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July 2015 – A few days ago I spent a perfect Friday afternoon with a friend in the Mile End of Montreal:

Lunch : Plan A was Café Falco, but being closed for Summer vacations, we ended up at Café Brooklyn, on St. Viateur (which I reviewed in an earlier post). Last time I was here, it was on a cold Winter day: last Friday, the weather was just perfect and we enjoyed a great lunch on their quiet terrasse at the back of the store. The “Bibim Guksu” (Corean bowls) were delicious!

Shopping followed : next door to Café Brooklyn, La Montréalaise Atelier has opened its atelier-boutique. Owner Sabrina Barilà is not only talented, she is super nice: after the website, the fashion truck, the boutique is where you will find her creations (and some exclusive designs): simple designs, cute and humorous t-shirts and sweatshirts, all printed in Montreal (some creations are made in Montreal). The VoyageVoyage t-shirt followed me home and I will be back this fall for a long sleeved version of “Je parle féministe” which was sold out when we visited.

Classic Montreal : of course if you are on St. Viateur street, you must stop at St-Viateur Bagels. These are THE best bagels in the world (yes, I dare say it!).

I noticed new places that have been opening up beside the old classics like Café Olimpico, work was under way to widen the sidewalks.  Once an out of the way neighbourhood, St. Viateur / Mile End is now bubbling with activity! It is seriously worth the detour!

Un vendredi après-midi parfait dans le Mile End : lunch au Café Brooklyn avec une copine, suivi par une visite au nouvel atelier-boutique La Montréalaise Atelier et un arrêt chez St-Viateur Bagels (les meilleurs bagels au monde!). Le quartier bouillonne d’activité et vaut vraiment le détour!