20140820

Top Five Cafes in Montreal + Pics! (Pikolo, Humble Lion, Kitsune, Cafe Parvis, Cafe Aunja)

Now that summer is coming to an end, it is that time of year for students to head back to school. No more sleeping in until 2 pm, and watching top vine videos on youtube just for the sake of killing time. (Or am I the only one who does that?) Anyways, this will be my second year living as a student in Montreal and that can only mean one thing: #MTLCAFECRAWL is back.

Who knew Montreal has a rich coffee culture? I think it's a mixed result of the hipster movement slash the evolution of people's taste buds towards better stuff in general. Last year, I made it a point to try out as many coffee places as possible and become a self-proclaimed caffeine snob. Honestly, I don't really drink coffee to wake me up or give me energy, because only cortaditos do that for me, but I drink it for the rich taste and calming cafe atmosphere. The price is about the same, if not cheaper, than those mainstream-overly-expanded coffee chain brands, plus you support local businesses. AND the hipster baristas tend to be super friendly and talented at making aesthetically pleasing latte art. So it's a win-win.

Here are my five favorite coffee shops in Montreal in no particular order! It was a hard pick, so I will probably do a part 2 in the future.

"Starbucks is for basic bitches." - unknown


(the cafe names are linked to their FB pages for location)

1. Pikolo



Pikolo was the first cafe I ever went to after moving to Montreal, because it is literally two blocks away from our apartment. I love the high ceilings and wooden walls that give it a really homey feel. There is a cozy little nook on the second floor, but these seats are like front row seats at NYFW. You are d*mn lucky if you can get a seat there. Once you settle down in Pikolo's nook, you don't want to leave. It smells like third wave coffee and pecan pie, LITERALLY. Plus, you have a bird's eye view of people walking in. (c'mon don't act like you don't love people watching.)

I recommend: white chocolate macchiato

2. Humble Lion




Located across the street from McGill, Humble Lion is a coffee-snob haven among all the chain coffee shops that saturate downtown Montreal. The window seat stools are always occupied with students on their mac books, looking busy doing something important. (But they are probably just on Facebook) I find the workers at this shop are really friendly, and they occasionally give me a large cup of joe for no extra charge, which is always a win. I think I have a pretty high caffeine tolerance, but Humble Lion’s espresso shot wakes me up right away. So if you are in need of something for an all-nighter or something to get you through the day, you can thank my later.


I recommend: lemon poppy seed scone or brownie. Hot chocolate in the winter. 

3. Kitsune

Kitsune is just as cute as its Parisian name. The thing that stands out to me about this spot is that they only have one table. I’m being serious. It’s literally one ginormous wooden table that was probably chopped and imported from a huge oak tree somewhere in the forest. It’s cool because you feel like a part of a temporary family with the other coffee drinkers. (except no one really talks to each other, and their face is buried in their mac book) However, I would not go here for a marathon study session because the stools are not very comfortable, and you can’t really sprawl out your moleskine notebooks with complete freedom on the communal table. If you do, that would be very annoying, so don’t.


I recommend: Gibraltar with a mango ginger cookie (I think they only have this kind of certain days)

4. Cafe Parvis





Parvis is a new fave spot. The location is sort of hidden, on a quiet street in the middle of downtown that you would not expect to find such a café. Parvis is relatively new, but it’s already a popular place for students and hipsters alike. I seriously love this place because it is a pretty large space, with high ceilings and a whole side of the building is a window, which they open during the day, weather permitting. (meaning more than adequate natural light for instagram food pics and selfies.) Their green ivy wall is practically instagram famous. Besides being instagram friendly, they have very spacious tables that can be hogged with all your notes, laptops, phones, tablets, and whatever else makes you happy. The café changes into an awesome place for dinner too!


