Verdun isn't often the first place that comes to mind when Montrealers are thinking about the top boroughs. Today, I'll tell you why you're wrong and why you should think of Verdun as one of Montreal's best.
Considered a grungy and sometimes dangerous neighbourhood by people over 35, Verdun's reputation often precedes it. Many years ago, it was a rough-and-tumble 'hood with working-class roots and a strong Anglophone community.
Living on that side of Lionel-Groulx used to mean bad things and disapproving stares but these days, Verdun is quickly developing a reputation as a trendy up-and-comer in Montreal. In fact, some parts of Verdun are indistinguishable from your classic hip 'hood in the city.
TL;DR This is why Verdun is Montreal's best neighbourhood. Don't believe me? Keep reading!
A Perfect Mix Between the Old and the New
Verdun is one of Montreal's oldest and most well-established neighbourhoods. In recent years, Verdun has rapidly gentrified, especially around Wellington street, the borough's main thoroughfare. There, you can find incredible boutiques and restaurants, some of which are the best in Montreal.
The neighbourhood has still retained a lot of the old-school working-class charm that made it what it is today. Walking along the avenues, you can appreciate the old-world architecture and row homes that used to house the sailors, factory workers, and ecclesiastical communities of Old Verdun.
Eat At Some Of The Best Restaurants In Montreal
Verdun is home to some of the city's best restaurants. Wellington Street especially is a lively hub for all kinds of gastronomic delights.
If you're in the mood for some incredibly fresh seafood, head over to Chez Boss & Fils on Wellington Street. Not down with fish? Blackstrap BBQ (also on Wellington) has some of the best American BBQ in the city. Want something chicer? Restaurant Su is the highest rated Turkish restaurant in Montreal. You guessed it, it's also on Wellington Street.
Of course, no restaurant hub is complete without an amazing variety of bars and pubs. Bar Social and Palco are my personal favourites in Verdun. Both bars also feature a stunningly delicious menu so you won't have a reason to leave.
Some Of The Most Affordable Housing In Montreal
If you're used to seeing apartments for rent at exorbitant prices across the city, know that in Verdun, you get the most bang for your buck. A place like this immense 4 1/2 apartment is going for under $1000 per month. Pro tip: most Verdun apartments have balconies and easy access to all of Verdun's amazing attractions.
Worried about the bus and the metro situation? Well, the whole neighbourhood is situated along the Green Line below Lionel-Groulx. From any given place, going downtown shouldn't take you more than 20 or 25 minutes.
The Most Fun Activities Per Square Inch In The City
Verdun residents get to enjoy a waterfront, numerous green spaces, public pools, bike paths, rugby and cricket fields, and even a beach. Yes, a beach!
Getting to the Old Port by bike is super easy if you travel east along the waterfront. You can even go all the way to the West Island by bike if you were so inclined. Proximity to the Lachine Canal, one of the most scenic bike routes in the city, is yet another Verdun bonus.
The neighbourhood is also home to many special events and festivals. In late winter, Wellington transforms into a giant urban cabane a sucre. Summer brings the Wellington Street Festival. For the first time ever, the Jazz Fest is hosting free shows in the borough.
If you're still not convinced, you need to head to Verdun and see it for yourself. What with the moving season coming up, there's no better place to move to right now in Montreal!
Verdun, we love you!