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Weekend brunch options around downtown Montréal

Brunch is a very Montréal affair. Montrealers partake in this culinary tradition quite regularly with complete abandon – and at a leisurely pace – to start the weekend on the right note. While there are tons of delicious brunch options all over the city, here are some of our favourites in and around downtown to Old Montréal. Old Montréal: Le Cartet Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Part restaurant, part fine food store, Le Cartet has a very New York feel to it. It’s open almost all day, every day but is especially nice for weekend brunch. Le Cartet also doubles as a fine food store with an impressive collection of chocolates. Suite 701 Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday brunches at Suite 701 are laidback while Sundays are set to the beat of an in-house DJ. The brunch menu includes items such as fried chicken, mac and cheese as well as your usual omelettes and egg dishes and their signature house cocktails. Restaurant Holder Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. A typical French brasserie, Holder’s cuisine is classic français. The brunch menu includes great omelettes and Benedicts as well as a kids’ menu… / Read More →

Montréal’s indie coffee shops

From Villeray to the Old Port, these independently owned java paradises serve expertly brewed and thoroughly curated beans, sanctioned by Montréal’s hip connoisseurs. Café Myriade (1432 Mackay Street, 251 Saint-Viateur Street West and 1000 Sainte‑Catherine Street West) With now three branches scattered across Montréal, Café Myriade is not only beloved by Instagrammers thanks to the Nordic-inspired décor of their Mile End shop, but also by local coffee aficionados, as their grains are sourced from esteemed and fair-trade 49th Parallel Roasters in Vancouver. Pikolo Espresso Bar (3418 Du Parc Avenue) A student favourite because of its central location between McGill and UQÀM universities, Pikolo is among the most picturesque shops in the city. This two-level café is mostly famous for its miniature 3-ounce creamy lattes, made with single origin beans from Heart Coffee Roasters in Portland. Moustache Café (35 Beaubien Street East) Located in up-and-coming Mile Ex, Moustache Café is a secret few locals are willing to share for fear it would get spoiled. Cozy ambiance, vegan smoothies, enticing aromas produced by the Synchro espresso machine all await, along with the owner’s beloved Bernese mountain dog/mascot. Café Grévin par Europea (705 Sainte-Catherine Street West) Opened by local celebrity chef and restaurateur Jérôme Ferrer, this under the radar gem serves indulgent Parisian breakfasts and some of… / Read More →

Montreal’s best family-friendly restaurants

  A great way to spend time with family is to gather up around the table for a delicious meal. Finding the right restaurant to accommodate everyone’s standards (and age group) can be a challenge but it’s not impossible…