Cacao 70

Montreal is one of the most fantastic cities. In many ways, it is the antithesis of Paris. It’s loud, and funky, and catches you off guard; it’s a city that encourages you to embrace your inner Tim Burton and let your weird out in all of its hole-in-the-wall underground clubs. So of course, going hand-in-hand with all the crazy venues one attends at night, it’s absolutely requisite to consider the amazing brunch stops that hasten the morning-after recovery (providing you’re not too full from that regrettable Chef on Call you decided was a good idea at 4am).

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Cacao 70 is at the top of my list of recommendations. Located on the vibrant main drag of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, it’s your one-stop chocolate bar that you’ll stay at ’til you can’t move. First, let’s start with the basics: the hot chocolate is the real deal – there’s about 5 different kinds on the menu, all made with real chocolate, and hot milk added afterwards at your table.

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Breakfast items range from the regular – crepes with white chocolate, as pictured above – to the extraordinary: strawberry cheesecake (real cheesecake!) wrapped in a thick doughy crepe. Vanilla ice-cream and fresh strawberries drizzled with sweet syrup are of course (of course!) served on the side.

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Throw your inhibitions out the window! (As if you didn’t already do that last night…) Cacao 70 is an indulgent treat for visitors and I’d venture to say staple-food for the locals. You’ll dance off all the calories tonight anyway – enjoy!

 

 

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