Tucked away just southwest of the downtown core is where you’ll find Petite-Bourgogne (Little Burgundy), a lively neighbourhood with a little something for everyone.
Once highly industrial, this predominantly residential neighbourhood is now home to families, young professionals, quaint antique shops, upscale boutiques and a bustling foodie scene.
Stylish restaurants, buzzing bistros, shops, cafes and bars line Notre-Dame Street West, while side streets the likes of Delisle, Dominion, Workman and Vinet Streets are home to many heritage buildings. Coursol Street in particular is visually striking, with multicoloured houses.
The area developed with the construction of the Lachine Canal in the mid-19th century. From 1887 on, Little Burgundy was the nucleus of Montréal’s black anglophone working-class community.
When Prohibition swept across the US, nightclubs sprang up like daisies in Little Burgundy, including the famed Rockhead’s Paradise, the first black-owned club in Canada. Musicians came from all around, with homegrown talents like Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones learning to play with touring stars from Harlem and Chicago.
In Little Burgundy, you never know who you might run into: it was here that Barack Obama met up with Justin Trudeau to grab a bite to eat after delivering a speech to a sell-out crowd.
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