Ste-Catherine street, Montreal
I found these 3 performers while walking on Ste-Catherine street. Picture 1 is the first musician I noticed. He was playing something looking like Spanish "castañuelas" (but not quite) and hitting them with the thingie that looks like a bike saddle, making a sound like horse shoes when a horse is walking.
Picture 2 shows a guy dressed like Spider man. He had a radio and was playing some music (couldn't hear what with all the traffic and people talking) but he was whistling louder than any street noise. While whistling and playing music, he was dancing (or something).
Picture 3 shows a man playing the guitar as if it was a piano. Very nice.
Spend a day shopping on Ste-Catherine Street. Department stores, chain stores and strip clubs line the road between Guy Street and St-Urbain.
Fondest memory: When I leave the city I miss the funky style and joie-de-vivre of Montrealers!
Montreal is a city of unique streets, each with it's own character. Downtown Montreal is a safe city to walk in and shop in. On the main streets of Montreal you will find people out strolling late into the night. Montreal is a city that doesn't sleep.
St. Catherine Street is the main shopping street in Montreal. The Metro System runs East-West right along this main street. You will find several large department stores, from the very upscale Ogilvy's, to Simon's, and The Bay and several shopping complexes, The Eaton Center, and Montreal Trust among them. You will find the fashions in the stores of Montreal to be equal to any major city, and you will observe that the reputation that Montreal's women are the best dressed in North America is very very true. Montrealers are very fashion conscious. St. Catherine Street boasts many restaurants of every culture you can imagine. There is nothing you could want that you couldn't find somewhere along St. Catherine Street.
You can check out Crescent Street for the exciting bar and night-life of English Montreal, visit Winnie's Pub. Go east along St. Catherine and you will find St. Lawrence Street, also known as 'The Main' a cultural divide between English and French Montreal. You will find fabulous restaurants and Clubs on St. Lawrence Street today. Sherbrooke Street runs east-west like St. Catherine Street, just a few streets north. It is a charming street lined with refurbished brown-stone homes, that are upscale shops, art galleries and professional offices now. You can find the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Sherbrooke, as well as the world renowned McGill University campus.
Jeanne-Mance and St-Catherine is a very central point in Montreal. You'll be surrounded by a University, Museums and the Place des Arts, the Sprectrum, restaurants, etc.
Plus this is where the film festival, the Jazz festival and the Just for laugh festivals are located.
Favorite thing: Go shopping on rue Ste. Catherine, and if you're lucky you might be able to see some buskers. This street is filled with shops and restaurants, and is where the Eaton Center is located. It can take a few hours to stroll up and down the street. One store you must go to is Simon's department store, which has 3 floors of amazing clothes and accessories at reasonable prices. This street is intersected by rue Crescent, which is overflowing with bars, restaurants (inclduing Hard Rock café), nightclubs, and pubs.
Favorite thing: Head to the heart of the city, the always busy shopping mecca of Rue Ste-Catherine. The street is the retail heart of Montréal, with all the city's major department stores and many other famous international stores along the street and in the malls nearby and underground. Ste-Catherine is packed with people day and night of all colours, sizes, races, religions, nations...it is truly a diversified district. It is also the linguistic melting pot of Montréal, where both English and French are heard spoken almost equally. Unlike the East End or the West Island, where shopkeepers are strictly French or English, the shopkeepers here are happy to serve you bilingually. At night, the street really hops, with theatres and clubs open all night. Advertising trucks drive down it displaying rotating lighted ads. There is definately a wealth gradient on Ste-Catherine- the farther west one goes, the more expensive the shops. The photo is of the crowded sidewalk of Ste-Catherine at Rue Stanley.
Favorite thing: You absolutely must go to St. Catherine Street/Rue de la St. Catherine. If you you don't like shopping, you will like it when you get there!