What’s not to love about summer in Montreal?
The energy is contagious as you take a stroll along Saint Catherine Street. You feel it when you’re chilling out on the grass at Square Saint-Louis. You’re hitting the streets as much as possible because you want to experience this beautiful, exciting city to the max.
You want to discover hidden gems in the city, places you’ve never even heard of before. And of course, no adventure is complete without some stylish outfits that can keep up with the city’s vibrant atmosphere.
Your only problem is that you’re missing that one special fashion accessory: glasses. But for whatever reason, you can’t find the right pair. You’re looking for some affordable oval-shaped frames and some chunky square specs, and you need to get them using the web because it’s more convenient and you have a wider selection. Thankfully, Canada’s largest online optical retailer, Clearly, is running a Buy One Get One (BOGO) offer site-wide on all of their eyeglasses until the end of July. And yes, you can order them whether you have perfect eyesight or not.
To celebrate this awesome offer, we’ve compiled a list of seven cool places in Montreal that are perfect for wearing your new glasses.
It’s been a while since you got stuck into a good book. Luckily, you can find some amazing titles at the quaint Argo Bookshop on Saint Catherine Street. The vintage bookstore has some seriously comfortable chairs that you can lounge on as you read through books. But what really pulls this experience together is a hot pair of oval-shaped as you read travel, romance, and film excerpts as though you’re the next Woody Allen.
Experience art with a twist at the DHC/ART gallery on Rue Saint Jean with its affordable admission pricing. You’ll find digital and contemporary art on display at the gallery in the rich setting of two heritage buildings. Vibe with the abstract art as you admire the posh exhibits wearing your black square frames. Iconic.
Catch up with an old friend at Café Parvis on Mayor Street. Here you can sit out on the patio and watch the world go by with every sip of your hot cappuccino. Wear your Betty Davis-inspired frames to compliment your outfit and feel classically chic.
Although cocktail bar Sparrow is located on St Laurent Boulevard, you’ll feel a million miles away when you walk inside. The design oozes vintage with exposed brick walls and wooden pew seats that will remind you of a whimsical cathedral. This is the perfect place for a date when you’re sporting a new pair of glasses; they give you an added element of mystery that will have your date asking you lots of interesting questions. Winning.
Get creative and do something that you’d normally never do – hit up a poetry slam. Throw Poetry Collective runs a monthly slam at 4234 Boul St Laurent where you can face off against other poetic wannabes. Who knows – your words could even win you a title and wearing your glasses makes your words sound sharper than ever.
Old movie theatre
Opt for a night at the movies at one of Montreal’s old theatres for a special screening. The Imperial theatre on Bleury Street is the perfect example with old school red velvet seats and romanesque-inspired high ceilings. Wearing your light pink frames at this theatre means you can rock an urban look while you sit back watching the big screen.
Upgrade your style with some key pieces that nobody else has when you thrift shop at Annex Vintage. With a location on Saint-Viateur Street, the boutique has everything you need to add vintage chic to your look. Whether you’re hunting for a floral dress, denim shirt or vintage jeans, a new pair of wire frames will give you a special perspective on your funky finds.
Montreal is home to countless places that are guaranteed to vibe with your glasses – now all you have to do is buy some new frames.
Luckily, Clearly has tons of them as Canada’s largest online optical retailer, so you’ll be able to find something trendy – perfect eyesight or not. Fortunately, this year they’re doing a special Buy One Get One (BOGO) offer in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.
If you’re travelling this summer, you can simply order your glasses online anywhere in the world and have them waiting for you when you get home. It’s that easy.