LA BELLE VILLE

While the coun­try cel­e­brates the big 150, Mon­treal, Canada’s chicest, most ro­man­tic des­ti­na­tion, com­mem­o­rates an even more im­pres­sive an­niver­sary: 375 years of cool cul­ture. Plan a week­end— ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the city’s most lux­u­ri­ous of­fer­ings— and see all the

The Kit - - THEKITCA - —Jil­lian Vieira

1. STAY Hô­tel le Ger­main Mon­tréal This Que­bec-owned bou­tique ho­tel in the heart of down­town knows no bounds when it comes to the lit­tle lux­u­ries: deluxe con­ti­nen­tal break­fast (hello, green smooth­ies!), an in-room yoga pro­gram in col­lab­o­ra­tion with home­grown brand Lu­l­ule­mon and, get this, no check out time. Use those ex­tra hours to dine at Lau­rie Raphaël, Daniel Véz­ina’s up­scale take on mod­ern Que­bec cui­sine. leg­ermain­ho­tels.com 2. BEAUTIFY Bota Bota Get your chill on at Mon­treal’s coolest spa, a full wa­ter cir­cuit lo­cated on a boat in the St. Lawrence River. Book one of the spa treat­ment regulars, or if your level of re­lax­ation in­volves do­ing ab­so­lutely noth­ing at all, curl up on a cro­cheted swing near a port­hole and take in the views. botab­ota.ca 3. SHOP M0851 Score a lo­cally made souvenir when you check out M0851, the city’s most fash­ion­able leather house. Nearly 90 per cent of the line is made in Canada by 50 skilled crafts­peo­ple so you can feel good tak­ing home that ul­tra-soft car­ryall tote. M0851.com 4. EAT Le But­terblume Tucked away at the edge of the Mile End, this spa­cious café gives off airy, Scandi vibes with its sim­ple, but thought­ful menu. Dishes like a poached- eggtopped radish tar­tine and quinoa salad with fresh­wa­ter pick­erel (along with a whole ar­ray of baked goods, in­clud­ing sea-salt-flecked choco­late chip cook­ies) make this spot a sat­is­fy­ing mid­day stop. lebut­terblume.com 5. SEE Aura For a to­tally new sen­so­rial ex­pe­ri­ence, head to Old Mon­treal’s Goth­icRe­vival-style Notre-Dame Basil­ica. Take a seat among the pews for a 20-minute ex­pe­ri­ence that fea­tures a rave- like light show high­light­ing the church’s epic ar­chi­tec­ture and a sound­track by lo­cal com­posers, fea­tur­ing 20 choirs and the Basil­ica’s mag­nif­i­cent or­gan. au­rabasilique­mon­treal.com 6. DRINK Brasserie le Pois Penché Nat­u­ral, or­ganic and bio­dy­namic wines dom­i­nate the ex­ten­sive wine list at this down­town haunt known for its sump­tu­ous seafood plat­ters. Don’t know your Loire Val­ley picks from your Côtes du Rhône? Ask the brasserie’s ul­tra­knowl­edge­able, France-born som­me­lier, Anne Mal­here, who can walk you through her favourites. lep­ois­penche.com

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