The Mile End is a great place if you’re looking for an intimate evening and a low-key live performance. The neighbourhood is a linchpin in the city’s indie arts scene with venues like Ursa MTL, Casa del Popolo—which serves coffee during the day before turning into a bustling bar at night—and Sala Rossa, as well as the basement spot La Sotterenea. All of these become go-to spots when the festival Suoni Per Il Popolo starts as well. Grab a drink at any of them and watch whatever’s on stage, from improv and sketch comedy to spoken word and musical act upon musical act.
It may be small, but it has mega-swagger: With its restaurant rows, swank hangouts and a strong reputation for live entertainment in the city, the best things to do in the Mile End of Montreal are as many as they are varied. Making up the northern section of the grander borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal, it’s known as one of the city’s trendiest neighbourhoods thanks to its music venues and festival grounds; a bevy of cafés with the best coffee as well as some of the best bakeries; and tons of iconic food ranging from decades-old standard-bearers of the best bagels to long line-inducing ice cream and its own share of the best restaurants. It’s the combination of both new and old that make this such a fun neighbourhood an attraction worth visiting on a day trip or a night out.