Montreal’s Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin) contains Montreal’s largest University, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) along with a large student population. This neighbourhood features an eclectic mix of shops, theaters and restaurants that are geared towards the local student population. The neighbourhood is named after the Quartier Latin in Paris, France. The name also comes from the fact that this area has a large sudent population, and it was once mandatory for students in Quebec to study Latin
History of the Quartier Latin
The Quartier Latin’s history started with the presence of the Université de Montréal in the 1920s. During that time, learing latin was obligatory. In the 1940s the university moved into a new campus but the student population remained in the Quartier Latin. In the late 1960s Université de Montréal à Quebec (UQAM) was established along with a large junior college, the CEGEP du Vieux-Montreal. Today, Quartier Latin is an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops and theaters primarily servicing the large student population from UQAM.
Culture and Entertainment
Quartier Latin is a wonderful area for discovering Quebec culture and entertainment. It is home to UQAM, the Cégep du Vieux Montréal and the Grande Bibliothèque du Québec. The two prominent cultural establishments in the Latin Quarter are Théâtre Saint-Denis and Cinéma du Quartier Latin. This district also offers a wide selection of sidewalk cafés, restaurants and pubs. You will also discover trendy clothing stores and jewelry boutiques.
Student Atmosphere and Nice Restaurants
Because of the large student population in the Latin Quarter, this neighbourhood is young and trendy. It is home to some of the hippest clubs and bars in Montreal as well as some of the most diverse restaurants. You will find great-looking music clubs, bars, and coffee houses. Nightlife at the Latin Quarter is as much about filling the clubs as it is about filling the coffee shops.
Rue St-Denis is the heart and soul of the Latin Quarter. Along this street, you will find theaters, bookstores, movie houses, cafés and many wonderful expressions of Quebec culture. You can discover many restaurants, studios and boutiques, along with cultural centers like Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Another important establishment on this street is Théâtre Saint-Denis, which showcases French-language singers. You will also discover many buildings with exterior staircases. Click here for more information about rue St-Denis.
Images of the Quartier Latin
Montreal’s Quartier Latin (flickr user duluoz cats)