Every day for the next two weeks, we’ll be taking a look at a dozen of the most dynamic and interesting post-gay neighborhoods in the United States and Canada. These aren’t necessarily the biggest or the most popular — just a good sampling of especially notable ones.
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Traditionally the city’s close-knit Jewish neighborhood, Mile End is in Montréal’s upper Plateau area, just north of lovely Parc du Mont-Royal. A couple of miles west of downtown and the bright-pink Gay Village, the neighborhood is a short walk from the Mont-Royal and Laurier metro stations and has become a bastion of dining, nightlife, and shopping in recent years.
You’ll find a nice mix of indie clothiers and trendy eateries on Boulevard St-Laurent, including homey Le Cagibi and romantic modern French restaurant L’Atelier. Off of St-Laurent, good streets for strolling and soaking up the neighborhood’s arty energy include Avenue Fairmont and Avenue du Mont-Royal, which are a bit more gentrified and upscale the farther south you go toward the Parc du Mont-Royal.
One major asset in this part of town is the wealth of terrific ethnic restaurants, including Restaurant Soy (for modern Chinese) and Sel Gras, a stylish spot that specializes in Mediterranean and French Canadian fare with a farm-to-table approach. A must in these parts is Fairmount Bagel, a 24-hour shop that bakes famous Montréal-style bagels — it’s a fun stop late at night or on weekend mornings. Next door, Kem CoBa serves tantalizing homemade ice creams and sorbets in imaginative flavors.
For late-night drinking and hobnobbing, check out HELM Microbrasserie, which draws a mixed crowd for craft beer and cocktails.
This article is one in a series about post-gayborhoods.
(Featured image via Nav Jagpal/Flickr)
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