POINTS OF INTEREST
Hip bars and trendy shops pepper St-Roch, once an industrial area and now a technology hub. There's a fair selection of hotels, most of them catering to business clientele, and new spots are popping up constantly. The "main drag" of the neighborhood is boulevard Charest—a mix of office buildings, lunch spots, and after-work hangouts. Jardins Saint-Roch, a large square, provides good people-watching and, occasionally, street performances and art events.
Look for Église St-Roch, a massive stone church, and you'll quickly find rue St-Joseph, the district's other major street, known for trendy shops and entertaining buskers. Shop for new duds here and walk west to go dine in one of the neighborhood's sleek new bistros. The popularity of the area has spawned many new restaurants. When it comes time for an after-dinner drink, there's a plethora of pubs and terraces. Korrigane Brasserie Artisanale is a great choice, and so is Le Cercle, a restaurant, art gallery, and music venue.
Art abounds in the neighborhood, from the famed street-art-covered viaduct and modern sculptures to outdoor theater and circus acts. Complexe Méduse, on rue de St-Vallier, is an avant-garde arts cooperative that houses multimedia artists, a community radio station, galleries, artists-in-residence, and performance spaces.
St-Roch is a long, but downhill jaunt from the Old City and walkable if you have the time. If you're not in the mood for exercise, the best way to reach this neighborhood is by cab. Plan to spend about C$8 each way. There are usually plenty of cabs available for the reverse trip. Taking the bus (800 or 801) is also an option.