#MTL / Marché Des Eclusiers


Originally opened in the summer of 2016 as a market for local farmers by the founders of super-hip brunch spot Fabergé in Mile-End, the Marché Des Eclusiers today is dedicated to showcasing the best products Quebec has to offer.  The marché brings together a community of producers, traders and consumers conscious of their diet, their ecological footprint and the sustainable development of local products such as veggies, fruits, fromage, jerky, skin care, and maple syrup.

Once you pass through the white arches, you can grab a spot along one of their benches, curl up in a plush sofa, or sink into one of their swings right along the water, facing the now defunct silos of Canada Malting that loom in the background like sad reminders of an era long gone.  The establishment consists of five different restaurants available on two levels, offering everything from smoothies & oysters to burgers & frites.

Least but not last: this be a dog-friendly spot. Pooches of all sizes and breeds are welcome with open paws.

Marché Des Eclusiers
400 de la Commune St W
Montreal, QC 
(438) 795-8265

HOSPITALITY // Digital Nomad Hotels


The idea of a hotel having a work-friendly space adjacent to the main lobby is far from novel.  

Free Wi-Fi, a sofa and a table or two is kind of a bare minimum situation for us most.  Not having it would be weird.  The odd time when I do happen to walk by that small table with a desktop computer, printer and a phone (or was it a fax?!), I stare at it in bewilderment as if it was some kind of pre-historic musem vignette reminding me of times past.  "Who would actually use that?" I wonder, as I ogle that sad lonely desk in a dimly lit corner of some far-off, forgotten room.

As a fellow digital nomad, mixing work with living space has become the norm not only just at home, but also in the places where I want to stay when I kick into full nomadic mode.  Especially when I intend on spending more than just a weekend, it's important that the space is not only conducive to work -- it's almost equally as important that the space be a gathering place for like-minded folk who are trying to change the world, how we work together, and how we connect to one another.

While renting an apartment on AirBnB is a great way to experience the local environment in a more authentic way, it doesn't exactly facilitate networking.  Enter the Community Hotel -- or Cooop Hotel, as it's sometimes also called --  a suitable alternative to digital nomads who want something more than just a local apartment. These "co-living" developments foster community building while offering a variety of rooming options ranging from shared bunk-beds to luxurious penthouse suites.  Typically the main floors are fully equipped with all of the modern technologies including flat screen TVs and projectors, in order to encourage group meetings and seminars.

The other bonus?  Despite their usually central location, the price ends up being 50-70% less than the average cost of staying at a hotel in a similar 'hood. 

Here are some of the best-in-class Community Hotels from around the world.

Paris, France - Mama Shelter
The Mama Shelter concept is a high-design and highly-affordable hotel that minimizes overhead while providing their guests everything they might need: iMacs in every room with integrated television, music and DVD controls, bathrooms with rain showers, heated towel racks, and Kiehl's products galore.  (View our original post here). mamashelter.com/en/paris 

New York City, New York -- Aloft
With more than 250 locations worldwide (including three in Manhattan alone), the Aloft Hotel group knows exactly how to mix work with fun.  Priding themselves on innovation by "bringing some of the coolest technology right into our lobby and rooms," and pool tables in every single location -- the Aloft experience is energetic and social.  aloftmanhattandowntown.com

Nunavik, Quebec -- Hôtel de la Coopérative de Kangiqsujuaq
Located in the heart of the village and near the airport, this co-op hotel includes 14 rooms and one shared kitchen for your convenience. Each room is equipped with a convenient workspace and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet acces, a mini-fridge, flatscreen television and private bathroom.  Perfect for those who want to get away from it all -- and get to work. quebecoriginal.com 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands -- citizenM
With 12 hotels worldwide (and growing), citizenM is making it personal.  Whimsical greetings adorn the walls, hallways and elevators, and you have so many options in your (very small, but efficient) room for lighting, music and media, you will immediately feel at home.  But the emphasis is on the common space which has many different areas and vibes for working, socializing, eating -- or all of the above.  citizenm.com/destinations/amsterdam/

San Francisco, CA -- The Red Victorian Hotel
Dating from 1904, this bohemian community hotel and hostel with a striking red facade is two blocks from Golden Gate Bridge.  Today it houses an intentional community that supports creatives to connect and be in action around impactful projects, with 22 residents working to build a rich commons, and a gathering place for revolutionaries, artists and travelers. embassynetwork.com/locations/redvic/ 

Montreal, Quebec -- Auberge Saint-Paul
With a firm reputation in the hotel industry, the Auberge Saint-Paul Hostel is the perfect place to meet people from around the world, and is a great base for discovering the city with its location across from the historic Marche Bonsecours at the Old Port.  aubergesaint-paul.com

OBSESSED // Cinema Lightbox


Big Lights, Bright Living Room
The new Color Changing My Cinema Lightbox lets you bring the charm of a bygone era into the present where we have, like, Netflix. Perfect for weddings or big parties, and a great way to splash some light into your home.

3-function LED Colors (white marquee, gradual color-changing, or hold the color on any solid color) // Includes 100 letters, numbers, and characters // Wall mounting option and USB input and cable Included // Requires 6xAA batteries (not included)
Available: fab.com

#MTL / Dolcetto & Co.


A rustic Italian wine bar, Dolcetto & Co. is a chilled out bistro perfectly situated for people watching on the central nerve of the heart of Old Montreal -- la Rue Saint Paul. The wine list has been carefully handpicked by the in-house sommelier and is privately imported by the owners. The simple menu is composed of tasty entrees such as grilled calamri and home-made lobster ravioli, paired with a main course of six delicious pizzettes (small pizzas), using strictly Italian charcuteries, cheeses, antipasta and -- my favorite -- foie gras. 

Dolcetto & Co.
51 Saint-Paul Sreet West
Montreal, QC
(514) 419-8522
Open Daily

#MTL / Skal Nuphar Boat House


A Floating House in the Old Port
Docked at the Old Port of Montreal, the Skal Nuphar is an multi-level boat house that can accommodate up to 16 people. With all the advantages of a lounge area, full kitchen, several decks and an upper deck wimming pool, the Skal Nuphar was renoveted in 2012 into a modern and bright floating house with freshly decorated compact rooms in black and white. Just like the Nuphar (a hardy and colourful aquatic plant) which thrives in both sun and shade in deep and calm water, the Skal Nuphar welcomes guests all year long.

Starting at $750 / night

NOSEY: Pantheon Of 100,000 Banned Books


The Parthenon of Books in Kassel, Germany is part of the Documenta 14 art festival.  Argentinian artist Marta Minujín, 74, has created a monumental replica of the Greek Parthenon from 100,000 copies of banned books. With the help of students from Kassel University, Minujín identified over 170 titles that were or are still banned in different countries around the world.  As a symbol against political repression, the full-scale Greek Pantheon has been built on a historic book burning site.

For more information: documenta14.de


WANT // Straw Saddle Bag by SOPHIE HULME


The world's ocean floor is increasingly becoming covered in plastic -- plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic rings, and plastic straws. Sophie Hulme cleverly incorporated a gold-plated straw into her structure saddle bag,  Because a woman's bag should be as practical as possible.

8" lLength x 7" Height x 3.5" Width
Leather. Made in Italy.  
Available at ssense.com