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Pride with BIXI

Mood: Pride

An itinerary presented by Moodmap 

Pride comes in many forms. During this month of celebrations, it’s important to remember to be proud of who we are, no matter our age, sex and/or orientation. That being said, it’s also important to remind ourselves to take pride in the little things that surround us daily, like our city, for example. That’s why I’ve planned a day full of exploration that will lead you on an epic journey from Pointe-Saint-Charles all the way east (well, almost). It’s the perfect way to make the most of a beautiful summer’s day! 

10:00 AM – Treat Yourself at Goplana Bakery

Let’s start with an early-ish breakfast on the Lachine Canal. Steps away from Charlevoix metro, you’ll find this hidden gem of a Polish bakery, packed with all kinds of perfect picnic treats. Goplana’s got it all – ice cream, sandwiches, imported speciality products, the works! Here’s where we pick up a little healthy-enough breakfast – their homemade croissants and chocolatines are always hot and fresh first thing in the morning!

Pâtisserie Goplana, 2188 Rue Centre
Closest BIXI Station: Island / Centre

11:30 AM – Cruise Along The Lachine Canal

Take some time to admire the enchanting borders of Saint-Henri, the Atwater Market and Griffintown, or simply stop off and watch the water flow through the canal. What a way to cap off the morning! Sprawl out on a blanket and listen to some music, or invite some good company along for the ride. It’s a great way to discover the city without feeling too touristy.

12:30 PM – Delight in the Deliciousness of Patrice Patissier

Lunchtime is just around the corner, and we’re getting hungry. Let’s go! Ride on over to the other side of the Lachine Canal and we’ll find ourselves on Notre-Dame street. Between a parking lot and a dry cleaner, tucked away in a less-than-inviting building, is Patrice Pâtissier. Don’t let the name fool you – they have so much more than just sweets. The lunch menu varies, but each and every dish is guaranteed to satisfy even the biggest of foodies. And, while we’re here, why not have a bite of cheesecake or pie? Or maybe a soft, gooey cookie?

Patrice Pâtissier, 2360 Notre-Dame O.
Closest BIXI Station: Lionel Groulx Metro (Lionel-Groulx / Charlevoix)

*Note: we very well could have taking another route instead and picked up a picnic basket at Machiavelli, across from Goplana. It’s a French restaurant with one of the best hidden terraces in all of Montreal that serves amazing brunches, dinners and take-out picnic baskets for two (including a mason jar of sangria mix). But, since we want to cover ground and explore, we’ll keep moving!

Machiavelli, 2601 Rue Centre
Closest BIXI Station: Charlevoix Metro (Centre / Charlevoix)

Follow That Bike Path!

Now’s the time to hop on your BIXI and head east to get a glimpse of the Old Port’s glorious architecture. Look out for tourists, though – they tend to flock to the area! You might break a sweat biking up Berri, but a little exercise never hurt anyone, right? Bike through downtown and take a breather in the Village.

2:00 PM – Sunbathe at Sky

All this exercise is making us thirsty. Let’s drop off our BIXIs at the closest docking spot and head to the rooftop terrace at Sky, a little spot that offers us an amazing view of the Village, a Tiki bar and a few different, delicious takes on sangria (note: they only take cash). Whether you choose their blue (sweet), white (fruity) or red (classic) mix, it’s always nice to enjoy a glass of sangria under the sun with a good soundtrack. Once we’re done, we’ll hope on our BIXIs and head to our dinner destination!

Complexe Sky, 1474 Sainte-Catherine E. street
Closest BIXI Station : Alexandre-DeSève / Maisonneuve

6:00 PM – Refuel At Les Affamés

The bike path along Notre-Dame brings us all the way to Sainte-Catherine. A little past boulevard Pie-IX, we find the always-inviting Les Affamés. This little neighbourhood bistro offers so many tasty things to try. Whether it’s quail or a complex summer salad, everything is balanced and prepared to perfection. Don’t go overboard on the bread and try their three-course menu, which includes a delectable deer tartar (I’m a huge fan).

Les Affamés, 4137 Rue Sainte-Catherine E.
Closest BIXI Station: Lasalle / Ste-Catherine