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Exploring Montreal’s Vibrant Gay Village

March 03, 2015

Welcome to the Village

One of Montreal’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, the Gay Village has it’s own flair and attractions. Since the early 1920’s Montreal has had a very present and active gay community. Originally located further west in the downtown area, the village as presently located began during the 1980’s, mainly for financial reasons. The Village today is along rue St. Catherine (between Berri and de Lorimier) and runs north to south from René-Lévesque to rue Sherbrooke. Don’t think you have to be gay to hang out here though; it is one of the most friendly and inclusive parts of Montreal, everyone is welcomed. From exceptional coffee houses like Café Olimpico to cultural and artistic venues, the village is full of numerous places to discover and enjoy. Book a hotel near the gay village and extend your stay, discover even more! Read on for a few quick ideas:

 

Fabrics of Life

As you’re out strolling the village be sure to watch for the various art installations. One in particular to note is Aleksandra Krakowiak’s “Fabrics of Life” installation. You’ll see them all along St. Catherine Street. These artistic installations change and are updated often, so come back to see what’s new with each season.

Mainline Theatre

Looking for a gay-inspired theater? Check out the various shows like The Pretty One, Richard III, Hosanna or The Dumb Waiter for starters. This place is located at 3997 Boul. St. Laurent.

World’s Largest Toga Party

Yep. It’s just as you’d think. Takes place March 20, 2015 at 2313 St. Catherine Ouest. You might want to get your tickets ahead of time if you’re planning on attending. Be sure to have your hotel room near the gay village booked also to make things easy.

Cabaret Mado

Reflecting days since past, this cabaret is done up in true 1920’s style. Featuring drag shows seven days a week, there’s always something happening at the Mado. One of the village’s unique gay hot spots and walking distance from our hotels near the gay village.

Gay Village Barber Shop

Looking for a close cut? Visit Sebastien Barbier for a trendy cut or shave. You can even get your torso and back shaved, if you’re into that. Located at 1354 rue St. Catherine.

Restaurants

True to Montreal’s style, the Gay Village is full of awesome cafes and restaurants of varying caliber. You’ll find high cuisine, bistro/café, traditional, exotic, and local inspired cuisine. Quick eats too. Your best bet is to get out there and poke around, talk to the people on the street and you’ll quickly find where the locals eat. You might even find yourself a lunch buddy! If you’re shy and want a great spot for dinner try the Grain de Sel, it’s tasty and close at hand at 2375 rue St. Catherine. Stay in a hotel near the gay village for easy access to many of the best restaurants and cafes.

 

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