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Touring Montreal's Cutting-Edge Designs

Annie Schlechter The lobby at Montreal's Hôtel Gault, designed by architects YH2.

Photo: Annie Schlechter

North America’s City of Light has made the jump from historic to hot, with a slew of stylish hotels, shops, and restaurants. Here, even laundromats compete for inspired design awards, in the aptly named contest Créativité Montréal.

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Inspired by: The Next Design City: Montreal — by Karrie Jacobs, Published Dec. 2005

Hotels (2)

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    Hôtel Gault

    The era of the minimalist design hotel may be drawing to a close, but this surprisingly affordable hotel shows no signs of losing its edge. There’s

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    Hôtel St. Paul

    The too-cool faux-hawked staffers at this über-chic boutique hotel might be off-putting if the rooms weren’t so stylish and comfortable. Playful fa

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Restaurants (4)

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    Joe Beef

    Chef-owners Frédéric Morin and David McMillan are the mavericks behind Joe Beef, a delightfully disheveled counterpoint to the city’s often oversty

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    Cluny Artbar

    Lunch on pressed charcuterie sandwiches at Cluny ArtBar, a funky little art gallery and café housed in a former foundry.

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    Olive & Gourmando

    Opened in 1998 as a bakery but then expanded into a café, Olive & Gourmando has a menu of sandwiches served on homemade bread, pastries encasing Va

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    Ristorante Brontë

Activities (7)

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    Pop! Bar à Vin

    This neighborhood wine bar has a stylish décor that evokes a ‘60s-era Danish living room (Wegner-style chairs, teak bookcases), plus a lively atmos

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    Belgo Building

    Set on an otherwise unappealing stretch of Rue Sainte-Catherine, the industrial-looking Belgo Building is an inauspicious hub for the city’s contem

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    Philippe Dubuc

    Dubuc made his name with his super-sleek men’s wear collections (in a palette that rarely strays far from black, gray, slate, or beige). At his fla

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    Couleurs Meubles et Objets

    Rue Saint-Denis, up in the Plateau, is the prettiest shopping street in the city, with pint-size boutiques tucked into gabled houses. At this basem

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    Adonis

    The supermarket is the winner of the People's Choice Award for design.

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    Espace Pepin

    This eclectic little boutique/art gallery showcases paintings by owner Lysanne Pepin, quirky jewelry, and a handful of well-priced bohemian women’s

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    Want Stil

    The shop features a well-curated assortment of clothing and artifacts

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