I first visited this small square filled with mismatched chairs, most of which are not suitable for sitting, during a visit to a restaurant at the corner. Being a very popular location, I had to wait over an hour with my dining companion before being seated. Although Place Roy is just a minute away from one of my favorite parks in Montreal, Parc Lafontaine, in itself it is a quiet little spot to hang out and wait or simply be. The chairs , as well as the accompanying table-like fountain with a map of the world, are part of a public art project by Michel Goulet: Leçons singulières.
Some years following my first visit, I actually moved just around the corner. Now the little square has become my daily cross to the park on my runs, a spot to come have a seat at night with friends, a place to sit and have a snack from the corner grocery shop or cafe, and always to admire the funky chairs and the map of the world.