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The upper north side of St.Laurent is known to locals as a Cultural Underbelly of Montreal. Although long before that it was known as the last stop on the train line hence the Mile-End. It took me 5 years of living in different apartments and buildings to understand the best of Montreal could be found in this tiny niche. I have spent the past eight months living on Parc Avenue, just north of Mont- Royal (the mountain!) splat in the Mile End, and within skipping of St.Laurent’s La Main. From Indochine’s DIVINE coconut soup, the bixi bike rental stands on Laurier, St.Viateur’s Bagel Shop amidst the bagel wars, to Dusty’s eggs and Beauty’s milkshakes —the Mile End is in my heart for good. Two of the best kept secrets is the vintage Furniture shops where you can find everywhere, and Reema’s Cocoa Locale (baked goods in an adorable pink and brown building). More importantly the Mile End has had a surge of activity recently, after years of being a typically poor neighborhood, it is now home to many artists/musicians who love the quiet community of huge lofts, and bakeries. Wallpaper magazine called the Mile End the hottest upcoming area in Montreal. The only downfall would be the metro line doesn’t hit Parc Avenue, so the closet stop is Mont Royal.

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