Would you rather, MTL addition

Montreal is such a vibrant city – from food and drink to shopping and activities,  there’s an abundance of options that can sometimes be hard to choose. Too bad, today, that’s exactly what we’re making you do. Here is our ultimate “Would You Rather” – Montreal addition.

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Salad Date: Mandys or Liv Salads

Museum: Museum of Fine Arts or Mccord Museum

Day Out: Old Port or Plateau

Parc: Angrigon or Mont-Royal

Fancy Night Out: Bar George or Marcus

Late-Night Bite: Joe’s Panini or Poulet Rouge

Fitness Class: Report Fitness or enso Yoga

Brunch: Suwu or William Gray

Rooftop:  Terrace Nelligan or Perche

Boutique: Influence U or 1861

Cafe:  Myriad or Hvmans

Workspace: Code & Cafe or Crew

Old Port: Skating or Ziplining

Spa: Bota Bota or Spa Scandinave

Summer or Winter: First Fridays or Atwater Christmas Market

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Cast your votes in the comment section below or on our Facebook page. Did we miss one of your favourite “Would You Rathers”? Share them with us to be added to the list!

Do it for the ‘Gram – Top 10 Food Insta Spots in the city

 

Are you an Instagram diva? Looking for the right spots to hit the most amazing food inns in Montreal? Well, you will be now attracting more than hundreds of followers just by adding these Instagramable food spots. We have collected the most visited, most ‘Grammed food spots for your ease!

 

 La Diperie Ice Cream

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If you are looking for an original, of higher quality, attractive to the eye and delicious creamery then La Diperie is the place. Get a wide range of exotic flavours, colourful gelato and lots of topping options. From wide variety of chocolates to fruity and bubblegum flavours; each dessert is a delightful sight to the eyes and tongue! So if you are whore for good instagram photos head up to the this great venture!

 

 

Le Blossom

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If you crave asian cuisine then Le Blossom is the right place to hit. The ambiance will take you to Japanese spring streets, loaded with blossoms. The beautiful blossom tree right in the centre is a great attraction to all the visitors. Le Blossom is not only famous for the ambiance rather they serve extremely delicious asaina cuisines. Their fried apple pie gyoza served with vanilla ice cream is to die for. We can definitely say that it is worth the hype.

 

Falafel St.Jacques

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Check out wide variety of Arabic cuisine. Ranging from shawarma wraps to falafels, this food in is quite a treat for vegans. 

 

The LockHart Bar

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Try wide range of eye appealing drinks and a variety of pastas and starters at Lockhart Bar.

 

impasto

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This amazing eatery is all about pastas. Scallops, shrimps, chicken coupled with pasta of all shapes and sizes that takes you back to the streets of Italy. 

 

Patisserie Rhubarbe

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Get to indulge in various mouthwatering desserts. This amazing patisserie offers the most colorful and photogenic rhubarbs, tarts, cakes and desserts.

 

Makro Restaurant

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Hands down to the Montreal’s best seafood restaurant. Order their live octopus to flaunt the photos on Instagram! 

 

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Home of the infamous charcoal ice cream!

 

Marcus

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Marcus is the newest addition to Montreal’s foodie scene by Harlem Chef Marcus Samuelsson. And we assure you, every dish looks as delectable as it tastes! Located inside the Four Seasons, this is the perfect spot to splurge a little.

 

Did we miss one of your favourite Instagram-ready food spots in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below or on Instagram at @Stcathys.

10 Unique Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday in Montreal

It is that time of the year again where you start questioning the significance of birthdays. So lets not be a bore anymore and not celebrate the cliché birthday with cutting a boring cake and hanging out in the neighbourhood bar. As life is too short, spruce your special day up by putting one of these ideas to life and you would want to do these over and over again!

Paint the Night

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Get the tickets at the yaymaker.com for yourself and friends and paint the night with exquisite selection of wine. The fun is to take your created art pieces back home as a permanent memory of the day.  It’s a unique way to celebrate that you surely have yet to try!

 

Relax at Bota Bota

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What could be more fun than pampering with your girl gang on your special day. Head to Bota Bota for amazing spa experience. Don’t forget to book your tickets in advance for best prices. Oh, and did we mention you can add a massage or spa treatment for an extra special day?

 

Try Water Rafting

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If you are an adventurous person and would want some adrenaline rush on this birthday sign up for white water rafting. Book yourself in advance not to miss out this utter fun.

 

Paintball Time!

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Shoot away the birthday boy this day! Head to this fun activity at Skorpion Paintball. The cherry on the top is the free admission to the birthday boy/girl. So without a second thought book your passes. We’re dying to try it out!

