Villa-Marie, the best area to stay in Montreal
One of the most stunning visual landmarks in Old Montreal in Villa-Marie is the Basilica Notre-Dame, which was built in the 19th century by an Irish architect. This medieval-style church is one of the most important in the city and is one of the most spectacular buildings in Montreal due to the beautiful gothic interior and exterior.
Other things in the old town part include the port, which is a large area that includes the Montreal Science Centre and the Labyrinth. From here you can hire boats and sailing boats and there is an interesting clock tower. The old town has many museums with the best being Centre d’histoire de Montreal, which has exhibitions on the history of Montreal and the Pointe-a-Calliere, which has archaeological evidence of the first natives in the city.
In the downtown area, you should definitely check out the McCord Museum, which is a fascinating place about the history of the country, as well as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which has lots of exhibits throughout the year. The Mount Royal Park is located in the downtown part too, which has great views from the top and has various monuments and monuments in the park that are dedicated to people who lost their lives in the war as well as ex-governors and mayors.
The Latin Quarter is a short walk away and is known as the largest gay village on the continent and has a great number of theatres, cinemas, festivals, bars and restaurants. For shopping, head to the Underground City as it has the biggest amount of shops of various kinds as well as many food courts. In the old town area there is also good shopping opportunities and the Bonsecours Market and the Sainte-Catherine street are full of stall, shops and malls.
Villa-Marie is the ideal place for restaurants and there are so many to select from, so at least you won’t go to the same place twice. Cuisines in this area cover most of what the world has to offer and you find anything from Japanese and South American to traditional Montreal food and European dishes.
The same goes for the range of bars and clubs in the area as it has the most, which can differ from old traditional French bars that offer pub grub to state-of-the-art cocktail lounges that might just happen to have an international DJ playing. Hotels range from standard but comfy beds to five-star luxury hotels and there are plenty of them.