Last updated: July 17th, 2020
Do you know the Saint Amable alley? You might not be familiar with the name but surely, you’ve seen it on your Instagram feed! For the second consecutive year, and for very good reason, this is THE pretty street not to be missed this summer in Old Montreal!
Thanks to the charm of the old stones, the alley was rethought as a charming urban space, with wonderful red bougainvillea and elegant archways. This street is a must-see that we recommended in the shopping and photo ops for the summer.
There, you will find the caliente aspect of our summer along with the classy vibe of our neighbourhood. This unique decor was imagined by the Quebec company Opus Design who specializes in plant decoration and this project is a beautiful example of how the city has become an urban oasis. “We were looking for the “WOW” effect, but we still wanted it to be respectful of the environment” explains the firm. “And most importantly, we wanted something that would last for months”.
Whether you photograph it in daylight or at night, the flowers bring a touch of liveliness to this historical alley that’s been around for more than two centuries now! A bit further from the Jacques-Cartier Square that she meets at one end, this alley has a unique little nook that you have to see! “The challenge with this project was to invite the walkers into the alley and make them want to visit the establishments surrounding it, while still offering an alternative path for the construction site nearby,” highlights the SDC Old-Montreal who initiated this project as part of the main street transformation program, funded by the city of Montreal.
Eventually, you will be drawn to these floral archways so you might as well take this opportunity to discover or rediscover some restaurants and bars nearby like the very secret Cold Room, the small Pequeño or the Perché terrace! If between 2 photo sessions you feel the urge to go shopping, you should head to the Old-Montreal Courtyard or to Atelier B, a shop that offers a large range of local products.