Sugar Shacks in the City

Restaurant Le Richmond Maple Brunch
At Le Richmond’s annual maple brunch with Serge the llama.

For me, March rhymes with maple, as it is the month where I get all my maple cravings satisfied. Let’s just say that March is the most maple-saturated month of the year! 

For the past three years, I’ve made a point of going to Le Richmond for the most marvelous maple brunch. This year, I’m adding another sugar-shack themed brunch to my list, at Marché Artisans – the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel’s gourmet market. Plus, I discovered a gourmet coconut and maple waffle at a café in another hotel near my place. There’s really no valid reason to venture off the island to find a maple moment. Follow me for your urban maple fix….

Restaurant Le Richmond Maple Brunch
Just two of the four-course brunch at Le Richmond. Photo: © Carrie MacPherson

Restaurant Le Richmond’s Chic Urban Sugar Shack

This has become a tradition for me and my friends. No need to haul the kids in a car out to the Eastern Townships to an over-crowded sugar shack when you can just Uber to Le Richmond for a more civilized maple experience. With or without the kids, we always have a blast with creative cocktails that incorporate maple, or a line-up of mimosas to accompany our copious and gourmet brunch – just $45 for soup, appetizers, main course and dessert! ($25 for kids). Then there is the highlight – a tidy petting zoo and maple taffy in the courtyard of the restaurant. Le Richmond literally brings the sugar shack to the city with a lovely llama and goats galore. Warm up with mulled wine, hot chocolate and maple shots while you mingle with the friendliest farm animals in a Pinterest-worthy sugar shack-inspired setting. Every weekend from March 9th to the 31st

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Marché Artisans Maple Brunch 2019
The Maple Brunch at Marché Artisans in the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel

Marché Artisans Maple Brunch

Already one of my favourite spots for a quick gourmet lunch downtown, this year, the Marché Artisans in the Queen E Hotel is hosting a maple-themed brunch every Saturday from March 16th to April 20th. On the meat-lovers menu: bacon rinds and duck rillettes, buckwheat pancakes with blueberry compote, baked beans with duck confit, eggs Benny with roast ham and maple béarnaise, a maple dumpling and of course, top that off with a slice of sugar pie! All for $28 (or $25 for the vegetarian version). I can’t wait to try it! 

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Coconut waffles with maple-whipped cream at Café Ambrose.  © Carrie MacPherson

Golden Montreal’s Gourmet Days 

For the first edition of the Golden Square Mile’s “Gourmet Coffee” event, I discovered a new café near my house that is serving up golden gourmet coconut waffles with maple whipped cream paired with a frothy cappuccino for only $10 from March 4th until April 28th. Café Ambrose is located on Stanley street, in a charming Victorian-style hotel. 

For more info on the Golden Montreal Gourmet Days and to see all the participating restaurants and cafés visit:

Surely there will be other maple-themed moments in Montreal in March, but these are the ones I will be trying.

Which one would you choose? 

A creative cocktail at Le Richmond. Serge the llama with Eren the manager.