It’s a combination between North American energy and French heritage, a complex mix of ethnicity, culture, language, and cuisine, with a small-town friendly spirit.
It starts with a brunch at Régine Café in Rosemont-la-Petite-Patrie district, then I go for a stroll in the colourful streets of Plateau Mont-Royal. I stop at Art Pop boutique on Mont-Royal Avenue to buy prints from local designers. Then I have a cup of tea at Camellia Sinensis in the Quartier Latin district. I go for a quick dinner at Le Furco in Montreal’s Place des arts before heading to La Maison Symphonique for a concert.What are a few of your favorite local shops?Fous Desserts. Because I often miss my country (France) and its delicious croissants, I always find myself sipping a cup of tea and eating a “chausson aux pommes” at Fous Desserts. Owner Frank Dury-Pavet has managed to create a very cozy place with a French flair. If you’re lucky enough, you can see him making his famous chocolates.Général 54. This cute little boutique in the heart of Mile End neighborhood is the place I go to to buy clothes and accessories from local designers. They are less expensive than Marie Saint-Pierre. I love its trendy atmosphere. Besides, owners Jennifer Glasgow and Dan Lacroix carefully select elegant collections with a playful twist.Marie Saint-Pierre. My absolute favorite designer in Montreal. I love the simplicity of her designs, their cuts and texture. Her collections are always feminine and elegant. I’m not a shopaholic. I try to buy good quality clothing, even if it means spending a little bit of extra money. I believe in quality over quantity.
Le Port-de-tête. This is my favorite bookstore in Montréal. Located in the Plateau Mont-Royal district, I like the atmosphere of this bookstore. Owners have a real interest and affection for books. They always give great recommendations.
What are some local organizations/charities that support or give back to the Montreal community?
I had the opportunity to work for Club des Petits Déjeuners du Québec (Breakfast Club of Quebec). Over the years (20), the organization has made sure as many children as possible have access to a healthy morning meal before school, in an environment that allows them to build their self-esteem.
What is your MUST DO list for Montreal?
MUST See the Old Port and the view from Mont-Royal
MUST Shop for a colorful knitted winter hat with fur pompom from Harricana by Mariouche
MUST Eat a Poutine, a smoked meat sandwich and a Portuguese charcoal chicken
MUST Try Ice-skating in the Old Port or in Parc Lafontaine in the Winter and you must enjoy one of the numerous festivals Montreal has to offer in the Summer.
Thank you Lisa Lou for sharing Your Montreal with us!