TRAVEL: A MONTREAL SHOPPING GUIDE

Jared and I recently took a little venture up to Canada. We visited Nova Scotia, Quebec City (the dreamiest of cities), and Montreal. We fell in love with Quebec City's 400 year old history and its sheer beauty. Every time I looked up, I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't actually in France. Montreal, as well, had the authentic French culture with an added spice of fashion, art, and quirkiness. 

I had no idea where to even start in Montreal.

First, I knew I had to ressurect the French I learned 20 years prior. 

Second, we had to choose where to stay: Old Montreal, Downtown, or Le Plateau/Mile End. We chose Le Plateau because its known for its shopping, coffee, diverse culture, restaurants and bagels. Yes, famous 24 hour bagel shops. We stayed one block from the popular Schwartz's Deli on Saint Laurent Boulevard. 

Third, we had such little time, I needed a plan for shops to visit. I decided to reach out to someone that would know best, Montreal blogger, Marie-Eve Vallieres. We hit up a few of her suggestions in the limited time that we had. What I loved about Montreal's shopping was finding local brands in all the stores. Here are a few stores that we visited:

 (I found a lot more stores that we liked and I'll note them at the bottom of this post.)

 

LA PETITE GARÇONNE

I loved this store. It felt like Old Paris with a modern, sophisticated edge. And talk about shoe envy. There were quite a few brands that I recognized and also local designers such as Matt & Nat, an ethical vegan Montreal based handbag and accessory line.

La Petite Garconne Wall
La Petite Garconne
La Petite Garconne
La Petite Garconne
Matt & Nat
La Petite Garconne Suitcase

 

GENERAL 54

The whole feel of General 54 was lovely. They had everything from candles, accessories, clothing and some of the best simplistic jewelry by Vancouver based, Kara Yoo. Click here to see the labels sold at General 54.

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General 54
General 54 Rings
General 54 Rings
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General 54 floor

 

UNICORN

This was another store that showcased local designers. I was drawn more to the jewelry than anything else. They carried super creative pieces.

UNICORN FRONT
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Unicorn bag
Unicorn Necklaces
Unicorn Montreal
Unicorn Hats
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Unicorn Earrings

 

IBIKI

Ibiki brought modern street fashion to life. Its clean, white interior was filled with modern sporty styles in conjunction with oversize shirts, sweaters, jackets and bags. Black and white everywhere. I loved their limited addition Nike Sportswear shoes. Shoe lust, once again.

Ibiki
Ibiki
Ibiki Montreal
Ibiki
Ibiki

OTHER NOTEABLE MENTIONS TO VISIT:

  • Mylène B
  • Citizen Vintage
  • Editorial
  • Vestibule
  • Annex Vintage
  • Simons (their department store but we found some cute things there)
  • Aritizia
  • Boutique Mousseline
  • Frank & Oak (men's)

Well that's it for now. I could do another post just on the places we ate. Montreal has AMAZING restaurants. If you end up visiting Montreal, message me and I can give a few suggestions. Til next time...

 
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TRAVEL: NORTH ISLAND NEW ZEALAND

I recently shared about Jared and I's trip to his homeland of Sydney, Australia. If you missed it, click here. After the Land Down Under, we decided to hit the north island of New Zealand in 3.5 days and drink gallons (may be an exaggeration) of their coffee along the way.

We rented a car in Auckland (my favorite of the cities we visited). After a day of shopping on Ponsonby Road, we traveled east to Mt.Maunganui at Bay of Plenty. It was a dream beach. Then we traveled south through Rotorua and Lake Taupo and the beautiful forest parks of the North Island only to land in the wonderful city of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. 

AUCKLAND

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Ponsonby Aukland New Zealand

DIZENGOFF - FAVORITE BREKKY IN NZ

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Dizengoff_Aukland_New_Zealand
So grateful for this right now
Ponsonby Street Aukland New Zealand

KATE SYLVESTER

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Kate Sylvester was one of my favorite shops to peruse through in Auckland. Kate is a NZ native designer who mixes conceptual designs with modern femininity.

The last collection was inspired by Jane Ayre and Marilyn Monroe. The inspiration she drew from when I was there was from a book called The Luminaries by Elenore Catton (based out of NZ).

Her earrings below are a native flower, the clematis. Everything she created had such thought put into it.

Kate Sylvester Aukland New Zealand
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Kate Sylvester_Aukland_New Zealand

KAREN WALKER'S HOMELAND.

Karen Walker Aukland New Zealand

DANTES PIZZERIA

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The Lane Aukland New Zealand
Dantes Pizza Aukland New Zealand
Dantes Pizza Aukland New Zealand

LONELY

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Lonely_Aukland_New Zealand

WIDDESS

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Widdess_Ponsonby Street_Aukland
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NEW ZEALAND'S PIT STOPS - NOT TOO SHABBY

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The landscape from Auckland to Wellington was out of this world. One minute we were in a beachy town, then we came upon a Maori town, Rotorua, that smelled like sulfur from miles away. Next, we saw one of the most beautiful lakes with cascading mountains in the background. As we drove around it, we came upon a desert...only to see the snow capped mountains that were once in the background. And Wellington, it's a lovely city with a great artistic vibe. It's one of the few places on the north island that Lord of the Rings taped.

