October 28, 2011 – Nestled in the heart of the trendy Mile End district, just steps north of Mount Royal, Laurier Avenue has a unique, local flavour of its own. Lined with fine dining establishments and boutique stores, it’s a chic place to shop or grab a bite.
Featuring works by more than 125 Québec artists, Boutique Royer is one of several stops that reflects the character of Montréal. With a wide range of contemporary creations by jewellers, potters, wood turners, engravers and glass blowers, it prides itself on offering unique, locally crafted pieces that are both artistic and functional. Decorative items such as lamps, vases, bowls, sculptures, paintings and etchings are available alongside jewellery and accessories (including Marie Saint Pierre accessories). In addition to tableware, glassware and cutlery, the boutique offers local gourmet products, as well as a variety of natural soaps and creams. Local and international delivery is available, and gift-wrapping is free.
When you walk into Les Touilleurs, the minimalist, monochrome interior makes it feel like an art gallery, and, in some sense, it is. Specializing in superior quality kitchen products, it has dazzling displays of tools, gadgets, appliances, utensils, and tableware. Knowledgeable staff are happy to give you the inside scoop, and the store’s popular cooking workshops are led by one of Montréal's stars and chefs. With inside tips, secrets from the culinary masters and state-of-the art tools, it’s a great place to learn and share about food.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to Leméac for a taste of classic French cuisine. Combining casual ambiance with sophisticated décor, the bistro specializes in traditional fare like steak frites, foie gras au torchon and home-style blood sausage. Enjoy the beautiful heated patio or watch the world go by through one of the large windows overlooking Laurier Avenue. The menu is complemented by an impressive wine list, a selection of Québec cheeses and a variety of homemade desserts, and the boutique shop has gifts and homemade take-away treats.