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Why locals love it

The Quartier des Spectacles is one of Montreal's most popular neighborhoods, bringing together the best restaurants, the most entertaining bars and, most importantly, the biggest theaters. This is where all the major festivals in Montreal take place.

Why you should visit it

Travelers should visit this neighborhood for its atmosphere and the many activities and events that are found there. It is a place of gathering and discoveries, including the Gay Quarter and the Place des Festivals with its playful and animated facilities.

Special tip

The Cabaret Mado is known for its unparalleled atmosphere while the shemale gay neighborhood will give you a show.

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I here is where most of the festivals take place. Many good eating options around and close to downtown and the old Montreal.
Vivian
Local
August 4, 2019
A wide variety of festivals and other events. There is something for everyone. Don't miss Festival Présence autochtone/First Peoples' Festival.
lagatta
Local
May 30, 2019
Here is the website for summer rentals at Université du Québec: https://www.residences-uqam.qc.ca/hotel/en/ The rooms have at least a kitchenette, microwave and small fridge. There is a very large supermarket near the western residence - an IGA, in Complexe Desjardins, not to mention the Chinese and South-east Asian foods in the nearby (small) Chinatown! The IGA has quite a bit of house-made prepared luncheon foods, as there are a lot of federal and provincial civil servants working nearby. The Latin Quarter residence is just a few streets east; an easy walk.
lagatta
Local
April 5, 2019
It isn't quite a neighbourhood yet, but it is getting there. Remember that many festivals take place in the area during the summer. There are also some cinemas and theatres, and a growing number of arts groups, from dance to visual arts. There is also a growing range of restaurants and cafés, including a branch of Lola Rosa, a vegetarian bistro that is liked by non-vegetarians as well. Montréal's oldest Chinatown is just a couple of blocks south of QDS. There are many hotels including the Delta at Complexe Desjardins (an urban shopping mall) as well as the Zero, but during the summer visitors can also stay at the Université du Québec student residence, which is modern and some suites have cooking facilities. There is a hotel called Hôtel du Quartier des spectacles, but it used to be a flophouse so it would be important to ascertain that it has been properly cleaned and renovated. It is in an attractive greystone building, but was a dump. I can try to find out more if anyone is interested. Many condos are springing up in the area, which is fine, but I hope that there will also be lodging for arts workers, who often have a precarious income.
lagatta
Local
April 5, 2019
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