Montréal: Hip addresses

If you’re planning a quick jaunt to Montréal, take note of some of the city’s hippest addresses in the Griffintown neighbourhood. Restaurants, cafés, bistros, art galleries, shopping -- our musts during a business trip to the metropolis.

Oct 24, 2011
By
Myriam Gagnon

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WHERE TO SHOP: DECOR

Ludovik
This is the address interior designers head to when they can’t find what they’re looking for anywhere else. The store, laid out like an apartment, offers furniture, fixtures and objects with a "sixties vibe, a bit kitsch but always chic" for which the owner, Benoit Lacas, has a weakness. The star feature: the works of New York ceramist and decorator Jonathan Adler. (248 rue de la Montagne, 514 678-6617, ludovik.ca)

Celadon Collection
We go for the sublime Farrow & Ball paints, bed linens, rugs or Calvin Klein Home accessories. We leave with a beautiful lacquered box, a Chinese-style clay horse or even a Celadon Basics sofa in ultrasuede for $2,300! (186 Peel Street, 514 932-3306, celadoncollection.com)

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We’re indebted to interior designer Christian Bélanger for this merry bazaar, where Philippe Starck baccarat glasses, Saint-Gregoire Adirondack-style garden chairs, high-tech Italian lighting and Isle-aux-Coudres braided rugs all coexist. Not to mention local creations, notably those of Marie Saint Pierre (bed linen, cushions) and eco brand A Hauteur D’Homme. Despite the somewhat discreet entryway, don’t hesitate to go on in. You’ll receive a friendly welcome. (696 William Street, Room 101, lesarchives.ca)

WHERE TO SHOP: CLOTHING

E.R.A. Vintage Wear
In the category of girly chic, you can’t do any better than this vintage clothing shop run by Elaine Léveillée. Its niche: evening dresses with impeccable finishing touches, mirroring the runway trends. No wonder the place is frequented by people from Marc Jacobs and Lanvin Paris, Toronto stylists and celebrities visiting Montreal, including Charlotte Gainsbourg. (1800 rue Notre-Dame West, 514 543-8750)

Salvation Army
The main Salvation Army store is located in Griffintown. So it’s here that we find the largest selection and the best collection of clothing, sorted by color. Open until 9 pm on weekdays. (1620 rue Notre-Dame West, 514 935-7427)

WHERE TO HEAR: MUSIC

Space 64
One the last Friday of every month, the place turns into a modern jazz club, with a real intimate feel. Bands of all styles hit the stage: gypsy, swing, fusion, standard, Cuban, etc. Seeing travelling oldtimers or talented newcomers up close is a unique experience. Owner Madeleine Murphy’s smiling presence is also a pleasure. She guides the uninitiated, offers them some juice, explains the evening’s lineup and presents the musicians. A must! (64 Prince Street, lespace64.com)

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