The New York Times offers a slideshow on some of Saint-Henri neighbourhood’s shops and businesses.
Heavy industry sustained the southwest Montreal neighborhood of Saint-Henri for more than a century. But after most factories shut down in the mid-1900s, Saint-Henri was left a gritty district of discount shops and greasy spoons whose main attraction was the Atwater Market farmers’ bazaar. Now, Saint-Henri’s low rents are drawing young creative types, remaking the neighborhood’s principal artery, Rue Notre-Dame, into a buzzing strip of bistros, boutiques and galleries. Trend-obsessed Montrealers are now strolling Saint-Henri’s once-sleepy sidewalks. Locals, likening the neighbourhood to the city’s most fashionable quartier, have called it “the next Plateau.”