In part three of four in my series on Montreal’s « best value » neighbourhood, I’d like to show you somewhere centralized..somewhere near the most eclectic art available in town, the most happening entertainment and the most unique local businesses. I’m talking about Quartier des Spectacles or as we locals call it: QDS.
It feels like it was only a few years ago that you’d be walking down St. Catherine Street West, partaking in the beautiful shops, sumptuous restaurants and all the exciting energy Montreal has to offer. Suddenly, you’d pass the Eaton Center and something other-worldly would happen: high-end shops were replaced by boarded up store fronts and seedy retailers. No more! Today, QDS is in full revival mode: old abandoned factories are being converted into condos and trendy stores are setting up shop in the once neglected buildings. St. Catherine Street West is continually being revamped and transformed to keep up with the changing times.
There’s a lot to love about QDS; my favourite part about it is the amazing music and culture. With Place Des Arts, Metropolis, Club Soda, Foufounes, Musique Plus, and so much more at your disposal, it’s a music lovers’ paradise. In fact every year QDS puts on more than 40 major events, which completely transforms the area into a worldwide stage for music, light and art shows. QDS is home to Montreal’s internationally-renowned Jazz Fest, Montreal en Lumiere, Les Francofolies, Les Nuits D’Afrique, Les Festiblues, Fierté Montreal and so many more, it’s mind blowing!
Because of its central location, you’re near four metro stations: Berri-UQAM, Place-Des-Arts, St-Laurent, and Place D’Armes, and tons of bus lanes. It’s also great for walkers; Chinatown, Old Montreal, Downtown, Le Plateau and the Village are all just a short stroll away!