Flourishing borough with an urban flair and trendy, buzzing streetscape
Located southwest of downtown Montreal in the Griffintown neighborhood is Le Sud-Ouest, an exciting and creative borough that’s always abuzz with activity. Deeply in touch with the area's industrial heritage, there are a number of warehouses and factories that have been converted and revitalized into stylish buildings, lofts, and condominiums that give the area a distinct identity and charm. The up-and-coming borough is bordered by both the historic Lachine Canal and Saint Lawrence River, offering gorgeous views, lush open spaces, and trendy spots to go out on the town. Businesses and art galleries have sprouted up throughout the area on busy and vibrant streets like Boulevard Monk, Avenue de l'Église, and Rue du Centre, from cool cafés to swanky, global restaurants. The borough is served by the green and orange lines of the Montreal Metro, so it’s easy to hop on and get to wherever you need to go — although Le Sud-Ouest is a thriving urban hub of its own. An economic and social renaissance on its horizon due to the reopening and reclamation of the canal for recreation, Le Sud-Ouest is a promising and wonderful place to live.
Le Sud-Ouest has a diverse social fabric and rainbow of residents, comprising all types of cultures, from French Canadian people to Irish and Black communities. There’s a dynamic array of urban living situations to choose from, whether it be newly developed luxury high rises and condominiums or rows of warehouses-turned-lofts. The borough is extremely walkable and accessible, with bike and pedestrian paths meandering around the waterfront and throughout the city. The area may be an urban haven, but there’s plenty of green spaces and squares for recreation that provide a perfect balance of nature and metropolitan settings.
It’s easy to experience the magnificent food, drinks, and shopping opportunities Le Sud-Ouest has to offer. A popular local go-to is Joe Beef, a casual, old-school-style bar and restaurant that serves up succulent steaks and seafood. If you’re craving a comforting slice of pizza or a warm bowl of pasta, take a seat at Pizzeria Moretti in their relaxed wood and brick Italian setting. Mano Cornuto is a wonderful counter-top spot where you can take a seat at a table or the counter for a more personal lunch. They offer everything from sandwiches and salad to pasta and pastries. Their beer and wine lists are nice, as well. To pick up some fresh groceries or hot lunch on the spot, take a stroll through Atwater Market right by Lachine Canal, which has been open since 1933. The specialty market carries gourmet olive oils, balsamic vinegar, spices, dried fruits, and more. Plus, it’s fun to meet all the local butchers, bakers, farmers, and vendors!
There’s never a shortage of art and culture in Le Sud-Ouest, especially because that’s what the thriving neighborhood is known for! Corona Theatre is a historic and wondrous place, one of only several vintage movie theatres in Montreal whose façade and interior have kept their original appearance. The thrilling Montreal Art Centre triples as an artist studio space, art school, and museum. Need a breath of fresh air or a little bit of outdoor activity? At Ignace Bourget Park, you can sled, ski, or snowboard down the legendary hill in the winter and hit the pool, playground, and fenced-in dog park in warmer weather. Angrignon Park is one of the largest Montreal parks with a total area of 97 hectares along a 1.1 km-long lake.
Le Sud-Ouest in Griffintown has several highly rated schools and educational facilities of note, including Francophone public schools and Anglophone public schools. The borough is home to the École de technologie supérieure technical university.
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