In recent years Mile End has become one of the hippest neighborhoods in town, and it starts buzzing the moment restaurants open for brunch. Bordering Outremont, this funky area, historically home to Montréal's working-class Jewish community, is now full of inexpensive, often excellent restaurants and little shops selling handicrafts and secondhand clothes. Head east from Parc off streets like Bernard, St. Viateur, and
Fairmount. By day it's a great place to take a stroll or sit on a café's terrasse (patio) to watch its residents—from artsy bohemians to Hasidic Jews—pass by.