Where to meet and eat in Les Quartiers du Canal
The Quartiers du Canal has bloomed. The area takes its name from the Lachine Canal, which runs nearly four kilometers through the southwest borough and includes three historic Montréal neighborhoods: Griffintown, Little Burgundy and Saint-Henri.
Behind rich rehabilitated facades, these three neighbourhoods are truly authentic. You can meet creative and innovative merchants, talk with antique dealers, visit galleries showcases of emerging art, dine in some of Montréal’s hottest restaurants and visit high-end boutiques.
Furthermore, the city’s most important business conference, C2 Montréal, is held annually in this district. The Quartiers du Canal are easily accessible via three metro stations, by bus, by bicycle, by car, or simply by walking from Downtown and Old Montréal. All means are good to get there easily and quickly.
Directly south of downtown, Griffintown is thriving. New condo developments and a slew of nationally-recognized bistros are making it the most sought-after postal code. The hood offers a high-tech creative lifestyle, paired with plenty of exercise options (walking and biking) along the paths of the Lachine Canal.
Bordering Griffintown, the once factory-zoned and working-class Little Burgundy has also experienced a restaurant and real estate boom, while continuing to draw antique hunters to its shops along Notre Dame Street.
Next door to Little Burgundy, the more residential Saint-Henri has also seen an explosion of culinary and cultural news recently. The long-established Atwater Market holds the centre of the neighbourhood’s activity with other veteran locals McAuslan Brewery, Parisian Laundry gallery, the Musée des Ondes Emile Berliner, and Lachine Canal bordering the area.
Planning an event? Here are three venues in the Quartiers du Canal.
ARSENAL. One of Canada’s most historic industrial buildings, Arsenal is an exemplary Montréal venue. The reclaimed shipyard has embraced the present by showcasing Canadian and international contemporary art, while providing a flexible space for corporate and entrepreneurial events, such as the cutting-edge C2MTL conference.
NEW CITY GAS. A flexible space that can function as a concert venue, reception hall or downright dance party hall. Set in the Griffintown neighbourhood, New City Gas is bright and versatile, accommodating a variety of client needs. Winning feature: adaptable enough to create up to four separate themed rooms.
THÉÂTRE CORONA. Built in 1912, the historic Corona Theatre provides an ideal gathering space for meetings, cocktail parties, gala dinners and special events. The venue — rich in ornaments, curtains and paneling — offers a uniquely theatrical atmosphere. Maximum capacity: 786.
THE FOOD SCENE
An impressive list of restaurants, cafés and bars are located in the Quartier du Canal. Check out these five samples.
H4C PLACE ST-HENRI. The team at H4C offers creative gourmet dishes by its Master Chef, Dany Bolduc, who draws from his travels to offer French cuisine expressed through local products.
BRASSERIE LE RICHMOND. Set in a sumptuous 19th-century building, Le Richmond offers cuisine from northern Italy with accents from Piedmont, Veneto, and Emilia-Romagna, plus a wine cellar with over 1,000 bottles.
MONTRÉAL BREWING CO. Comforting favourites — shepherd’s pie, flank steak with shallots, grilled salmon — are served in an urban yet minimalist environment. Bonus: Montréal Brewing offers group menus.
PATRICE PÂTISSIER. The pastry shop of the renowned chef, Patrice Demers. Here, you can buy pastries to take out, or eat on site with a coffee. All desserts are creations of the chef and made daily.
THE BURGUNDY LION. A traditional English pub mixed with a modern bar and lounge that offers a unique take on British fare. Burgundy Lion is armed with an impressive selection of traditional whiskey and beer.
ALT HOTEL MONTRÉAL. Embedded into the very architecture of the alt hotel is a wide range of environmentally conscious considerations. Rather than offering traditional amenities such as room service, valets and doormen — which end up increasing the price of your bill — they are focused on delivering superb core services. And this keeps room fees down.