighbourhood, the closure of factories and manufacturing plants has left urban scars. For some years now, the Sainte-Marie district has been recovering and the area has been revitalised.

Metro: Frontenac, Pie IX - GREEN line

Average housing cost: 3 ½: $875 // 5 ½: $1200

Parks : Faubourgs park

Shopping and tourist streets: Ontario Street East

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Neighbourhood of Montreal : McGill Milton-Parc

Located just a stone's throw from the prestigious McGill University, this neighbourhood is very popular with students and offers a wide range of festive and affordable restaurants and bars. The campus atmosphere is around every corner, with the University spread out in many buildings around the main campus. The houses and buildings have beautiful historic architecture and the area is still very central, halfway between the Plateau and the city centre.

Metro: McGill - GREEN line

Average housing cost: 3 ½: $1600 // 5 ½: $2000

Parks Mount Royal Park

Shopping and tourist streets: Sherbrooke Street

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Neighbourhood of Montreal : Westmount

This residential city is very upscale and predominantly English-speaking. Westmount is ideal for families, with prestigious schools and numerous parks.

Subways: None - only buses

Average cost of housing: > 2000$.

Parks Westmount Park, Summit Woods, King George Park

Commercial and tourist streets: Sherbrooke Street, Sainte-Catherine Street

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Neighborhood of Montreal : Outremont

Outremont is an affluent residential neighbourhood with beautiful homes and many parks. It is a very family-oriented neighbourhood with many schools. Outremont is also home to the largest Hasidic Jewish community in North America, after New York.

Subway: Outremont - BLUE line

Average housing cost: 3 ½: $1200 // 5 ½: $1800

Parks Joyce Park, Outremont Park, Pratt Park

Shopping and tourist streets: Van Horne Avenue, Bernard Avenue

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Neighbourhood of Montreal : Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie

Rosemont has an impressive number of urban villages. The Masson Promenade, the Angus sector, the Cité-Jardin, and the Molson Park area are all areas with distinct personalities and lively living environments. In the heart of these villages, a vast choice of properties is available. 

Metro : Rosemont - ORANGE line

Average housing cost: 3 ½: $1200 // 5 ½: $1800

Parks Beaubien Park, Père-Marquette Park, Molson Park

Commercial and tourist streets: Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Beaubien Street

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Neighbourhood of Montreal : Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension

The borough of Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension is a real jewel of greenery. Its streets lined with large trees and its green spaces maintain a unique neighbourhood life. Its commercial streets are at the heart of true urban villages. They are animated by people of all origins who take great pleasure in living together.

ℹ️ A little out of thecity centre, this area is still accessible by public transport .

Subways : Fabre - BLUE line, Jean Talon - ORANGE and BLUE line , Jarry - ORANGE line

Average housing cost: 3 ½: $900 // 5 ½: $1600

Parks Beaubien Park, Père-Marquette Park, Molson Park

Commercial and tourist streets: Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Beaubien Street

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Choosing your neighbourhood in Montreal: our advice

The first thing to keep in mind when looking for accommodation in Montreal is the distance to a subway station. In winter, being located less than 10 minutes from a metro station is a considerable asset and a guarantee of keeping your mood and energy up. 

If you are a parent, be sure to check the ratings of schools in Montreal neighbourhoods as well. In the public sector, your child's future school choice will depend on the neighbourhood in which you live. You can go to the Montreal School Board to find the schools attached to the different neighbourhoods. You can also consult the Fraser Institute's ranking to compare schools.

Consult our article "Living in Montreal: tips and tricks for expatriates" for more information on finding accommodation in Montreal as part of your expatriation.

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