She does the City
Brooklyn (71 St-Viateur East) caters predominantly to coffee-breakers and work-lunchers. Well-dressed office folk, along with hip, young things (so, me? I’m just an undisclosed third category, I think) act as the café’s main clientele. The space itself is actually quite small, with only a few counter and window stools. Don’t be fooled by the delightful leather, cushioned and mid-century modern seating area filling half the shop: these are gallery pieces to be purchased, not sat upon with your cappuccino. Colourful and slightly hilarious woven lawn chairs line the sidewalk outside the café, where visitors are encouraged to sit out in the sun.
The menu changes with the season, and presently consists of pretty fabulous sandwiches and salads, featuring smoked trout and aubergine. Artichoke and spinach fondue dip tops the list of menu-things I want to shove in my mouth. Lunches range from $7 to $12, and Brooklyn also has a small breakfast menu with many attractive pastries. All manner of hot, espresso-based beverage are available, with lattes starting at $3.45. For a quick, delicious lunch and coffee to-go, Brooklyn is your joint.
Righteously labeled as Montreal’s hippest neighbourhood, the Mile End district has undeniably spawned a new level of cool to the city. An area heavily saturated in cultural diversity, this ‘hood harmoniously straddles old world charm with contemporary hipster appeal. It is an influential hub for all things cool, fostering to the city’s artistic community, as well as our renowned indie music scene. The Mile End certainly exudes creative energy; it is a mecca for the artistically inclined amidst numerous galleries, boutiques, and cafés, as well as the world’s best bagels.
The aura of the neighbourhood is certainly reminiscent of Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s hottest hipster district. Comparably, Williamsburg is an arty enclave, attracting “cool hunters” from all over. It houses a collection of unique indie venues that venerate both vintage and DIY. Most notably, the area is known for its laissez-faire artsy lifestyle, as well as its countless neo-rustic bars, eateries and relaxed cafés. Williamsburg is also home to one of the coolest shopping experiences in the entire city; Artists & Fleas is a weekly weekend bazaar, showcasing the works of unique artists, collectors and designers. The indie market brings together a community of creators in an ultra hipster-friendly warehouse.
With such cool similarities, it only made sense to introduce Mile End to Brooklyn…Brooklyn Café that is. The neighbourhood recently welcomed an exceptional little boutique café, offering everything from coffee, lunch and pastries to furniture. The one-of-its-kind space is a real gem; although it caters to 10 at a time, it is definitely a worthwhile visit. It is a culmination of Brooklyn’s hipster essence, a petite haven for foodies and art lovers alike. The charming interior is split between a food counter and a showroom filled with exclusive goods, ranging from vintage to plain out cool.