Montreal's Chinatown is smaller than some, but has everything that a good Chinatown needs. It is loaded with authentic dim sum restaurants and noodle shops, groceries, and import stores. Some of the best shopping we found in the city was here, as the merchants are all very willing, even expect, to bargain prices with you. I went home with a gorgeous silk bag for only $20 Canadian. This is also a great place to get a delicious and inexspensive lunch. It is located right near the Old City, so stopping by on your way to or from there is easy.
We just quickly walked by Chinatown on our way to a few army surplus'. Apparently Chinatown is more active during the summer when everyone brings there stands outside. There didn't seem to be much going on in the start of March thats for sure. I will revisit next time I go during the summer.
Chinatown is a relatively small neighbourhood of downtown Montreal. I didn't actually spend a whole lot of time here, and it wasn't really evident to me where Chinatown started and ended.
Montreal's Chinatown is predominantly centred around St-Laurent and Gaucheti?re. This part of Gaucheti?re is pedestrian-only. Apparently in the 1950's a lot of its buildings were demolishes, and Chinatown's existence was threatened. However, since the 1980's, more effort has been put into reclaiming Chinatown and its heritage.
Coming from Vancouver, a city with a huge Chinese population, I found Montreal's Chinatown somewhat underwhelming, and yet, it was wonderful. Just like most Canadian cities, Montreal's Chinese community isn't confined to Chinatown - its community lives all over the city and its suburbs. Chinatown represents Montreal's Chinese heritage, and how a community can exist and thrive among the dominating cultures of the French and English speaking worlds.
As always I head straight for Chinatown when visiting a new city. Love Chinatown. There are several small Chinatowns in Montréal, but the largest official one is the one I visited. It has got a traditional Chinese gate where you enter on Saint Laurent Bouleward. It is a fun area, with lots of Chinese shops, food stores and restaurants. And a good tourist attraction they say.
What I missed though in Chinatown in Montréal is clothes-stores, the only clothes-stores they had sold traditional Chinese clothes. I wonder why as in many countries the Chinese have got so many good clothes-stores and I usually buy my clothes in their stores.
Chinatown. All the great cities have one!
This area is full of restaurants and shops. You'll find an eclectic mix of people strolling through the area; from tourists to locals who know where to get great Asian food.
As I was walking along exploring I saw this building with what looked like a Chinese temple on top of it. At first I filed it away and promised myself to go check it out in a bit. Coming closer i wandered on and found the paifang, the traditional chinese archway that signifies the entry into Chinatown. Its along St Laurent, if you keep going you will find lots of little restaurants and shops. Some of them were chinese dolls, party good but you also had herbal treatments, acupuncture.
This is the old Chinatown. Due to redevelopment needs of the city, some of it has made way for other non-Chinese buildings. At the same time, some of the east asian community has moved to Chinatown West (Ste Catherine, near Concordia University.) There is also a large community that was invited to settle in the suburb of Bossard.
Montreal's Chinatown at it's most interesting is walking through some of it's pedestrian thoroughfares between some of the larger boulevards. This street, between Rue St. Urbain and Rue St. Laurent, is lined with small intimate restaurants with narrow outdoor patios and curious shops selling everything from traditional medicinces to fortune telling.
Homeless people, sometimes, make a bed for themselves smack in the middle of the street.
Montreal's Chinatown dates back to about 1860, when the earliest Chinese immigrants settled here. The neighborhood evolved from mostly residential to primarily commercial. Of course, this is one of Montreal's best places to eat, with bargains on good meals.
Montreal's Chinatown is very small, compared to Toronto or Vancouver. Chinese immigrants arrived here in late 19th century. There is a giant traditional archway at St. Laurent and Viger, a smaller one can be found on the narrow pedestrian only La Gauchetiere, just east of St. Laurent. You can find many cheap food here - Chinese or Vietnamese.
of course, just like in every other canadian city, there is a chinatown!! and as a chinese of course I had to go see for myself. this chinatown is pretty small, a little bigger than in ottawa, but nothing compared to toronto or vancouver of course.
Like many other North American cities, Montréal has its own Chinatown. The area around Boulevard St. Laurent and Rue de la Gauchetière is where a large part of Montréal's Asian population lives. You're very likely to hear people speaking Chinese and Vietnamese, the shops offer exotic spices and fruits and the air smells like Chinese food for take-away. One Asian restaurant neighbours the next, so if you enjoy Chinese food, this is the place to be. Apart from the restaurants and the slightly exotic flavour, there's not too much to see in Chinatown. Just walk around and let the area affect you.
Chinatown is a great, cheap place to grab a bite to eat. You can select from Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine among others. And, of course, there are also great herb stores and stores where you can find all kinds of Asian manufactured, inexpensive items.
Montreal has a small but active Chinatown (Quartier Chinois) just south of downtown. The primary part of Chinatown is pedestrian-only. It features many Chinese shops and restaurants, as well as a number of Vietnamese establishments. Some of the Chinese restaurants offer dim sum from seven a.m. to three p.m. The Vietnamese places have some pretty good pho soup. It makes for a good hour visit to stroll into the shops.
Chinatown is like a piece of China outside of China. All the store signs and posters are in Chinese, and in most places, Chinese is the language spoken first. Chinatown is filled with all sorts of little shops, grocery stores (selling food imported from China), dim sum restaurants, etc. In summer, there are street vendors on the sidewalk selling their stuff.
But girls, please remember that since most Chinese women are very petite, you might have a hard time finding clothes that fit if you're bigger than a size 2 or have feet bigger than size 7. I wanted to buy a pair of shoes once, but the store didn't carry that particular style in my shoe size (compared to most Chinese women, I have huge clown feet - size 9.5).
Chinatown is an obvious place to start when looking for Asian goods; there are countless groceries and speciality shops between Viger, St-Denis, René-Lévesque and St-Urbain, and you can even try out ginseng and other 2,000-year-old herbal treatments.