The aptly named Outremont (French for “beyond the mountain”) is situated northwest of Mount Royal. Since its establishment in the 1800s, Outremont has remained one of Montreal’s most upscale Francophone areas and a hub for the city’s Hasidic population. Today, the neighborhood features parks, historic homes, and hidden gem bars.
As an historic hub for Montreal’s Hasidic Jewish community, Outremont is often added to walking tours centered around food or Jewish history, which typically include stops at Mile End eateries, synagogues, and historic Outremont homes. Like many Montreal neighborhoods, Outremont is best explored at a leisurely pace. Alternatively, private tours afford visitors the added benefit of inside tips and recommendations from a guide. Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Outremont is a must-do for history buffs.
- Don’t forget comfortable shoes, as the best way to explore the neighborhood and discover hidden gems is on foot.
- Street signs, including parking and traffic signs, are written in French. Metered street parking is available, but often limited.
Outremont is a situated just north of Mount Royal and is easily accessible using Montreal’s public transit system. To reach Outremont, take bus 51 or bus 129 to Cote-Sainte-Catherine and Les Hautvilliers, or the 5 metro to Outremont station. Alternatively, use Montreal’s BIXI bike-share program to enjoy a scenic ride from downtown. When to Get There
Because Outremont is not often on the tourist radar, the neighborhood is rarely crowded. Go on a weekend to get a feel for the area’s atmosphere, or a weekday for a quieter visit to the neighborhood’s hidden gem cafes, boutiques, and parks.
Mount Royal Cemetery
Located in Outremont on the north slope of Mount Royal is Mount Royal Cemetery, an historic landmark that affords visitors with panoramic views of the cityscape away from the crowds. At 165 acres (67 hectares), the cemetery offers plenty of quiet space to think, walk, picnic, and pay respects to those buried within its gates, including famed former prime ministers, writers, and hockey players.