It has gone under a variety of changes recently including new hip businesses, condo developments, and new investments. For this and many other reasons, you’ll see why St Henri is one the best neighborhoods in Montreal.
The neighborhood’s main commercial street, Notre-Dame West, has even been updated beautifully. St-Henri is an important player in Montreal’s economy.
This neighborhood, which is home to workers’ housing spots and old industrial centers is nestled between the Lachine Canal and Westmount.
Here is a list of the main things that set St-Henri apart from the rest of Montreal and make it worth visiting:
- Easy to Get To
Getting to St-Henri is a piece of cake. All you need to do is hop on the metro and get off at Lionel-Groulx or Place St-Henri stations. An easy day trip!
- Atwater Market Shopping
The Atwater Market is one of the largest in Montreal. It is located directly next to the Lachine Canal and you’ll find shops inside and outside. The market is constructed from an architectural structure from the 1930s with a special clocktower that represents St-Henri. Sitting between the market and canal is a deck that’s perfect for hanging out. There are even overhead mist sprinklers for hot weather!
In the front of the Atwater Market, you’ll find a wide range of restaurants to choose from and about a dozen local vendors. You’re in for a tasty treat.
The Lachine Canal
St-Henri borders the Lachine Canal on its southeast side. When Montreal first became internationally known, the canal allowed visiting ships to avoid the Lachine rapids, boosting Montreal’s economy.
The modern Lachine Canal is made up of many parks and a bike path from the Old Port to the Lachine Canal’s neighborhood, St-Henri. Riding that path will help you brush up on history while enjoying the sights. You can even rent a paddle boat to spend some time out on the Canal across from the Atwater Market, in Pointe-St-Charles.
- Floating Bar
If you’re looking for a unique drink experience, head to the Canal Lounge. This boat is a bar sitting out on the canal where you can take in the views of the water and the people of Montreal.
- Beautiful Wall Art
Street artists are flocking fast to St-Henri. You’ll find a large collection of beautiful murals and eclectic graffiti on the walls of vacant industrial factories.
- Pie Store
If you’re a sweets-lover, you need to make your way to the Rustique Pie Kitchen. This spot dedicated to pie hosts a wide array of sweet options. You can even grab a mini pie for a quick bite on the go.
- McAuslan Brewery Terrace
If you explore the streets wedged among the many abandoned industrial buildings in St-Henri, you’ll find the McAuslan Brewery. Locals keep this brewery’s terrace as one of their special secrets. It’s such a beautiful place with plenty of shade to sit and catch up with friends.
Stunning Architecture in St Henri Montreal
The architectural variety of St-Henri is unique to any other part of Montreal. You’ll find merchants’ mansions, workers’ row houses, and art-deco buildings. Just walking through the neighborhood is interesting to the eye.