Gay VillageMontreal

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Eat, drink and party in this lively center of Montréal’s cuisine and nightlife. See why the city’s gay district is thought to be one of the largest in the world.

Also known as the Gay Village, this area north of the Quartier Latin is so LGBT-friendly that even its metro station has rainbow pillars. Although the Village is the epicenter of Montreal’s gay scene, just about anyone would enjoy the festive atmosphere. Due to low rents, a young population and a high density of cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs, the Village is one of Montréal’s most exciting areas.

The Village is centered on St. Catherine Street. From June through September, this street is closed to traffic, so the whole neighborhood feels like a vast plaza. Walk along St. Catherine Street and notice the professional street art lining the façades. On a sunny day, sit out on one of the many restaurant terraces for a cup of coffee and watch the fashionable crowds.

There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from in the Village, each of those varying in uniqueness and popularity. You can get anything from a cheap dinner, in a bistro with in-house DJ, to a pricier meal based on the nouveau-French cuisine in an elegant décor.

Most locals hit the bars at just before midnight, which is a good time to hop around between the many different nightlife options. Catch a cabaret show performed by the Village’s most flamboyant drag queens. If you rather have a chat over a cocktail, visit one of the many gay bars in the area. And, if you are enjoying yourself, party until the next morning at a late-night dance club.

The best time to visit the Village is during one of its famous week-long parties. Divers/Cité is the neighborhood’s spectacular annual festival, which lasts a week between July and August. It culminates with the gay pride parade. Watch Mascara, the world’s largest drag show, which takes place during this festival. Black and Blue is a week-long series of big techno parties during Canadian Thanksgiving throughout various venues in both the Village and other parts of Montreal. Get tickets for these festivals in advance, because they are world-renowned, and fill up fast.

Top Hotels in Gay Village

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Place Dupuis Montreal Downtown Ascend Hotel Collection
Hotel Place Dupuis Montreal Downtown Ascend Hotel Collection
3.5 out of 5
1415 St Hubert St, Montreal, QC
CA $89
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and St. Denis Theatre. The Underground City and Complexe Desjardins ...

3.8/5Good! (120 reviews)

"Great time we brought dog was fun great pool clean friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 14, 2020

Hotel Place Dupuis Montreal Downtown Ascend Hotel Collection
Auberge Le Pomerol
Auberge Le Pomerol
3 out of 5
819, boul. de Maisonneuve Est, Montreal, QC
CA $74
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Located in Ville-Marie, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National Library of Quebec, Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes and St. Denis Theatre. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (533 reviews)

"The building is older but there are obvious indications of recent renovation. The room was a little small but had nice furnishing and was clean. I was only in Montreal for a couple days and was looking for a place to stay on a budget. For the price, I was happy with the accomodations and would definitely ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 6, 2020

Auberge Le Pomerol
M Montreal
M Montreal
2 out of 5
1245 Rue Saint-André, Montreal, QC
CA $110
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Ville-Marie, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and St. Denis Theatre. The Underground City and Old Port of Montreal ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (345 reviews)

"Exceptional front desk staff- professional, kind and very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 13, 2020

M Montreal
Le Simone Bed & Breakfast
Le Simone Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
1571 Saint-Andre, Montreal, QC
CA $64
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

Located in Ville-Marie, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and St. Denis Theatre. The Underground City and Old Port of ...

4.3/5Excellent! (112 reviews)

"It is part of a stretch of older attached row houses---You need to know there are steep narrow stairs (like those in the houses in Amsterdam) to go up and down---While my room was old, the bed was wonderfully comfortable--The breakfast is substantial, an omelet or pancakes, cereal, yogurt--I would ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 6, 2020

Le Simone Bed & Breakfast
Hotel Elegant
Hotel Elegant
2 out of 5
1683 Rue Saint-Hubert, Montreal, QC
CA $54
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and St. Denis Theatre. The Underground City and Old Port of Montreal ...

3.2/5 (625 reviews)

"It was nice to be located in the downtown area. The hotel is what you would expect for what we paid for it. Nothing top of the line, but has the basics you need. It was nice that the continental breakfast could have had more options but was okay. I enjoyed that it was served a little later than most ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 8, 2019

Hotel Elegant
Hotel St André
Hotel St André
2.5 out of 5
1285 Rue St-Andre, Montreal, QC

Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and St. Denis Theatre. The Underground City and Old Port of Montreal ...

3.5/5Good! (1,314 reviews)

"It is an older property that could use some upgrading, but it is budget friendly and meets the needs of a single traveler. The most unique service is having breakfast brought to your room each morning. that is a wonderful treat. It would be nice to have a coffee pot in the room for later in the day, ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 6, 2020

Hotel St André

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Per adult
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