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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Top Hotels in The Village

Hotel Arena Palace Montreal
Hotel Arena Palace Montreal
1.5 out of 5
1553, St André, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $54 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in The Village, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street, University of Quebec - Montreal, and Saint Denis Street. St. Denis Theatre ...
2.2/5 (370 reviews)
"Paid 80$/N for a two double beds, stayed there 5 days. The staff is extremely friendly! The location is perfect, you're literally 20seconds walk to the Beri-uqam metro station. Grocery store also 20seconds away. They lock the door 24/7 so you buzz to enter, never going to have an issue of weirdos/thieves ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2021

Hotel Arena Palace Montreal
M Montreal
M Montreal
2 out of 5
1245 Rue Saint-André, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $112 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
Located in The Village, this eco-friendly hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street, Saint Denis Street, and University of Quebec - Montreal. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (394 reviews)
"Staff was amazing. I stayed in a ladies only room felt super safe it was very clean."

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2021

M Montreal
Econo Lodge
Econo Lodge
2 out of 5
1683 Rue Saint-Hubert, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $80 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in The Village, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and University of Quebec - Montreal. Saint Denis Street and St. Denis ...
3.8/5 Good! (19 reviews)
"There was just one toilette paper roll no back up"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2021

Econo Lodge
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 7 to Nov 7
Located in The Village, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and La Fontaine Park. University of Quebec at Montreal and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (129 reviews)
"Luc, Robert and staff really go out of their way to ensure an enjoyable stay. Their vegan breakfast was superb 👍👍👍. Street parking is difficult to find nearby but we used their onsite parking for our second night…….very convenient."

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2021

Maison des Jardins B&B
Auberge Le Pomerol
Auberge Le Pomerol
3 out of 5
819, boul. de Maisonneuve Est, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $119 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
Located in The Village, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National Library of Quebec, University of Quebec - Montreal, and Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (581 reviews)
"Close to everything and right across from Berri/UQAM metro station. Usually has continental breakfast but temporarily stopped due to Covid. Staff very friendly and there to answer and question. Rooms were small but clean and cozy. Building is old, but well maintained. Really, I couldn't find anything ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 25, 2021

Auberge Le Pomerol
Hôtel Ste-Catherine
Hôtel Ste-Catherine
2 out of 5
1674 Ste-Catherine Est, Montreal, QC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $64 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
Located in The Village, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and Jacques Cartier Bridge. La Fontaine Park and University of Quebec ...
3.1/5 (197 reviews)
Fine place to get some sleep.
"Check-in was easy and staff pleasant. The room was expectedly small but works and clean and neat."

Reviewed on Jan. 7, 2021

Hôtel Ste-Catherine
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