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Are you headed to Québec and looking for the best coffee and shops in the best neighbourhoods? Who better to guide you than #MTLCafeCrawl creator and Instagrammer @InayAli aka Ali Inay. Ali is a Montreal-based travel, lifestyle and food photographer… who loves coffee (see: @mtlcafecrawl).
Known around the world for his beautifully curated photos, Ali’s photography has lead him to work for brands/organizations such as Destination British Columbia, Tourism Montreal, Tourism Kingston, LG, Sony, Air Canada, NBA Canada, Project Montréal, and Honda to name a few. And with over 90,000 followers on his Instagram @Inayali, and over 30,000 people using his hashtag #MTLCafeCrawl, this well-versed photographer can show you a thing or two about what is cool in and around Québec. That being said, we reached out to Ali to learn about his top 10 spots in Québec to help us all plan our next trip to the vibrant province.
What: Fast food that is healthy.
Where: 4177 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y7, Canada
Why: This is the best healthy fast food spot in Québec. Great food, friendly service and has a lot of that iconic Montréal character.
What: A farmers market filled with locally made awesomeness.
Where: 7070 Avenue Henri-Julien, Montréal, QC H2S 3S3, Canada
Why: The market features fresh produce and changing offers throughout the year. Bonus: There are so many yummy samples!
What: A hip neighbourhood filled with awesome cafés and shopping.
Where: Saint-Roch, Québec City, QC
Why: Ali’s go-to area in Québec City featuring lots of new cafes, boutiques and restaurants. It’s an ever-evolving facade of Quebec City.
What: Looking for a shot of culture? Head to the MNBAQ museum to see the best curation of art in Québec.
Where: Québec City, Québec G1R 5H3, Canada
Why: Pictures of this museum are all over Instagram due to the striking architecture and amazing art collections.
What: Explore the best of the Laurentian mountains in this beautiful National Park.
Where: Québec, Canada
Why: Québec has lots of amazing parks, but this park is extra special. If you are a fan of the outdoors, kayaking and awesome views this the spot for you.
What: A quirky local favourite with only eight tables so be sure to call ahead.
Where: 46 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Ville de Québec, QC G1K 3A6, Canada
Why: The perfect blend of Québec’s dynamism, culinary culture and tradition.
What: A great place for a) a photoshoot b) flora and fauna fans or b) a break from it all.
Where: 91 Rue Notre Dame, Rivière-Éternité, QC G0V 1P0, Canada.
Why: This national park is one of the most photogenic spots in Québec. You can come here to get away for a couple days and enjoy one of the many things to do like camping, hiking and kayaking.
What: A park on an island east of downtown Montréal, right in the middle of the iconic Saint Lawrence River.
Where: Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montréal, QC H3C 4G8, Canada
Why: An easy way to escape the city and enjoy some fresh air. PLUS: Go here to attend one of the many festivals happening in the city such as Osheaga and Heavy Montréal.
What: Hipster paradise. A great place to grab a bite and meet locals.
Where: 5605 Avenue de Gaspé, Montréal, QC H2T 2M1, Canada
Why: Come here for amazing interior design, coffee and Japanese snacks.
What: The best bagels in Montréal.
Where: 263 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2V
Why: Ali Inay’s favourite bite in Montréal is the world-famous bagels. This place is open 24 hours and is conveniently located 2 mins walking distance from four amazing coffee shops. It is arguably in the centre of one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the city.
Did we miss your favourite spot? Let us know in the comments below.
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