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WHERE TO PROPOSE IN MONTREAL

Looking for a romantic spot to propose to your lady? (Or your man?) Montreal has so many choice locations to pop the question. Here’s a list to get you down on one knee…

CELEBRITY SPOTTING IN MONTREAL

When celebrities come to Montreal, they’re just like normal tourists. Take Jake Gyllenhaal for example. When he was here filming Source Code, he stayed in a hotel, played with his dog, ate in restaurants and shopped in stores. The only difference is that, when celebs do it, we take detailed mental notes and then blab about them to our friends. Here are some recent Celeb sightings in Montreal…

SHOPPING FOR KIDS AND TWEENS IN MONTREAL

“What did you get me?” If these are the first words you hear when you get home from travelling, I hope you don’t get caught empty-handed. All that fun you had in Montreal, it’s possible to overlook (not “forget”) the little ones waiting for your return. Instead of grabbing something quick and generic at the airport, here are some shopping ideas to keep the kiddies happy…

FREE STUFF IN MONTREAL FOR LADIES ONLY

This one’s for the ladies. When you’re planning your next girl’s getaway, here are four freebies (personal assistance, make-up application, dinner and drinks) to give you that special VIP feel – and save you a few bucks for shopping spring essentials like a new pair of Marc Jacobs sunglasses or Lanvin flats. Eyes on the prize…

MODE MONTREAL MAPS OUT THE CITY’S FASHION

As the city editor at a fashion magazine, I’m all for supporting local labels. Sometimes it breaks my heart that some of the amazing talent in our city goes unnoticed. So you can imagine my joy when I discovered Mode Montréal, a handy, interactive website that maps out the city’s best designers, boutiques and more…

BRUNCH IN THE PLATEAU

A quintessential Montreal weekend starts with brunch. And if you’re a lucky (lazy?), it starts around midday and chugs merrily along until late afternoon…

A STELLAR VIEW AT THE DELTA CENTRE-VILLE

One of the perks of being a Montreal Insider blogger is that I get to discover all the city’s hidden secrets and overlooked treasures. The Delta Centre-Ville is one such gem. The iconic building has always stood at the crossroads of Downtown, Old Montreal and up-and-coming Griffintown, but as a Montrealer I’d somehow never checked it out before…

MEET A MONTREALER: COREY SHAPIRO

Montreal’s Corey Shapiro is the unofficial sunglasses supplier to the stars. He and his Vintage Frames Company have outfitted such celebs as Lady Gaga, Perez Hilton, Diddy, Jay-Z, Rick Ross and many, many more…

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…

3 WAISTLINE-FRIENDLY MENUS IN MONTREAL

The Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile Hotel will soon be serving a low-calorie “De-Light” menu. If you’ve heard of Thalassa Sea & Spa in Europe, the new gastronomy is inspired from their philosophy, that is, balanced nutrition and no added fat, sugar or additives…