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Ste-Catherine Street is divided in two parts by St-Laurent Boulevard: East and West. The intersection of those two important streets is not the nicest area of the city; try to avoid it at night as it's a popular spot for drug dealers and hookers. It's also the Gay District during the night as well as punk, metal and other hangouts. Travel in groups and you should not have a problem with the locals. Take the metro to the heart of the party (between Station Berri and Station Beaudry)
Close to St-Laurent, the West Street is home to Complexe Desjardins, one of the most imporant skycrapers of the city. Place des Arts, the most prestigious music venue of the city, is also located on Ste-Catherine West, right next to theMusée d'art contemporain de Montreal(contemporary art museum). Further West Side can be summed up in one word: shopping. That's where every shopping spree in Montreal starts. There are lots of high street stores (Gap, H&M, Old Navy, American Eagle Outfitters) and some more high end (BCBG, Ogilvy, Holt Renfrew). There are a few restaurants, mainly fast-food chains.On the downside, there are a lot of strip clubs and homeless people.
The east side is home to a lot of music venues, such as Metropolis, National and Olympia. Very popular among students as University of Quebec in Montreal is located on this street. Further east, you will find the gay disctrict, the most important one in North America.
Ste-Catherine St is located right above the Metro Green Line in the downtown area. All of the stations have an exit leading to Ste-Catherine St, on either West (between stations Lionel-Groulx and St-Laurent) and East (between St-Laurent stations and Papineau). The street is served by a few bus lines, such as 15. Check out www.stm.info for more info.