Mile End

How well do you know the Mile-End?

September 6, 2019 Tags: , , , ,

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Electric and artistic, the Mile-End district is known for its restaurants, cute boutiques and coffee shops. One likes to roam the streets alone or with family and friends to discover the addresses that make its reputation. Do you know this neighbourhood and its history? Whatever your answer is, you will probably learn a few things in this article! Follow the guide!

Mile-End: the end of the mile

Since the 19th century, there is a tradition associating the Mile-End to a horse racetrack that occupied the area for several years. The distance between Montreal back then and this racecourse was 1 mile long: hence the name Mile-End! Nowadays, the region is part of the Plateau Mont-Royal borough and is bounded by Hutchison Street, Henri-Julien Street, Chemin des Carrières to the north and Mount-Royal Avenue.

19th and 20th centuries: cradles of the textile industry

The Mile-End has been an important crossroad for immigrants from Europe. This past is reflected today in the diversity of shops and restaurants: Italians, Portuguese, Greeks and English coexist side by side, contributing to the neighbourhood’s dynamic vibe. Shared between Francophones and Anglophones, the Mile-End also welcomed a large part of Montreal’s Jewish community. Furthermore, the early 20th century represented the golden age of the textile industry. In fact, numerous garment factories established their activities in large buildings that now house offices or internationally renowned companies such as Ubisoft.

The essentials

When the Jewish community came to Montreal, they brought with them their culinary specialties, including the famous bagel. The notorious St-Viateur Bagel and Fairmount Bagel bakeries sell (without any pun intended) their bagels like hotcakes! These two brands alone, indeed, produce an average of 120,000 bagels each day!

St-Viateur Street also offers excellent coffee shops: Café Olimpico, Le Club Social or Café Felice on Avenue du Parc. These three locations offer a friendly and family atmosphere that is highly appreciated by their loyal customers.

Craving something sweet? Often recognized as one Montreal’s best ice cream shops, Kem Coba is a must if you are walking around the Mile End. If the waiting line is too long for you, there is a small bakery nearby that offers delicious brioches named La Brioche à Tête. Finally, if you are rather craving something salty, make sure to stop by the Serrano Bar-B-Q rotisserie and try their delicious chicken sandwich to go.

Underrated spots

Did you know that there is a climbing gym on St-Viateur Street? The place is called Shakti Rock Gym and is located a few blocks behind Ubisoft, near Casgrain.

In order to make a change from the traditional bagel, try the Cheskie Bakery on the edge of Outremont.  It offers delicious cinnamon kosher pastries, croissants and very good cheesecakes.

Lastly, to shop for your next pair of jeans, go to Jeans Jeans Jeans, THE place to find a pair of brand name jeans at a competitive price. Their proactive and efficient staff will find you the rare gem! A seamstress on site can even adjust the cut if necessary. The long list of rad locations in the Mile-End could go on forever since this place never ceases to surprise us! The best thing to do is to ramble the streets and enjoy your visit!

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