Hochelaga Maisonneuve is the home to some major Montréal attractions. This itinerary will get you on your way to discovering what’s happening.
If you’re interested in true Quebecois neighborhood, consider the Hochelaga Maisonneuve district – or HoMa if you prefer appearing stylish. Many people overlook this neighborhood because it’s considered working class, and lacks the glossiness of The Plateau or Old Montréal. But due to a recent influx of yuppies and students, many Montréalers are regarding HoMa as the next “up and coming” area of the city. It is definitely worth checking out.
Start your day with a breakfast of patisseries at Maisonneuve Market on Ontario Street East. Pick up some local products, such as a couple of locally grow apples (mid-day snack), homemade confitures (jam) or our famous maple syrup. Good food and fun boutiques can be found in little pockets throughout HoMa, so don’t be afraid to wander through the neighborhood. Use the Olympic tower as a point of reference, should you find yourself navigating away from the main streets.
After you’ve had sufficient practice in eating and speaking en français, stroll towards the Olympic tower. At the corner of Pie IX and Sherbrooke Streets, you’ll find the Botanical Gardens. No matter what the season, you are going to be treated to colors and fragrances from around the world – from the peaceful Japanese bonsai to classically designed French gardens. In the autumn, there is the romantic Chinese lantern festival; these lanterns are designed in Montréal and produced in Shanghai, with traditional methods.
After you’ve nourished your floricultural side, the athlete in you will appreciate the Olympic Stadium – home of the 1976 Summer Olympics. Each year the Montréal Marathon ends with a bang as runners cross the finish line within the historic stadium. Or if don’t feel like impersonating the famous moment of Nadia Comăneci scoring perfect ‘10’s, you can put the ‘fun’ in funicular, and ride to the top of the Olympic Tower for stellar views of centre-ville and the St. Lawrence River.
To end of your HoMa adventure, go back to Ontario Street East to rest your weary legs and enjoy some table service. Le Valois Restaurant will give you a taste of French cuisine (that inevitably means some wine!), while offering up some delightful French Brasserie décor.
Cheers to HoMa!
Where to stay: With popular hotels Downtown and in Old Montréal, HoMa often gets overlooked by visitors. If you want to be close to the Olympic magic, we recommend a Bed & Breakfast, such as Côté Croissant.
What to do: We also recommend the Biodome for fascinating replicas of diverse ecosystems, but also because they have penguins!
Where to eat: As mentioned above, the Maisonneuve Market is a fun place to try some local treats.