Family-friendly, the area called NDG (Notre Dame de Grace) is easily accessible and full of fun.
Best news? All the places listed are within 3-6 blocks, and provide a lovely stroll. Those on Sherbrooke Street are near a huge park, which you can wander through on your way to Monkland Street. Or, stay in the park, and take a picnic!
You are as likely to come across an artist in the street as you are garage sales signs.
Like coffee? There is a wonderful choice on Monkland Street. Starbucks and Second Cup face each other. Want a special treat? You will love the Boutique de Cupcakes, on the same block. And don’t miss Au Pain Doré!
Fashionista? Check out Arnelle and Ciel Bleu for designer as well as easy fashion wear.
Lunch? Choices range from Pizza Pinoli (my favourite), to Première Moisson (the go-to place for best breads) and Java U – where the hip hang out.
Dinner? On Monkland Street, the Monkland Taverne is renown for great food, great music, and great people watching. Or, try sushi from Sushi Shop. Lucille’s bistrot has great seafood. Try the kebabs at Chase! Wander down to Sherbrooke Street and you will find La Louisiane celebrating years of fine dining.
Dessert? Nothing beats a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, or a frozen yogurt from Yeh. Montrealers flock to Rockaberrys, to nosh on cheesecakes, or to take out a pie.
Visiting in the winter? Austrian Ski Shop (since 1966) has fabulous fashions for during and après-ski.
Perfect gift? Cusine Gourmet has it all. The large shop carries kitchen and bath goodies, jams, wine glasses, lovely dinner serviettes.
Just want to picnic? Akhavan Supermarket has fabulous food selections, and great Middle East goodies. If you go by car, oodles of parking in their lot.
5850 Sherbrooke West / corner Clifton
6160 Sherbrooke Street West
All Monkland addresses can be reached via Metro stop Villa Maria.
Take the bus along Sherbrooke Street to Clifton stop, for the Sherbrooke Street addresses.