The best area to stay in Montreal is

St-Henri

About St-Henri

It used to be a poor neighbourhood (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tin_Flute), but now it's happening---as measured by the number of espresso bars and new restaurants. The prices are still affordable, and it's a 15 min bike ride to downtown.

Best places to stay in St-Henri

Best places to eat in St-Henri