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The Montreal Impact will be gunning for the Major League Soccer title in 2015 with many new faces in the lineup. Montreal native and club captain Patrice Bernier shares a roster of his favourite spots around the city.

Patrice Bernier


01 Café Le Petit Flore

I know it’s supposed to feel like Paris, but this café near our old training centre reminds me of Copenhagen. Everything is in wood and has that rustic European feel. It’s a nice place to get an espresso.

1145, rue Fleury E., 514-387-2640, lepetitflore.com


02 Stade Saputo

This stadium now holds 20,000, and it’s a special place because fans are so close to the action. Go sit with the Ultras behind the goal; they bring a lot of atmosphere and give great energy to the team.

4750, rue Sherbrooke E., 514-328-3668, impactsoccer.com/stade


03 Le Vieux-Port

The Old Port reminds me of when my wife and I had time to hang out at cafés and walk around in Europe. It comes alive in summer; there are artists painting, the terrasses are full and you can ride a bike by the water.

333, rue de la Commune O., 514-496-7678, vieuxportdemontreal.com


04 Aritmetik

Soccer brings you to a lot of places, and when you fly, you need comfort as well as style. I go here to see what’s new and trending. Jogger jeans are especially good for travel because there’s no belt to remove at security.

1455, rue Peel, 514-286-0565, aritmetiks.com


05 Pub Burgundy Lion

Co-owner Paul Desbaillets is a big soccer fan, and his place always has good energy during games. I like to catch a game, have a chat and get a bite to eat – and I don’t even drink beer! The food is the draw; they have more selection than your typical pub menu, so I try something different every time.

2496, rue Notre-Dame O., 514-934-0888, burgundylion.com


06 Park Restaurant

I like sushi a lot. What makes Antonio Park different is that he’s very meticulous about the freshness of his fish and where it comes from. I’m a fan of the Suzuki on grilled kombu with Chinook King salmon. And Park’s a fan of the Impact too.

378, av. Victoria, 514-750-7534, parkresto.com

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