We crunched the numbers to find the best neighborhoods for grocery shopping, eating out, and partying
We’ve been crunching a lot of numbers on Austin recently. Last week we calculated the best Austin neighborhoods to live in if you don’t have a car. The winners were Old Enfield (for cyclists) and Downtown (for transit riders and pedestrians). We also discovered that UT was someplace you never want to drive — between traffic and parking and myriad other reasons, it’s a commuter’s worst nightmare.
At Local Logic, we’re building the world’s largest data set on urban experiences. We score every street corner in a city based on factors such transit quality, quietness, and variety of nearby restaurants (check out any address in Canada). Normally, we use this data to help people find a great neighbourhood for a new house, or the perfect place to stay during a vacation. But, given the astronomical popularity of Pokémon GO, we thought we would use our data for something a bit different this time: helping you locate your favorite Pokémon!
We’re excited for this year’s Startup Fest, held in Montreal July 15–18. Every year, Startup Fest attracts more than 2,000 entrepreneurs, founders, and investors for a half-week of events, conferences, pitch contests, and fun. Over a dozen countries are represented, with delegations arriving from across the east coast, Ontario, and France. Startup Fest represents startup culture. It’s a place to think outside the box. This isn’t your usual conference- it’s a festival. And there’s a reason it’s held in Montreal.
“Location is the most important criteria for travellers when booking.”- Brian Chesky, CEO & Co-founder, Airbnb
Location can make or break a vacation. We don’t need to explain why it’s the most important factor when choosing accommodation. Today’s travellers want to experience the city through the eyes of a local. But what makes a good location?
Where Montreal’s vacation rentals are located and what this says about today’s travel experience
A city is a work of art, but it’s not a museum. It is not there to be looked at from behind a velvet rope. There are no guards shushing visitors. Flash photography is permitted and touching the art is encouraged.
We visit cities not to observe them, but to partake in them.
Don’t miss two of Fringe’s most-anticipated concerts at the little venue that could.
Divan Orange, on Montreal’s celebrated Saint Laurent Boulevard, is a natural fit for the city’s Fringe festival. Located directly across the street from Fringe Park, the festival’s outdoor headquarters, Divan hosts two of Fringe’s most anticipated concerts this Friday and Saturday- Mozart’s Sister and Choses Sauvages.
All guidebooks to Montreal point visitors to “the Main,” Saint Laurent Boulevard. Saint Laurent is one of the most well known thoroughfares of the city and the unofficial border between the English-speaking west and French-speaking east side of town, though this strict separation has gone the way of the Berlin Wall. Saint Laurent remains a must-see for a first-time visitor, but these days the heart and soul of the city might be turning towards a different axis. Make plans to meet a Montrealer for coffee or lunch and there’s a good chance they’ll suggest somewhere on Bernard Street, an east-west avenue branching off “the Main” into the Mile End and Outremont neighbourhoods.
If Saint Laurent represents Montreal’s past, Bernard shows where the city is now and where it might be going. The Mile End neighbourhood was mostly known for crumbling tenements and its Hasidic Jewish population before the local music scene, led by Arcade Fire, put it on the map. Bernard Street now enjoys a renaissance recalling the glory days of the early 20th-century, when children passed summer days playing hockey in alleyways and neighbours gossiped while hanging laundry out to dry. The people who bring Bernard to life are said to reflect the new profile of Montreal, with English and French intermingling and newly arrived immigrants working alongside artists and writers.
Bernard Street exhibits several of Nexmoov’s favourite indicators of a liveable city. It’s a considerably dense artery, with classic Montreal walk-up apartments stacked on top of a variety of shops and services. This density goes along with Bernard’s mixed-use character, with everything from vintage boutiques, cafes, and cobblers coexisting on a single block. In terms of built form, Bernard has the wide sidewalks and short blocks that make a city walkable. Adjoining residential streets are shaded by tall, stately trees. There’s plenty of heritage architecture from the early 20th-century, attesting to Mile End’s rich cultural history.
Bernard Street is also a lesson in Montreal geography. Starting at Saint Laurent, Bernard emerges from a post-industrial no-man’s land. This area is a favourite of local artists; you’re just as likely to stumble across a music video shoot as an outdoor film projection here. Walking west, one will encounter a number of colourful establishments, some of them dating back generations, others newly opened. At the busy Park Avenue intersection Bernard Street becomes Bernard Avenue and passersby will start noticing a lot of fur- both on the hats of old Hasidic men and on the coats of posh ladies who lunch. This is the borough of Outremont, known equally as a bastion of Montreal’s French-Canadian elite and for the large Hasidic Jewish population; the languages spoken here are French and Yiddish. This might make Outremont sound closed off but it is a popular destination for newcomers. Though well heeled, Outremont is not buttoned up- the joie de vivre on Bernard Avenue is some of the strongest in Montreal. The café terraces and elegant apartment buildings overlooking them create one of the most European streets in Montreal, which might explain French expats’ fondness for the area.
Compared to Saint Laurent Boulevard and Saint Denis Street, Bernard is a relatively short street, but it’s the place to go to gain an insider’s perspective of Montreal. It’s increasingly popular with visitors too; in 2014 a German magazine called Flaneur dedicated an entire issue to the treasures of Rue Bernard. Bernard represents Montreal, steeped in history but not afraid of change. We’re excited to see what that change will bring and feel secure that the street’s history will not be lost.
Find your place in Montreal for this summer’s Complètement Cirque
Complètement Cirque is an 11-day celebration of Montreal’s circus scene. Home to revolutionary companies like Cirque du Soleil and the world’s best circus schools, Montreal is the capital of contemporary circus. Complètement Cirque shows what the world’s best have to offer with a program of indoor and outdoor events for all ages. A vacation rental with services like Airbnb, Homestay, or Housetrip will let you live like a local during the festival.