"The Main: Boulevard St-Laurent" Downtown Tip by Carmanah

Downtown, Montreal: 37 reviews and 72 photos

  Standing on Rue St-Laurent in December 2004
by Carmanah

Boulevard St-Laurent, also called "The Main" is the central road that divides the traditionally English-speaking part of Montreal in the west from the traditionally French-speaking part of Montreal in the east. I say "traditionally" because these are generalizations that were probably more accurate decades ago, and are less relevant today.

It's here on St-Laurent where you'll find a lot of great shopping and dining opportunities. Like St-Denis, the shops and restaurants on St-Laurent exist for the sake of Montrealers more than the tourists, which gives it a genuine and authentic Montreal experience.

At the southern end of St-Laurent is the Old Port of Montreal - the old historic neighbourhood. Up from the Old Port I found that a lot of the city's trendy clubs, lounges and bars were located here, or at least not far from it. The famous Schwart'z Deli (for smoked meat) is located on St-Laurent. Daniel Langlois's state of the art multimedia building "L'Excentris" is located here too. It's here where you can dine at the trendy, post-industrial Café Mélies.


Address: 1 Place Ville Marie, Montreal, QC H3B 3Y1, Canada
Directions: Bordered by Sherbrooke St., to the north, Saint Hubert St., to the east, Guy St., to the west, and the Ville-Marie Expressway to the south.
Phone: 514 844 5400
Website: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/

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  • Updated Aug 1, 2005
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