My Montreal: Kaitlin Hawayek / Jean Luc Baker

As we start to come to the end of the #Montreal2020 countdown, American ice dancers Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean Luc Baker share with us their favourite activities, places to eat and sights to see in their training location of Montreal.

Jean Luc Baker

1. What is your favourite restaurant in Montreal?
To ask what my favorite restaurant in Montreal is an unfair question! I love food and love trying new places to eat! It really depends on what kind of food you’re looking for. A couple of my favorites are Foiegwa and Suwu.

2. What is your favourite activity away from the rink in Montreal?
My favorite thing to do away from the rink is to try and experience new places to eat! The city is known for its vast arrangement of cuisines. A recent place I tried was Santos.

3. What is your favourite place to shop in Montreal?
Along with the food in this city, the shopping is almost as good. They have a lot of the generic name brand shops but having the ability to get a “European” style while still living in North America can really allow for the a lot of the stores to be quite unique.

4. What is your favourite winter activity in Montreal? Summer?
Of course… my answer will yet again involve eating! One of my favorite summer activities to do here is to go down to the market and get fresh produce and have some of my friends over for a BBQ. In the winter, Netflix is pretty mandatory.

5. Is there anything specific fans should know about Montreal?
The culture; having the ability to be in the middle of such a diverse and young city really is so exciting. You have the opportunity to meet so many different people with equally inspiring stories about following there passion!

6. Where is the best selfie location in Montreal?
The best selfie location in Montreal would have to be somewhere in the Old Port of Montreal and with me also in the same frame of course!

7. If someone only had one day in Montreal, what are some things you would recommend them doing/seeing?
If you only had one day in Montreal the first thing I would say to do is make sure you have an empty stomach and a metro card! You can get anywhere you want within the city with the metro and public transportation…so it really depends on what you want to do or see!

8. Where is your favourite place to unwind and catch up with friends in Montreal?
I really love to spend a lot of my time unwinding and catching up with my friends at a couple of the coffee shops down in the Saint-Henri area or a couple of the local “Speak easys”

Kaitlin Hawayek

1.What is your favourite restaurant in Montreal?
I love Modavie, which is French restaurant in Old Port. They have live jazz music and the food is to die for!

2. What is your favourite dessert place in Montreal?
It’s not a dessert place per say, but the café “Lili and Oli” have the best Almond Croissant’s in Montreal!

3. What is your favourite activity away from the rink in Montreal?
I love walking my dog along Canal Lachine during the summer! It is such a beautiful walk and always has lots of other people walking, biking and picnicking!

4. What is your favourite place to shop in Montreal?
Exclucity! It is a super cool store on Notre Dame that sells all new releases of brands like Nike, Adidas, Fila, etc!

5. What is your favourite winter activity in Montreal? Summer?
In winter, I love going to the Christmas Market at Atwater! It is so festive an always busy! During the summer, I love taking walks along the canal, going to dog parks, and going to the spa in Old Port!

6. Is there anything specific fans should know about Montreal?
If you’re a fan of dogs- Montreal is the city for you! It is such a dog friendly city and many cafes and stores allow you to bring your dog inside with you!

7. What is the most exciting thing about living in Montreal?
The balance of Western culture and European flavor! Especially in Old Port, you really see the French and European influence, which is very exciting to experience!

8. Where is the best selfie location in Montreal?
At the “lookout” point on Mont Royal – you can see the entire city behind you!

9. If someone only had one day in Montreal, what are some things you would recommend them doing/seeing?
Definitely go down to Old Port and walk along the cobblestone streets and window shop in the boutiques! It is such a charming area! And if you have a chance, I would suggest walking around Mont Royal, but that is more enjoyable in the summer and fall when it isn’t cold or muddy!

10. Where is your favourite place to unwind and catch up with friends in Montreal?
In the summer, all of the skaters we train with have dogs, so we all love going to the dog park together! In the winter- at home! It gets very cold during the winter in Montreal, so I tend to bundle up under blankets and enjoy relaxing nights in!