|T O P M E N T I O N S 2 0 1 7Best Vegan: LOV (both locations)This was simply a no-brainer pick. I stopped counting the times I’ve been to LOV and every single one has been better than the last one.Try your next visit: Their onion rings and avocado toastBest Casual Lunch: Arthur’sYou already know I’m a huge fan of Arthur’s and it’s my number one option for a quick lunch, a late breakfast and some warm challah toast.Try your next visit: Matzah ball soup and eggs & salamiBest for Juices and Acai Bowls: Espace NomadYou also started your resolutions for this upcoming 2018 and one of them is a healthier life, right? Espace Nomad’s juice bar will be your bestie this year then. They offer homemade raw and always delicious juices and acai bowls.Try your next visit: Le Bamako juice, a special stress reliever juice with a boosting mood effect.|
|B R E A K F A S TBest huge portions brekkie: L’Avenue St-HenriBenedicts? check! exotic juices? check that too! homemade granola yogurt? you betcha. Since the new L’Avenue opened recently in the heart of St-Henri, I take a lot of advantage that I’m ultra close, skipping the crazy weekend lineups and I keep doing only weekly visits. You won’t regret this place, I swear.Try your next visit: Bene Arc-en-Ciel, forever and ever.Best pancakes: Well I cannot believe these pancakes and you won’t believe it either. Well opened in Verdun last summer and I’ve been basically touring all my friends to try this brunch menu, in the prettiest Scandinavian diner.Try your next visit: Ricotta, bacon and maple pancakes. YES!Best Breakfast Tartines: Melisse
This place is one of those little gems you can’t resist to go every single month, even just to have a cup of coffee and do some work. Melisse has a casual breakfast menu and their brekkie tartine is my favorite option since I had it the very first time.
Try your next visit: Tartine Matin, made with an egg salad, homemade mayo, green onions, tomatoes and a whole grain bread.
Best Weekend Brunch: Melbourne Cafe
How on earth I didn’t know Aussie food is insanely good? Melbourne Cafe was my first try in Montreal, and guys, oh my dear god. Besides the exquisite presentation, the portions are gigantic and extremely tasty. If you see a lineup just before 10am, just do it.
Try your next visit: Porridge, served with lavender overnight oats, almond milk, bananas, berries toasted nuts and wildflower honey.
Best Oldie, but real damn goodie: Maison Publique
It’s been here for a while, and honestly, this vintage styled British pub will be in my must-place to visit, eternally. Brunch is served only Saturday and Sunday, take a note.
Try on your next visit: A few actually, pancakes & bacon, their bacon thick cut and Brunch for 2.
|C O F F E E B R E A KBest Coffee spot: Cafe Pista
It’s been around for a while but Pista exceeded all expectations with its new menu this year without any doubts. This quiet spot serves a splendid coffee along with a scrumptious menu I’m quite addicted.
Try your next visit: Croissant Dej and an Avocado toast.
Best Coffee spot kids friendly: Cafe Sfouf
Besides their ultra cute instagrammable decor, Cafe Sfouf is my forever fave coffee shop to visit with my kiddos. Their mini sfouf corner is aaaa-dorable and my little cuties love their books and toys selection. Ps. sweetest staff of the city.
Try your next visit: If you’re in for a coffee, a cappuccino is great with a sweet tartine of goat cheese, honey and pistachios.
Best Instagrammable Coffee Spot: September Surf cafe
We shot their chairs, benches, wall decor, bricked wall, ultra white pallet tables and their cute latte art like crazy all year long. September is one of the best things that happened to St-Henri in a while and I freaking adore this place.
Try your next visit: Granola bowl, FTW.
Best Coffee Spot for productivity: Leaves Cafe
I’m not sure if it’s the perfect music playing every single time or the adorable mini cactus all over but Leaves Cafe is (personally) one of the best spots to make your day a productive one if you work remotely.
Try your next visit: omg their feuillete spinach (could eat a dozen) and an almond milk latte.
L U N C H S P O T S
Best Caribbean Lunch: Lloydie’s
the new kid on the block, Lloydie’s brings a spicy, crispy and perfectly seasoned jerk chicken to Mile End and a cute retro decor I loved, at first sight.
Try your next visit: Their plates: Jerk pork, Jerk chicken with lots of plantains.
Best Healthy Lunch: Mandy’s Old Port
Sisters Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe created a salad heaven in the city, with the prettiest and tastiest menu that has so many loyal fans like this mama over here. Their recent big opening in Old Montreal was the hit of 2017, so far!
Try your next visit: I adore their Superfood salad and their soup of the month is always a win.
Best Poke: Venice MTLhands down, mics dropped Venice MTL poke bowls are SO freaking good I can’t resist repeating and repeating this place, with absolutely no shame.Try your next visit: Tofu Poke and start with a guac ok?
Best Asian Lunch: Hao!
I blogged about them earlier this year here and I loved this tiny, minimal and perfectly designed space. This counter style resto has the yummiest pork buns and a simple menu perfect for any casual lunch plan.
Try your next visit: Pork or Veggie buns.
Best Mexican: Ta Chido!
This was a tough one for me because I simply love every single Mexican spot in the city (at least the ones I keep repeating). Ta chido’s menu is one of the most original where you can have every single option (tortas, tacos, quesadillas, everything!) and honestly, portions are so generous they stole my heart at once.
Try your next visit: Tostadas de Hongos, Quesadilla Tinga de Pollo.
|H I P D R I N K S / 4 @ 5Best Micheladas: Lupita Nothing compared to Lupita’s and trust me, I’m the Queen of Micheladas over here, lol.Try your next visit: Of course the michelada, and try (please god) their potato flautas.Best New Hip Place for 4@5: Ginkgo Cafe & BarIt’s a coffee shop, a greenhouse in the middle of the city, a bar, a brunch heaven and all of the above, in all seriousness. I’ve been here for drinks, for work, to brunch and supper and each experience has been nothing but great. Ps: best Interior design this year.Try your next visit: A cocktail and their grilled cheese bites. You are so welcome, my friends.Best Bloody Mary/Caesar: Satay BrothersI’ve tried tons (trust me, lots) of bloodys in the city and my conclusion to my intense investigation: Satay Brother’s has the best one! They did a homemade mix that adds up a ridiculously amazing taste to my fave drink of 2017.Try your next visit: okay you are there already, so you better order pork buns, a papaya salad, and a laksa soup.Wowza – Hidden Gem of the Year: Atwater cocktail clubTo get in here, you almost need a secret password and a treasure map which all my friends have loved this so much! Pink leather couches, a romantic and sexy ambiance that it’ll help you score a perfect date, in here.Try your next visit: the smoke show – no explanation needed.|
|Happy New Yummy Year!
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