Everyone? Good! That's exactly what I thought. And if you love coffee, then you know that some days, you wanna jazz up your latte. Some days, you want your coffee to be full of rainbows and glitter and little star confetti.
But some days... not so much. Sometimes, what you need in your life is a cup of coffee exactly as black as your soul: AKA, the charcoal latte.
Other than looking cool AF, it's apparently got a lot of health benefits, since charcoal is allegedly super key for detoxing the body. (Just be careful consuming it if you're taking pills or have health issues).
If you want to try the charcoal latte, you're going to have to get yourself to New York City. The closest spot to Montreal that sells them is an NYC-based shop called The Good Sort.
At a meeting announcing the new Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a surprise shout-out to Montreal's BIXI bikes.
Discussing a move to develop greener technology in his country, Johnson explained how he helped to develop rental bike services when he was mayor of London by looking across the pond for inspiration.
According to Johnson, the "best" bikes were found right here, in Montreal.
Why You Need To Go: Londoners call streets with lots of shops and boutiques to look at all of the decorations and finish off your gift list "high streets." In Montreal, ours are rue Sainte-Catherine, boul. Saint Laurent, rue Saint Paul, etc.
Yes, it's a long weekend! Three uninterrupted days to relax, have fun, and not think for two seconds about things like school or work, or other responsibilities until Tuesday morning. Not to be too depressing but it will be six weeks before we get another official long weekend.
But let's focus on the positive! This is usually one of the summer weekends that people are trying to pack in their last days of camping or chalet time. But if you're planning to stay in the city it's good to know what's open and what's closed so you can plan out your Labour Day weekend.
Labour Day falls on Monday, September 2 this year. The good news is the city doesn't stop being its fun self. There are still a ton of things to do. Most of Montreal's museums are all open if you're looking for a little culture. As are the beaches, La Ronde and the casino.
And phew, the majority of SAQ express locations are also open so you don't have to stock up on alcohol today.
If you're planning to get around the city by public transit, double-check the schedule as the STM operates on holiday schedules and it might impact your normal route. Check out their website here.
If you're planning to hit any stores or eat at a restaurant, it's best to call first to check hours. So let's take a look at what's open.
SAQ Express stores will have normal hours. But all but three SAQ classic stores will be closed.
311, the city of Montreal’s information hotline
Hospitals and emergency services
Dépanneurs and pharmacies
Most bars and clubs
Some restaurants (this can really be hit and miss as a lot of restaurants aren't open Mondays anyway so make sure to call) and pubs
Hotels & resorts
Small grocery stores (less than 4,037-sq-ft in size)
Swimming pools and sports centres remain open with reduced hours
Montreal Casino (the business that never sleeps)
Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal’s museum of history and archeology
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
What's open continued...
Montreal Botanical Gardens and the Gardens of Light
Montreal Science Centre and IMAX Theatre
Public and farmers’ markets (like Atwater and Jean-Talon)
Parking meters (yep you will still have to pay)
Garbage and recycling pickups stay on schedule (there are isolated exceptions)