It's no secret that L'Avenue du Plateau is a Montreal institution when it comes to generously proportioned brunch plates at a fair price. Even in this negative double-digit weather this winter, we still witness hour long lineups of faithful Canada Goose coats outside their door. Known for its large portions and Eggs Bennies with duck confit, L'Avenue is a must-do for brunch but is equally gifted at lunch with burgers and club sandwiches that are sky high.
922, avenue du Mont-Royal Est
Sid Lee's transformation of an old river ferry into a world class luxury floating spa-boat is definitely nose-worthy. Docked in the Old Port with former factories as a backdrop, the story of the Bota Bota boat begins in the 1950's when it served as a ferry between Sorel and Berthier, Quebec, until eventually it was renamed L'Escale in 1967 when it became a show boat for the next few decades.
Fast forward to 2008 when the Emond family purchased the then retired ferry with the dream of transforming it into a floating spa. Opened in 2010 after a massive metamorphosis, Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau offers a full gamut of health and beauty treatments: steam rooms, Finnish saunas, a Nail Bar, massage therapy, facials, manis and pedis, to name but a few.
Their restaurant, L'Auberge sur la Route, also doesn't hold back. With a Michelin-starred chef Éric Gonzalez at while enjoying unobstructed views of of the St Lawrence.
Old Port of Montreal
Corner of McGill and de la Commune Ouest
Local architect Manuel Aires Mateus has transformed this former 18th century home into a quiet, nirvana-esque hotel of only 6 suites nestled among some of Lisbon's most prized attractions and monuments. With the Pantheon, the Feira da Ladra, and the Castelo São Jorge at its doorstep, the Santa Clara 1728 welcomes guests to a soothing palette of warm neutrals, natural stone, and a minimum of furniture, punctuated with the odd 17th century painting and views of the Tagus river.
Santa Clara 1728
Campo de Santa Clara 128
+351 934 418 316
Available at unicornsareawesome.co