Out of all the Canadian cities, I am glad that I picked Toronto to be my home. Afterall, the city does offer a lot of opportunities and it is imbued with an intoxication energy that never fails to empower me. However, Montréal was a close second when it came down to finding myself a Canadian home. While the french city tugs at my heartstrings with its gorgeous architecture and food scene, unfortunately its winter was the ultimate factor that caused it to come second to Toronto. I try to visit as often as possible and when Sabrina suggested that we should go for a day trip to the city, we immediately booked our Porter flights.
One of the great benefits of Porter Airlines is that the airport where they operate is found on Toronto Island, a location that is very close to the downtown core. I started flying with Porter about two years ago and since I signed up for their VIPorter program, I’ve been earning points for every dollar that I’ve been spending with the airline company. As a priority member, I am also privy to a plethora of benefits such as priority check in, free premium seat selection, complimentary first checked bag and I am allowed more flexibility with my travelling schedule thanks to free same-day changes. If you sign up for VIPorter through this link, you will get a special offer of 1,000 bonus points when you complete your first flight as a member!*
After a quick hour flight, we arrived in beautiful Montréal and made our way to the Ritz- Carlton to check in. It rained quite a bit during our stay but that did not damper our excitement to explore the city. Within the twenty-four hours that we spent in Montréal, we managed to check off quite a few of the places that we wanted to visit and I decided to showcase some of the Instagrammable highlights of the trip in this blog post.
The restaurant chain is quite popular in the city and all their locations are adorable, especially the newest one that opened up in the Vieux-Port. However, my favourite location is the one at 2067 Rue Crescent as it is quite central and the lighting is simply gorgeous near the giant frontal windows.
Kamehameha Snack Bar
Located in the gay village of Montréal, you’ll find Kamehameha, a beautiful snack bar luscious with live greenery and serving delicious poke bowls. However the Instagrammable highlight of the restaurant is their ice-cream served in a taiyaki (waffle fish-shaped cone) which is as delicious to the palate and it is to the eyes.
Gingko Café Bar
This indoor greenhouse café can be found in the Quartier des Spectacles and it has populated both my Instagram feed and my dreams. The decor is an eclectic ensemble of details that somehow manages to come together cohesively. Let it be noted that it does get quite busy in there so make sure to arrive early to grab a seat. Otherwise, there is a small café counter where one can head towards to grab a coffee to go.
Le Butterblume- épicerie
I talked about Le Butterblume in my previous post about the city (Read it here) but the coffee shop recently opened an adorable épicerie next door. The convenience store sells freshly baked bread, house canned goodies and delicious baked treats that are sure to make you salivate at first sight. A tiny seating area also allows patrons to take a seat and grab a bite if they felt so inclined.
One of the most Instagrammable café in Montréal recently opened up a second location in Vieux Port with additional seating space, beautiful natural light and an expanded food menu. We met up with one of our friends there for breakfast and ordered three of the omelettes on the menu. I managed to sample all of them and I can happily say that they were all delicious, especially the Tommy-tillo.
Elément de Base (Pop- Up)
Since I was accompanied by a pink obsessed Sabrina, we HAD to stop by the Elément de Base pop-up in Vieux Port which displayed the brand’s furniture in two monochrome rooms, one in pink and another in green. While the pop-up is scheduled to change soon, the brand will be launching their new conceptual setup in the same space.
The last café to make it on our list is the beautiful Boxerman’s on the Plateau. The minimalistic decor is enhanced with warm wooden tones and while the institution has a small food offering, we were far too full to eat when we visited. The coffee here had a strong hazelnut after-taste which made it quite enjoyable.
While our trip was short, Sabrina and I had a blast. Montréal is a city that never fails to amaze us with its food, café and arts scene and we cannot wait for the next time we can come back (via Porter obviously).
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