Will and Kate will continue their royal romance this summer as they travel to Canada in their first official visit as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Montreal will be rolling out the red carpet on July 2! If you’re ready to get in the royal mood, then you better give yourself the royal treatment by doing what the Royals would do…
Will and Kate will be gracing Montreal with their presence for a mere 6 hours. But that won’t stop the hoopla! They won’t be doing any public appearances in Quebec, however they will be having lots of fun: A visit to Sainte-Justine University Hospital (to see all the sick children), a cooking workshop at the Institut de Tourisme et d’hotellerie du Quebec, and then off to Quebec City on the HMCS Montreal while the Fireworks from the International Fireworks Competition burst over their heads. How romantic! To be honest, the itinerary for Montreal is a bit of a snooze fest, though helping sick kids is good, I guess. So in celebration of our British ties (whether we like it or not), why not spend a day by being treated like Royalty…
What says opulence and royalty more than having high noon tea inside a jewelry store? Pretend you’re a princess while you enjoy the Birks Afternoon Tea served daily from 2:30PM. For a set price of $26.00 per person, you get a selection of teas from Mariages Frères, milk and lemon, 2 scones with all the desired accoutrements, desserts, macaroons, chocolates, mini cucumber and shrimp sandwiches, duck foie gras appetizer, mini club sandwich with prosciutto and mini smoked salmon and caviar canapes. How delicious! A bag of sweets to take home is also provided to bring over the top to over the edge. A Reservation is recommended.
When the royal wedding was going down, those who weren’t lining the streets in London were drinking in a classic British Pub. So after your tea time, better get your real drink on at a mock British Pub. The Burgundy Lion is located on Notre-Dame in Little Burgundy and is a very adorable and friendly watering hole. With an impressive selection of whiskey, beer, cocktails, and wine, Burgundy Lion is a place where you can get lost in for hours. Coat your stomach with their delectable menu, a yummy and fresh take on British food. Hint: try the Burgundy Lion Sandwich. You won’t be hungry again for a decade, but it’s so worth it.
Sometimes it’s an experience to go to the historically more “English” part of Montreal, in that case head up to Westmount for great shopping! Up Greene Avenue, and along Sherbrooke West all the way to Decarie has some great little boutiques. Full of place where you can get designer digs, gourmet dog food, incredible cupcakes and handmade soaps. Claremont Cafe, The Ugg Store, and James Perse are all great stops found only in Westmount. Maybe you can even find a sexy fascinator to really complete your outfit:
Birks Cafe, 1240 Place Phillips, (514) 397-2511
Burgundy Lion, 2496 Rue Notre-Dame West, (514) 934-0888