Insider’s Guide: Montreal with
In this new series, we asked our in-the-know friends to give us a glimpse inside their favourite cities, adopted hometowns, and current locations. These Insider Guides will take you on a specially guided tour, stopping at our guest’s favourite spots, and hidden gems in food, drink, shopping, art and culture. Our collection of taste makers, artists, designers, and creative professionals will show you around their city, giving a local perspective that might not otherwise make it on the map so to speak.
By Lauren Walker- Lee
Vivi Towers, Content Creator & Fashion Assistant – Montreal @vivitowers
Originally from Columbia, Viviana Torres AKA Vivi Towers has spent the last decade in Montreal assisting veteran stylists Cary Tauben, Jay Forrest and Tatiana Cinquino, and working with brands like Vans, H&M, Frank & Oak and Mackage through her own content creation. Landing in Canada, Vivi’s first goal was to learn both English and French and pursue fashion, and there is no better spot to do all three than in the slice of Europe that is Montreal.
On why she loves Montreal:
“I love Montreal, and discovering it for the past ten years has been an amazing experience. I have gotten the chance to work with amazing brands, and meet inspiring people which led me to my mentor Jay Forrest. I’ve been working with him for 5 years and constantly keep learning and being inspired by him, the other creatives in the city, and Montreal’s magic.”
RESTAURANTS, CAFES, & BARS
This is hands down one of my favourite places in the city. It just has it all! It’s an americanized french diner with stunning decor and great brunch and dinner options. Their truffle pasta is to die for.
Arthurs Nosh Bar
This has got to be my favourite place for brunch in St-Henri! It’s a classic Eastern European restaurant that serves classic jewish dishes for brunch. The decor is pretty cool – lots of boho cool vibes. My favourite are the Syrniki (cottage cheese pancakes). They are FUEGOOO.
Definitely one of my favourite places on Van Horne Street. The décor is simply impeccable and their menu changes with each season. They have good breakfast, great coffee, and I personally love going for dinner or just to have a drink. Their wine selection is pretty well curated and their cocktails too.
FAVOURITE CULTURAL LANDMARKS
Located in the Old Montreal, aside from being a beautiful building, this place has tons of variety, from art galleries and shops to a cute coffee shop (they sell pretty good paninis and handcrafted smoothies). They also host the annual World Press Photo Expo and overall it’s a great place to discover Canadian culture.
This museum provides a visual history of Montreal, Quebec and Canada. There’s constantly great exhibitions – whether it’s historical, cultural, or modern art. Plus, their little restaurant has nice food options.
Mount Royal Park
Probably one of my favourite landmarks in the city, especially during summer time. Great place for picnics, long walks, or to go jogging. ‘TamTams’ on Sundays are also pretty cool – a place where you can appreciate the cultural diversity that represents Montreal.
BOUTIQUES OR SHOPPING AREAS
I am a big fan of jewelry, especially of unique places where I can find good statement pieces. This is one of my favourite boutiques in Montréal. The boho-Bali vibes and curated collections from local Montreal independent designers keep me coming back every time.
One of the coolest thrift stores in the Mile End. They have a great variety of classic & retro clothing from the early 90’s.
One of Montreal’s coolest shopping destinations, featuring luxury labels, emerging designers and streertwear brands for men and women. Their cafe on the fifth floor is pretty fuego! The decor is cool and I love their pressed juices.