Everybody knows that Montréal neighbourhoods are singular destinations, each with their own personality. Explore them on foot or by bike and you’ll constantly find a new beat, fresh vibe and renewed creativity. Now that MTLàTABLE is happening, why not head to the four corners of the city to discover new attractions, new charm and—of course—new restaurants. To whet your appetite, hop on this guided tour! Downtown Montréal’s business and cultural centre is located due south of Mount Royal. It’s home to one of Canada’s busiest commercial arteries, Sainte-Catherine Street, so consider doing some shop-cercising before dinner. Your culinary journey begins at Pullman, the equally beautiful and scrumptious wine bar, then it takes you toward the skyscrapers to sample the fine fare at Decca 77 or the Italian cuisine at Fiorellino Snack Bar – Ristorante. Your other option is to aim high with the chic brasserie-style menu at Enfants Terribles (Au Sommet Place Ville Marie). To see all participating restaurants in the downtown area, click here. Mount royal, Outremont and Westmount Welcome to the posh end of town, where the grass really is greener. Feast your eyes on spectacular Victorian homes, verdant alleyways, manicured gardens and ubiquitous good taste. Nothing’s too… / Read More →
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[Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Montreal Instagrammer @yellowillow] My name is Anne McIsaac, but most people know me as @yellowillow on Instagram. I’m an art director and I help my clients build their image campaigns, whether it’s using traditional media or social networks. I love the colour yellow. I find it luminous and optimistic. I also love to help my followers discover my city, whether they live here in Montréal or elsewhere. I try to share my own particular vision by adding, I hope, a touch of poetry. And there is not that I love more than to show my favourite Montréal places to friends who are visiting the city. With Instagram`s network, we get to meet people (virtually, at least) from around the world but when they come to town, that’s when the tour begins. Here are some of my favourite spots: Victorian house with yellow decor. It managed to escape the demolition and modernization that swallowed up many houses like this. Lahaie Park in Mile End. Recently renovated and still attracts tons of visitors who stop for leisurely picnics, to chat, to read tarot cards or do a little yoga. This has to be the… / Read More →
In the west end of town, between downtown and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, lives a lush land known as Westmount. Its main artery is Sherbrooke Street West, between Atwater and Décarie, and one of its most impressive features is beautiful Westmount Park, complete with paddling pool, tons of jungle gyms, an arena, a library and even a small but breathtaking botanical garden. As you hike up the hill north of Sherbrooke, you’ll find the mansions that give the neighbourhood its posh reputation. South of Sherbrooke, it’s still fancy, but it’s more accessible to the rest of us, with pretty streets punctuated with unique stores and great spots to eat.
Montreal actor Jay Baruchel has found all kinds of success in Hollywood, scoring major roles in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby, Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, the upcoming This Is the End, and the recently-wrapped Robocop reboot, but he resolutely calls Montreal home – and Montreal loves his right back, giving him his own Just For Laughs gala show this summer…
The Montreal Street Profiles series, considered by some/me to be the greatest set of blog posts ever written, has been busy. It’s covered Bleury, Parc and Maisonneuve, but then it got tired so it took a quick nap on a nearby park bench. But then it got right back up and strolled down Saint-Paul, Saint-Zotique and Crescent. It then decided to head a little west to explore Greene Avenue, in the heart of Westmount… Though Westmount, home to most of Montreal’s wealthiest English residents, extends much further west and up towards the mountain, Greene Avenue is viewed by many as it “Main Street”. Running south from Sherbrooke down to Atwater, in a couple short blocks this upscale avenue, named in 1881 for the landowner G.A. Greene, manages to contain an incredible density of shops, restaurants and what is probably Montreal’s best English bookstore.
When it comes to dining in an unfamiliar city, I always look for authentic epicurean experiences. Get me out of the rat race of tourist restaurants and corporate chain eateries, and into a neighborhood bistro where I can actually observe (and participate in) the culture of the city. I want to eat where the locals are eating. And you, my dear reader, probably share my affinity for local eating experiences.