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French pastry shop Maison Christian Faure

It’s been almost a year since Maison Christian Faure made its home inside a 300-year old beautifully renovated grey stone building in Old Montreal. The sophisticated and elegant French-style pastry shop has made a name for itself as one of the best sweet spots in Montreal…

Live for Love on Valentine’s Day in romantic Montreal

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, Montreal sets its sights on a long weekend of love. Walk down snow-covered cobblestone streets, turn a plush hotel room into a romantic getaway, spur the senses with dining and chocolate, and find something swoon-worthy to do around every turn…

DECK THE HALLS OF THE ATWATER MARKET

In December, the Christmas spirit hits hard up at Jean-Talon market, and as a resident of Mile-End, most of my trips to buy wreaths and hot chocolate tend to be aimed in that direction. But it’s possible that Montreal’s other main market, the Atwater Market, south of downtown in St-Henri, is even more festive.

MONTREAL’S BEST BUCHE DE NOEL

The splendid Bûche de Noël (literally translated: Christmas Log) is a French pastry tradition; a festive and decadent dessert that is meant to look like the type of firelog that you might saw down in the mighty Canadian woods for a holiday hearth. Served at holiday parties and Christmas dinner, they’re so much a part of our holiday tradition that they warrant the lede in this article about Christmas in Montreal from the New York Times. Read on to find out where you’ll find Montreal’s Best Buches…

MONTREAL’S BEST HOT CHOCOLATE

The chill is in the air, and with that comes the desire for hot chocolate. It’s primal. Luckily, Montreal’s old-world/new world vibe makes it a great place to sip on choco – you get all the tradition of a Belgian or Swiss cup of cocoa goodness, with rock-and-roll elements such as salty caramel or chile for the adventurous palate. Here are some of our favourite places to stop off for a rich, unguent cup of chocolat chaud…

AFFORDABLY CLASSY TEA SERVICE AT LE RENOIR

Sometimes all one craves is a little nibble. After a day of sight-seeing, city-strolling, shopping, spa-going, or museum-visiting (all in one day if you’re lucky), I need a refuel. A bit of something sweet, a taste of something savoury, plus a hit of caffeine and I’m good to go ‘til dinner. Just recently I discovered the perfect spot to satiate a late afternoon hunger. Here’s the lowdown on high tea service in the heart of downtown…

LES NUITS BORGIA: AN INTIMATE DINING EXPERIENCE

Reservations in some of Montreal’s most trendy restaurants can be tricky to secure (and we mean that in a good way), but the most exclusive seat of all might not be in a restaurant at all…

EASTER IN MONTREAL FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Easter in Montreal: It’s a thing. This is partly because of the city’s Catholic heritage and partly because we just like to party, especially when the party involves brunch and chocolate, and possibly both. Below, we’ve gathered some suggestions for how to enjoy Easter, Montreal-style…

LOVE ON THE MAIN

Montreal’s main drag, Boulevard St-Laurent (also known as The Main) is a feast for the senses in any season; but with snow sparkling under the streetlights and the soft glow of restaurants, bars, cafes and music venues spilling out into the winter night, winter might be the most romantic season of all…

THE ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY WEEKEND IN MONTREAL

(Warning: Super-romantic post ahead. Gentlemen readers may want to brace for impact.) Once upon a time, a knight in shining armour called me up and said, “My Lady, allow me to show you a Valentine’s Day in Montreal you’ll never forget.” Not one to resist such chivalry, I jumped out of my slippers and PJs, threw on some red lipstick and donned my cutest LBD…