St. Paul Street, Montréal, Québec
Concierge.com's insider take:
This street is a microcosm of the renaissance taking place all over Old Montréal. High-end boutiques and exclusive restaurants nestle side by side in ornate buildings that wouldn't be out of place on Paris' Left Bank. Actually, boutique Reborn would be more at home in NYC's Soho, with its expensive, trendsetting stock of international designers (Raf Simons, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair). Reborn also has a considerable selection of menswear (231 St. Paul St. W.; 514-499-8549; www.reborn.ws). Nearby is Collection Méli Mélo, a home-decor and apparel retailer with a global stock: huge ceramic fruit bowls from Morocco, reproduction Louis XVI chairs, Indian jewelry (205 St. Paul St. W.; 514-285-5585). Refuel at the homey bistro Marché de la Villette. The alpine mural on the wall signals the owner's homeland: Lorraine, France, whose namesake quiche they do rather well (324 St. Paul St. W.; 514-807-8084). There are also many galleries lining St. Paul, such as Espace Pepin, so you can even bring some of the area's bohemianism home in a painting (350 St. Paul St. W.; 514-844-0114; www.pepinart.com).