Cafe Parvis Montreal

With its distressed, cucumber green walls, dangling foliage, communal tables, and amber glassware, Café Parvis feels so quintessentially Montreal that it became a new obsession after returning to the city. Conveniently hidden from Ste. Catherine foot traffic and currently tucked behind a mass of construction, its a place you'll find locals grabbing a croissant and cafe to-go, relaxing in the sun while tackling emails, or meeting for a casual bite. (read more...)


Relaunch of chic little city (2015 edition)

Why hello again…

It’s been just over five years since chic little city first started, although admittedly it’s been a neglected soul-of-a-blog for the last two, with work and graduate studies taking precedence and sending us internationally, out of the city’s reach. But now, converging back onto our favourite town and stumbling upon all the fantastic new places/restaurants/boroughs has become an adventure of the best kind. So here we are again, hoping to channel that inspiration before life gets in the way, and hoping you’ll join us on our fresh start!

To kick things off (and because one of the things we missed most about Montreal was its legendary café culture), we decided to feature nine of our favourite new local cafés… the kind of places you’d go to spend a lazy afternoon reading a book, the New York times on Sundays, or meet for a long talk with great friends. We hope you’ll enjoy and send any other recommendations our way...

Happy caffeinating!

#9days9cafes #mtlcafecrawl


Hof Kelsten Montreal

Jeffrey Finkelstein knows good bread. With a roster of big-named, internationally acclaimed restaurants (El Bulli, French Laundry, Noma... to name a few) on his list of former work establishments, its no wonder why this young chef has made significant headway into the hearts (and bread-baskets) of Montreal's favourite restaurants. Chasse et Peche, Lemeac, Joe Beef, and Nora Gray are just a few of the places that appear to rely on this talented purveyor's crisp-when-broken, moist-when-chewed product to singlehandedly bridge the meals of loyal clients through the night... (read more)



The other night my girlfriends and I ventured out to Mme Lee, the revamped former Jello Bar whose dramatically transformative - and much welcome - 21st century face-lift has, of late, attracted quite the crowd. "Its sort of cosmic-industrial..." we concluded, with the design now featuring angular, weighty structural accents and futuristic filament lighting that seemed to reference Yayoi Kusama's mirrored infinity rooms and a stereotypical subway station all at once. (read more...)


Le Vin Papillon Montreal

A venerable addition to Little Burgundy’s carefully cultivated strip of big culinary players comes by way of David McMillan and Fred Morin, the celebrated chefs behind Joe Beef and Liverpool House who have been hailed by Montreal food critics and restaurant-goers for years. Le Vin Papillon, their new restaurant and winebar that opened a few months back (and just so happens to share its walls with one of my favourite local cafes, Lili + Oli) scores them a well-deserved hat trick for combining great atmosphere, food, and wine into one carefree, relaxed evening. (read more...)