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Spotted: Blake Lively’s favourite spots in Montreal

Serena Van Der Woodsen is in town and exposing the Montreal gossip on the best donuts and more.

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Laura Osborne

Blake Lively is eating and drinking her way across Montreal and we are here for it.

Fresh off the heels of a sincere, public apology to a certain Royal, Blake has made her presence known in Montreal posting up a storm on Instagram. 

Because if you’re going to be sad, you might as well be sad in Montreal.

Piknic Électronik
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In a Tuesday morning Instagram story, Lively posted a picture of a box brimming with Bernie Beigne donuts, along with the caption:

"@berniebeigne has taken over my entire personality."

Following that, she shared another image where she was holding a large apple fritter with the message:

"Send help."

A third Instagram story features Blake at Café Alphabet which has become famous for its viral pink and green Freddo Amour drinks with the caption:

“ to top it off. Because instagram is my generation’s Zagat.”

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When it comes to mind-bending donuts and next-level cafés, Montreal has got it covered.

From the viral donuts that we’re addicted to Bernie Beigne to Café Alphabet's Freddo Culture, there's no end of choice—especially if you’re in Mile End.

Bernie Beigne
Photograph: Bernie Beigne

Bernie Beigne and Café Alphabet are both located in Mile End, the neighbourhood ranked 5th coolest in the world by Time Out. 

It may be small, but it has mega-swagger: With its restaurant rows, swank hangouts and a strong reputation for live entertainment in the city, the best things to do in the Mile End of Montreal are as many as they are varied. Just ask Dave Grohl or Joe Jonas.

Photograph: Two Food Photographers | Kabinet

Making up the northern section of the grander borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal, it’s known as one of the city’s trendiest neighbourhoods thanks to its music venues and festival grounds; a bevy of cafés with the best coffee as well as some of the best bakeries; and tons of iconic food ranging from decades-old standard-bearers of the best bagels to long line-inducing ice cream and its own share of the best restaurants.

St-Viateur Bagel & Café
Photograph: © Alice Gao/Commission Canadienne du Tourisme

It’s the combination of both new and old that make this such a fun neighbourhood an attraction worth visiting on a day trip or a night out.

Mile End
Photograph: Daphné Caron

Mile End is also home to the city's buzziest new restaurant, Oncle Lee—ranked one of the best global openings in 2024 and the only Canadian restaurant to make the World's 50 Best list—and it is definitely worth the hype.

Oncle Lee
Photograph: Laura Osborne for Time Out

But as a wise young woman once said, I don’t need advice, I need more donuts.

Here’s our advice: Bernie’s opens at 10 a.m. and you’ll want to get there early. And Blake, don't miss out on Montreal's most romantic café.

You can thank us later.


Photograph: Freddy Arciniegas

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