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Place Jacques-Cartier

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
As featured in 3 Days in Montreal and 2 other guides
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Address: Between rue Notre-Dame and rue de la Commune, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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This lively Montreal plaza is a gathering place for natives and tourists,...

This lively Montreal plaza is a gathering place for natives and tourists, who enjoy the outdoor restaurants and performing peddlers.

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Beautiful spot

Beautiful wide cobble stoned, steepish street with braziers in winter and lovely views down to the river. Great spot for photos of surrounding old buildings.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful wide cobble stoned, steepish street with braziers in winter and lovely views down to the river. Great spot for photos of surrounding old buildings.

Thank Moya W
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of my favorite part of Montreal. There is such an amazing and unique atmosphere there all the time. I very much enjoyed just sitting on the bench and people watch for a few hours, as well as enjoying the architectural designs of the buildings all around!

Thank Steve R
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

We happened upon this wonderful spot as we enjoyed walking the streets of Old Montreal. The owners of the restaurant seemed to be taking care of floor service. We has so much fun engaging in their banter. The entire feeling of the place was one of an open door and all are welcome. The menu offered features at a great... More 

Thank ocoinstephanie
Appleton, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Cool looking building at the top of the hill right by a large square with some restaurants. Nice place to walk around for a bit.

Thank Packerfancheesehead
Bernardsville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

We visited Montreal primarily to see a hockey game, but after taking a bus tour of the city, we returned to Place Jacques-Cartier to walk the plaza and wander up and down the cobblestone streets, stopping in shops and cafes along the way. I imagine it must be spectacular in warmer weather, but it was sunny and delightful in January.

2 Thank PattyO34
Saratoga, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

This place could be spectacular on a sunny warm day. We visited in January. It was desolate. The Quai was covered with slushy ice so we did not make it over to the water.

Thank JoanJh
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

If you are visiting the old city of Montréal, then a visit to Place Jacques-Cartier is also a must. Deep and rich history.

2 Thank Michael g
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

You can't come visit Montreal and not go to this place. Located in Old Montreal, it is filled with street entertainment, portrait artists and caricaturists. Grab an ice cream and walk around. It is very busy but very entertaining. Right next to the Old Port. Lots of restaurants of different types.

Thank Mario J
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We turned the corner, and suddenly felt like we were back in Paris. Lovely outdoor cafes and interesting shops.

Thank MissLaughsALot
Raleigh, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

due to awful junky souvenir shops which have ruined what should be a lovely historic area.This should be a mid to upscale type of environment however it is filled with just awful junk for tourists.

Thank cindyandted

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Staying in Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
The historic centre of Montreal, Vieux-Port is home to some of the city's most antiquated buildings and picturesque streets. Along the waters of the St. Lawrence River, the bank of Old Port features museums, festivals, food stalls, and outdoor athletics, a celebrated part of the city that explodes into fireworks displays on warm summer nights. At its centre, street performers and artists compete with sprawling restaurant terraces for space along Jacques-Cartier Square, while the cobbled streets of Rue St. Paul and Rue Notre-Dame offer a reprieve of quiet galleries and atmospheric wine bars. Horse-drawn carriages are not an uncommon part of traffic, and the narrows they traverse are lined with boutiques, crêperies, and poutine shops enshrined in buildings of stone and wooden lattices. Here you can evoke Montreal's past with a traditional cooking lesson or historical tour, then enjoy its artistic present with live music and theatre.
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