Although it’s a bit of a trek from the downtown core of Montreal, the borough of Lachine definitely has its charm. The most scenic and relaxing area is old Lachine and its surroundings, which include Parc René Lévesque, a bike path alongside a lake and a few restaurants with terraces on Saint-Joseph Boulevard, the street which runs parallel. This is also where you’ll find Le Quai des Glaces.
Situated right next to H8S Cafe, Le Quai des Glaces is an ice cream shop with a growing reputation. More often than not, there’s a long(ish) lineup but just one taste of their key lime pie or mojito (both of which taste like the real deal) and you’ll quickly realize it’s well worth the wait. The gelatos and sorbets are made in house and if you don’t do dairy, there are also vegan options available. It’s the quality combined with atypical flavours such as Yuzu, matcha, lemon-basil and speculoos on an ever-changing menu which keeps me and many others coming back for more.