From café au lait to bagels in Montreal’s Mile End

MONTREAL – One of my favorite neighborhoods in this lovely island city is Mile End, where Jewish immigrants once settled in the early part of the 20th century to begin life in a new world.

Today, the neighborhood is peopled by a diverse mix, including Italians, Greeks and hassidic Jews, and when the weather warms up people spill into its leafy streets, which become everyone’s common backyard.

You can see them sitting on the iconic stairways, or maybe riding their bikes to a favorite café to enjoy an espresso and a wonderful pastry.

The Mile End neighborhood is also home to some very interesting shops, including Drawn Quarterly on Bernard Avenue West, which sells contemporary comics and fine art

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