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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Reconstruct the Past in Montreal


5. An Oddball Day

For a truly surreal experience, start your day with a café au lait at Salon B Bibliocafé (4231 Boulevard Saint-Laurent; 514-277-7778), a second-story coffee shop located above a funeral home. From the café's catwalk, you can watch memorial services in progress; for something a tad less grim, browse the "Library of Death" for books on grief or play yourself on the "Symbolic Chessboard." Having had your fill of the sweet hereafter, satiate your renewed appreciation for life by indulging in its simple pleasures: shopping, sweets, and sex. Pick up outrageously decadent bedding at Bleu Nuit (3913 Rue Saint-Denis; 514-843-5702) and antique furniture and housewares at the venerable Arthur Quentin across the street. Les Chocolats de Chloé (375 Rue Roy Est; 514-849-5590) offers the best chocolate in town (the shop uses Valrhona for sumptuous seasonal treats like the lychee-infused bonbon). Club Wanda's (1310 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest; 514-842-6927) is the gentlemen's club of choice. It's one of the few remaining strip joints in Montreal to observe the no-touching policy, and loungy vibes make it popular with both genders.

Published on Nov 6, 2006 as a web exclusive.

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