Righteously labeled as Montreal’s hippest neighbourhood, the Mile End district has undeniably spawned a new level of cool to the city. An area heavily saturated in cultural diversity, this ‘hood harmoniously straddles old world charm with contemporary hipster appeal. It is an influential hub for all things cool, fostering to the city’s artistic community, as well as our renowned indie music scene. The Mile End certainly exudes creative energy; it is a mecca for the artistically inclined amidst numerous galleries, boutiques, and Cafes, as well as the world’s best bagels.
The aura of the neighbourhood is certainly reminiscent of Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s hottest hipster district. Comparably, Williamsburg is an arty enclave, attracting “cool hunters” from all over. It houses a collection of unique indie venues that venerate both vintage and DIY. Most notably, the area is known for its laissez-faire artsy lifestyle, as well as its countless neo-rustic bars, eateries and relaxed Cafes. Williamsburg is also home to one of the coolest shopping experiences in the entire city; Artists & Fleas is a weekly weekend bazaar, showcasing the works of unique artists, collectors and designers. The indie market brings together a community of creators in an ultra hipster-friendly warehouse.
With such cool similarities, it only made sense to introduce Mile End to Brooklyn…Brooklyn Cafe that is. The neighbourhood recently welcomed an exceptional little boutique Cafe, offering everything from coffee, lunch and pastries to furniture. The one-of-its-kind space is a real gem; although it caters to 10 at a time, it is definitely a worthwhile visit. It is a culmination of Brooklyn’s hipster essence, a petite haven for foodies and art lovers alike. The charming interior is split between a food counter and a showroom filled with exclusive goods, ranging from vintage to plain out cool.
Photo courtesy of BouchePleine.com