Montreal’s Latin Quarter is so-called because of the large student population that frequents St-Denis Street and the surrounding area. This is a younger, French counterpart to Crescent Street situated downtown, with many of the students coming from Universite du Quebec a Montreal. St-Denis is lined with bistros, cafes, and restaurants.
Early in the 20th century, rue St-Denis cut through a bourgeois neighborhood of large, comfortable residences. The Universite de Montreal was established here in 1893, and the students and academics who moved into the area dubbed it the Quartier Latin, or Latin Quarter. The university eventually moved to a larger campus on the north side of Mont-Royal, and the area went into decline. It revived in the early 1970s, largely as a result of the 1969 opening of the Universite du Quebec a Montreal. Plateau Mont-Royal, the trendy neighborhood just north of the Quartier Latin, shared in this revival. The Quartier Latin and Plateau Mont-Royal are home to rows of French and ethnic restaurants, charming bistros, coffee shops, designer boutiques, antiques shops, and art galleries.