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Metro Roulette: Vendôme is where the heart is

Posted by Gabby / June 29, 2009

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If Montrealers tend to refer to parts of town according to the closest Metro station, then Vendôme metro belongs to NDG, breeding ground of hipsters and cool cats en tous genres. Sandwiched between the blue and the green line, a staple on the orange line, Vendôme is a transfer point for thousands of people every day, but very few of them take the time to appreciate their surroundings.

Vendôme station is mostly populated by Concordia University students (including yours truly), as well as commuters from Dorion-Riguaud, Blainville-Saint-Jerome and Delson-Candiac. On rush hour, it becomes a question of survival.

vendome1_062909.jpgThe station itself is a very modern piece of architecture, with futuristic lighting strips and solid concrete walls. All the natural light that comes into the station goes through panels of tinted glass and reflects on a peculiar spiral sculpture of stainless-steel tubes, designed by Marcelle Ferron (who also did the stained glass pieces inside Champs-de-Mars metro and was a member of the automatist movement).

Outside the station, there isn't a whole lot of stuff happening. Like some stations, you have to take a bus to get to where the fun really is. To the left, some buildings. To the right, more buildings. All around, a nice little waiting area, almost like a little park, with plenty of greenery and a few different bus stops.

vendome3_062909.jpgSo what is there to do around Vendôme? Take the bus! The 105 takes courageous commuters right into the hubbub of NDG: Sherbrooke West, home of so many great coffee shops, sushi restaurants, and fine food stores. A little bit further after Decarie is the Concordia University Loyola Campus, which is like a small university town in and of itself.

Some places I recommend: for a chill-out time, check out Café Shaika (5526 Sherbrooke W). For the best lasagna in town (in my opinion), pay Pasta Casareccia (5849 Sherbrooke W) a visit.

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19 Comments

Paloma / June 30, 2009 at 12:01 am
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My favourite Vendome destination is Restaurant Copoli, right across the street, for what they claim are the city's biggest burgers.
Caroline / June 30, 2009 at 09:45 am
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As if you didn't mention Dad's Bagels. Freshly made bagels (very similar to St-Viateur bagels) and fantastic indian food? And open 24hours! I lived in NDG for 4 years, at various addresses and have to say it is one of the most eclectic neighbourhoods, with trendy spots and dirty ones too. Plus, vendome metro has some of the windiest doorways, sometimes seeming impossible to open.
allan / July 2, 2009 at 10:46 am
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I have lived in the N.D.G. area for almost two years now.
There is always something new to discover in this area.
As for transportation, there are several bus routes, around the area.
And there little cafes, restaurants, depanneurs, fruits stores etc.
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