"rue St. Denis" Quartier Latin Tip by peach93

Quartier Latin, Montreal: 14 reviews and 17 photos


The Quartier Latin, as it's called, got its name from the large student population who has called this area of the city home since the 19th Century, as it was once compulsory for all students to study Latin. Today, this section of the city is quite Bohemian and home to some of its hippest bars, clubs, and shops.

We explored this part of Montreal quite by accident one afternoon when we got off at the wrong stop on the Metro and were almost instantly caught in a violent rainstorm. With no place to hide, we ran for shelter under the marquis of a huge and very modern movie theatre. The Bistro a JoJo (1627 rue St. Denis) caught our eye across the street . After a mad, soaking dash we enjoyed a lovely couple of hours in this super-cool blues club, drinking wine and listening to music and friendly conversation.

When the rain stopped, we walked down the street to find all sorts of art studios, galleries, and boutiques, all unique unto themselves. Our favorite was La Capoterie, a sex shop tastefully offering all sorts wares from condoms to lubricants, books and bachelor party jokes. The friendly, French saleswoman was more than happy to describe the recommended use of each item right down to offering samples of her favorite lubricants! Refreshing stuff for the people from Puritanical New England.

This street also has scores of great-looking music clubs, bars, and coffee houses and is a fun place to walk around and explore, rain or shine.

Address: rue St. Denis
Directions: Take Metro to Berri-UQAM stop.
Phone: 514 849 4906
Website: http://www.quartierlatin.ca/en/

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  • Updated Aug 22, 2006
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