Spoon Cafe

Another great little spot for coffee in my neighbourhood is Spoon Cafe on Crescent. The little coffee sister of the Soupesoup group was designed with the help of local photographer, Ali Inay. Ali has an eye for coffee and great places to find your caffeine fix which led him to launch the Instagram account @mtlcafecrawl ...

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Libertine Bakehouse

If Marie Antoinette and Freddy Mercury had a love child, he could’ve very well been as quirky and cute as British-born pastry chef Nick Kemball. Nick recently opened Libertine Bakehouse, a refreshingly unassuming and unconventional pastry shop on Atwater Avenue in Saint-Henri. I had first seen Nick’s pastries on Instagram and popped in one day ...

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Paris Explorations

Paris is always a good idea. That was my thought when I suggested to my Mom that we take a trip to Europe and start with Paris. We’d already had a mother-daughter trip to France in 2009 and I felt we were long overdue for another visit. I booked us a quaint apartment on the ...

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Shaughnessy Café

It took me some time to find the best coffee shops around my neighbourhood. When I heard about Shaughnessy Café, back in February, I made a point of finding it early one morning with Dapper. The friendly barista, Julien served me my macchiato that day and I've gone back a few times for the minimalist decor, great ...

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A Dog’s Purpose

Everyone knows how much I love my dog, but some may not know why I have a dog. When I moved to Montreal 16 years ago, my biological clock kicked in. I knew I wasn’t ready to have a child, but then I started noticing other young women in my neighbourhood with their dogs and ...

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Cafe Pacefika

For the third coffee shop in my Coffee and Couture series, I changed! Still wearing a beautiful Leinad Beaudet dress, but this one is more casual. I love a great shirt dress. And, I love a great coffee. At Cafe Pacefika, on Lambert-Closse just below de Maisonneuve, I met one of the owners, Rachid who ...

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Golden Square Mile Restaurant Week

I’m still getting to know my neighbourhood and all of the wonderful things that it has to offer. This week, I discovered that the Golden Square Mile association launched its first restaurant week with eight restaurants offering a fixed menu at a very nice price. Tuesday, I had lunch at the Beaux-Arts restaurant in the ...

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Cafe Myriade at Club Monaco

I think the most Instagramable cafe downtown is Café Myriade in the Club Monaco at Dorchester Square. I went during my Coffee and Couture crawl for an espresso macchiato and a savoury scone. It's definitely one of Montreal's prettier cafes with its blue leather bench, immense old-apothecary-inspired mirror behind the counter and the most photogenic floor tiles. It's a bit ...

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Gourmet learning at the Nespresso Academy

Following Paris, on April 6th, my favourite coffee brand opened its first learning centre in North America, right here in Montreal. That day, along with other journalists, I spent the afternoon learning how coffee is made, how to taste it (even at its green stage) and how to appreciate it paired with pastries. It was ...

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Leaves Cafe and Leinad Beaudet

For awhile now, I've been meaning to share my favourite neighbourhood coffee shops, but I wanted to do it in a chic way! This is the first of a series I call "Coffee and Couture". On Monday, I borrowed four dresses from Montreal designer Leinad Beaudet and went to all my downtown coffee haunts with ...

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