Crescent (between René-Levesque and Sherbrooke)
Newcomers to Montreal will be attracted to rue Crescent (seen in the above picture), with its flashy lights and vibrant nightlife. On the weekend, the cumulative noise from invasive sound systems and late night party-kids drowns out any sense of sobriety, and engorge you with a heady sense of excitement. It's easy to be caught up in the rush on rue Crescent, and with its density of bars, is a target for well-dressed clubbers.
Sainte Catherine (between Atwater and St-Denis)
The Montreal shopping experience is neatly tied up on Ste-Catherine, the tourist destination of choice, especially those carrying stacks of American or European bills. As a result, the streets of Ste-Catherine flood with misplaced, delirious Americans, brutally mispronouncing the French names of the streets they've heard about. All the ideals of Montreal are neatly tied up and proudly on display here: on one block, a church, next to a strip club, next to a leather shoe store, next to another strip club.
Saint Laurent (between Sherbrooke and Mont-Royal)
St. Laurent is the street where everything comes even; east-west streets start at 0 here, and it is an invisible division between English and French Montreal. It is here, however, that the real feeling of Montreal comes to life in sinister undertones; St. Laurent has a rapid mix of restaurants, bars and stores, which make the street enigmatically busy - no matter what time of day.
Saint Denis (between René-Levesque and Mont-Royal)
St-Denis offers everything that Crescent doesn't. Crescent is the majority Anglophone and stacked with clubs. St-Denis is Francophone and bursting with bars and pubs. If you're into sitting back, sipping beer, and immersing yourself in French-Canadian culture then head to St-Denis.
Prince Arthur (between St-Laurent and Carré St-Louis)
Prince-Arthur is small and has the only pedestrian zone in Montreal. Finally a chance to sit back, sip on a drink and watch all the beautiful people pass by. The street might be small, but the tiny part east of St-Laurent has a lot to offer. Greek and Italian restaurants are stacked next to each other, separated by the occasional bar or café. A good place to start any night, especially during the summer.
The Old Port (Metro Champ-de-Mars or Places D'Armes)
The old port has a European feeling to it; full of tourists, expensive cafes, restaurants, snobby waiters and horse crap. But nevertheless, if you are looking for a romantic outing, or simply yearning for a touch of "Old Europe" the old port is always a good bet. For the hopelessly romantic among you we suggest visiting the old port for one night during our annual international fireworks competition.
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