Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, often called “the Plateau”, is overlooked by the eastern face of Mount Royal. The Plateau is arguably among the hippest neighborhoods in North-America boasting many of the city’s trendiest restaurants, cafés, and night clubs.
In the 1880s, the first of many waves of immigrants arrived providing the area with its distinct identity. The newly arrived immigrants coined St-Laurent Boulevard, “the Main”, which has remained a vibrant ethnic community.
The Plateau is located northeast of downtown Montreal at the base of Mount Royal. As its name implies, the area is quite flat. It is bordered to the south by Ville-Marie, to the west by Outremont, and to the north and east by Rosemont.
The Plateau-Mont-Royal with a population of over 100,000 is home to a unique urban culture rich with ethnic and linguistic diversity. Le Plateau is popular among artists, young professionals, students, and families. You will commonly hear English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish among other languages.
Most Plateau dwellers live in magnificent two-three story row houses as well as some apartment buildings and condos. The stylish older homes often have high 9’ to 10’ ceilings. Selling prices are generally lofty, but deals can often be found.
Mile End, the north-western part of the Plateau, is a funky urban neighborhood that combines artsy and bohemian lifestyles with that of the up and coming yuppies that more recently moved into the area.
St-Laurent Blvd, or “the Main”, runs North-South and literally divides the city into east and west. Montreal is world-renowned for its legendary nightlife and the Main is the place to ‘see and be seen’ boasting the city’s hottest night club party scene.
The Plateau is well served by many bus lines and the portion of the Montreal Metro ‘orange line’ that includes Sherbrooke, Mont-Royal, and Laurier stations.
The Plateau-Mont-Royal provides access to a wide variety of English and French language schools and universities.
The area is home to The Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal which is the oldest hospital in Montreal. Other places of notable importance include the huge Lafontaine Park and Jeanne Mance Park.
District of Plateau Mount Royal, Quebec Official site