The MYEL boutique is located on Laurier West, in the middle of the iconic Mile End district. Known and beloved by tourists and Montrealers alike, the Mile End is a true creative hub where past and present intertwine in a one of a kind cultural mash-up. The MYEL team listed their favorite spots in the neighborhood to inspire you to visit it more often.
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The district is filled with delicious options that will please the foodie in you. Lovers of fine food will be delighted with our top 5 located at walking distance of the shop.
To brunch all day long (alleluia!), Fabergé offers a complex menu of original and delectable recipes. Prepared with local eco-friendly produce and fresh farm eggs, their menu really is a must-try. Our personal favorites are the shakshuka, the Benny Mac benedict eggs and the famous Chicken-Waffle.
2. Arts Café
Literally located around the corner from the Myel shop, Arts Café is an adorable little place with an artistic setting. The walls are covered with bookshelves, from which you are invited to discover a new book while you eat or drink a delicious cup of coffee. The menu is short, but everything is tempting. Our suggestions are: the chili soup and the cod cakes.
Our designer Myriam swears that they serve the best ramens in Montreal. One thing is for sure, it is the place to go to order a serving of liquid comfort. They even serve a vegan ramen soup, so everybody will be pleased.
Located right across from the MYEL boutique, Barbounya offers a turkish inspired cuisine in a trendy yet rustic decor. Go there for brunch if you are looking for an inspired experience that shifts from the classic two-eggs-bacon combo.
Whether for brunch, for a romantic dinner-date or a late night bite, Lili Co. will charm you with its complex plates. The decor was creates a festive and friendly atmosphere. Sit at one of the best places: either at the counter of the bar to chat with the barman, or at the Chef’s Table to have the best view inside the open kitchen.
The Buvette has been Mile End favorite for a long time now. We love the vibe created by the dim lighting and the wine cart that is always changing. Don’t hesitate to pair your drinks with a customized plate of food that fits your mood. This summer, they will serve organic veggies from their new project in collaboration with two farmers, Café Parvis and the Furco.“La Fermette”.
With its charming cozy terrace and its interior decor evoking the interior of a ship, Henrietta is another neighborhood. Take a seat on the patio to share some tapas-inspired dishes paired with one of their signature cocktails. Kudos for their great selection of wines and bubbles.
3. Bar sans nom
The speakeasy vibe of this bar will delight more than one of you. It’s a must for their cocktails, crafted by the best bartenders, but also to have great conversations with friends in the muffled atmosphere. In short, the bar with no name has a lot to offer.
In the beer-enthusiasts community, Dieu du Ciel has established its reputation a long time ago. After 20 years of beer crafting, this microbrewery clearly discovered the recipe to charm everyone with a vast offer of beers to suit all tastes. On a sunny day, it is always a great plan to take a seat on their cozy terrace to sip on a cold one with friends.
Coffee shop by day and bar by night, the Kabinet will charm you with its russian inspired decor and its complex cocktails. It is said to be the place to go to enjoy the best of Montreal spirits, especially amaros and gins. The elongated room gets bigger on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights when the Kabinet merges with the Datcha bar next door.
1. Baltic Club
Established a couple of years ago by two design enthusiasts, Baltic Club is a personalized stationery bar that sells a variety of paper articles. The grand majority of what is sold in their shop is still handcrafted by the two founders in Montreal, and the rest comes from their trusted suppliers. For the artistic souls, they offer binding and printing workshops.
2. V de V
V de V is the perfect stop if you were looking to redo your home decor in a “Pinterest”-like manner: from hardwood furnitures to small cacti and heavenly-scented candles. You will also find there the perfect bowls for your homemade thaï soup and the bedroom light you were looking for. We love the vintage yet industrial feel of the V de V product selection.
Who said that thriftshop couldn’t mean luxury? Ruse is one of the favorite shops of the MYEL team. High fashion lovers will be in heaven in this second-hand store that carries a wide selection of luxury brand clothes such as Louis Vuitton, Dior and Marc Jacobs.
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We love second-hand clothing at MYEL so we are adding a second thriftstore to our list: Annex Vintage. The shop brings together a selection of vintage clothes and independent labels. They are specialized in coveted 90s pieces such as flower-print dresses, turtlenecks and rare vintage shirts. They received new items everyday, so don’t be shy to go often!
Come and see us at the MYEL shop to try our entirely montreal-made creations. During June, come discover the Conscious Market that will be held in our basement, created by the Montreal collective The Natural Curator. With the mission to establish natural beauty as the new norm in the industry, they offer a wide selection of natural beauty products, to which will be added eco-responsible and local home items.
Mile End’s charm is crystal-clear. We hope that we inspired you to discover (or rediscover) this Montreal neighborhood. What are your own favorites?
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