I've been reading the excellent posts in the threads of the other hounds visits to Montreal. I'm seeking a few things not recently discussed.
1. Artisan chocolate shops & good chocolat chaud places (not necessarily in the same location). I'm thinking similar to (if familiar) Marie Belle or M. Cluizel in Manhattan, with a touch of Li-Lac. Not gimmicky like Torres, or Prada-for-the-tongue like Richart (although they have their charms). Not flown in from Europe, nor Godiva, Leonides, Teuscher, LMC, Neuhaus, or some other chain I can find in NYC.
2. A neighborhood-ish place (not downtown) to sip good coffee on Sunday morning, langorously read the paper, have a bite of lovely omelette or fresh salad, and a bit of gentil people-watching - preferably outside, or with bright windows. Not noisy or hectic; not touristy. I’m sure there are a bunch – please say why you like yours!
3. fFne dining ($40 and up pp for 3 courses) of any cuisine that also focuses on organic/sustainable/locally-grown ingredients. BYO fine. Friendly and comfortable a plus – i.e., not pretentious about the ideology. Not “health food.” Do people still like Toque, Brunoise, and Les Chevres? What are some of the more recent additions to this slate?
I'll be staying in the Hotel Centre-Ville on blvd Rene-Levecque. Will willingly Metro myself great distances for interesting places (no car).