Eat, drink and shop your way through this hip, emerging ‘hood
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 – BY SARAH TRELEAVEN
Explore “Mile-Ex,” an emerging ’hood where the quiet streets are lined with hipster-friendly businesses—which means plenty of craft brews, public art and beard oil.
High-Design Alleys Mile-Ex is known locally as the “architect’s quarter.” You’ll find out why if you venture south of Jean-Talon Ouest and west of Boulevard St-Laurent to see the ’hood’s hyper-modern alley homes and the delightful garden trail curated by green-space boostersEco Quartiers.
Quick Lunch Part convenience store, part lunch counter, Dépanneur le Pick Up is renowned for its pulled pork sandwiches. The outdoor picnic tables under mature trees make for an ideal lunch spot.
Classic Coiffeur A barber and grooming supply shop, Emporium embraces old-time traditions in a retro venue complete with low-hanging metal lamps and a mix of wood panelling. Get a haircut or straight-razor shave and stock up on products like high-end beard oil and moustache combs.
Coffee Stop The staff at minimalist coffee shop Dispatch Coffee works away like chemists behind galvanized steel counters, but the service is warm, the house-roasted coffee is smooth and the homemade Oreos are a must.
Sip and Savour A sleek and cozy brewpub based on an original 1975 concept by the current owner’s parents, Brasserie Harricana now includes a microbrewery with up to 41 beers and ciders on tap and a menu of comfort foods. A shelf in the back displays school sports trophies won by the staff.
Pop and Shop Open from May through October, Bar Alexandraplatz is a German-inspired bar and event space hosting seasonal music acts, food trucks and artisan booths. With local beers on tap and fresh fruit cocktails, it’s a perfect setting to while away an afternoon or evening.