A stroll on Bernard Street

November 11th, 2016

At the northern edge of Mile End, charming Bernard Street (which changes into an avenue as it passes from the Plateau into Outremont) welcomes us with wide sidewalks, furnished with benches and planters, and lined with restaurants and small shops. Several cultures form an intriguing mix in this quiet corner of the city— in other words, it's a typical Montreal street!

 

RESTAURANTS

Le Pier 66

This restaurant, which opened last March, specializes in fish and seafood. With its French bistro style and shellfish platters, you might easily imagine yourself at the seashore. Oysters, smoked fish, tartares, fish paté and mousse are also on the menu, depending on fresh market arrivals. You can also simply drop in for drinks or buy fresh products to take away from their counter.

Info: 514 903-6696 | 361 Bernard Street West | lepier66.com

 

Pinokio

Le Petit Italien was redesigned last spring and given a new name, Pinokio. Rest assured that although the decor was updated by Zebulon Perron, they still serve authentic Italian cuisine, especially pasta and risotto. We appreciate Quebec accents like duck confit from Lac-Brome served with penne, or pappardelle with Quebec leg of lamb. Also keep an eye out around town for Pinokio's food truck.

Info: 514 278-0888 | 1265 Bernard Avenue | pinokio.ca

 

L'Gros Luxe

Installed in Mile End since the summer of 2014, L'Gros Luxe is known for integrating into every neighbourhood in which it operates. You'll feel at home seated on their comfortable sofas and enjoying friendly service. The menu offers fresh, homemade, affordable comfort foods: a variety of tacos, burgers, grilled cheese, poutine and rich desserts. Their cocktail list is also worth the detour, and note that they serve brunch on weekends.

Info: 514 507-8883 | 150 Bernard Street West | lgrosluxe.com

 

Les Enfants terribles

A popular neighbourhood spot since opening in 2008. The atmosphere is cozy, lively and casual, a match for the rough-hewn wood decor. Treat yourself to brasserie menu classics ranging from housemade cured meats, to flank steak, shepherd's pie and fish & chips. Their brunch menu includes a few house specialties and take the time to delve into their extensive wine list. Good to know: they stay open later on show nights at Théâtre Outremont.

Info: 514 759-9918 | 1257 Bernard Avenue | jesuisunenfantterrible.com

 

La Cuisine d'Izza

For a year and a half, this restaurant with a vivid, Majorelle blue interior has served up traditional Moroccan cuisine. Many treasures are found on their menu, with aromas of orange blossom, honey, cumin, coriander and saffron, in dishes like Moroccan couscous and tagines, kofta, pastilla and braised lamb shepherd's pie. Mediterranean wines and signature cocktails like mint tea mojito are offered to accompany your meal. On the weekend, try their Middle Eastern brunch.

Info: 514 490-4222 | 228 Bernard Street West | lacuisinedizza.com

 

Pizzéria No 900

Lodged in the Théâtre Outremont, this is an ideal destination for dinner before a show. The interior is bright and welcoming, and their wood-fired oven will delight pizza fans. Appetizers include delicate mozzarella di bufala and burrata, and for dessert you can enjoy cannoli or tiramisu. All to be accompanied by red or white Italian wine, of course! The restaurant has also a food truck and several new locations.

Info: 438 386-0900 | 1248 Bernard Avenue | no900.com

 

Helm

This Mile End microbrewery features Quebec products. From the grain in their beers to the ingredients in their meals, their menu is local and sustainable. Nine different beers are brewed on site, not counting several special brews listed on the blackboard. Glutenberg and Brisset beers are also available, as well as wine, cider and other alcohols. On the menu, try the pork schnitzel balls with Esplanade beer, the deer cheeseburger, or hot chicken braised in Du Parc beer.

Info: 514 276-0473 | 273 Bernard Street West | helmmicrobrasserie.ca

 

L'Assommoir

Old stones, wood, steel and leather create a warm, cozy atmosphere. The cocktail menu is worth the trip all by itself, as their mixologists can concoct more than 250 original cocktail recipes. Those who prefer beer or wine are not neglected either. To accompany your drinks, opt for their famous planks of cheeses, cured meats or tapas to share, unless you prefer poutine or tartare. Depending on the evening, music may be provided by a DJ or a live band.

Info: 514 272-0777 | 112 Bernard Street West | assommoir.com

 

Thaïlande

A pioneer of Thai cuisine in Montreal, this restaurant is a favourite among aficionados. The menu offers rich dishes flavoured with coconut milk, ginger and other spices, with many house specialties, to take you on a culinary voyage. Fans of spicy food will be delighted, but more delicate palates will also find plenty to enjoy. A few wines and cocktails are offered to accompany your meal.

Info: 514 271-6733 | 88 Bernard Street West | restaurantthailande.ca

 

Also noted: La Rouladerie, Le Dépanneur Café, Café Souvenir and Bistro La Closerie for a snack, either a coffee with a sweet treat or a quick lunch. Travel back in time at Lester's Deli, which has served smoked meat sandwiches and burgers since 1951! Finally, stop in at El 77 for Peruvian food to take out.

