Things to do when you are in Griffintown

Rejuvenated and reinvented, Griffintown – located near downtown Montreal and the Lachine Canal – is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city. With industrial and Irish roots, the area is abuzz with artists, musicians, restaurants, cafes, tea rooms, art galleries, antique shops and residential projects. Check out our list to discover some of highlights that "The Griff" has to offer.

Patrice Pâtissier

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2360, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1N4

Surrender to this unique and sweet pastry shop and restaurant owned by Patrice Demers. Warm and contemporary, the pastry shop invites you to taste desserts on site while observing Patrice at work with his team in the large windowed kitchen. If you prefer saltier treats, you’ll appreciate his restaurant, with a lunch menu available from Wednesday to Sunday. Pastry-making courses and wine tastings are also offered.

Marché Atwater

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138, av Atwater, Montréal, QC H4C 2G3

Near the Lachine Canal, the Atwater Market is famous for its butcher shops, cheese shops and its variety of fresh produce. Its art deco style architecture makes this building one of the most beautiful in the city. Shops and businesses here are handed down from generation to generation and thus sustain the market's unique vibe and well-deserved reputation.

West Elm

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995, rue Wellington, Montréal, QC H3C 1V3

Head to West Elm for a little decor shopping! Located in a former fur warehouse in Griffintown, this furniture and decor shop has a distinct industrial feel to it, and appeals to urban loft and apartment dwellers. This is the first West Elm store to open its doors in Quebec. You’re sure to find something at this 15,000 ft2 location!

Boutique Stock Markt

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2664, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1N7

Boutique Stockmarkt is a must-see for Montreal's fashionistas. Sister of l'Apothicaire WANT, offers men’s and women’s fashions at discounts of 40% up to 80%. New items come in on a regular basis. We also like its stationery items (pencils, notebooks, etc.).

ALT Hotel

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120, rue Peel, Montréal, QC H3C 0L8

Modern and comfortable, Hôtel ALT invites you to sleep as if you were floating on a cloud. Its trendy and bright rooms, spread over 18 floors, offer breathtaking views of the river and the city. A snack counter, a bar and a gym are available.

Grinder

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1708 rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1M3

In the heart of Griffintown, Restaurant Grinder is a neighbourhood must-try. It offers a menu of raw and cooked dishes, including cuts of grilled or braised meats, as well as fish and other seafood. The meats are accompanied by a menu of privately imported wines, always changing with the season. Comfortable and cozy, the space with its original decor blends elements of vintage and modern style.

Rien de neuf

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2660, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1N7

A visit to the antique district on Notre-Dame Street West is a must for any visitor to (or resident) of Griffintown. There are several places where porcelain, lamps and antique furniture transport you to another era. The workshop-boutique Rien de neuf offers wood pieces at good prices, ideal for do-it-yourselfers.

New City Gas

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950, rue Ottawa, Montreal, QC H3C 1S4

Looking for some live music? Then you’ll want to check out Griffintown's only event hall: New City Gas. Dating back to 1859, the space, with large roofs and stone masonry, still retains its integrity and is protected by Héritage Montréal. It welcomes bands, solo artists and DJs for a unique audio-visual experience.

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