Not to brag, but we do live in a pretty awesome neighborhood. When we moved to Montreal, we didn’t really know what to expect, only that we both didn’t want to live “downtown”. Yes, that’s vague, but we wanted to be able to have a “downtown” feel while not being stuck in the middle of the concrete jungle.
Welcome to Verdun: you are 15 minutes out from the downtown core by public transport and pretty much a 3 minute walk to the waterfront. I love being able to walk down my street to the bike paths that follow the shore for miles on end.
What’s even better about Verdun is Wellington street: it’s our main shopping street, lined with boutiques, restaurants, and shops. Beautifully decorated with lights in the trees, Wellington is the perfect place for a weekend stroll.
Our first weekend here, we found ourselves in front of the Station W Cafe, and we are oh so glad to have walked in.
With floor to ceiling windows, Station W charms you from the moment you set foot inside. You have window seating options, tables for two, or a big communal table great for team work or business meetings, all that surrounded by minimalist art and the smell of coffee.
They rotate their coffee selections often enough, but you’re always guaranteed a delicious cup of coffee, no matter the time of day. You can also buy a couple of pouches of beans to go, and they will happily grind them for you as well.
Station W doesn’t only offer delicious coffees, but some of the best grilled-cheese sandwiches in town. Made on the spot, you always have a great selection: caramelized onions and figs, kimchi, roasted veg, bacon, etc., with options of side salads and desserts.
I drool every time I look at the grilled cheese menu: it’s been over 4 years that I haven’t actually had one myself, so usually Marie orders one for herself and looks like she’s in heaven with every bite she takes.
Station W is one of Verdun’s most popular coffee hangouts since it does have the biggest locale…other than the Dunkin Donuts that is always jam packed with the seniors street gang. You want to be there bright and early if you’re looking to have a productive morning of work.
During the summer, they have a gorgeous terrace out front, so it’s the perfect spot for a date, or a pit stop during your cycling expedition.