Fall in Montreal is the perfect time of year to go for short strolls in big parks while watching autumn leaves in a variety of reds, yellows, and greens hang just above you or fall gently along your path and crunch beneath your feet. Along the lakeshore in the borough of Lachine not only will you find plenty of green space, but plenty of food options too. If you’re not sure exactly what you’re in the mood for, Pahpatzoa might be the perfect pit-stop.
Just over a year old, Pahpatzoa (a Nahuatl word loosely translated as tight squeeze, in the sense of a warm hug) is a new place in an old building conveniently located on Boul. Saint-Joseph in what used to be an antique store. Not just an eatery, it’s a one-stop-shop with a mom and pop vibe. From tacos and churros to hand-sewn clothing and handmade postcards it would be easier to list what they don’t sell than what they do: Ice cream, empanadas, a variety of ice teas and fruit drinks, Natas, sandwiches, bottled Mexican sauces- the list goes on. My personal favourite is the espresso brownies. If you’re a coffee lover like I am, grab one of each and sit on Pahpatzoa’s corner terrace as you take in the fall colours.