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MOUNT MAUNGANUI

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LOCAL STORES AND CAFES

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Mt.Maunganui_New Zealand

WELLINGTON

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FIDEL'S CAFE - BREKKY SPOT

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CUSTOMS BREW BAR

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Supreme Coffee

KARAKE CAFE

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Wellington_New Zealand

Thanks for traveling through the north island of New Zealand with me. Til next time. 

 
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AUSTRALIA AND BEYOND

Oh Australia. How I love you. I was recently able to take a "holiday" to Sydney, Australia. It's a place most Americans dream of visiting and let me tell you, it met all of my expectations. Between the food, sites, beaches, coffee, weather, and people...it is a dream. Any place that uses the word "shire" to explain where the locals are from has to be cool.

I have to be honest, I was way more "in the moment" on this holiday (as it should be)...so the camera didn't get picked up a lot. It was non stop and I'm so glad I soaked in everything that I did. Here are just a few mentions of some of the places Jared and I visited on our trip to his homeland. 

Tangara Sydney Zoo Downtown View
The walkway my hubby grew up by: The Esplanade, Cronulla.

The walkway my hubby grew up by: The Esplanade, Cronulla.

BONDI TO BRONTE COASTAL WALK

This walk is six kilometers of beautiful beaches. Each time we rounded a corner, I couldn't believe what was in front of me.

Bronte Beach - Sydney Australia
Places to visit in Sydney Australia - Tamarama Beach
Places to visit in Sydney Australia - Tamarama Beach
Places to visit in Sydney Australia - Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk
Sydney Australia Restaurants
Places to visit in Sydney Australia - Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk
Places to see in Sydney Australia - Tamarama Beach Cliff
Sydney Australia - Bondi Icebergs
Sydney Australia - Bondi Beach
Tamarama Beach - Sydney Australia

NEWTOWN

Newtown is a trendy little area with multi-cultural restaurants and lots of shopping. I loved the variety of shops...they had plenty of vintage stores and then "not your norm" high-end fashion mixed with affordable trendy stores.

Sydney Australia Places to Visit - Newtown
Sydney Australia Places to Visit - Newtown

MAPLE

Maple - Shopping in Sydney Australia
Maple - Shopping in Sydney Australia
Maple - Places to shop in Newtown Sydney Australia
Maple - Shopping in Sydney Australia

THE BRONZE SNAKE SHOP

The Bronze Snake Shop - Shopping in Sydney Australia

Lots and lots of stripes and torn short shorts at The Bronze Snake Shop. Everyone in Newtown had a bag from this place and once I got there I realized why...unbelievably affordable!

The Bronze Snake Shop - Acme jean shorts
The Bronze Snake - Shopping in Sydney Australia

THE COLLECTIVE ENSEMBLE

The Collective Ensemble - Shopping in Sydney Australia
The Collective Ensemble - Shopping in Sydney Australia
The Collective Ensemble - Places to shop in Sydney Australia
The Collective Ensemble - Shopping in Sydney Australia

THE VINTAGE DRAWER

The Vintage Drawer - Shopping in Sydney Australia
The Vintage Drawer - Shopping in Sydney Australia

COOKIES + MILK

Cookies + Milk -  Coffee and treats Sydney Australia
Cookies + Milk -  Coffee and treats Sydney Australia
Cookies + Milk - Newtown Sydney Australia
Cookies + Milk -  Coffee and treats Sydney Australia

DOWN THE COAST

We took a trip south and visited a dream of mine, the Sea Cliff Bridge, along the way. We proceeded to the quaint little town and beaches of Milton. 

Sea Cliff Bridge - South Coast NSW Australia

We spent a surreal afternoon at the family owned Cupitt's Winery. Everything about this place felt like I was back in Italy -- from the refreshing breeze, acres of lush land, the chill jazz band, homemade wine, olives, restored wood, and the feeling of community.

Cuppit's Winery - Must go places in Australia
Cuppit's Winery - Must go places in Australia
Cuppit's Winery - Must go places in Australia
Cuppit's Winery - Must go places in Australia

After a swim at Narrawallee Beach one day, we grabbed a Lamington and a fabulous coffee at Coastal Indulgence in downtown Milton. Dreamy coastal stores.

Narrawallee Beach - South Coast NSW Australia
South Coast NSW Australia Beach
Milton - Shopping in South Coast NSW Australia
Milton - Shopping in NSW Australia
the sea will set you free pillow
marble and wood cutting board and tie dye
Ceramic cups - Milton - Shopping in NSW Australia

I had to grab a Frankie magazine. And if anyone knows my life theme "I am enough for today"...you know why I had to grab this Peppermint as well. 

Frankie and Peppermint Magazines

GOOD FOOD MATE

As with any holiday, life revolves around food. Every visitor has to try the traditional Aussie treats like meat pies, sausage rolls, pavlova, acai bowls, etc. Here are a few of the places we visited. 

Australia's must eat foods - meat pies
Australia's Must Eat Foods - Acia Bowl
Meat pie and sausage roll
The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf
The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf
Decorate Shelf The Theatre Bar

This tea drinker drank about 4 cups of coffee a day because the difference in their quality of coffee blew me away. HAM and Grind were the favs.

Thank you Carla Grosetti for the pics. I drank the flat white and ate my muesli so fast...I forgot the pics. 

Thank you Carla Grosetti for the pics. I drank the flat white and ate my muesli so fast...I forgot the pics. 

Coffee at HAM - Cronulla Australia
HAM - Cronulla Australia

That's it for now. So many more things I could post...ahh! Be sure to check out the next post where I show off our New Zealand trip!

 
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