Montreal is known for its creative twists on the usual offerings, and Maison O’Flore is no exception. The small space located on Duluth street in the Plateau neighborhood has recently opened its doors to the public. The sign on the window promises a Cultural Cafe with workshops, events and art, which immediately drew me to the door. I was welcomed by one of the co-founders who immediately made me and my partner feel at home in the bright white space. The walls are covered with works from one artist which change every two months. All the workshops and events during the two month period revolve around the theme the artist has brought to the table, bringing a cohesive element to the entire experience.
Besides visual arts, Maison O’Flore is involved with many creations such as herbal infusions and fermentations to make different beverages, jams and preserves. The tea and coffee selection is high quality and shows some influence from the cofounder’s anthropological studies in Ethiopia. A small rotating food menu is available with unique dishes evoking distant countries and exotic travels. To top it all off, the back room is an airy solarium space opening onto a patio which is perfect for hosting events in the warmer months.
Maison O’Flore is definitely a place to visit for any of their cultural offerings and unique refreshment options in a homey and familiar atmosphere.