Rue Bernard

Go for leisurely stroll down cultural diversity on Rue Bernard

Sidewalk cafes on Rue Bernard
Sidewalk cafes on Rue Bernard cc licensed photo by Jeangagnon

For those of you who prefer a relaxed type of holiday, which includes strolls down picturesque shady streets, long lunches in terraced restaurants, people watching on park benches or leisurely sipping on a cup of tea or coffee, then Rue Bernard is the place for you.

Rue Bernard runs from Mile-End to Outremont and stretches for about 2km. On this stretch you will come to notice the influences of the many cultures which once called this area home. From the first settlers to the area the bourgeois to the Greek, Hassidic and Portuguese communities, little remnants of each culture still remain, however no influence is as great as the French. You may be forgiven for thinking that you in fact have landed in France when taking a stroll down Rue Bernard, with side street cafe's, inviting restaurants, quaint boutiques, patisserie's and high-end fashion stores the scene is the Hollywood ideal of France.

The further east you stroll, towards the area of Mile-End (famously known for being a vibey and artistic neighbourhood), you will find that the stores become less 'classy' and more 'funky'. Stores that offer more eclectic wear start popping up on either side of the street. It becomes evident that this is the neighbourhood in which artistic minds have taken up residence. It is colourful, fun and young and you will find that things generally cost less in comparison to the side of Outremont. A stroll down Rue Bernard offers a sense infused experience.

With the wide variety of restaurants and cafes, you are certain to find something that will tantalize your tastebuds and intrigue you. The various stores and boutiques will keep you entertained for hours on end. An entire day can easily be spent in Rue Bernard and Mile End. Be sure to take a look at both of these fantastic and diverse districts.


Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 5 - BlueOutremont7 Minutes

How to get to Rue Bernard by Metro

By Metro: Take Metro Line 5 to Outremont Station and take the east side exit ont Wiseman Ave and go right. Continue down Wiseman Ave to Rue Bernard and go left. The historic and commercial district begins in the next block.

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