My Montreal: Lilah Fear / Lewis Gibson

As the countdown to #Montreal2020 continues, we take a glimpse into the lives of British ice dancers, Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson as they share their favourite things to do, see and eat in their current training location of Montreal.

My Montreal Questions: Lilah Fear

1. What is your favourite restaurant in Montreal?
My favourite restaurant in Montreal is Tuck Shop, without a doubt. It is unassuming on the outside, so it is common to walk by without giving it a second glance. The menu changes frequently, depending on the seasonal ingredients, although my two favourite items are always kept on the menu (thank goodness). You absolutely must order the pork belly to start but here is my secret tip: order both the brownie and the pecan pie for dessert and split them with your dinner companion. Try a bite of both together and thank me later…

2. What is your favourite dessert place in Montreal?
I love Dalla Rose for delicious, homemade ice cream. No words…

3. What is your favourite activity away from the rink in Montreal?
I absolutely love going for walks, whether it be around Atwater market, around Old Montreal, or in Mont Royal.

4. What is your favourite place to shop in Montreal?
I love the little boutique shops in Old Montreal. You can wander around for hours.

5. What is your favourite winter activity in Montreal? Summer?
In the winter, I enjoy coffee shop hopping. You can keep warm while exploring the strong contenders of the Montreal coffee shop scene. In the summer, I love a bike ride along the Lachine Canal.

6. Is there anything specific fans should know about Montreal?
The food is delicious and there are many hidden treasures. Go explore!!

7. What is the most exciting thing about living in Montreal?
I would say it is exciting to feel the full force of all seasons. As much as people dread the winter months, I feel lucky to have the extremity of both!

8. Where is the best selfie location in Montreal?
Hmm… I’m not the most avid selfie taker, but there are many graffiti walls throughout the city, providing a lovely back drop.

9. If someone only had one day in Montreal, what are some things you would recommend them doing/seeing?
You should start your day off with brunch at Olive et Gourmando. Make sure to get a coffee and a pastry (or 5) to go. From there, roam around the Old Port, popping into the different art galleries and boutiques. You can then head up to Mount Royal for a walk in nature!

10. Where is your favourite place to unwind and catch up with friends in Montreal?
My friends and I can always rely on a coffee shop or brunch spot to catch up. We love cafe Gentile, for a family friendly atmosphere and delicious Italian coffee. We often find ourselves in the McGill library as well, because studying takes up a lot of our free time!

My Montreal Questions: Lewis Gibson

1. What is your favourite restaurant in Montreal?
My favourite restaurant would have to be Jatoba! I love Asian influenced food and they’re Chinese Eggplant is incredible.

2. What is your favourite dessert place in Montreal?
I like to think of myself as a cookie connoisseur, so I’d have to say the best cookies I’ve tasted in Montreal would be from Premiere Moisson.

3. What is your favourite activity away from the rink in Montreal?
I love relaxing on my sofa and watching British TV shows. It’s nice to hear the accent and still feel connected to home.

4. What is your favourite place to shop in Montreal?
Something very unique to Montreal’s shopping scene is the “underground city” located underneath the downtown area. The underground city connects a few shopping malls and office buildings. It’s a great way to stay warm in the winter whilst browsing the stores.

5. What is your favourite winter activity in Montreal? Summer?
Winter time in Montreal can be challenging with the freezing temperatures, but if it’s manageable to get outside I love to walk around the old port at Christmas time. It’s very beautiful with architecture and amazing cafes, they even have an all year round Christmas store. In the summertime I love to soak up the sun in Montreal’s many parks, my favourite would have to be Parc La Fontaine.

6. Is there anything specific fans should know about Montreal?
Montreal is known for their food! The city has such a wide variety of choice and great local cuisine.

7. What is the most exciting thing about living in Montreal?
Something I find very exciting would be the real mix of cultures in Montreal. The city is made up of many boroughs and small neighbourhoods each playing a big part in the vibe of the city.

8. Where is the best selfie location in Montreal?
The history and architecture of the old port makes for a stunning backdrop to any selfie.

9. If someone only had one day in Montreal, what are some things you would recommend them doing/seeing?
I would suggest they take a walk around the cobbled streets of the old port and then head downtown to the new upmarket Time Out food court at the Eaton Centre where you can try many of Montreal’s finest restaurants.

10. Where is your favourite place to unwind and catch up with friends in Montreal?
My favourite place in the summer to chill with friends has to be in a Park, just sitting chatting until the sun goes down.