Montreal Part III – Wandering

It’s hard to believe there were only 2 nights and 2 days in Montreal when I was able to take so many photos. Such an inspiring city! Here are the final photos from that weekend.

Lester's Deli Montreal
Streets of Montreal - Man
Le Deppaneur Cafe Montreal
Le Deppaneur Cafe Montreal
Elvir’s photo of myself drinking a “wild” cappuccino at Le Deppaneur Café. Searching for coffee on 10 AM on Saturday morning led us here. No photos could capture the charm of it. Our cups were pulled down from a distressed antique cupboard and the seating was a mish mash of different tables and chairs. The room was filled with people: A girl sat on a vintage sofa with loose leaves of tea teeming in her cup.  Families, children running amok, dancing happily. Everything about it felt warm, like coming home after being away for a long time. Every hour, all day, there is a different live musical act.

St. Viateur Bagel Shop Montreal
Montreal -Boulangerie Hof Kelsten
Breadbreadbreadbreadbread! St. Viateur Bagel shop and Boulangerie Hof Kelsten.

Montreal - Deli Counter
Line up in the evening at the deli counter.

Schwartz's Deli Smoked Meat
A cold night, a steam filled window at Schwartz’s deli.

Montreal - Bakery Close
Walking past this bakery, lined up out the door for fresh bread in the morning. Wandering home as they close up for the night.

As for food that we ate? Pastries, double chocolate cupcakes, frothy hot chocolates. Bagels, on their own: crunchy, chewy and soft at the same time. Sesame seeds musty with sweetness. Sandwiches: A bagel piled with sweet smoked salmon, accented by the salt and sour pop of capers and the lingering allium reaction of onions leaving purple stains of flavour on your tongue afterwards.  Smoked meat, soft bread, pungent mustard. We stopped at Le Vieux Vélo for a wonderful brunch. I had an epic eggs benedict with brie, bacon, avocado and perfect poached eggs.

Be sure to check out Part I and Part II on the Montreal trip if you haven’t already, and last year’s post as well.

When you travel, are you a wanderer or a planner?

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