A welcoming, contemporary community with a lively spirit and green spaces
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is a leafy, tree-lined neighborhood in Montreal’s West End with a radiant personality. The residential enclave and foodie haven is bubbling with exciting, inviting locations and a multicultural population. Very much a “suburb-in-the-city,” Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is dotted with traditional Quebecois detached and semi-detached duplexes, as well as long-running restaurants, family-owned businesses, and independent stores. You’ll also find vintage and antique housing that has been well kept and preserved throughout the decades. A walk around the neighborhood means a stroll through a peaceful park one moment while exploring busy strips like Monkland Avenue and Sherbrooke Street the next. This enchanting urban and modern neighborhood features striking street art, historic 20th-century architecture, and a number of reputable educational institutions. Quite lovely and magnetic, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is a beautiful place to live.
NDG is an affordable and friendly home to many middle-class families and students, with residents of all ages and from all walks of life. You’ll find everyone from older couples to young, working professionals. The dynamic array of recreational activities, parks, playgrounds, schools, clinics, and institutions make it a great place for raising a budding family; the neighborhood is close to the Central Business District in Montreal without being in the centre of it. Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is a commercial and cultural hub that is highly accessible and one of the most walkable. Getting around is easy with 18 daytime bus lines, four all-night bus lines, four metro stations, multiple bike paths, and the Decarie Expressway. A culturally and linguistically diverse area, there’s always something hip and trendy to do and see.
You can ask anyone in town: Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is a food lover’s paradise. Early risers can grab a warm cup of coffee from Café de Mercanti in the morning and take a seat on the breezy patio at Mouton Vert cafe for Mediterranean eats, smoothies, or fresh juice in the afternoon. Monkland Tavern is the perfect neighborhood watering hole, a vibrant and retro spot complete with fixed-price market menus. Dinner is great at Lucille’s Oyster Dive, which offers seafood plates, surf 'n' turf, and yummy oysters, all in a laid-back, casual maritime space. Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is also home to some of Montreal's best and longest-running rotisserie chicken joints, Chalet BBQ and Cote-St-Luc BBQ. Don’t forget to sit down for afternoon tea at the eclectic Gryphon d'Or or brunch at the famed Cosmos diner!
In NDG, there’s no shortage of things to do between the charming stretches of streets and the picturesque parks and bike trails. The large, leaf swept Notre Dame de Grâce Park is popular for its playgrounds, splash pad, and winter ice rink. In the summer, Girouard Park — as well as some other parks in the area — hosts Shakespeare in the Park and fun outdoor movie nights. NDG has a number of gyms, soccer fields, and even two hockey arenas. Porchfest is the neighborhood’s very own music festival, boasting local artists and various performers that play live music on their front steps. For art and word lovers, Shaika Cafe and the starry Mariposa Cafe have open mic, poetry, and music nights to stop by.
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) has several highly rated schools and educational facilities of note, including Lower Canada College (LCC), Loyola College, and Concordia University. The English Montreal School Board (ESMB), which operates Anglophone public schools in this borough, has 40 primaries, 17 secondaries, and 32 other learning institutions.
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