Sandwiched between Downtown and the Old City is bustling Chinatown. The center of the action is at the intersection of rue Clark and rue de la Gauchetière, where part of the street is closed to traffic. On weekends, especially in summer, it's particularly busy, crowded with tourists as well as residents shopping in the Asian markets for fresh produce, meat and fish, and health supplements.
Chinese immigrants first came to
Montréal in large numbers after 1880, following the construction of the transcontinental railroad, and there's been a steady influx of peoples from Asia and Southeast Asia—including the Vietnamese—since then. Now the city's Chinatown covers about an 18-block area between boulevard René-Lévesque and avenue Viger to the north and south, and near rue de Bleury and avenue Hôtel de Ville on the west and east.
For an inexpensive breakfast or brunch, nothing is more satisfying than a few rounds of dim sum. Try Maison Kam Fung, at 1111 rue St-Urbain.