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Drawn & Quarterly founder Chris Oliveros put Montreal on the publishing map with full-colour graphic novels by Seth, Chris Ware, Julie Doucet and Adrian Tomine. He draws us a picture of his favourite restaurants, bookshops and more.

Chris OliverosPhoto: Elliot L.O.

01. Norah Magasin Général
I’m not sure how to classify this spot, but old-fashioned curiosity shop may best sum it up. Part candy store, part antique and design store, part books and comics store and part a little bit of everything else, it is run by folks with impeccable taste.

5102, rue Sherbrooke O., 514-507-3047


02. Léché Desserts
Their homemade doughnuts, with exotic flavours like PB&J, are guaranteed to be the best you’ve ever tasted. The shop is located on the ground level of a converted industrial building in Saint-Henri, so it’s easy to miss.

640, rue de Courcelle, 514-303-2200, lechedesserts.com


03. Crossover Comics
This is my local comic store. It opened just last year, and I like that they divide their focus between mainstream and independent comics, including a good selection of D+Q books. I take my sons there for Hulk and Star Wars comics.

3568, rue Notre-Dame O., 514-312-7155, crossovercomics.ca


04. Grévin Montréal
Great for kids, this is no tacky wax museum; the level of quality on display is surprising. I love how the first three rooms in the museum are dedicated to Quebec celebrities like Ginette Reno.

Centre Eaton de Montréal, 705, rue Sainte-Catherine O.,
5e étage, 514-788-5210, grevin-montreal.com


05. Nouveau Palais
I’ve been going to this restaurant, near the D+Q store, for decades, back when it was open 24 hours a day and each booth had its own mini-jukebox. I love their weekend brunches – they have fried chicken and waffles – and how the new owners mix the old with the new.

281, rue Bernard O., 514-273-1180, nouveaupalais.com


06. Le Pick-Up
Half dépanneur, half old-school lunch counter, it’s a little off the beaten track, in a semi-industrial area between Parc Ex and Mile End. My all-time favourite item on the menu is the vegetarian pulled pork sandwich.

7032, rue Waverly, 514-271-8011, depanneurlepickup.com

 

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