Take a walk around N.D.G. and you will find your heart's desire. From beautiful parks to savoury bites, eye-catching street art to historic architecture, you can find anything. Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, N.D.G., the Deeg, whatever you call it, is home to nearly 68,000 of Montreal's loveliest people. Officially made an MTL 'hood in 1910, N.D.G. is the unofficial Anglo enclave of Montreal.
N.D.G, as we know it today, was developed in the early 20th-century. With proximity to many historic Anglophone institutions such as Loyola College and Concordia University, N.D.G. quickly gained its reputation as a hub for up-and-coming middle-class families and students. These days, its reputation remains and somehow, that has helped the neighbourhood avoid the ravages of modern gentrification.
1) Location, location, location
One of the great things about living in N.D.G. is how accessible it is. Whether you live on Sherbrooke, Monkland, Somerled, Cote-St-Luc Road, no matter where you're at, getting around is super simple. With 18 daytime bus lines, 4 all-night bus lines, 4 metro stations, multiple bike paths, and the Decarie Expressway, the Deeg is not a transit desert like some other 'hoods (here's looking at you, Plateau...)
2) It's a Foodie Paradise!
Many visitors to our city and even local Montrealers wouldn't consider N.D.G as their first food stop which is unfortunate because there are so many food choices.
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is home to Montreal's best and longest-running rotisserie chicken joints, Chalet BBQ [5456 Sherbrooke] and Cote-St-Luc BBQ [5403 Cote-St-Luc Road].
There's a variety of brunch options such as the famous Cosmos [5843 Sherbrooke] and the quirky Gryphon d'Or [5968 Monkland].
Feel like a smoked meat sandwich? Don't bother travelling all the way to Schwartz's. Instead, stop in at Snowdon Deli [5265 Decarie] and you'll avoid the lineup.
One of Montreal's best taco restaurants, Tacos Tijuana [5889 Sherbrooke] is located just a short skip away from Vendome metro.
3) There's a huge amount of stuff to do and see
I always hear people talking about how N.D.G. is too far and that there's nothing to do. My follow up question is if they've ever been to N.D.G and the answer I usually get is "ugh, I had a class at Loyola so, like, ya."
First of all, Loyola is way too far sure, but if you walked down the street for a few blocks, you'll find one of Montreal's best and coziest bars, Honey Martin's [5916 Sherbrooke]. Many N.D.G. parks in the summer host Shakespeare in the Park and special movie nights. For you athletic types, the 'Deeg has a multitude of gyms, soccer fields, and even two hockey arenas.
If you're an artsy type, N.D.G. plays host to its very own music festival, Porchfest, a locally sourced music festival that features various performers playing live music on their front steps. Shaika Cafe [5526 Sherbrooke] and Mariposa Cafe [5434 Cote-St-Luc Road] host open mic nights, poetry, and showcase local art and music.
4) Lots of love for dogs (ok, and cats too)
N.D.G. is probably one of the most pet-friendly neighbourhoods in Montreal. There are nine, yes, nine (!) dog parks in N.D.G. where you and your fur baby can kick back and enjoy the sun. No matter which street you live on, it's likely that there's a dog park right nearby. Sherbrooke Street alone has four pet stores and four veterinarians (even one specifically for exotic animals!) within a few blocks of each other.
5) The rent is NOT too damn high
Okay Toronto kids living in Montreal, go ahead and roll your eyes at this one. I'll wait. Done? Cool. Congrats that you only pay a few hundred bucks a month for your Mile-End apartment, but how're those four roommates you don't communicate with? Not to mention the mouse infestation. Oy vey.
You can live alone in N.D.G. for as little as $600/per month! Not ready to fly solo yet? You and your roommates can move into a bright, renovated, and spacious 3 bedroom for only $1200/per month! Moving time is soon, Montreal, so get on those classified ads.
There is so much more I can talk about in N.D.G, from the scenery to the unique architecture, from the fact that there's access to two major hospitals, all the churches, heck, there's both street parking AND garages. Wow!
Whatever makes N.D.G. special for you and even if you disagree with me, you know deep in your heart that it is Montreal's BEST neighbourhood.