Rue de la Commune Est

Old Montréal

Set back from the waterfront, ‘the Common’ is a showcase of the rejuvenation that has swept Old Montréal. Compare it with old photos and you’ll see the warehouses and factory buildings haven’t changed much on the outside, but the tenants are now upmarket hotels, restaurants and converted condos. Though the street has lost its raw, industrial feel, the original stone walls can still be viewed inside many buildings.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Old Montréal attractions

1. Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours

0.03 MILES

Known as the Sailors’ Church, this enchanting chapel derives its name from the sailors who left behind votive lamps in the shapes of ships in thanksgiving…

2. Marché Bonsecours

0.08 MILES

This sprawling neoclassical building houses shops selling tourist-targeted arts and crafts, leather goods and garments, and several cafes. The upstairs…

3. Old Port


Montréal's Old Port has morphed into a park and fun zone paralleling the mighty St Lawrence River for 2.5km and punctuated by four grand quais (quays)…

5. Château Ramezay

0.14 MILES

A home of French governors in the early 18th century, this mansion is one of the finest examples from the ancien régime. It was built for the 11th…

6. Place Jacques-Cartier

0.17 MILES

The liveliest spot in Old Montréal, this gently inclined square hums with performance artists, street musicians and the animated chatter from terrace…

7. Quai Jacques-Cartier & Around

0.17 MILES

This pier is the anchor of the Old Port area, home to restaurants, an open-air stage and a handicraft center. Every year the port stages a number of…

8. Pavillon du Bassin Bonsecours

0.17 MILES

This pavilion has a snack bar in summer and winter. On frosty days, it's a fine place to warm up after ice-skating on the rink in front.