Posted on June 21st, 2010 by .

Montreal may be far away from Paris. But sometimes it’s pretty close. Here are four addresses to indulge into the original French lifestyle of Montreal

No.1 :La Croissanterie Le Figaro

5200 Rue Hutchison, Montréal, QC H2V 4B3, (514) 278-656 /

Fantastic in the summer – thanks to the loveliest terrace in the city, and highly popular for brunches, La Croissanterie’s interior has that Parisian charm that makes you want to spend long afternoons reading symbolist poets while sipping wine by the glass…

No.2: Henriette L.

1031 Avenue Laurier Ouest, Outremont, QC H2V 2L1, (514) 277-3426 /

If Laurier avenue is one of the most elegant street in Montreal, Henriette L. is arguably the boutique that dresses to most elegant women who have a weakness for French designers.  From Sonya Rykiel to Jean-Paul Gauthier, this is the one-stop shop for women looking to find exclusive high-end fashion creations.

No.3: La Maison d’Émilie

1073 Avenue Laurier Ouest Outremont, QC H2V 2L2, (514) 277-5151/

To earn some cuisine credibility, no need to look any further than La Maison d’Émilie.  From must-have Laguiole knives to classic Fauchon cooking products, this boutique is also perfect when looking for original gift ideas.

No.4: Chez Alexandre

1454 rue Peel, Montréal, QC H3A 1S8, (514) 288-5105 /

It is known to serve the best steak tartare in the city (if not in the country).  I personally attest that… it’s true.  Simply put: this is the purest incarnation of a bistro, from the classic menu to the fine service you’d expect from such an institution.  Chez Alexandre is as French as it gets!

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