Griffintown, a former industrial neighborhood, is the latest stylish district to emerge along the Lachine Canal. Get there while it’s hot.
Set in an 1843 steamboat factory, the Arsenal complex now houses a gallery, video-screening room, and exhibition space. Recently on view: works by the Beijing-based Gao brothers. 2020 Rue William.
Montrealers are salivating over Grinder (pictured), a modern take on your grandfather’s steak house. Order one of the specialty tartares (the bison is mixed with espresso butter and orange brunoise) or the 40-ounce rib eye for two with a side of carrots glazed with thyme. 1708 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest. $$$
Donning lumberjack plaid is all but mandatory at Griffintown Café, where Quebec’s reputable craft beers are served up with sets of live jazz. The choice pour? Bierbrier Premium Ale, brewed just a few blocks away. 1378 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest.
In need of a gift—even for yourself? Turn to Boutique Jérôme for its Canada-made collection, including graphic iPhone cases and vintage-style cotton dresses. Painter Nelly Lim’s studio is next door; visitors can peek at works in progress while shopping for jewelry made from recycled cutlery. 1520 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest; 514/419-9123.
Chocolates from Gatineau, prize-winning regional cheeses, and cult-favorite Bilboquet ice cream are among the produits du terroir at Alexis Le Gourmand, an expansive épicerie set in a 1935 blacksmith shop. 1407 Rue St.-Jacques.