As publisher of NIGHTLIFE Magazine, Martine Desjardins is a pro at balancing work, family, fashion and still finding time to make the scene.
At the first sign of spring, Martine can be found at any one the many terraces atop Montréal’s chic hotels. Several offer breathtaking panoramic views of the city and seasonably lush greenery as decor.
According to Martine, Aix La Terrasse, perched at the summit of Hôtel Place d’Armes, is the ideal retreat and a great spot to soak up vistas of Old Montréal, downtown and Chinatown. The vibe is good times mixed with high fashion and a splash of glamour; it’s a spot where tourists and young go-getters rub elbows and enjoy the high life. Definitely impressive!
It’s also in Old Montréal that Martine finds herself before another exceptional point-of-view, this time on Saint-Paul Street. The Nelligan Hotel’s Terrasse Nelligan peers out directly onto the Old Port’s stunning architecture, notably the futuristic Habitat 67 condo complex. Above and beyond cocktails, denizens of these dual terraces can also order delicious snacks and plats principals.
After the party comes the inevitable morning after. For a healthy breakfast or super-sized morning meal, L’Avenue will lift your spirits. Martine makes the most of her weekend mornings by networking in the line-up for this Plateau area shrine!
Martine has but one vice: fashion. An incurable addict, she never hesitates to dive in feet first. The Big Fashion Sale by Quebec Designers is the perfect fall season fix for her bank account: 40 designers invade the Bonsecours Market stocked with incredible creations for very reasonable prices. An excellent opportunity to scope out Québec fashion, one-of-a-kind designs and stunning deals.
After indulgence? Relaxation. When the publisher wants to feel like a queen, she can be found dining on tea and scones in the sumptuous heart of XO Le Restaurant, located in the prestigious Hôtel Saint-James. Perfect for a tête-à-tête or an intimate encounter in the spirit of the 19th century. Enjoy an Earl Grey and plot the next big night out.
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