Small But Quaint: Montreal’s Chinatown
While definitely not the largest by size nor by density, Montreal’s Chinatown is often overlooked by visitors for this very reason: its small size. A true reflection of Montreal’s “melting pot” culture of different ethnic backgrounds, this Chinatown is definitely not the most expansive East Asian enclave in North America, but what it lacks in square feet makes up in atmosphere thanks to a mostly pedestrianized zonage, and with a variety of Vietnamese pho eateries like the local favorite Pho Bang New York and Chinese bakeries like Pâtisserie Harmonie. Montreal’s Chinatown is also home to the most paifangs –traditional Chinese gates—outside of China, with four strikingly beautiful and intricate red arch gates at each end of the neighborhood.
By Marie-Eve Vallieres, AFAR Local Expert
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