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STREET PROFILE : ST-ZOTIQUE

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….

EXCLUSIVE FASHION – ONLY IN MONTREAL

« 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…»

10 WAYS TO GREEN YOUR MONTREAL GETAWAY

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.

A FUN TOUR OF MONTREAL CHINATOWN

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.

MONTREAL STREET PROFILE: MAISONNEUVE

After starting out the Montreal Street Profile series with a look at Rue Bleury and following it north on winding, eclectic path up Avenue du Parc, we decided to head back to the downtown core and explore Boulevard De Maisonneuve, a busy stretch of street that has some sophisticated gems nestled on its blocks….

SHOE SHOPPING IN MONTREAL

Any fashionista in her right mind knows an outfit is not whole unless it is completed with a pair of stellar shoes.  Thankfully, travelling happens to be the perfect opportunity to refine the “unique factor” of your shoe closet. Here are some Montreal boutiques recommended by me for your upcoming shopping frenzy.

A BETTER WAY TO GIFT/SOUVENIR SHOP

Pluriels. As the name suggests, this is a show of many that is a Great opportunity to see Quebec artistic talents! Artist and artisans have gotten together for a group show in a space on trendy St. Laurent, locally known as The Main. They are from a craft collective called MAM (Métiers d’Arts Métissés ) What a great idea!  You can buy that perfect gift for now, for later…for the holidays.  Choose from ceramics, knit stuff, toys, paintings.  All works are pretty reasonable, and who knows, you might make a ‘discovery’  – sell it 10 years from now on ebay and make a huge profit!  The show is at Galerie Espace, a space that is rented out to artists. On until August 24, but there is lots of fun stuff left.

A VINTAGE EXHIBITION ON MONTREAL FASHION

Anyone who’s been to Montreal knows that Montrealers have a charmingly unique sense of style. Eclectic and experimental, chic yet laid-back, old with a splash of new, new with a splash of old… with so much panache, one can only wonder: where do these Montrealers get it from? Well, that’s a long story, but thankfully there’s a fashion exhibition ready to tell it all.

MONTREAL FASHION AND DESIGN FESTIVAL : A PERFECT GIRLS GETAWAY!

Ever wondered what a summer festival would look like if all the stores from a city’s fashion district got together for fours days, organized major runway shows, and threw glamorous parties under the metropolitan stars? If so, wonder no more. That’s what Montreal’s Festival Mode et Design is all about! From August 4 to August 7, fashion aficionados from all over the world are invited to the popular Montreal fashion event (celebrating its 10th anniversary this year) to revamp their style and find new inspirations for the last few weeks of the summer interval and the oh-so exciting season that is fall in the fashion world.

THRIFT SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP

Montrealers love their thrift shops.  That is probably why you’ll find some in almost every neighbourhood of the city. Conveniently, three of our favourites ones are neighbhours, which makes for an easy vintage shop-hopping sessions on Saint-Laurent Boulevard.  Moreover, these boutiques have a unique way to play with retro stylings, making them an awful lot of fun to walk into, even when you’re not looking to actually buy anything.