Chinatown has its origins as early as 1860 when Chinese immigrants came to Montreal in search of work and prosperity. They settled mainly on de la Gauchetiere and lower St. Laurent Blvd. Today Chinatown is a vibrant community and the original settlement has transformed from residential to commercial.
La Gauchetière slices right through the middle of Montreal’s Chinatown creating an awesome pedestrian walkway. Stroll along and experience firsthand the hustle and bustle of a vibrant culture. As you wander through, checking out all the different shops and restaurants, your senses definitely come alive. The streets are lined with colorful shops with some of the most interesting fare. Many offer products directly imported from China and Vietnam that are difficult to find elsewhere in town. Chinese herbs are very popular for medicinal use. You’ll have no trouble finding what you’re looking for here.
Whether you are looking for the typical Cantonese seafood, barbecue and dim sum restaurants or the more exotic Vietnamese Phở eateries, you’ll have no shortage of choices in Chinatown!