A commercial downtown Montreal home to Victorian houses, modern buildings, underground shopping malls and our most popular, most important, most famous Ste-Catherine street with its many department stores, chain stores, retail stores, fancy boutiques...
Stores that offer a wide variety of goods such as ready-to-wear apparel and accessories for adults and children, yard goods and household textiles, small household wares, furniture, electrical appliances and accessories, food stores, fancy and not so fancy restaurants. A commercial downtown area and a Ste-Catherine street divided into many districts.
The surrounding streets of the Commercial Downtown Montreal are Atwater street to the west, Park Avenue to the east, Mount-Royal to the north and René-Lévesque to the south. As for the Metro, stations include McGill, Peel, Guy-Concordia and Atwater Metro Stations.
A very popular shopping district located between Bleury street to the east and Bishop street to the west accompanied by a very trendy underground shopping mall and city.
Ste-Catherine is our most important and most popular commercial street, thanks to its large variety of stores and to its many arcades, peep shows, movie theaters, food chains, fancy and not so fancy restaurants. A Ste-Catherine street with people on street corners selling hand-made jewelry, street performers asking for gratuities and homeless people asking for money.
A business district on René-Lévesque boulevard between du Parc avenue and Bleury street to the east and Guy street to the west along with highrise office buildings on de Maisonneuve boulevard and Sherbrooke street.
The René-Lévesque boulevard is where the Saint-Patrick Basilica and the Dorchester Square are both located and, the Sherbrooke street is where dozens of high-rise hotels are found between du Parc avenue and Bleury street to the east and the Musée des Beaux-Arts to the west.
The Museum District is centered around the Musée des Beaux-Arts on Sherbrooke street west near Crescent street where many upscale art galleries, gift shops, antique stores, designer clothes and jewelry stores are located.
Commercial downtown Montreal and stores on Sherbrooke street and on Crescent or Bishop streets south, along with small residential streets where B&B accommodations can be found north of Sherbrooke street.
At the turn of the century, the Golden Square Mile was where 70% of Canada's wealth was in the hands of a few hundred families living in a "golden square" of approximately one square mile. An authentic Golden Square Mile located between Côte-des-Neiges road to the west, du Parc Avenue to the east, Sherbrooke street to the South and Mont-Royal avenue to the North.
The Golden Square Mile is also where the main entrance of the McGill University Campus, corner of McGill College avenue and Sherbrooke street is surrounded by the McGill "ghetto" and the Milton-park Avenue. A "ghetto" as in students said to live in the campus, eat in the campus, party in the campus and never leave the campus.
The Mont-Royal park is a large park designed by Frederic Law Olmsted who also designed Central Park in New York City. It is also the best view of the City of Montreal. A Mont-Royal called "la montagne" and a "mountain" where one can hike or mountain bike in the summer and skate or slide in the winter.
The park can be accessed by foot through downtown Montreal and through the "stairs section" (the Redpath stairs being the nicest one). A walk up the path and up the very long stairs or, a ride by bus or by car through the Camillien-Houde Road west of du Parc and Mont-Royal avenues.
Downtown East is where the Place-des-Arts, the Complexe Desjardins, the Complexe Guy-Favreau and Chinatown to the South are all located. An East Downtown situated between Parc avenue and Bleury street to the west, St-Laurent boulevard to the east, Sherbrooke street to the north and René-Lévesque boulevard to the south.
Nowadays, the Downtown Fur District occupies a very small section of the Commercial Downtown Montreal of today. A fur industry with fur manufacturers, designers and stores mostly located between de Maisonneuve boulevard to the north, Ste-Catherine street to the south, City Councillors to the west and Bleury street to the east.
Downtown Shaughnessy Village is a busy neighbourhood known for its cluster of Ramen restaurants and oriental cuisine, for Korean best dishes and for Izakayas, a type of Japanese bar in which a variety of small and inexpensive dishes and snacks are served to accompany drinks and alcool.