5 Places to Escape Winter
This week, we propose five cozy and exotic places whe you can go to forget about winter for a few hours.
1. September Surf Café - Once inside this cool and relax café in Little-Burgundy, we feel just like if were at Venice Beach. Even if you've never set foot on a surf board. The warmth of the materials like the wood and the brick offer an ideal environment pour sip on your mocha coffee in your flip-flops (if you feel like it). Besides being a Californian style coffee shop, it is also a studio for making surf boards. You can create your own custom design board!
2471 Notre-Dame W., Montreal.
2. Parvis Café - This café in downtown Montreal behind the St-James church has been designed by Zébulon Perron. Parvis Café, a café-bistro, is quite inviting with its big windows, suspended plants and its plastered wall with faded green paint, offering a laid back look. The menu here changes every week!
433, rue Mayor, Montreal. Photo credit #1: Tastet, bit.ly/2kxeDws
3. LOV - Local, organic, veggie. This new restaurant 90% vegan and 100% vegetarian in Old Montreal has a chic bohemian atmosphere. The designers Jacinthe Piotte and Jean-Pierre Viau have created a convivial, inspirational and fresh place in the image of the menu. With a primarily white and wooden decor, the green touches bring in a Spring-like effect which warms up the soul during your meal. You will have peace of mind since everything on the menu is organic and local. Treat yourself!
4. The Emerald - Here is another little gem in Montreal to finish the day. Located on Parc avenue in the Mile End, this bar is known as "the bar with no name". You will find this place either with the address or by the big tropical plants placed in the window inviting you in this exotic interior. As soon as you enter, you'll be charmed by the simplicity and lightness of this Cuban-inspired location. However, it is in the second part of the bar situated at the back where the design transforms into a more felted and enveloping design creating a comfortable laid-back atmosphere worthy of a Moroccan riad. This is not the place to order a Tequila Sunrise, instead you order classic drinks such as a Gin Martini, Ernest Hemingway's favourite. If you're lucky, maybe the Persian musician will be there playing his Qanun!
5295, Parc ave, Montreal.
5. Westmount Conservatory - Definitely our favourite spot to discover! The Westmount Conservatory is a fantastic place to contemplate safely indoors the tropical life of plants and flowers which grow in peace in the greenhouse. Choose a bench and rest to admire the gardens of orchids or birds of paradise.This architectural jewel built in 1927, inspired by the British greenhouse era of the 19th century, will charm you from your first visit. Completely renovated by the architectural firm Beaupré & Michaud in 2004, the Westmount Conservatory is part of Montreal's heritage. Discover it!
4624 Sherbrooke W., Montreal. Photo credit #2: Mélanie Guilbault, bit.ly/2kMbAyU