Montreal’s Chinatown

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Like I said before, I always enjoy visiting Chinatowns: I often shop at the one in Ottawa, and I like hanging out at the Toronto one.

Montreal’s Chinatown (蒙特利尔唐人街) is quite small: it’s mostly one pedestrian street with an arch and many little shops and restaurants along the narrow alley, parallel to the René Levesque boulevard. It seemed to be a tight-knit community: I saw many posters advertising for activities, as well as a few associations headquarters.

You can see the full set of the pictures taken in Montreal here.

Chinatown's Arch

I Love Cheese


Chinatown Québec

Sleeping in the Cold

Early Morning Delivery

Trilingual Tax Services


Egg Tarts

Dragon Head Delivery

Dragon Dance

Pigeon and Mural

Purple House


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  1. As my friend Yogi said, Tulsa has no particular Chinese area. We do have some excellent ethnic Asian restaurants however. Chinese, Vietnamese. Korean, Thai, we have them all. Also a lot of Chinese lunch buffets which are mostly OK. It is very rare to find a buffet that serves really good food. There is something about a steam table that just doesn’t bring out the best in food.
    .-= Tulsa Gentleman´s last blog ..Play Ball! New Driller Stadium =-.

  2. @Yogi – really? That’s rare, most cities that I know have a Chinatown, even if it’s just one street!

    @Nisha – Glad you made it back safely! Do post pictures 🙂

    @Nigel – 😆 Thank you!

    @Tulsa Gentleman – Yeah, I’m not a huge fan of buffets either. It is okay it you are very hungry but the food isn’t great most of the time.

    @micki – I have no idea why they had a dragon dance! It’s funny actually, I spotted this guys unloading dragon heads from the trunk of their cars and minutes later, I walked into the dragon dance inside a mall.

    @Beth – And most people spoke French, which really surprised me!

    @Agnes – Thank you!

    @Charles Dastodd – The dance was pretty fun.

    @khengsiong – Yes, Chinatown is not really a place where Chinese live, it’s mostly a business area here. Same in Ottawa.

  3. I love the Chinatown’s too… you always can see some strange things going on… and the food is delicious !
    Nice pictorial !
    .-= Sidney´s last blog .. =-.

  4. the only thing i don’t like about chinatowns are the live turtles (offered as food) and the ducks (canard) cooked with their heads on and the baskets of chicken feet displayed in the store windows.
    but chinatown (anywhere) certainly is a “colorful” place to take visitors.
    .-= Seraphine´s last blog ..The Precise Behavior of Exceptions =-.

  5. Great photos!

    My signicant other’s originally from Montreal and his great grandfather was a Chinese immigrant who set up a business in Chinatown. From my understanding, Montreal’s current Chinatown is only a fraction of its original size, as a good chunk of it was demolished in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and that it was only in the 1980’s that Chinatown was revived.

  6. Every countries I visited we always make it a point to visit Chinatown and interesting to note there’s bond to have a Chinese Gate along one of the street 😉

    Did you enjoy eating the wanton noodles?

  7. I always love your gritty shots of cities. This Chinatown is different from what I am used to, most of the time, Chinatown for me is chaotic, full of people, and busy, like the ones in Osaka and Manila. But the only time I saw a rather tranquil Chinatown was in Portland, OR.
    .-= Linguist-in-Waiting´s last blog ..Summer Preparations =-.

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