Guys, it's finally time. Time for what, I hear you ask? Time to pull on those eating pants and prepare to go visit your favourite cabane à sucre.
Oh, but what's that? Quebec sugar shacks are quite a ways away? You love the tire a l'erable, but can't make the super long trek it takes to get yourself some sweet maple sugar? Well, friends, don't worry. I've got some great news for you. Your sugar shack dreams have become a reality; the folks at Lndmrk and Place Montreal Trust are hosting a cabane à sucre-themed event, right here in Montreal.
Cabanasuc is taking place on April 7, 2016, at Place Montreal Trust (1500 Avenue McGill College). The event is described as an "urban sugar shack experience", which pretty much means that you're in for an awesome time.
Upping the awesome factor is the fact that the event will feature chefs Chuck Hughes and Danny Smiles, and artist Whatisadam. Food will be provided by Crown Salts, the team behind Le Bremner and Garde Manger, and the event will showcase art by Montreal street artist Whatisadam.
The list of unique Montreal restaurants that exist is beyond extensive, and we foodies are always out looking for a new spot to try. Sadly though, like everything in life, some good things must come to an end.
By that, I mean sometimes our favourite spots end up having to close their doors. Here's a list of seven restaurants we had to say bye-bye to in 2021 — they'll remain forever in our hearts, though!
This tasty Montreal vegan joint closed forever in August 2021. But luckily, if you never got the chance to try it, you'll be able to once again in 2022 as the restaurant plans on reopening next spring, but in Eastern Quebec rather than Montreal this time around.
This Caribbean restaurant in Lasalle took to Facebook in June 2021 to make people aware of its official closure. But, Cuisine Caraibe Delite reassured the public that its recipes and "signature jerk chicken dish" can still be found at Le Jardin du Cari on rue Saint-Laurent.
In October, renowned Montreal chef and co-owner Martin Juneau shared the news on Instagram that Cul-Sec, a much-loved wine bar in the city, would be shutting down. Juneau described Cul-Sec as a "collateral victim of both a global pandemic and the local construction sites of the past few years."
Known as an Old Port staple, Le Bremner sadly closed permanently in 2021. Owner Chuck Hughes posted the news on their Instagram account in June, explaining the closure was a result of a conflict with the landlord and too many repairs needed.
Address: Casino de Montréal, 1, av. du Casino, Montreal, QC
A press release from April 2021 announced the end of the Casino de Montréal's L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon (AJR). "The exceptional circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding the time at which the Casino will reopen have informed this decision," it read.
One of Montreal's most beloved Portuguese restaurants, Romados, subtly announced its official closure in a Facebook comment in June.
Eater Montreal reported in October that the restaurant had reopened with new owners. However, another Facebook comment by the original Romados account says that "any incarnation that is operating is in total violation of what the original owners created."*
Vending machines have had our backs throughout the years, whether it be for needing some chocolate while waiting at the hospital or a Red Bull while working in the library.
But one bakery, Carlo's, decided to take vending machines to the next level by creating "Cake ATMs." Yes, you read that right. Vending machines full of cake slices, which you can find in the following four Montreal malls:
Plus, there's one in Les Promenades Gatineau. If you're ever desperately craving a slice of cake while at one of these five malls in Quebec, Carlo's Cake ATM will be there to save you.
One Montrealer, Emilie Rossignol, caught the express bake shop machine at Place Montreal Trust in action and shared it with the online world. In this video, you can see the option for four possible cake flavours: vanilla rainbow, red velvet, chocolate fudge and confetti.
On the machine, it clarifies that these cake slices were baked in Hoboken, New Jersey — so they had to do quite the trip to make it to our city.
There are many of these cake machines in Ottawa and Toronto as well. The company even made a "Cake ATM Locator" to help you find the one nearest to you. Because let's be honest, you never know when your next cake craving could hit, so this bakery presumably wanted to make sure you've always got a slice close to you.
