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Metro Roulette: Passing by Papineau

Posted by Valerie / July 17, 2009



The inside of the station isn't really inspiring: it looks quite dirty and the main color (beige) makes me kind of nauseous.

Fortunately, it gets a bit more colorful above the stairs with the few murals about patriots.

Coming out of Papineau, the first thing one sees is a Bixi stand on a Ste-Catherine Street background.

The area behind the station used to be a parking lot but is now a nice park with some sort of sculpture.



I made my way on Ste-Catherine to go towards Papineau. I quickly recognized a few key establishments of the Village : Stud Bar (1812 Ste-Catherine E,) - famous for refusing to let in a woman once - and the Adonis male strip club (1681 Ste-Catherine E.)


I then came across some classic restaurants, such as Au Club Sandwich (1578 Ste-Catherine E.) - always a good option after the bars thanks to their 24 hours service - and Kilo (1495 Ste-Catherine E.) where delicious desserts can be found.



Going up the street onto Maisonneuve, the only thing there is to see is a massive Quebecor Media temple called TVA (or Télé-Métropole if you're old school). Disappointed, I decided to make my way back to the metro.


I suddenly noticed how sad the area looks. Besides for this one that has a nice painting on it, all the buildings look old but not in a charming way. There are abandoned spaces like a church and a gas station.




And of course right next to the station is the Jacques-Cartier bridge, entrance to the Parc Jean-Drapeau and everything 450. There isn't much to see around the highway, except for a small skateboarding area right under the bridge.


The proximity to La Rond makes metro Papineau the best spot to catch their weekly fireworks - just make sure you're not too agoraphobic before you go.



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