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Patisserie Harmonie is a far cry from your run-of-the-mill bakeries. Located on Rue de la Gauchetière, in Chinatown, the vibrant bakery and dessert place offers a wide range of Asian desserts and baked goodies. With an impressive menu of over 50 dessert preparations, the bakery offers several cakes, Asian pastries, sweetmeats and bakery items that are quite rare to find in Montreal. Apart from local hits such as hokkaido and sesame balls, among others, they also serve quite a selection of bubble teas and specialty beverages.
Montreal's first used record outlet is in many ways still the best. Poky, musty and full of great finds in both the CD and book departments, it's a source of great, unexpected treasures. Though it offers a fairly impressive selection of used rock, R&B, classical and world music, the shop really shines in its assortment of jazz, blues, electronica and other experimental genres. You can check out the catalog online, or consult the extremely knowledgeable staff, who will be glad to let you have a listen to your prospective purchases.
If you have ever wished to own a custom-made, stylish hat, then Ophelie Hats is where you should belong to. Located on the busy Saint Laurent Boulevard in the city's Chinatown neighborhood, this specialty boutique boasts of an exciting display of hats, in designs that cover various definitions of contemporary and classic. Founded in the year 1990 by Corine A. Serruya, a known Montreal-based designer, Ophelie Hats sells chic headpieces for fall, summer and winter. Other hair accessories like pins, clips and headbands also form a part of its trendy merchandise.
If you happen to be passing by this restaurant in the morning, be sure to drop in for a hearty breakfast. Chez Jose Cafe offers a wide range of breakfast items of both regular and vegan varieties. Along with sweet treats like danishes and croissants from their bakery, they also offer a variety of crepes, bagels, fresh fruit juices, omelettes and crepes. You can also stop in for a quick lunch and opt for a soup and sandwich combo. Providing diners with a pocket-friendly but delicious meal in a cozy ambiance, Chez Jose Cafe has definitely earned its popular acclaim.
La Raclette takes you on a gastronomic journey to Europe while you comfortably plonk on their cozy furnishings in Montreal. Chef Martin Adam creates magic with his recipes and presents to you scrumptious Modern European cuisine along with elegant French and Swiss dishes at La Raclette. Though the restaurant doesn't serve alcohol, you are allowed to bring your own beverages to sip on to. In case you are feeling a little more indulgent, devour the decadent delights like Frozen chestnut Mont-Blanc, Chocolate torte with vanilla ice cream and English cream which taste heavenly. The charming interiors are complemented with the warm and friendly hospitality that assure a pleasant experience while dining here.
Brainchild of Guillaume Vaillant this Mile-End bakery was sure to be a hit from the get-go with a food philosophy that is firmly centered around fresh, quality ingredients, locally-sourced from the bakery's neighbors. Infused with a spirit of innovation and a respect for the traditional way of doing things, Boulangerie Guillaume blends together the best of the old and new, offering a staggering selection of freshly-baked, artisanal breads and savory treats each day, numbering well over 80. While the variety on offer can be intimidating at times, the simple truth is that you can't go wrong no matter what you finally choose. A modest selection of juices, hot drinks and sandwiches are served as well, perfect for a quick and tasty lunch.
Oenopole is very popular because it has a wide variety and range of wines that suit everybody. The store presents premium quality wine and champagne from France, Greece and Italy. The small crew or staff here, in the shop, has in-and-out knowledge about what they sell and can suggest you the best on the basis of your choice. They also have an online shop that means you can read about the drinks and order directly from the website.
When you walk across rue Bernard Ouest, the display of decadent, baked goodies that line Cheskie Bakery are sure to beckon you in. As you step inside, baskets after baskets of cakes, breads, cheese crowns, danishes, croissants, hamantaschen and the popular babka laof fight for your attention. All of these are freshly baked, and hence sell off pretty quickly at Cheskie Bakery. Pack a few to go, while you snack on something delicious and leave the place feeling ecstatic and excited.
Head to Creperie Du Marche to enjoy a hearty breakfast of savory and sweet, gluten-free crepes. A popular establishment attracting locals and tourists alike, this creperie incorporates locally-sourced, fresh ingredients in all of their creations. Try the salmon crepe if you are a seafood fan or go for the vegetables laden crepe that comes with eggs and cheese if you want to enjoy something light. Those who wish to satiate their sweet tooth, the Banana Choc Crepe is simply an apt option. These crepes are quite huge thus giving you value for money.
The Comic Hunter is a must-visit spot for all comic books fans. This store takes pride in their handsome inventory of comics which feature popular comics as well as the rare ones. The store is quite spacious and has a convenient layout that makes it easier for patrons to navigate. In addition to comics, there are a number items that are sure to win every collector's heart. Toys, statues and memorabilia are all up for grabs at prices that will leave you happier. You can also sell your comics at the Comic Hunter or rent a few. The place also hunts comics for avid fans.