And for that, we thank you, Carlo's Bakery.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
Montreal is a great place for all those love birds out there, but sometimes it can be pretty costly. So, when you are looking to planning that perfect date but you are on a budget, don't stress! The list below composes of completely free date ideas that you can plan for that special someone RIGHT NOW.
Around almost any corner in the Down Town, Plateau, and Mille-End area in Montreal you are sure to find street art. So, why not explore your city with the one you love and enjoy some free art and the smell of spring!
2. If You Are A Broke Couple Go To The Virtual Reality Garden
For the opening of the Garden, the Phi Centre has brought together four of the most outstanding virtual reality works of our time—cutting edge experiences created by world-renowned artists who push the limits of art and technology and offer a unique point of view on today’s socio-political issues.
Check out the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts this sunday since it is free admission on the last Sunday of the month. So, take you special someone this sunday to enjoy beautiful art while you enjoy their company.
Illuminart is a new circuit fusing art, lighting and technology, unfolding through downtown Montreal. Aimed at an inquisitive audience eager to discover and explore, Illuminart assembles projects by artists, creators, engineers, set designers, graphic designers and videographers from home and abroad. Our illuminated urban space springs to life, becoming a must-see destination for creativity, inspiration and shared experience thanks to works that are at once surprising, impressive and entertaining.From February 22 to March 11, 2017.
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Place Ville Marie
For one night only, on March 4th, between 8:00 pm and 1:00 am, entrance to the Observatory will be 100% free! You'll have access to the 46 floor observation deck where you can discover the permanent exhibition, The Odyssey. The 45th floor will feature the #MTLGO interactive and participatory exhibition, or you can also head to the terrasse on the 44th floor.
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If you happen to fall in love with an athletic person, then this is the perfect date idea for you in Montreal this summer at no cost. TREKFIT gyms are located all across Montreal and they are perfect locations to hold a cute little workout date. Spring is right around the corner!
Inspired by the Italian renaissance revival, Mary Queen of the World Cathedral was modeled after Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. Although the interior of the cathedral does not quite match the grandeur of Saint Peter's Basilica, the nave's architectural layout, the white and gold wooden coffered vault, and the baldachin with spiral columns are quite interesting. The curvature of the intersecting vaults almost steals the show from the many paintings and gildings. It is free every Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
9. If You Are A Broke Couple Go Walk Through Old Montreal
Montreal is a very romantic setting that is itself priceless. Your date has probably been to Old Montreal multiple times but why not explore the city in a different way. I suggest taking your date to Old Montreal and showing them all the great architecture! They will truly be amazing by the beauty behind our city.
10. If You Are A Broke Couple Go To Montreal's World Trade Center
Montreal’s World Trade Centre (near Square-Victoria metro) is perfect for enjoying a gorgeous view while talking to your date with a nice cup of coffee. The atmosphere is incredible and it's also a nice place to exchange anniversary gifts!
11. If You Are A Broke Couple Go Watch A Sunset At Mount Royal
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For romance, kissing, and looking over the whole city, I suggest driving up to Mount Royal. You can enjoy Mount Royal during the day and enjoy the cityscape or you can go at night with your date and have a romantic stargazing date. This is always free and it's always a safe date idea.
12. If You Are A Broke Couple Go To The Melvin Charney’s Sculpture Garden
Time to get your sculpting on with a hot chocolate at the Melvin Charney’s sculpture garden, which is an extension of the CCA. This garden contains multiple sculptures that you can enjoy observing over a warm cup of hot chocolate and a beautiful sunset with the one you love.
I honestly love biking with my boyfriend and honestly I think it's a great date where you don't have to spend any money. For those couples who love to bike, I suggest biking down the Lachine Canal towards Atwater Market for a fun Montreal date.
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Honestly, there is always something super cool going on at Place Des Arts and the Quartier des Spectacles whether it be live music, a dance performance, or outdoor painting. I suggest heading down there with your date and just sitting back. It's a great place to soak up Montreal and to enjoy it's people. ALSO, Nuit Blanche is next weekend and it's FREE FREE FREE!