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Getting Around the Plateau, Outremont, Mile End, and Little Italy
Although all four neighborhoods have convenient métro stops, if you already have a car, driving up here is definitely easier and often faster. However, note that on weekends—the most crowded but definitely the best time to visit—it can be difficult to find on-street parking, as most of it's metered. Plan to spend a day exploring these areas, or at least come for a meal or two during your stay.
The Plateau's most convenient métro station is Mont-Royal on the Orange Line. It's a large district, but relatively flat and easy to walk around. If you want to cover more ground without resorting to a taxi, there are several Bixi bicycle stands in the area, and plenty of bike lanes.
The streets of Mile End (Orange Line to Laurier) and Outremont (Blue Line to Outremont) start buzzing the moment restaurants open for brunch. Both the Orange and Blue lines can be taken to get to Little Italy, using the Jean-Talon stop. Once here, shop for produce and cheese at the Marché Jean-Talon or see a wedding party outside the Madonna della Difesa church.
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