Seriously. There’s absolutely no gimmick in that “five stars” rating. Everything at the Sofitel hits you as being top of the line. Starting with the service. Four clés d’or concierges (one of them being the actual vice-president of the international union) make sure every single customer gets what they want, when they want it. The decorum adopted by the staff speaks for itself: the moment you step in, the staff makes you feel like royalty.
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Each month THE MONTRÉAL BUZZ features five gay or gay-friendly things to do or see around the city. Recommendations range from parties to bistros to festivals to boutiques to cultural events. Here are our suggestions for the month of November.
Many people assume that summer is the season for festivals in Montreal. And it is true that many of our most famous festivals, such as The Jazz Fest or Just For Laughs, take place during the warm months, but some of the more subtle and locally-cherished festivals take place in autumn and winter. There are a few of these festivals taking place now in Montreal, as well as some other events and activities to pepper your weekend getaway with loveliness.
So What makes a gal happier than shopping for clothes and jewellery? Well, for me, it’s shopping for clothes and jewellery on sale! Twice a year, thousands of like-minded fashion hounds block their calendars to hunt for amazing deals at La Grande Braderie de Mode Québécoise held at the Marché Bonsecours in the Old Montreal.
Seeing that I’m writing a book about hedonism in Montreal, my girlfriend in New York was convinced that my “cute little French city” would be the perfect place for her up-coming bachelorette party—and that I was the ideal person to send her a list of ideas. Of course, I had to agree, on both accounts (and add that Montreal is also a very safe city). But, I made her promise—in exchange for a girly-girl, good times itinerary—that there would be no matching pink t-shirts or plastic tiaras involved. Thank god, she agreed. Here goes…
Our photo this week comes from sociologist and Flickr extraordinaire David Schalliol (aka MetroBlossom on Flickr). He uses a photo technique called “Tilt-Shift” which plays with depth of field to simulate a miniature setting. David has captured a Montreal moment at the corner of St. Catherine and McGill Avenue, the heart of the shopping district. Bravo Mr. Schalliol! We love your Montreal photo set. For recommendations on what to do downtown, check out our Montreal Neighborhoods 101: Downtown. —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.
By all accounts, you seem to like reading our Montreal Street Profile series as much as I like writing it. Good for us. We’ve been to Bleury, Parc Avenue, Maisonneuve and, most recently, Saint-Paul. For the next instalment, we’re heading to Saint-Zotique, a street very near to my heart, or more accurately, my stomach….
« Oh my god, this is so goooorgeous – where did you get it ? » You know what happens next. Merely a couple of days later, the whole city is wearing that latest piece of fashion you were so proud of. So much for being original, right? Well, if you’re visiting Montreal this fall, there are plenty stores you must stop by to fulfill your style hunger. We’ve picked three collections that might tickle your fancy. Not only are the chances of seeing your latest purchase on your ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend slim- these collections are only available in Canada – you won’t destroy your wallet because they’re all very much affordable. So next time you’re being asked that killer question, simply answer : « I got it in Montreal daaaarling…»
Travelers are becoming increasingly aware of their environmental impact. We’ve got ten ideas for you to make your Montréal trip greener. From an award winning hotel to an organic spa to a couple of delicious dining options, these suggestions will help you travel in style and on budget, while limiting your ecological impact.
Walking through Montreal’s Chinatown, you’ll hear French, English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese. You’ll also be drooling like a little puppy over the smell of dumplings, fried shrimp, Peking Duck, Crispy Chicken and Lobster dishes. Not to mention, you’ll be tempted by the Gods of Shopping thanks to superb gift ideas including silky soft kimonos, lingerie, crafts, tea pots, china and much much more. Take a look at the video and allow me to take you on a little tour. You’ll see… Montreal’s Chinatown is a very pleasant place to be and it clearly deserves putting aside an hour or two of your time in the city.