The magic of Montpellier is found in each of its small streets, its medieval buildings, and among its many bars and cafés. Its corners always seem to have a surprise, because you may have passed the same place several times, but you will find it different on nearly every visit. The neighborhoods of Montpellier are each unique, and collectively form the iconic signature of the city.
This is one of the best-known neighborhoods in the city. It is in the heart of the historic center, and has an endless number of bars and restaurants. These are generally full both day and night. It is also possible to find various antique stores and design studios for those who love shopping. In addition, its church is one of the most visited by tourists; it is worth mentioning that students who live in the city love to sit on its steps to enjoy the sunny afternoons. Saint-Roch Square and Saint-Côme Square are the first meeting points in Montpellier.
Picture by M.Hess, OT-Montpellier
Like Saint-Roch, the Sainte-Anne district is located in the heart of the historic center of Montpellier. Its main square is full of small cafes and restaurants, ideal to sit for a bit to chat and share a pleasant moment in its quiet and charming ambience. It is an area which has a large number of galleries, exhibition venues and designer stores. In addition, it is a famous neighborhood for having the Carré Sainte-Anne, a gothic church displaying contemporary art, the National Conservatory of Music and various workshops of luthiers, makers of stringed instruments.
Quartier Les Arceaux
Les Arceaux is a quiet and pleasant neighborhood in the city, on the edge of the central area of Écusson. It is an area favored by many Montpellier residents who seek to live in an area close to the city center, but with peace and quiet. It is known for the Saint-Clément aqueduct, originally inspired by the architecture of the famous Pont du Gard. The market of regional producers and farmers along the aqueduct boulevard on Tuesdays and Saturdays make this neighborhood event a point of interest for residents and visitors.
Quartier Beaux Arts
Picture : Jean-Michel Mart
This neighborhood is charming; maybe it is its tranquility with city airs that makes it so special. It is home to a myriad of artistic and cultural events throughout the year. This is a happy and lively neighborhood with a bohemian feel. It has shops of all kinds, bars, cafes and a market every morning from Monday to Saturday in the main square.
To get to this neighborhood takes only a couple of tram stops from the city center; or just cross the Polygone shopping center. Its neo-classical architecture is one of its greatest distinctions, and the sizeable number of green areas, parks and fountains give the neighborhood a fresh and relaxed air. Here you will find the Olympic pool and the municipal library, which makes it very appealing to students after school hours.
Quartier Port Marianne
This is the most modern district of Montpellier, full of trendy places and an architecture that provides a touch of reinvention to the city. Many prefer it because of its proximity to the River Lez and the ease of taking long walks along its banks. Here it is necessary to visit the park Charpak with its mirror of water and the lagoon Jacques Coeur, which is considered the green lung of the quartier. Also, you should include a visit to the Marché du Lez, currently one of the most fashionable places around.