Ahuntsic-Cartierville: Singing in the rain on Fleury Street

Singing in the rain on Fleury Street

Promenade Fleury on a rainy autumn day
Photo: Julie Ledoux

Even though it was raining cats and dogs, we went on a stroll across Promenade Fleury last weekend

Between Saint-Hubert and Papineau, Fleury Street flourishes. With a great number of boutiques, restaurants and coffee houses, Fleury can compete with Mont-Royal Avenue on the Plateau or Bernard Avenue in Outremont. Ahuntsic residents can now keep their car parked at home and cycle or walk down (or up) to Promenade Fleury for their weekend shopping.

As practical as it is, the proximity of the multitude of shops also represents an environmental and social choice for the future of the neighbourhood, and of Montreal. With all these stores and restaurants so close, the distance travelled by shoppers and residents is greatly reduced, reducing the number of cars on the streets. Despite the rain pouring on our heads last weekend, Promenade Fleury was still filled with customers and courageous walkers and joggers (yes, the Montreal Marathon is still fresh in many minds – and feet!).

For the French gourmets, Le Petit Flore (it’s inspired by the Café de Flore in Paris, but probably not by the movie) will seduce your taste buds with a fine selection of coffees as French as "Le mélange Sartre" or "Saint-Germain des Prés." And how about that smell of fresh croissants?

Outside of the actual Promenade, but still worth mentioning, is chef Marc-André Royal’s Le St-Urbain, which stands at the corner of Fleury West and St-Urbain. A wonder to discover.

Of course, there’s always a Renaud-Bray nearby, but Le Disquaire offers an independent alternative a few blocks away, as does the Maison de l’Éducation bookstore.

Even though shops abound on Fleury, the street doesn’t seem crowded with commercial signs, parking meters and plastic bags. Trees fill the sidewalks, and stores are interspersed with duplexes and houses. It must be easy living in this calm and serene area of Ahuntsic.

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