 

SHOPS

Food

Les 5 saisons

This fine grocery store is a good place for daily shopping, but also a good bet when you are searching for gourmet European foods. For example, they offer a wide choice of olive oils and vinegars, as well as rose and orange blossom flower water for flavouring pastries. Other sweets include a large array of chocolate bars and cocoas, and Speculoos cookies. For last minute gifts, boxes of Godiva chocolates are available for the holidays. Finally, take advantage of their catering section for takeout meals and, weather permitting, you can snack outdoors at St-Viateur Park, located beside the store.

Info: 514 276-1244 | 1180 Bernard Avenue | les5saisons.ca

 

Yannick fromagerie

Cheese lovers will be thrilled by Quebec cheeses as well as arrivals from France, Italy and Spain, not to mention genuine Normandy butter, a rarity in Montreal! You will find some useful cheese utensils, including real Opine knives, as well as fine food products including exclusive imports, like Papillon olive oil, Pineau des Charentes vinegar and Sacchi products made from truffles. Special products for the holidays arrive day by day.

Info: 514 279-9376 | 1218 Bernard Avenue | yannickfromagerie.ca

 

Un amour des thés

White, green, yellow, oolong, black, chaï... Fans of loose leaf tea will find more than 260 exceptional varieties of tea from around the world. One can also buy teapots, cups and tea accessories, and even sip tea on site, at one of their two small tables. You may bring your own reusable containers to be filled with tea.

Info: 514 279-2999 | 1224 Bernard Avenue | amourdesthes.com

 

Dolce & Gâteaux

Delicious cupcakes and cakes, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth. They have a small tearoom and coffeehouse with a few tables, but they can also take your orders for special events.

Info: 514 270-7057 | 27 Bernard Street West | dolcegateaux.com

 

L'Autre-Monde

A perfect place for gourmet gifts, whether of privately imported coffee, tea, chocolates and gourmet delicatessen products, or porcelain cups. The shop offers a wide selection of Berger lamps, perfect to offer as hostess gifts or for a cigar smoker, for example.

Info: 514 273-1237 | 371 Bernard Street West | facebook.com/lautremonde.ca

 

Also noted: Boulangerie Capucine et Tournesol, which sells bread made with 100% whole grain flour ground on site. Additionally, all their products are sweetened with fruit purée. In short, their mission is: sugar-free and unbleached, but not gluten-free. For takeout only.

 

Fashion, Household and Gifts

Bodybag by Jude

If you want to encourage local design, take note that this boutique is also the workshop where all the clothes on the racks are made. They sell ready-to-wear, modern, feminine styles, with seasonal variations, of course. They also offer bespoke creations for your galas or weddings. You can also find jewelry by other designers to complement your outfit.

Info: 514 274-5242| 17 Bernard Street West | boutique.bodybagbyjude.com

 

Safran

Here is a place to discover good gift ideas for the women in your life: clothing, pillows, candles, linens, towels, perfumes, jewelry, soaps, creams, and decorative objects, all in a refined, cozy style, to encourage comfortable cocooning.

Info: 514 271-0042 | 1116 Bernard Avenue | boutiquesafran.com

 

Bijoux l'inédit

Originality comes first! The costume jewelry and accessories sold in this shop are from Europe and America and many of their items mix style and materials. This is the place to find unusual, unique jewelry, sure conversation starters, but never fear, they also carry a variety of styles for any occasion.

Info: 514 658-8442 | 1226 Bernard Avenue | bijouxlinedit.com

 

Moutarde

Mustard boutique offers furniture and other items for the home, including table and bed linens, lamps, tableware, ambient scents and bathrooms accessories, in refined and timeless styles. You may also call on their interior design service, which can manage both residential and commercial projects.

Info: 514 272-1212 |1282 Bernard Avenue | moutardedecor.com

 

Comme des enfants

For special gifts for little ones, from infants up to age 10. This spacious and uncluttered shop offers attractive, high-quality clothing from Europe and the United Stated, wooden toys, including some made in Quebec, decorative objects, including a good selection of mobiles, and books.

Info: 514 564-8334 | 122 Bernard Street West | commedesenfants.com

 

Boutique Citrouille

A cornucopia of wooden toys! Educational games, figurines, cubes, trucks and train sets, all made of wood rather than plastic. In addition, the store, previously on Laurier Street West, also offers costumes, musical instruments, dolls, puzzles, puppets, in short everything you need for gifts under the tree.

Info: 514 948-0555 | 1126 Bernard Avenue | shop.boutiquecitrouille.com

 

Also noted: strange but true, Bilboquet, the ice cream shop, will once again transform into a popup shop selling fur and leather goods by local brand Harricana par Mariouche. However, they will also continue to sell ice cream all winter, in containers of various sizes. Additionally, a new gallery and art boutique, Bref, opened recently.