Hôtel de Ville
A home of French governors in the early 18th century, this mansion is one of the finest examples from the ancien régime. It was built...
Académie Culinaire du Québec
This esteemed cooking academy conducts regular cooking workshops and short courses ($95 for a three-hour class). Most are in French, but...
Opened in 1847, this sprawling neoclassical building has been everything from a farmers market to a concert theater, and even served...
Le Club Chasse et Pêche
One of the pillars of Old Montréal’s grand dining scene, this elegant restaurant serves fantastic new-wave French fare, including...
275 Rue Notre-Dame Est · interesting places nearby
Hôtel de Ville information
Montréal’s handsome City Hall was built between 1872 and 1878, then rebuilt after a fire in 1926. Far from being a humdrum administrative center, it’s actually steeped in local lore. Most famously, it’s where French leader Charles de Gaulle took to the balcony in 1967 and yelled to the crowds outside ‘Vive le Québec libre!’ (‘Long live a free Québec!’). Those four words fueled the fires of Québécois separatism and strained relations with Ottawa for years. Peer into the Great Hall of Honor for some scenes of rural Québec and busts of Jacques Viger, the first French-speaking mayor (1833–36), and Peter McGill, the first English-speaking mayor (1840–42).