How is everyone’s Labour Day weekend going? Mine is actually quite boring; I have been at home doing work as I have several deadlines this month even though the new school year for me officially starts on Tuesday. Regardless, I managed to enjoy the outdoors by fitting in some long runs to the mountain here in Montréal — Mont Royal (Mount Royal for anglos) — to practise some long runs and hill work. I absolutely love the mountain, which is only about 3 kilometres from my home. I will share some photos of the mountain and park in the near future, so look out for a future post on Mont Royal.
As I mentioned, I have been working from home but about half, or perhaps more than half, of the time I like to work in cafés. There are some excellent cafés here in the city, with most providing free Wi-Fi for its customers — I know, we’re spoiled that we don’t have to pay for WiFi in cafés in Montréal unlike many cities in North America. So what usually happens is that I perch myself at a café all day which can be a nice reprieve from being holed alone in my apartment. There are so many great cafés in Montréal and I definitely have my favourites, but I also love discovering new ones. Last month, my friend and I were doing some vintage furniture shopping in The Village and we came across Pourquoi Pas Espresso Bar just north of the hustle and bustle of rue Sainte-Catherine.
We stumbled upon this very cute café on rue Amherst and I instantly fell in love. Pourquoi Pas Espresso Bar (“Why Not? Espresso Bar”) is definitely out of my usual route throughout the city, but if I lived in the neighbourhood I would definitely be hitting up this spot regularly. We also discovered the cutest shops on this street, which were less gauche than some of the store fronts that you can come across on Sainte-Catherine.
It was a sunny and hot day — we haven’t had too many of these seasonal summer days this year — so we ordered iced lattes which was made with almond milk for my drink since they didn’t have soy milk. This was quite a first: Almond milk instead of soy milk at a café! Wi-Fi is free, common for the city as previously noted, and coffee beans, snacks, and accessories are also on sale. Drop by and perch yourself at the windows that front rue Amherst, the best seats in the house.
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