Montreal Part I – Salon de thé Cardinal Tea Room

Montreal is a wonderful city to wander in. Endless cafés, bakeries, shops and beautiful buildings. Last weekend, I kept my camera by my side and was snap-happy most of the time. It’s easy to get caught up in photogenic things, snap a picture and walk away. Something about this eye-catching doorway stopped me in my tracks though, and I told Elvir we had to go in. Walking up the stairs, we did not expect what was awaiting us at the top…

Salon de thé Cardinal Tea Room Door
Salon de thé Cardinal Tea Room Interior
Salon de thé Cardinal Tea Room Patrons
Salon de thé Cardinal Tea Room
Salon de thé Cardinal Tea Room
Salon de thé Cardinal Tea Room
After excitedly running up the second flight of stairs and spotting the small open pastry kitchen, I knew we had to stay for a tea.

One london fog, chai maison and ginger snap later…

Salon de thé Cardinal Tea Room Tea and Ginger Snap
We sat comparing our teas. His chai tasted and smelled like the inside of a squash. Rounded, savoury and sweet. My earl grey had its bright characteristic perfume, but the fragrance stopped quickly and left peppery notes on the back of my tongue. Our cups emptied. I sat, already nostalgic, staring into the swirling sediment of milk and fresh vanilla beans.

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  1. Arielle says:

    Oh wow I’ve never tried this place before, it looks so charming! Do you know in which neighbourhood is this tea shop?

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    1. It’s really lovely, you definitely should visit sometime! http://www.thecardinaltea.com
      It’s in the Plateau at 5326 Boulevard Saint-Laurent.

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  2. gocooking says:

    Oh, my favorite Canadian city — la, la, la, la Montreal!! And I haven’t been for an age — I must get there next year. And your photos are amazing. (I know I keep saying this.)

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