Long considered somewhat of a poor cousin of the much more successful Plateau, Mile End has developed its own personality and culture over the past several decades. Traditionally a Jewish and Greek neighborhood, Mile End has always attracted a fairly heterogeneous crowd -- it is visibly more “ethnic” and audibly more anglophone than the Plateau. Artists and bohemians started migrating here in the mid-1990s, escaping the Plateau’s gentrification and rising rents.
One drawback that continues to detract from Mile End’s qualities is that the neighborhood lacks a metro stop. Sure, one can walk from the Laurier or even the Mont Royal stop (both on the orange line), but it will take between 15 and 20 minutes to reach the heart of the neighborhood on foot. Imagine doing that in the middle of the winter! If you’re comfortable using buses, however, you can catch bus #80 from several more centrally located points served by the métro, such as Rue Guy (Downtown Montreal (Centre-ville)), Square Victoria (Quartier International (International Quarter)) or Place des Arts (Quartier des Spectacles).