Quartier Latin, Montreal

The Quartier Latin is an area in the Ville-Marie borough of Montreal, located east of the Quartier des Spectacles and west of the Centre-Sud and Village, centred around UQAM and lower Saint-Denis Street. It is known for its theatres, artistic atmosphere, cafés, and boutiques. It owes its name, a reference to the Quartier Latin in Paris, to the presence of the École Polytechnique de Montréal and the nascent Université de Montréal in the 1920s. In the 1940s the university moved out and headed for a new campus on the north slopes of Mount Royal, far from the downtown borough. In the late 1960s UQAM was born and established itself in the Ville-Marie borough, giving a modern underpinning to the name. A large junior college, the CEGEP du Vieux-Montreal also moved in at about the same period.

Quartier Latin
Terasses on Saint Denis Street.
Terasses on Saint Denis Street.
Quartier Latin is located in Montreal
Quartier Latin
Quartier Latin
Location of Quartier Latin in Montreal
Coordinates: 45°30′46″N 73°33′30″W / 45.512773°N 73.558359°W / 45.512773; -73.558359Coordinates: 45°30′46″N 73°33′30″W / 45.512773°N 73.558359°W / 45.512773; -73.558359
Place Émilie Gamelin in the summer

The Grande Bibliothèque du Québec was opened in the area in 2005, joining the Cinémathèque québécoise as a key cultural attraction. The National Film Board of Canada's CinéRobotheque facility was based here until April 2012, when it was closed as part of cuts imposed by the 2012 Canadian federal budget.[1]

Other notable attractions include the Metropolis and Les Foufounes Électriques concert halls, Place Émilie-Gamelin and the Archambault music retailer.


  1. ^ "NFB to cut 61 jobs across Canada". CBC News. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012.

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