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The ubiquitous Beyond Meat burger on billboards all over town is proof positive: Plant-based eating is IN. Montreal has sprouted a handful of new vegan restaurants over the last six months alone, which is good news for everyone — whether for the planet, health or simple palate-pleasing, we could all do with more meatless meals. Here is a quick look at six.
The temperature is climbing, Montrealers are shvitzing — but since when do we need an excuse to enjoy a brew? Local craft brew pubs are concocting all sorts of seasonal beers designed to refresh, relax and take our minds off the construction zones. Here are five that are putting the “ahhh” in terrasse.
If you don’t know her name, you’ll for sure know her flavours. The chef and restaurant owner of Old Montreal’s most famous café-restaurant, Olive et Gourmando, Dyan Solomon came to Montreal from Kingston, Ontario to go to McGill at the age of 18 and pretty much never left. The style maven knows design through and through – just look at the moody interior of her latest bijou, the two-year old grill restaurant in Griffintown, Foxy. We sat down to get her inside scoop on Montréal’s design scene and some of the hot spots not to be missed.
Ohara Hale’s is an illustrator, author, musician and, these days, an art instructor to a group of disenfranchised teens—which is to say she’s a busy, endlessly creative Montrealer. Her workspace is a shared loft in a defunct Mile End school. But it’s a temporary arrangement because she travels so much, her office is usually her backpack.
New York designer Stefan Sagmeister has become famous for his TED Talk about his groundbreaking approach to workflow: Around every seven years, he closes his office and takes an entire year off. We sat down with him to get his perspective on why we should all book those vacation days now.
It's no wonder this city has the greatest number of restaurants per capita in North America. Montréal's reputation as a food town is founded on a love to eat that spans cultures and financial brackets. Some of our most iconic restaurants are takeout counters and smoked meat joints, and though they surely enjoy eating there, too, the city's most progressive chefs offer a whole range of options themselves—from rethought sushi to menu-less market cuisine to high-brow gastronomy. It's no wonder t...
Your essential guide to Montreal, where Europe and America meet, a city that has a character that’s all its own. A little French, a little English, a lot worldly and wholly cosmopolitan from shore to shore, it’s an island city that lives and breathes entertainment four (extreme) seasons a year, and inspires shopping, feasting and revelling.
Alec Sutherland launched Haut Beau when he was in art school at Concordia University, and you can tell when you walk into his Montreal studio. The rugs piled and hung around the space inspire thoughts of Mark Rothko, Paul Klee and Bridget Riley. Though mostly known for his monochrome carpets, Sutherland is actually an undiscovered colourist: he has stunning geometric pieces in ochre, aubergine, cherry and blues that have yet to be posted on his web store. “I always figure people like black and white rugs more,” he says. But just wait until they see these, I think.
A Montrealer since 1997, when he came for an Italian cooking course at the Institut de l’hôtellerie et du tourisme du Québec, Frédéric St-Aubin is a Franco-Ontarian chef who’s travelled the world and worked all over Europe. He welcomes diners with open arms at Moleskine, a restaurant serving pizza and homemade soft-serve on the first floor and market cuisine on the second, located in downtown Montréal on the corner Parc and Sherbrooke – inches from the Quartier des Spectacles.
With her Le Corbuffet dinner series and cookbook, Toronto-born artist Esther Choi takes a bite out of consumer culture.
The Four Seasons Hôtel Montréal is a ground-breaking beacon on the local hotel design scene, with its glossy-black block exterior, its fourth floor reception hall, its direct access to a Montréal institution – Holt Renfrew Ogilvy – and its stunning restaurant, Marcus, home to the world-renowned cuisine of chef Marcus Samuelsson. We took some time to tour the Four Season’s glittering food-and-drink spaces with their designer, Montréal’s own Zébulon Perron.
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A shared-plates restaurant on the Plateau opened by the people behind the beloved Bouillon Bilk, Cadet’s minimalist contemporary design features a long white-topped bar ideal for a solo diner. The best thing about the small size of the plates is that you can get a selection of flavours even when dining alone – plus, no sharing! 🙌
Montréal Plaza Restaurant
The wacky interior design at the posh Montréal Plaza Restaurant on the Saint-Hubert Plaza will keep you entertained for much of the...
Anyone who’s ever heard Elana Gorbatyuk speak knows how electrifyingly different her perspective is on leadership, creativity and inclusivity. She has a very forward-thinking view, especially in a field like advertising, predicated on competition. She believes that creativity thrives not under stress, but rather in a situation of freedom, confidence and community – and that this is the work model of the future. We sat down with Gorbatyuk to dig a little deeper into her idea that the ideal age...
Born in Repentigny, Marie-Fleur St-Pierre moved to Montréal to study French cuisine at Institut de l’hôtellerie et du tourisme du Québec. She added a Portuguese specialization to her arsenal at Ferreira Café before exploring Spanish foods at Barraca. In the mid-2000s she became Montréal’s queen of tapas as Head Chef and partner of Tapeo, on Villeray Street, in Villeray neighbourhood. She liked the area so much, her and her partners opened the family restaurant Mesón two steps away in 2014. We sat down to chat about her original HQ, Tapeo.