Take a stroll through the Mile End and you’ll pass by large open windows enticing you with bright mix of colorful walls — inside you’ll find Pastel Rita. Their motto? “Come chill, change the world, or both!” If that’s not inviting, then I don’t know what is.
Owned by couple Gabriel Malenfant and Véronique Orban de Xivry; inside Pastel Rita you’ll find a café serving delicious drinks, dishes and pastries freshly made by the Guillaume Bakery. Unique to the space you’ll also find a maker space and a boutique complete with local artisan goods.
The space was designed by Appareil Architecture and you can see the strong artistic vision present throughout the entire space. Once you’re inside you can see the entire space reflects the creative energy inside. I gotta say, the interior design, color obsessed dork in me was LIVING MY BEST LIFE here.
The menu consists of great options for a brunch or lunch such as soups, sandwiches, salads and toasts. My friend and I had come from trying bagels and just needed a little bit more to keep us full for the until our next meal.
What I Ate:
It was a super chill vibe. You got the impression that everyone that was meeting there was part of a little family. It’s one of the types of places that makes an really good impression on you. I try not to go to the same restaurants when I travel, but this one I would make an exception.
Montréal seems to have a thing for pastels and I have to say, I’m totally there for it. Planning a weekend in Montréal? Check out my guide here.