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Queer MTL Travel Guide: Montreal Boy Episodes 1 & 2

Tourisme Montreal’s new six part webseries “Montreal Boy: Some Strings Attached” recently premiered its first two episodes on LogoTV.com. Find out more about the places featured in Episodes 1 & 2 with this Queer MTL Travel Guide…

Five cafés with international flair in Montreal

Montreal has seen a boom in independent cafés in the last few years. Champion baristas, single-origin beans and funky decors are part of every café’s equation. The following 5 picks are all that and so much more. Travel the world one cup of coffee at a time…

5 PLACES TO EAT IN LITTLE ITALY

Montreal’s neighbourhood of Little Italy is teaming with – mostly Italian – food options. Whether you’re in the mood for a bowl of Bolognese or a slice of pizza pie, dozens of options are there to satisfy your craving. However, in this hood of mine, not all restaurants are created equal. When I have a hankering for something savoury, sweet or caffeinated, these are the places I head to…

5 COFFEES IN 5 MONTREAL CAFES

Montreal is known as a very European city. The pace, the architecture, the joie de vivre and the café culture and abundance of excellent coffees that comes with it. There are countless cafés to enjoy, but for authentic atmosphere and gourmet blends, here are 5 of the best…

PET FRIENDLY MONTREAL: HOTELS, PARKS, SHOPS AND MORE

Some people travel in style in the lap of luxury, others like to trek across the world with only the clothes on their back. Some people like to travel with children, and others with a little furrier four-legged friend. For those who never like to leave their dog or cat at home, traveling in Montreal is easy! Not to mention downright luxurious…

SHOPPING ON LAURIER WEST

Having already taken you shopping down on Saint-Paul, it seemed like the time to take you uptown. Laurier Avenue West dissects two Montreal neighbourhoods: Outremont (west of Parc Avenue) and Le Plateau (to the east). Constantly evolving, this little stretch of retail therapy just north of Mount Royal is as sophisticated as it is decidedly French in feel…

TEA FOR THREE AT BIRKS CAFÉ

Birks has been a Montreal institution for fine jewellery since 1894. Last September, the chichi store opened an equally chichi resto-boutique on the mezzanine level called Birks Café par Europea. Ladies who lunch can now “take tea,” as they say, overlooking a dazzling array of jewels and designer watches. I was happy to hear that heading this gastronomic endeavour was none other than Montreal top chef Jérôme Ferrer whom many locals know from his chain of restaurants, including the haute cuisine Europea, as well as Andiamo, Beaver Hall, and Espace Europea.

10 GREAT PLACES TO READ IN MONTREAL

The concept of traveling with a good book has always been a romantic notion for many of us. A few years ago I actually joined a Facebook group called “All I Really Want to Do Is Read Good Books in Interesting Places” simply because the concept of the group successfully summed up the leisurely lifestyle that I dream of living. “Reading” and “Vacation” go together like… well… parties and poutine. Montreal, in all its romantic glory, has a ton of interesting places to read good books. I’ve named ten of my favorite locations, and paired them with an author whose literary landscapes might compliment the Montreal spaces mentioned. Happy reading!

A PERFECT DAY IN GRIFFINTOWN

A perfect day in Montreal’s Griffintown neighbourhood starts with a walk from the Old Port along the Lachine canal, continues with an antique and vintage shopping spree on Notre-Dame street and ends with a comfort food dinner at Griffintown Café (reservation strongly recommended), listening to the live music of Dan Livingstone and The Griffintown Jug Addicts.

5 CAFÉS TO CAFFEINATE YOUR FREE WIFI CRAVING

When I take a trip, it is rare that my itinerary is strictly “business” or strictly “pleasure.” That’s right folks, I often mix business with pleasure. But enough about my fashionista mullet! In an age of the 60-hour workweek, chances are that you might need to reserve a couple of hours of your weekend to bounce those tedious expense reports back to your mulish boss. Or you might just be a Facebook junkie looking to satiate your social media addiction. Whatever your reason for needing free wireless Internet, here are five Montréal cafés where the locals love to get (and stay) connected…