 

Take a Cool Dip (and Road Trip!) to Calypso Waterpark

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If your day falls in summer then you are in for a great treat. Experience water fun and games at Calypso intense wave pool. Enjoy cold beers at the well-lit bars with scrumptious chicken wings and burritos. What else could one ask for on a birthday?! Book your tickets now.

 

Celebrate by Wine Tasting

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Celebrate by tasting the sophisticated Italian wine with French cheese. You may take a trip to vignoble Bouche Art in Bouchard Island and celebrate by getting drunk with your gang!

 

Picnik Electronik

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This yet again is a birthday treat for all those who are born in summer. Dance to the beats at only ten minutes outside of Downtown Montreal, and featuring local and international DJs and producers.

 

Bord’elle

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Want to have a birthday inspired by the Great Gatsby? Bord’elle is the right place for you to party! A venue having a space inspired by the 1920s, that will make you feel as if you have traveled back to a time of great prestige. Enjoy the fabulous dinner followed by the course of sophisticated wine round to end your special day in style.  

 

Go-Kart It

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Enjoy the go-karting experience with your crazy friends and race around one of the most amazing racing tracks at Action 500. So go drive Wild on your birthday. 

 

Surf Away

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Surfing is another exciting way to spend the day. Try Montreal’s river surfing on the Lasalle rapids if you are an adventurous person. But if you want to play safe then hit up Brossard’s Oasis Surfing! It’s an indoor surfing complex with an amazing bar and restaurant.

 

Hopefully around this year you won’t have to look at the boring birthday cake only because we called everything out for you. So enjoy the day out and book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. If you have some more ideas to add write in the comment section or follow us on Instagram.

10 Cool Rooftops to Hangout at in Montreal

Having an obsession to have a drink with a view, Montrealers can go to any length to enjoy one. Blame it to the long harsh winters that don’t let people have much of outdoor time. So as soon as the first blossom of spring pops people are found hanging on the terraces for early breakfast, brunches, dinner, and late night drinks!

Here is the compilation of ten cool rooftops to hangout in the city.

Nacarat

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Situated at the third floor of the renovated Fairmount Queen Elizabeth Hotel Nacarat is a great place with a city’s view. Not only this, but the wide ranged twenty eight paged menu is offers quite promising drinks. Ranging from spicy to sweet, to sour to bitter – Ask for it, and they have it!

 

Marcus

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The very famous Four Seasons Hotel promises a very posh bar to accommodate almost hundred people at a time. Brimmed with finest collection of wines and drinks this new venture has a spectacular architecture. 

 

Terrasse William Gray

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This old promising place is generally so packed that one has to have a fight of tooth and nail to get a seat on the Old Port’s William Gray Terrasse.  A lot of people breathed a sigh of relief echoed when the Perché Bar-Terrasse on the hotel’s fourth floor rooftop opened.

 

Hotel Bonaventure

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What else one can ask for when you have pool on a roof top? Doesn’t really matter if you can take a dip or not, just put your feet in and enjoy! This amazing rooftop spot offers a pond view to kill the heat building inside. Apart from the water reserve it has a lush green rooftop that gives a sensational feel at the night.

 

Terrasse Place D’Armes

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One of the busiest places at the Old port, this rooftop offers amazing burgers and mushroom ravioli. The Fridays and Thursdays are generally jam packed especially in the 5-7 pm happy hour! If you hit in, don’t forget to try their raspberry mojito and caeser salad. 

 

Terrasse sur L’Auberge

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This amazing place gives a beautiful view across the Saint Lawrence River. The overlooking view of the blue water stream is the main draw of this rooftop bar and restaurant. The pitchers of Sangria couples the enjoyment of this rooftop!

SIX Resto Lounge

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Situated at the top of Hyatts, Six offers a prime view of all the happening summer festivals. Get to experience firsthand outdoor International Festival, that too for free!

 

AIR Rooftop Terrace

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This heated and covered patio atop the Renaissance Montreal Downtown Hotel is one of the rare rooftop bars. The terrace temperatures here are never too chilly for their mojito or too hot for their pulled pork poutine. You may also take a plunge at the pool strip.

 

Blvd44 / Hotel 10

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this open-air rooftop address connected to the boutique hotel Hotel 10 is one of the more exclusive clubbing locations in its immediate area. It also affords a spacious outdoor area where you can take in a view.

 

Did we miss your favourite rooftop to hangout at in the city? Let us know your choice in the comment section below, or share it with us on Instagram at @stcathys.

Celebrate Canada’s Day in Montreal

Canada celebrates its national holiday on July, 1st. Canadians all over the country, celebrate this day with full zeal and zest. Like all the other countries an excellent array of fireworks, parades and other celebrations is witnessed throughout the day in all the cities.

