We all know how this place rocks as a music venue and hipster café, but I just have to sing Point Ephémère's praises as a paradise for wheel-obsessed toddlers.
I brought my firetruck loving child down to the Quai to catch some fireman action as the station is right next door. Since it was pouring we didn't linger long out front but headed straight into PE instead.
Seated at a table in the large exhibition area surrounded by cozy poofs and some serious ping pong playing, we had a front row view of major movement all around the Quai. From the subway trains passing along the elevated tracks and the street cleaning crew across the canal to the fire trucks coming and going it was exactly the type of diversion a three year old boy (as thus his mama) craves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Next time, we'll stay a bit longer and dine on the fabulous Camion qui Fume burgers that were being served up from the food truck next door.
This place was a bit hard to find. Don't go by the Yelp map (it's waaay off). The address is correct though, so just look it up on Google Maps. It took us an additional 15 mins to walk to from where Yelp map pinned the location. But it was so worth it.
You're RIGHT by the canal. Pretty much all locals. Young hip crowd, but not overly hip. Friendly waiters/waitresses who can speak English. Food was alright, huge portions, and the cheeseburger was pretty good. You're not really here for the food anyways, it's the whole laid-back atmosphere, the outdoor dining, the awesome location, the graffiti all around, and music drifting from a dancefloor DJed by a mustached hipster, that makes this place an unforgettable experience.
This is a good lunch place. I only went here for lunch a few times and not in the evenings for shows. The place is simple and delivers what is says, a beer, club sandwich or such and then you can sit outside/covered and enjoy your stuff near the canal.
Point ephémère was a cool spot to have a drink and people watch. House music, cheese plate, beer, vodka fraise, spicy mango glace, dance party, right by the canal just about sums it up in my recent experience. There were lots of options and a restaurant, full bar, etc. but it was a bit overwhleming, the attire is casual as hell on a tuesday at least. less is really more (simple, comfort) when it comes to deciding what to wear when you come here. This place was like an under the bridge hobo house party and gallery. Unsure how I feel about it but I'm glad I went. It reminded me of piknik electronique in Montreal if anyone is familiar with that vibe.
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