UPDATE, October 2021: Our picks for the best neighborhoods and where to stay in Montreal are now built to reflect the results of the Time Out Index and readers—locals or not—weighing in on the city. Whether it's some former industrial sector turned into a posh enclave or some of the most culturally diverse and welcoming places in Canada, there's a little bit of everything so you can find the right place to visit or set up camp.
The city’s best neighborhoods for locals and essential places where visitors can stay in Montreal 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 Montreal festivals, some of the best things to do in Montreal alongside stellar experiences in the city’s best restaurants and best bars. Better yet, you’ll find a lot of variety in Montreal’s neighbourhoods as you explore them, as each carries its own points of interest and vibes. From business-driven Downtown Montreal to trendier areas like Mile End and Little Italy, there’s a little something for everyone.
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