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Montreal celebrates the special day in its own unique way starting from Défilé de la Fête du Canada; A special parade, unique in its own way. 

Witness Canada Day Parade Montreal:

People from all over the town gather at the corner of Fort and Ste. Catherine streets where the parade starts. More festivities wait for the people at the end point of the parade at the corner of Ste. Catherine and Peel. 

Parade participants March through the streets adorned in attractive dazzling outfits and entertain the people along the way.

Get your slice of the cake:

Place du Canada hosts a special cake cutting ceremony for the people. A giant cake is cut and distributed amongst the crowd. The cake is almost about 8 feet in width and four feet in length. So don’t forget to get your free cake slice with a glass of water!

Dragon Dance

The colourful dragon dances are a courtesy of Chinese immigrants to pay a loyalty tribute to the local citizens of Canada. Don’t forget to play a game or two before you leave the venue!

Old Montreal Festivity

Get to enjoy the old Montreal’s celebrations. Though these are generally confined to high command officials yet you can witness the ever-so-roaring 21 gun shot salute to regain the Canadian zeal within you! 

Fireworks

Whatever you do through the day, just don’t miss this! Each year, the beautiful display of extravagant fireworks leaves everyone in awe. Find yourself best spot to witness this festivity. Mount Royal Summit, Old Port, Clock tower Beach and Jacques Cartier Bridge are few of the best places to watch the fireworks. 

Plan a road trip to Ottawa

Gather your friends and hop in a car. You may want to drive to Ottawa to witness the exclusive Canada Day festivities this year. Enjoy the two hour road trip and get to experience the celebrations in both the cities. 

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Head to a park and enjoy a bbq with a cold beer along with all the on going festivities. Have something more to add? Nudge us at @stcathys on insta or leave a comment down here. We will make sure to add it in our list.

 

5 Must-Do Activities this March in Montreal

Spring is in the air!

With the month of March quickly approaching, we’re starting to get over the winter blues and ready to begin

 

Check out to Bal en Blanc

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Ready to ring in the spring with an awesome party? Then grab your favorite white festival attire and head to New City Gas’ Bal en Blanc this March.

 

Try a Sugar Shack

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In true Canadian-fashion, check out one of the many sugar shacks surrounding the city. What better way to enjoy the mild end-of-winter weather than with a tasty treat?

 

Spring Skiing

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Get some friends together and head out to Mont Tremblant for a spring skiing trip. With the snow quickly melting, this will be your last chance to hit the slopes until next winter.

 

Enjoy the St. Patricks Day Parade

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Montreal’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is lit! On Saturday March 17th, Saint Catherine street will turn into a celebration of all things Irish. Between the bagpipes and the floats, this is the perfect daytime event to get you into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit!

 

Take a Road Trip

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Now that the icy roads have finally melted seize this opportunity to take a road trip to one of Canada’s great cities. Looking for something close? Check out the nation’s capital city, Ottawa,  and all the fun that comes with it. If you’re ready for a longer drive, Toronto is calling your name!

 

What will you be doing during the month of March in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

5 Things to Do This Holiday Season in Montreal

‘Tis the Season

The holiday spirit is officially in the air in Montreal! With the end of finals nearing, free time will soon become abundant. With that in mind, there are a few signature activities that absolutely must be packed into your time off this year, ensuring you get to experience the best of Montreal holiday affairs. Below, we recount our favorite winter-based activities that are this season’s Montreal must-sees.

Atwater Market

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Atwater Market, a Montreal staple, is being transformed into the official Montreal Christmas village complete with holiday goods for purchase, free activities for adults and kids alike, a fire for roasting marshmallows, and charming chalet-style kiosks. This is one market you won’t want to miss!

Verdun Holiday Lights

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Check out the way in which the town of Verdun has lit up the popular Wellington Street for on any gorgeous winter evening outing. This site is truly magical, but remember to dress warmly as this is an outdoor

Skating in Old Port

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Old Montreal is just as charming in the winter as it is in the summer! Embody your winter holiday spirit by skating with your bestie and/or loved ones of any ages on the beautiful Old Port skating rink. Once again, be sure to bundle up for warmth throughout this activity (and take a #instapic of the gorgeous ferris wheel).

Montreal’s Christmas Tree

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Check out the city’s official Christmas tree to get yourself and friends in the holiday spirit. This tree, although on the tall and skinny side of things, is a balsam fir – a tree that originated in Quebec. How special!

See the Nutcracker

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Feeling like something more original? Check out the Nutcracker at Place des Arts. This is sure to be an enjoyable evening full of culture and class!

What are you waiting for! Finals are over and it’s time to get into the holiday spirit! Share your experience with us via Instagram.

