Saint-Sô, as its residents affectionately call it, is a working-class neighbourhood which, over the last few years, has been welcoming an increasing number of young families and professionals looking for a genuine community spirit. Welcome to the Lower Town!
How to Get There
It is easy to combine a visit of Saint-Sauveur once you're in Saint-Roch by going up rue Saint-Joseph Est.
The 802 Métrobus line drives along rue Marie-de-l’Incarnation, which crosses the neighbourhood from north to south, while route 18 connects the Saint-Sauveur to Saint-Roch (departing from the Palais station). Route 19, on the other hand, connects the Limoilou and Montcalm by crossing through Saint-Sauveur.
In order to discover all the little treasures hidden throughout Saint-Sauveur, you need to take rue Saint-Vallier Ouest, the main commercial corridor. At every step, you'll find nice neighbourhood restaurants with unbeatable value for money, a café, a bakery, pubs, bars, great independent shops... Or else, well-hidden in the recesses of adjoining streets, you'll find Asian grocery stores, handicraft shops and institutions that have withstood the passage of time and trends!
The strong community spirit that binds Saint-Sauveur residents can be felt in its events, which aim to bring together locals as well as anyone else who wishes to take in the festive atmosphere. On Saturdays during the summer, do your gourmet grocery shopping at the public market in Durocher park, a citizen's initiative showcasing over a dozen local vendors (fruits, vegetables, flowers, food products).
Since residents like getting together, several public spaces have been designed to allow them to meet and exchange in an original urban setting: a refreshing break from the pavement, garden bins, terraces and "chat spaces" where people can talk. You can't pay a visit to Saint-Sauveur without making new friends, that's for sure!
A Bit of History
In the middle of the 19th century, French Canadian labourers working in Saint-Roch settled in Saint-Sauveur. For a long time, it remained a residential and working-class district just outside the inner city walls. Now, bolstered by the energy of young entrepreneurs setting up shop on rue Saint-Vallier Ouest, Saint-Sô is on the rise!