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June 2015 – A breath of fresh air is blowing over Old Montreal! A very popular area with tourists (the architecture is beautiful), it is now becoming a fashionable and trendy destination for Montrealers! It’s definitely worth a look! Here are a few ideas:

McGill Street (Victoria metro station). Nestled in the beautifully restored buildings are restaurants for all budgets and tastes (Brit & Chips for great fish & chips; Graziella for upscale italian; Le Cartet for great brunch on week-ends, etc).

Lobster rolls and tacos! At the corner of McGill & de la Commune Streets, near the water, from May to October, you will find Muv Box and Taco Box : built in reclaimed containers, using solar energy and local products (lobster from the Magdelen Islands), you can have a fresh, tasty, local and eco-friendly lunch!

Cantinho de Lisboa (St-Paul street, across from Olive & Gourmando): push the yellow door and you’re in chef Helena Loureiro’s portuguese eat-in/take-out/market (loaded with imported Portugese products)! For breakfast and lunch, delicious freshly made sandwiches & soups and home-made deserts (including pasteis de nata). High quality food at very reasonable prices!

Pointe-à-Callière Museum A museum as well and an archaeological site, where you will see exactly where Montreal was founded (under the museum!).  The 3-D animation on the history of Montreal is very cool! The museum also houses an excellent restaurant from where you will have an exceptional view of the Old Port! If you have one museum to see in Old Montreal, this is the one!

For high-end and trendy shopping, it’s Espace Pepin Home (378 St-Paul St. West). A family-run business, where everything has been carefully selected, most of the furniture come from local artisans : think of it as reinvented Québec-style furniture, with modern flair!  There are also smaller items & accessories (ie less expensive) which can liven up any decor! And if you feel like you could stay here for a while, there’s a small café in the back of the store. The family runs a second store on the same street (Espace Pepin Fashion at 350), for great fashion!

Le Vieux-Montréal devient une destination tendance pour tous, même pour les Montréalais! Voici quelques idées : découvrir les restos de la rue McGill; déguster des guédilles et tacos au homard (des Iles de la Madeleine) chez MuvBox; faire un arrêt au Portugal chez Cantinho de Lisboa et admirer les magnifiques créations chez Espace Pepin Maison!