Home to the world's coolest street, this solidly residential neighbourhood found to the southwest of Downtown Montreal, Verdun has quickly become a destination in its own right after the community decided to update its restrictive regulations on alcohol that originally date back to the 1800s. This loosening of attitudes—plus some accomplished know-how in neighbourhood management—has seen rise to a craft brewery, cocktail bars, third-wave cafés and avant-garde restaurants that are all making the neighbourhood increasingly prominent. Now a whole new generation of Montrealers are tucking into a lot of great stuff from both the established and establishing: From the seafood dynamo Chez Boss & fils and elevated Cambodian hotspot Les Street Monkeys to the pastry creators at Sweet Lee’s and cocktail artisans Bar Palco, there’s plenty to try—including Bossa, home to some of the best sandwiches in the city.
The city’s best neighborhoods for locals—and essential places where visitors can stay—are all right here in this guide. Montreal has a big presence when it comes to culture, community, and character—and if you need proof, just look at the sheer wealth of some of the best things to do in Montreal alongside stellar experiences in the city’s best restaurants and best bars. Better yet, we're home to the world's coolest street (rue Wellington in Verdun) and the 5th coolest neighbourhood (that's Mile End for the win). It's no wonder Montreal ranked 9th best city in the world.
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