Shop, dine and play in the Gay Village, a colourful neighbourhood in the heart of Montreal. This vibrant pocket of the city celebrates creativity, diversity and love. As the name suggests, the neighbourhood is the crux of Montreal’s LGBTQ+ community. Shop at independent boutiques, sip wine on sun-drenched patios and enjoy some of the best nightlife Canada has to offer.
Things to do in Gay Village
Stroll along Rue Sainte-Catherine, a pedestrianised street lined with bars and restaurants. In summer, the street is decorated with rainbow flags and a canopy of colourful balls. Buskers and street performers add to the festive atmosphere. Patios spill onto the street and will tempt you with happy hour specials. Snack on French Canadian classics like “poutine” fries topped with gravy and cheese curds.
Browse designer boutiques and specialty shops strung along Rue Amherst. Many are housed in handsome Victorian buildings and shopfronts. The street is also dotted with antique stores where you can hunt for pre-loved treasures. Head to Atateken Street to revamp your wardrobe at hipster vintage stores.
Saint-Pierre-Apôtre Church towers over the Gay Village and features a beautiful Neoclassical façade. Admire the stained-glass windows imported from France and visit the Chapel of Hope dedicated to victims of AIDS.
Whether you’re looking for a casual beer, craft cocktails or a late-night party scene, you’ll find it in the Gay Village. The neighbourhood treats patrons to incredible nightlife and is packed with bars and nightclubs. Score tickets to a drag show or cabaret performance for the ultimate Gay Village experience.
Getting around Gay Village
Gay Village is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Access the neighbourhood from Beaudry or Papideanu Stations on the Honore-Beaugrand Line of the Montreal Metro. Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is a 30-minute drive away.