Summer is a great time to travel and see what the world has to offer. Summer is also a great time to stay put and hang out in the 514 because there’s so much going on. Luckily, our culinary scene allows us to do both. Here are three great stops in Old Montreal that will have feeling like you’ve left the city, even just for a night.

La Catrina

ubd5zfbgFew places in the world embody escape like Mexico. Whether you’re wading through the electric nightlife of Mexico City or relaxing on the beach with a cocktail in hand, Mexico has something for everyone. Montreal has no shortage of great Mexican restaurants but La Catrina, a recently opened Mexican eatery on de la Commune in Old Montreal, offers something truly spectacular. From an endless list of fresh homemade tacos to salads, guacamole and chips and so much more, authentic Mexican cuisine is closer than you think. Hidden under the restaurant you’ll find a bar serving inventive cocktails, wine and more. Give in to tequila at la Catrina and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation in no time!

Boho

amiktukwHaving recently celebrated their second year serving Miami-inspired drinks and food, Boho is the place to be when you want to experience the wild side of Montreal’s nightlife. Miami is an escape like nothing you can ever imagine and Boho completes your trip to the world where art-deco hotels of Ocean Drive are steps away from the hot sands of Miami beach. Boho keeps you cool with homemade popsicles that are then thrust into delicious cocktails (like the Pina Colada flavoured “Miami Vice”. Offering a full menu of delicious food from the neighbouring Venice MTL, Boho is the next best thing to actually being in Miami.

Riva

emfanyigTaking inspiration from the Cote d’Azur in the south of France, Riva is an escape into a world where the summer heat is embraced while we’re cooled in the shade of fanning palm tree leaves while sipping on spritz infused cocktails. Grab a bit from the delicately assembled menu to keep the hunger away because we can’t live on cocktails alone. Complete with a rolling Prosecco bar building into a retrofitted 1960s H Citroën, Riva is all you need to feel like you’ve made the great escape.