The Old Port of Montreal is the name given to the waterfront near Old Montreal which once housed the city's busy shipping piers and wharfs. While the amount of freight moving through this area has diminished since its heyday, the beautiful piers and buildings remain, with many of them having been converted to parks, restaurants or tourist areas. The Old Port is perfect for a weekend or night time walk to savor the street performers and flavor of Montreal 's past.
Old Montreal represents the roots of the city, and the buildings, streets and atmosphere of the area date back to the 1600's. Cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages compliment some of the city's finest dining establishments, as well as city hall and the remains of the original fortified wall which protected the city's first inhabitants.
Located just south of downtown, Montreal 's Chinatown is a vibrant community which hosts many excellent restaurants as well as imported goods from all over Asia. A concrete Buddhist park in the center of Chinatown is often host to tai-chi practitioners, and merchants regularly hold street sales and fairs. Many of the restaurants and other establishments in this neighborhood are open until the early hours of the morning, making it an excellent stop for night owls.
St. Laurent Boulevard
The prime spot for Montreal 's nightlife, this long street cuts from Old Montreal all the way up to the north. Along the way are hundreds of boutiques, bars, nightclubs, concert venues and interesting restaurants, as well as frequent street fairs and cultural happenings. The street is an excellent walk either during the daylight hours or in the evening.
St-Denis is Montreal 's cultural crossroads. From one of many of the open air cafes and terraces it is possible to watch the city's residents pass by in a never ending stream, as they move from concert hall to theatre, or from museum to fine restaurant. There are many art galleries and artists in residence in this section of Montreal , and shopping is also excellent on this street, with varied storefronts and some of the city's more exclusive shops.