BY: Sara Baron-goodman
ILLUSTRATION BY: Par Sam Island
Cité Multimédia may be known for its industrial turned office buildings—a generous handful of which are Allied-owned and -operated—but there’s more going on here than meets the eye. From its exciting new restaurants to its ideal location nested between trendy Griffintown and the European charm of Old Montreal, this canalside neighbourhood is at the centre of everything—and a perfect spot to soak up the beau temps.
1. WALK THE CANAL
A favourite stretch is within walking distance of Allied’s 111 Robert-Bourassa Boulevard. Start at Farine Five Roses, the iconic flour mill photo op; then amble all the way to Quai de l’Horloge in Old Montreal. Watch for classic Montreal sights like Habitat 67 and La Ronde along the way
2. MANO CORNUTO
988 Ottawa Street
Opened in 2019, this all-day Italian café swiftly shifted to takeout and a “cornicello” hornof- plenty-style mini-grocer. Stop by in the morning for fresh-from-the-oven focaccia and a jolt of espresso, or order in and get a three course meal for two. (Be sure to save room for the cannoli.)
782 Wellington Street
What was a convivial after-work haunt in the “before times” has pivoted to COVIDera alfresco picnicking along the canal. Monopole’s draw is their always-evolving natural-wine list, which the welcoming and knowledgeable owners will gladly help you navigate.
4. FLEURS & CADEAUX
1002 Saint-Urbain Street
It’s hard to make takeaway feel as special as dining out used to, but Fleurs & Cadeaux has risen to the challenge with their tidy menu of Japanese classics and expertly curated sake and wine lists. The head chef has even put together a playlist of lo-fi beats for your dining pleasure—just scan the QR code that comes with your order.
5. CENTRE PHI
315 Saint-Paul Street West
Centre PHI has it all: multi-sensory, multidisciplinary art exhibits and experiences plus a cutting-edge food lab. The main exhibition hall is open, and lately they’ve been lending out their kitchens to local BIPOC chefs for pop-ups. The experience is never the same twice.
6. LE PETIT DEP
179 Saint-Paul Street West
Amid the tacky souvenir shops that flank Old Montreal’s streets, Le Petit Dep is an oasis for locals and tourists alike. Behind its mint-green Wes Anderson–esque exterior, you’ll find baristas slinging espresso-based coffees, locally made foodstuffs and all manner of nice gifts.