These days, we cant seem to get enough of Montreal. Its Paris without
The city boasts some great design hotels and we
opted for the stark minimalism of the St.
Paul. The rooms at this restored Beaux Art style building are lofty,
light and luxurious with spacious bathrooms and ultra-soft towels and
linens. From $195 with breakfast. www.hotelstpaul.com
Our quest for unique buys took us across the
city from Old Montreal to Plateau to Mile End. We snapped up graphic
novels and posters at Drawn
and Quarterly, a maple spatula at chic culinary boutique Les
Touilleurs, and a gorgeous sunflower yellow vase at Midcentury
Dont miss the YSL
retrospectiveit really is a thrill. A hot pink cape covered in gold
stars and a plum jersey jumpsuit are among our favourite pieces.
Back in Old Montreal, its definitely worth checking out the Sophie Calle
exhibition at the DHC/ART
Foundation. Taking its title from a breakup email written by Calles
ex-boyfriend, Prenez soin de vous invites 107 women to interpret the
email through their various professions.
Breakfast at the St. Paul is fine (croissants,
bagels, cereals etc), but we couldnt resist the nosh and vibe of Le
Cartet. Eating is communal canteen style and the food is really tasty.
Lunches (Gazpacho, Nicoise, packed panini) are equally good. Pick up
some gourmet spreads, sauces, pastas and chocolate from the épicerie on
your way out. 106 rue McGill, Montréal, 514-871-8887.