The Village

Montreal
Gay Village featuring outdoor eating, street scenes and café scenes

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.


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Hotel Arena Palace Montreal
Hotel Arena Palace Montreal
1.5 out of 5
1553, St André, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $58 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in The Village, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and The Underground City. Old Port of Montreal and McGill University ...
2.2/5 (380 reviews)
"Nice room. Good for students to stay and neat and clean. Reasonable and helpful"

Reviewed on Nov. 9, 2021

Hotel Arena Palace Montreal
Econo Lodge
Econo Lodge
2 out of 5
1683 Rue Saint-Hubert, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $99 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 29
Located in The Village, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and The Underground City. Old Port of Montreal and McGill University ...
4/5 Very Good! (28 reviews)
"Good budget option for a short stay"

Reviewed on Nov. 28, 2021

Econo Lodge
M Montreal
M Montreal
2 out of 5
1245 Rue Saint-André, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $109 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 29
Located in The Village, this eco-friendly hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Saint Denis Street, Sainte-Catherine Street, and Old Port of Montreal. Notre Dame Basilica ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (410 reviews)
"Beautiful and clean hotel. Friendly staff and the place is just in a perfect spot."

Reviewed on Nov. 26, 2021

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Auberge Le Pomerol
Auberge Le Pomerol
3 out of 5
819, boul. de Maisonneuve Est, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $109 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 18
Located in The Village, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National Library of Quebec, University of Quebec at Montreal, and Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (588 reviews)
"Wish there are more drinks (water) available"

Reviewed on Nov. 14, 2021

Auberge Le Pomerol
Maison des Jardins B&B
Maison des Jardins B&B
3 out of 5
1365 Logan, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $105 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 29
Located in The Village, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Fontaine Park, Sainte-Catherine Street, and The Underground City. McGill University ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (135 reviews)
"Robert and Luc were the perfect hosts! They greeted us for our late arrival and allowed us to park in their onsite garage. The breakfast was absolutely the best! I would definitely stay at Maison des Jardins if I am ever back in the area."

Reviewed on Nov. 17, 2021

Maison des Jardins B&B
Hyatt Place Montreal Downtown
Hyatt Place Montreal Downtown
3 out of 5
1415 St Hubert St, Montreal, QC
Located in The Village, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Port of Montreal, McGill University, and Notre Dame Basilica. Montreal Convention Centre and ...
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Hyatt Place Montreal Downtown
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