I recommend: their flatbread pizzas, which they sell at half price from 2 pm to 5 pm! AND the mushroom salad

5. Cafe Aunja

I decided to add Café Aunja to this list for those non-coffee drinkers, or for when you are more in a tea-type of mood. It is located further down Sherbrooke, right near the art museum and Holt Renfrew. This place has the cutest homey deco with just the right Persian feel. (You’ll see what I mean by Persian feel if you ever go here.) The workers of this shop, which I’m pretty sure are the owners, are super friendly. (side story: I once left without paying, and called them to let them know I would come back the next day to pay. They were so chill about it.) It’s a really relaxing environment that is both great for catching up with friends, or studying. The only downside is that the teas are a little on the pricey side. Nevertheless, it’s a great way to give yourself a little treat.


I recommend: Persian flower tea (I would go here FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE of taking a gram picture… and idk if you are supposed to or not, but I eat the flowers.)

Hope this post was helpful in your quest for the perfect spot to quench your caffeine needs. You will probably run into me at one of these places if you go enough... 

A huge thank you to Ali (instagram @INAYALI) for letting me use his pictures! He started #MTLCAFECRAWL, and his feed is literally perfect. 

xo, Dahye

p.s. Follow me on instagram @heydahye if you are down for more cafe pics. 

20140815

ACNE STUDIOS TOTE + BAGGY JEAN JACKET

Oversized jean jacket, ZARA____Top, Garage____Shorts, H&M____shoes, Zara____Acne studios tote, Korea

Photos by Katia

Currently going through a major style transition where all I want to wear is black. Maybe it's the aftermath of years of experimenting with every single style out there, and realizing black is the answer after all. I went from awkward, to quirky, to uber girly, to hipster, and now just black. 

Aside from realizing how much my style has changed, I've also had a lot of alone time since I came back to Montreal to think about how much I've changed as a person. I don't know if it's for the better or worse, but I've definitely changed. I'm not going to go deep into a self-reflection here, but I think it's important to take a pause from the daily routine to take time to think about goals and make sure you're living in a way that has a purpose (whatever that purpose is). School is starting in a few days, so I've been spoiling myself with sleep, internet trolling, and mind lolling. 

xo, Dahye

20140808

Style Nanda Neoprene Skirt

skirt, Style Nanda____Top, American Apparel____Shoes, Jeffrey Campbell____Sunglasses, Karen Walker

Photos by Diana

I really fell in love with this skirt because of its fun peplum at the bottom and the neoprene fabric. It literally bounces with each step, but it is already becoming one of those pieces that will probably be sitting in my closet without seeing much sunlight. Sometimes, impulse buying takes the better of you.  

Confessions of a shopaholic. 

xo, Dahye


20140805

WHAT I WORE IN KOREA // SEOUL STREET STYLE {video}




Quick compilation of outfits I filmed during my month in Seoul.

xo, Dahye

20140802

girly on garosu-gil

Top, Zara____Skirt, American Apparel____Bag, Korea____Sunglasses, Karen Walker 'Super Duper'

Photos by Yuna 

My style has always been on the girly side, and I still have those days when I just feel the need to express it with a pink skirt and ruffly top. These shots were taken while I was hanging out with Yuna, who is a fashion blogger in Korea. We had a cute little lunch date on my favorite street in Seoul, called Garosu-gil. People call it the "soho of Seoul" since it is known for unique shopping boutiques and trendy restaurants. I love the vibe of this street because everyone dresses so well here, and there are so many street style bloggers roaming around to take snaps for their blog. 

So I think all of you can recognize that my bag is a replica of the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, the IT bag of the moment. It's crazy how this freaking bag is sold out every freaking where!!! I found the one i'm carrying at a super random boutique, and paid only 20,000 won for it which is like $20. SCORE! But sadly, the strap broke after two weeks... I think my camera was way too heavy for this little guy. I guess you get what you pay for, right?

Presently, I am back in my own apartment in good ol' Montreal. I know it seems like I am always writing a blog post in a totally different city/continent then where I took the pictures. I have two weeks of summer vacation left, so I plan on using it as wisely as possible: sleeping, eating, and you tubing. 

xo, Dahye


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