In Montreal as an anglophone it is tempting to stick to Ste Catherines and St Laurent, but it is definitely worth your while overcoming a fear of the language barrier and heading to the French side. The areas of Rue Mont Royal, rue St Denis and around provide better shopping, friendlier cafes and a real insight into the true heart of the city.
Leave metro Sherbrooke and walk north up St Denis, or station Mont Royal and walk East/West along rue Mont Royal and then South down St Denis
Free (although donations are encouraged and special shows cost) art gallery just west of downtown. Includes artefacts, textiles, and many schools of paintings, with good groups of Canadian and Quebecois pieces.
Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion
: 1380 Sherbrooke Street West;
Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion and Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion: 1379 Sherbrooke Street Pavilion;
tel: (514) 285-2000;
This is a part of the National Film Board of Canada centre in the Latin Quarter. It's a big room with comfortable individual viewing stations, where, for a very cheap price, you can choose to watch films/shorts/newsreels/anything from the NFBs entire selection for a few hours.
1564 Rue St Denis; tel: (514) 496-6887 www.nfb.ca/atonf/events/cinerobotheque.php?lg=en
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