 

The 5 Sets You Can’t Miss at Ile Soniq This Weekend

House time is anytime.

Since its inception, Ile Soniq has attracted countless household names in the electronic music scene. As it kicks off its fourth year, the festival has delivered yet again, announcing an awesome lineup with countless notable acts. With so many great artists and such limited time, it can be hard to narrow down which shows to see. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the acts that will seriously blow your mind. If you’re heading to the festival this weekend, these are the top 6 sets you simply can’t miss.

 

Excision

How many amps of sound does it take to blow your mind? Excision will answer that question for you this weekend. Get ready for some head banging, because this show will go one hundred miles an hour from start to finish.

 

Jauz

Known for his amazing base drops and cool remixes, Jauz’s set is guaranteed to be one of the best of the weekend. Trust us when we say, you will not want to miss this one.

 

Rezz

Guys, Rezz is one lady you definitely won’t want to miss. This newcomer has made a name for herself in the EDM scene over the last few years, attracting international attention for her dark techno beats. Oh, and did we mention she’s Canadian (as if you needed another reason to love her)?

 

Louis the Child

Future bass lovers (think Flume and ODESZA), you can’t miss Louis the Child. Kings of unique drops and using great sounds in their music, this talented duo will play the perfect set to enjoy on a Friday afternoon – and luckily you can!

 

Migos

Time to get bad and boujee! Migos will be yet another great set you can enjoy at Ile Soniq this year. The hip hop trio has made waves over the past year and a half, with their hit song Bad and Boujee earning them international attention and invites to the esteemed Met Gala, with a new album drop on top of all that. Take your chance to see them while you can, as we’re sure their stardom will go nowhere but up from here.

 

Tiesto

Finish the night off with EDM veteran Tiesto’s set. This show is sure to bring great vibes to the crowd, mixing an entertaining light show with amazing music for all true electronic lovers.

 

A few more honorable mentions: Big Gigantic, Marcus Schulz, Porter Robinson, Afrojack, Desiigner, Robin Schulz, R3hab, Ghastly, and last but certainly not least Infected Mushroom!

 

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Montreal’s Ile Soniq this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below or tag  @stcathys on social media.

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Here’s What You Need to Rock at Osheaga this Weekend

It’s all about the aesthetic!

Well, time has come and gone, and Osheaga weekend is finally upon us. Hopefully, you planned well, but for the bulk of us that lack great planning skills, this can only mean one thing – time to get your last minute festival outfits ready! Luckily, Montreal has some seriously good shopping options, so finding the right pieces isn’t as hard as creating the look. Luckily, we’re here to help with the challenge! We’ve created a guide to all the great styles you need to rock at Montreal’s premiere music and arts festival this weekend. Without further adieu, here is your ultimate #FestivalFashionInspo for both men and women.

 

Ladies  

Ladies, it’s come time to ditch the flower crowns and crop tops (we know it’s hard.. they’re just so cute). Stand out from the crowd and ditch the basic festival style with one of these cute and creative looks.

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Gents

Guys, avoid becoming a “festival bro” and take some insight from a true fashionista; men’s festival style DOES NOT mean a bright (and tacky) wife beater and a pair of fraction glasses. Check out our favourite mens festival fashion looks below, showcasing how you can dress for both comfort and style this weekend.

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Couples

Feel like dressing with your boo without looking dorky? Don’t worry, no matching t-shirts here. Check out these flawless couple looks that will have everyone saying #CoupleGoals.

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How will you showcase your personal flare and style at Osheaga this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below or share your look with us by tagging @stcathys on social media. See you there!

 

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5 Free Things to Do in Montreal This Month!

Get busy!

Montreal can be quite an expensive city, but who doesn’t love going out when it’s completely free? We sure do! Next time you’re bored and feel like saving some hard-earned cash, check out one of these five awesome activities that are available to you this July and best of all, completely free!

 

Montreal’s Gay Village

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Enjoy a walk under the rainbow balloons in Montreal’s Gay Village. These balloons are one of St Laurent’s must-see staples, with colours that change annually.

 

Atwater Market

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Soak up the sun and fresh flowers and take a walk in the Atwater Market. Make sure you have your phone because this vegetation is one of the city’s most picturesque.

 

First Fridays

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Check out Montreal’s world renowned food truck culture during the weekly First Fridays festival.

 

Free Yoga

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Change things up and check out Parc Lafontaine’s free yoga classes! Namaste.

 

Beats & BBQ

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Feeling like a party? Check out Abreuvoire’s Beats & BBQ event! We can’t help but check out a party with free admission and chill house music.

 

What are your favorite free things to do in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below!