In my humble opinion, Montreal rivals New York and even Paris as one of the most cosmopolitan (yet down to earth) cities in the world. The city (and the people that live there) are so beautiful, and they have tons of amazing vegan restaurants and shops, including the incredibly popular eco-friendly accessories line Matt & Nat.
The first cozy dinner spot we ventured to was Invitation V. As soon as we walked inside this elegantly charming spot, we knew we had arrived. The waitstaff was incredibly friendly and provided excellent food and drink suggestions. The eclectic menu is inspired by the head chef's global travels and his belief that "vegan and healthy should not mean bland taste and no variety". I wholeheartedly agree.
The next morning we proceeded to Sophie Sucrée, a dreamy vegan café and confectionery. Cake Designer Milène Laoun named the bakery after her grandmother Sophie, who inspired Milène with her immense passion for creating divine confections. This legacy of love is baked into each delectable treat. My favorite is the Spinach and Almond Feta Puff Pastry...but really you can't go wrong. Ah, to be a regular here.
For lunch, we stopped by Aux Vivres, Montreal's first vegan restaurant. It's a brightly lit diner with super fresh tasty food. I love the Huevos Rancheros as well as the beautifully colorful Dragon Bowl. They also have a convenient adjoining shop which offers awesomely healthy vegan goods, including Aux Vivres' own pre-made meals.
Montreal is also home to a trendy new vegan grocery store, Antidote Comptoir Végane. It is also equipped with a cafe and juice bar along with nice comfy vibes.
Last but certainly not least, we landed at Café Venosa, a cat cafe with the sweetest adoptable felines and most scrumptious vegan food, drinks and Sophie Sucrée pastries. I would move in here if they'd let me.
Thanks for reading! If you have any recommendations for places to stop by next time I'm in Montreal, please let me know in the comments below. Au revoir!