Editions de Robes
5334 St Laurent Blvd., Mile End
In a charming storefront in the boho Mile End enclave, shop owner Julie Pesant’s philosophy is simple: “In order for a dress to find its way into our store, I have to love it enough to want it for myself,” she says. It follows that the shop is a treasure trove of sweet, feminine dresses—everything from classic A-line silhouettes and shifts from the brand’s house line to one-of-a-kind vintage pieces Pesant has handpicked for the store, plus well-known styles from Tibi, Cynthia Rowley, and Elizabeth and James.
5322 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Mile End
A cozy, low-key spot for a drink, Sparrow has a pub-meets-café look with lots of wood and exposed brick. The décor is unfussy and distinctly casual, but the cocktails hold their own—all the classics make an appearance on the carefully curated menu: Go old-school and try a French 75 for bubbles, or a Negroni for a strong predinner kick.
115 Av. Laurier W., Mile End
Montreal excels in the casual watering holes and restaurants department—this is the city of unfussy and dressed-down socializing, where the focus is on the produce, not the people. Henrietta is a pared-back bar with white tile walls and cozy round tables for close conversation; the wine list is extensive and leans heavily on European producers. The food menu features dishes perfectly suited to a few glasses of wine—manchego popcorn, grilled cheese, and oysters—the kind of food that goes down easy and shares well among friends.
5253 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Mile End
Les Étoffes' something-for-everyone edit for both guys and girls translates to pieces by Christophe Lemaire, Patrick Ervell, and Unis, each one lovingly picked by Diana Taborsky and Christopher Girard, who have run the shop together for almost a decade. There are small giftable items, too, like a selection of beauty products by goop-favorite Grown Alchemist; journals by Maya Assouad, which are handmade right here in Montreal; and Linda Farrow eyewear.
74 Av. Fairmount W., Plateau-Mont-Royal
Bagels in Montreal are something of a point of pride—locals take them very seriously, and there's some debate about what spot is truly the best. A top contender? Fairmount (its "rival" is nearby St-Viateur), which was opened in 1919 by a Russian immigrant named Isadore Shlafman. Both spots sell fresh ones twenty-four hours a day. What makes these bagels different than the bagels you'll find elsewhere is both their size (they're smaller than the ones you'd find in, say, New York) and their sweetness—likely thanks to the addition of honey or malt syrup. There are several flavors on offer, from blueberry and chocolate to whole wheat and onion, but no matter whom you ask, sesame is the most popular. A tip: Bagels are sold in a pack of six and can last in the freezer for up to a few months should you want to take them home.
5155 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Mile End
A delightful mix of contemporary design with a Scandinavian bent, the edit here focuses on both bigger furnishings (Simon Legald form chairs, HAY nesting end tables) and giftable decorative-but-useful objects from brands like Stelton and Good Thing. Be prepared to make some room in your suitcase.
Clark Street Mercantile
5200 Rue Clark, Mile End
This achingly cool, impeccably styled store is the kind of men’s shop that makes girlfriends, wives, and sisters jealous. That said, his-for-her enthusiasts will find a treasure trove of La Paz stripes, Bleu de Paname pullovers, and limited-edition kicks. The buyers put an emphasis on craftsmanship and storytelling over trends, meaning that every purchase is for keeps.
5201 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Plateau-Mont-Royal
While this upscale restaurant focuses heavily on meat, there's a handful of vegetable-centric sides and dishes. It's one of Montreal's most popular restaurants, and for good reason: The tight menu of traditional Canadian food delivers, as does the attentive staff. Plus, it offers one of the best brunches in the city.
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