During my last visit to Montréal, I stumbled upon Les Impertinentes, a delicious spot to rest my tired legs and frozen body. Montréal was under snow and was truly magical, a great change of scenery from California for sure! As soon as I entered this café, I instantly felt transported into a magical secret garden, an oasis of greenery and zen.
Meet Les Impertinentes, a feminist cafe, founded by two sisters, Laurence and Camille. And by feminist, I mean a place to dance (Ballet Hop), and to talk, heal, sip a fresh juice (they are made each morning, updated every season, and named after a strong female figure), enjoy a freshly-made tartine, or shop Montreal-made yogawear, beauty and self-care products (I got a “Support your sisters” sweatshirt for Inès which I thought suited her perfectly!).
According to Laurence, co-founder:
“Les Impertinentes was born at the same time as Ballet Hop, the dance school located in the same space as the café. My sister Camille opened the dance school in 2015; then we thought it’d be great for our clients to have a space to eat, work, chat among themselves before and after dance class. “Impertinente” means “who thrives to dare by her freedom”, a concept that fits perfectly with our feminist mission, and the mindset of our Ballet Hop community of dancers! It’s also a way to say that we never take ourselves too seriously!”
Translated from French from an interview with Baron Mag, 2017
I sat down with a cappuccino and instantly felt inspired the decor, a mix between industrial raw and urban bohemian, thanks to the all the plants and mini vignettes and corners celebrating nature around the café. A feast to the eye and the soul. Plus, the staff was very friendly and didn’t push guests at the door if they wanted to stay around a little longer. Such a nice and restful space from the outside world!
If you plan a trip to Montréal, Les Impertinentes at Ballet Hop is definitely a spot I recommend! Cheers, Si-
Les Impertinentes is located in the Mile-End district, at 5380 Boulevard St Laurent, in Montréal.
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