La Vie du Quartier
Auberge L'Apéro is located downtown on Mackay Street just north of Saint Catherine Street. For a quiet street, Mackay is very close to the action. Just two blocks east, Crescent Street is a hub on nightlife, packed with bars and all kinds of clubs.
Since we are downtown, we are literally minutes away from all major art galleries, theatres, and other cultural venues. If you come for the Comedy, Jazz, or Film Festivals - or any of the dozens of others - you can walk to the festival grounds. The Bell Centre, home of the Montreal Canadians, is a ten-minute walk, about twice that to Percival Molson Stadium, home of the Canadian Football League Montreal Alouettes. We are right around the corner from Concordia University, and very close to McGill University and the Université de Québec à Montréal. The Université de Montréal is easily reached by subway.
Whatever you need, it is close by:
Saint Catherine Street is the longest shopping street in the city, lined not only with trendy boutiques and department stores, but smaller specialty shops that sell anything from used records to magic supplies. On rue Saint-Catherine, within a fifteen-minute walk from the Auberge, you will find:
- Provigo, the nearest supermarket about five blocks west
- Mourelatos, a huge fruit and vegetable store
- Le Faubourg Saint-Catherine, two blocks away, is a very cool shopping mall that houses the nearest liquor store as well as a major international food court.
- Several old, architecturally-significant churches
- HMV, the city’s biggest record store
- Montreal’s central tourist information bureau
- Concordia and McGill Universites, UQAM, Dawson and Lasalle Colleges
- The Canadian Center for Architecture (just south of rue Saint-Catherine)
Within two blocks (walking in almost any direction) is a coffee shop where you can feel the beat of the street, whether you prefer independents, Starbucks, Second Cup, or Tim Horton.
Our location is not just about urban need. You can either walk or take a 15-minute city bus ride to our largest park, Mount Royal, for walking, jogging, or picnicking in summer and snowshoeing, skating, and cross country skiing in winter. Or you can try Parc Lafontaine which hosts concerts in the outdoor band shell several nights each week.
Old Montreal and the Old Port of Montreal are historic tourist attractions that you can get to leisurely on foot or quickly by subway. The Casino de Montréal and La Ronde, a Six Flags amusement park, are also not far.
One thing is certain, if you decide not to cook you had better be prepared to make a decision about a restaurant, as there are just too many to even think of naming. Every kind of cuisine in every price range is available. Just ask us and we’ll help you find something. Just to give you an idea of how adventurous you can be, think about this:
At Resto O.Noir, not ten minutes’ walk from the Auberge, the dining area is in complete darkness. You will enjoy Mediterranean-style cuisine in a way you have never experienced dinner before -- without sight. They say that our other senses are noticeably heightened when our sight is removed, and that the taste and smell of food becomes new again. The staff at the restaurant are all blind, and are very used to navigating with no sight and they will give you some advice on how to manage your dinner.
Is that a bit too adventurous? Don’t worry, we’ll help you find a restaurant you are bound to enjoy or just click here.