On our last full day in Montreal, we decided to slow things down: the number of places to visit, the frequency of our photo-taking, and our overall pace. We ended up exploring two vastly different places within the same general vicinity. First up was the hipster paradise of the Plateau, the eclectic, bohemian land of cafes, art galleries, vintage shops, bars, and boutiques. Needless to say, I loved this part of town. What stuck in my mind the most? The quirky murals!
When we had our fill of boho chic, we hopped on the metro and headed northeast towards the Botanical Garden. We wanted to catch the Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal exhibition/competition before it closed. It was a grand, elaborate series of topiaries by horticultural artists.
On our way out, we stopped at the nearby Insectarium. I loved the displays of butterflies, beetles and bugs for their astounding colors and intricate patterns.
Sidenote: the insect specimens reminded me of artist Christoper Marley’s Pheromone collection.
Walking back towards the Viau metro station, we passed Olympic Park which housed many of the venues during the 1976 Summer Games.
Returning to our Old Montreal ‘hood, we had dinner at Stash Café in the nick of time. I was getting hangry and would have eaten a rubber shoe at that point. Luckily, what we had was infinitely better. Andrew and I ordered the placki (potato pancakes), pierogi, kielbasa and golabki (cabbage rolls filled with pork and rice). Everything was delicious and reasonably priced to boot!
Coming up next: We travel to Quebec City.
Montreal Botanical Garden and Insectarium | 4101 Sherbrooke Street East | Montreal, Quebec | H1X 2B2 | Canada | 514.872.1400 | espacepourlavie.ca
Restaurant l’Avenue | 922 Avenue du Mont-Royal East | Montreal, Quebec | H2J 1X2 | Canada | 514.523.8780 | Yelp review