The Plateau, a borough instantly recognizable for its quirky architecture and abundance of parks, gets quite a reputation both in and outside of Montreal for being a cool, artsy, and exciting place to live.\nAnd, as someone who has lived in a few different boroughs in her life and currently lives somewhere on the eastern edge of the Plateau, I can agree that the Plateau is indeed cool and exciting.\nHowever, it's also actually the worst. And I'm going to explain why. From high rents to weird restaurants to terrible transit, there's a lot wrong with this overhyped and gentrified borough.\nRent Is Too D*mn High\nThe Plateau is a hella expensive neighbourhood. To enjoy the abundance of street art, cafés, parks and activities that the borough has to offer (because, I'll admit, there are a lot of fun things to do in the Plateau), you have to pay a premium.\nA 2 bedroom will easily cost at least $1,200 a month in the Plateau, and that is for a basic apartment with crumbling walls, no AC, and a mouse problem. Don't even get me started on the condos, for which yuppies will shell out more than $4,000 a month!\nView this post on Instagram De retour A post shared by Ali (@abaumoh9) on Jul 4, 2019 at 6:34am PDT\nWeird Food Fads You Can't Get Away From\nIf there's a new food trend out there, Plateau residents will be the first to know about. Time-honoured poutine joints will close to make room for juice bars, poké bowl restaurants, maté beverage options and whatever else is deemed "trendy" at the time.\nTerrible Transit\nI do grumble about the transit in Montreal a LOT, but on the whole I love the STM and how easy it is to get around the city. That is, unless you're trying to get out of the Plateau.\nSure, getting from Jeanne-Mance to LaFontaine is a breeze, but have you tried getting to Verdun from the Plateau? Or, God forbid, to the Mile Ex?\nObviously, compared to the West Island or RDP, we have nothing to complain about. However, for such a central neighbourhood, it's under-served by the STM: it only has a couple of metro stations located pretty far apart, and buses that either run infrequently or not in the right direction.\nView this post on Instagram @muralfestival C’est déjà fini! Mais voyez notre magnifique 3ème bus qui sortira bientôt dans les rues de la ville, notamment pour le défilé #stmfiertemontreal @fiertemontreal ! Une œuvre signée @anglerfisher #mtlmoments #bus #stminfo #streetart #mural A post shared by STM Mouvement collectif (@stminfo) on Jun 18, 2018 at 1:31pm PDT\nOverrated Restaurants And Bars\nMany people go to the Plateau for the cafés, the restaurants and the nightlife. And, on one hand, I get it. I will love Else's until the day I die, and I appreciate cafés like Code & Café.\nHowever, many of these places are SERIOUSLY overrated and, therefore, overpriced. I don't want to buy an $8 craft beer or an "artisan" sandwich for $10. I just want to eat and drink at a regular price!\nNo, I Don't Want To Try Yoga\nThis is just a quibble, but why are there so many yoga studios in the Plateau?? It feels like a personal affront to everyone who isn't a huge fan of yoga.\nOn a side note, try finding affordable "fitness" places in the Plateau. State-of-the-art spinning studios, fancy gyms and other exercise trends abound, but there are few affordable gyms.\nView this post on Instagram Salut! 👋Je suis Rafael Martinez, 😀créateur de la méthode AeroYoga®.🌎 Juillet 2019, a abouti à un nouveau cours de professeurs AeroYoga® dans la ville de Castellón, Valence, Espagne.🇪🇸 Enseigné par Verónica, excellente formatrice d'enseignants, il s'agit d'un cours dirigé par Rafael Martinez et Juan Carlos Morales en collaboration avec Jordi Casalta. Nous avons déjà prevue la prochaine certification des professeurs AeroYoga® (yoga aérien) et AeroPilates® à Castellón. 🤸♂️🧘🏻♀️C´est pour très bientôt. Rejoignez nous!💪💪💪 #yoga #yogafrance🇫🇷 #yogafrance #yogaparis #aixenprovence #france🇫🇷 #remiseenforme #sante #bienetre #exercise #sport #sportif #sportif #coachsportif #triatlon #stage #stageyoga #formationyoga #formationprofessionnelle #yogasuisse #yogabelgique #yogaluxembourg #canadayoga #yogamontreal A post shared by Rafael Martinez (@yogaaerien_france) on Jul 4, 2019 at 5:26am PDT\nThe Lack of Basic Stores\nYes, there are 3 health food stores near my place, at least 7 aforementioned yoga studios and a café on every corner, but what about a hardware store? Or clinics? Pharmacies?\nIt can be hard to find some more "basic" stuff in the Plateau that you might find in outer boroughs. Biking 20 minutes just to buy an umbrella or lighbulbs gets real annoying real fast.\nIts Intangible Boundaries\nThe actual boundaries of the neighbourhood are intangible... inscrutable... unknowable... I've seen apartments advertised as being in the Plateau when they're actually in Rosemont, or the Village, or Milton-Park (looking at you, "McGill Ghetto" landlords who advertise their crappy apartments as being a part of the "beautiful and artsy Plateau").\nNo other neighbourhood gets such false advertisement on Kijiji, I'm just saying. It makes the city a little more complicated to navigate: when my friend says they live "in the Plateau," it clarifies exactly nothing about where their apartment actually is.\nView this post on Instagram Sights 👁 #queen A post shared by kbasa152 (@kbasa152) on Jul 3, 2019 at 8:52am PDT\nYuppies: please don't take this as a cue to move and gentrify another neighbourhood somewhere else. NDG and Parc-Ex have quite enough of you already.\nFor more on Montreal and its boroughs, read our writers' opinions on why NDG or Côte des Neiges are the best boroughs in the city.