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Discovering Montreal: Chinatown (Part 4)

December 12, 2017
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If you are staying at Hotel Les Suites Labelle, then you must take the time to discover Montreal and all it has to offer during your time in this amazing city. In a series of articles, we will show you the main characteristics of Montreal’s neighbourhoods to help you plan your visit more efficiently. You can read, or re-read, the previous articles on the Entertainment District, the Latin District and the Village.

In this article we introduce Chinatown, where a different cultural diversity will enchant you.

The History of Chinatown

Although smaller in size when compared to Vancouver or Toronto, Montreal’s Chinatown is a great place packed with Chinese culture and tradition. This area is designed for pedestrians, making it a safe and easy place to walk around and soak up the atmosphere.

The area here once was a Jewish community from 1890 to 1920. The first Chinese immigrants settled in this area because of its ease of access to the railways where many worked. Others opened up restaurants and shops.

As far as the territory is concerned, Montreal’s Chinatown is quite small. However, thanks to redevelopment plans that were put into place in the 1970s, this district is now used to its potential.

Montreal offers the most Paifang, architectural arches marking the Chinese tradition. These archways beautifully define the northern, southern, eastern and western entrances of the district, acting as a bridge between the two worlds.

What’s there to Discover in Chinatown?

Montreal’s Chinatown is unique in many ways, and you can experience something you can’t find in other parts of the city. For example, the nightlife has long been popular.

On the food side, you will not be disappointed to taste local specialities and flavours! In addition to Chinese restaurants that serve authentic dishes, you can also find bakeries. They serve sweet and savoury dishes such as Bao buns, moon cakes, barbecue rolls and more. Harmonie Bakery and Bao Bao Dim Sum are two specialized bakeries in unique products, everything needs to be tried!

In short, here are a few places to sample authentic cuisine:

  • Ming Wah Hong Specialties, for the authentic tea shop lovers;
  • Mai Xiang Yuan Restaurant, for those who love dumplings;
  • Wing Noodles, including daily fresh fortune cookies and an array of unique noodles;
  • Dragon’s Beard Candy, a sweet tooth’s dream;
  • G&D Market, for an original Asian grocery store.

Finally, don’t forget the specialty shops, where you can find various and unique products from clothing to art.

In addition, there are several celebrations in Chinatown, including the Chinese New Year and famous summer street fairs.

Where to Stay in Montreal?

Near Chinatown is the Hotel Les Suites Labelle. With many services including continental breakfast, wireless internet, indoor parking and available kitchenettes, our hotel is perfect to enjoy your stay without any hassle! Book online today and get 15% off!

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