Latin Quarter, Montreal Travel Guide
Latin Quarter Summary
- Lively nightlife and lots of restaurants
- Less expensive than other areas of Montreal
- Near Downtown
- Home to the University of Quebec at Montreal and the National Library of Quebec
- Not as many tourist attractions as Downtown and Old Montreal
- Rowdy at night (a pro for some!)
What It's Like
Montreal's Latin Quarter is a young, lively area named after Paris' Latin Quarter (although some claim it derives its name from an old requirement that all students at the university learn Latin), and is home to the University of Quebec at Montreal. Students can be seen strolling through the streets at all times of the day or night.
The Latin Quarter features some of Montreal's liveliest and most casual nightlife. Because the majority of the residents are students, the bars in the area are often inexpensive and stay open 'til the wee hours of the morning. Rue Saint-Denis has lots of restaurants and bars, as well as shops and funky boutiques. Though the area doesn't offer as many museums or historic sights as adjacent Downtown, the National Library of Quebec is located here.
Where To Stay
Those hoping to be right in the middle of the action may opt to stay on Rue Saint-Denis. Those visiting students may choose to stay near the University of Quebec at Montreal, while those hoping to be close to Downtown and Old Montreal may consider staying close to the neighborhood's western edge.