Collected by Janice Baker
453 Rue Saint-Sulpice, Montréal, QC H2Y 2V8, Canada
The strong aroma of sugary goodness hits your nostrils the moment you set foot inside this cupcake heaven. The shop is a calm oasis in the hustle of Old Montreal—a pink oasis, that is. Finding it is easy. What's not easy is resisting the sight...
4150 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1V7, Canada
Located on the hidden side street of Rue Beaudoin in the bourgeoning neighborhood of St. Henri, the only way you would know about this place is via a Montreal insider. This place really is quite clandestine! I highly recommend getting a car to get...
68 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M2, Canada
Mom and pop shops rule in Montreal, but they're becoming more rare as generations divide. Tucked in beside the Fairmont Bagel shop, Drogheria, a tiny shop specializing in Italian tomato sauce and olive oil, is quite the example of this business...
5201 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 2L9, Canada
This famous and beloved dinner spot emblematic of Mile End is so popular for brunch, you’ll have to leave your name at the door and go for a walk around the neighborhood until they call you for your turn. It’s worth the wait, though; their...
104 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal, QC H2T 2N7, Canada
La Chronique opened in 1995 and has regularly been on the lists of Montréal's top restaurants for more than 25 years. Chef/owner Marc De Canck is originally from Belgium but has long been one of the leading figures in the city's culinary...
1251 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2J 2J9, Canada
Hunting poutine is hard work, but it can do serious damage to your waistline if you're not careful. Call in at Fitz & Follwell and work off some of those excess curds on a bike, snow, or walking tour of Montreal. The shop is located on beautiful...
2047 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2H 1J7, Canada
Few things make me happier than a good cocktail with friends after a long, hot day. Especially when said cocktail is inventive, delicious, and massive in size. La Distillerie, with four locations throughout Montreal (my favorite being on Mont...
4177 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y7, Canada
My everyday diet goes off the rails when I visit Montreal. This is my favorite food town in the world, and I often begin an adventure with a visit to Patati Patata. Poutine for breakfast isn't a healthy option, but the beer I drink with it has...
3670 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2V4, Canada
Castle Ho's motto, the owner of lovely boutique 1861, is quite simple. "Women who love being women and dressing the part." Such is the premise of her work, and it definitely transposes into her boutique. The store is decorated in what seems to be...
417 Rue Saint-Pierre, Montréal, QC H2Y 2M3, Canada
Nestled on a quiet side street in Old Montreal, Quai 417 is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it type of place. The store isn't necessarily small, but it's extremely minimalist, both in decor and design. It sells upmarket, ready-to-wear clothing and...
5135 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R9, Canada
With local brands like Barilà, Betina Lou, Uranium and Eve Gravel, Unicorn is probably the one-stop shop for all things Montreal designers. The shop itself, cleverly located on Montreal's biggest shopping street and in the heart of hipster, artsy...
2081 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 1G2, Canada
“She’s an original yet timeless Québec fashion designer—a rare combination. Marie Saint Pierre is known for using unusual fabrics with soft colors as well as black and white. Her designs feel really classic. I stop in when I need something chic...
1-3903 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M4, Canada
This so-called streetwear boutique immediately caught my eye during my latest spontaneous stroll down Saint-Denis Street. And while my wallet did not care for this wee stop, my heart, on the other hand, was all over the place. This boutique is now...
4246 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2J 2K8, Canada
Upon entering Zone, nobody would believe that this sophisticated store started out in a run-down former mechanical shop just a few blocks away. But today, Zone has a lovely new space—bright, airy, and spacious—that can only inspire dwellers to...
4177 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M7, Canada
In this era of responsible consumerism and chemical-free environments, a lot of brands have begun to manufacture products to appeal to the "green" consumer. But what about brands that have been doing this for years? Aveda is one of them. They have...