We didn’t go to Montreal in search of Russian doughnuts, but that’s exactly what we found on a weekend dedicated to joie de vivre in the City of Saints. Chez Boris is a newly opened café that specializes in freshly made Ponchiki and beignwiches (donut sandwiches) in both savoury and ice cream versions. At home between the Plateau Mont-Royal and Outremont neighbourhoods, the roomy windowed space is adorned with an easy mix of bohemian and proletarian frills. Communal tables, a used books and boardgames library, plenty of mismatched wooden chairs and free wifi all make for very inviting visits – as if the smell of piping hot doughnuts and coffee weren’t enough. The doughnuts come in a changing array of flavours and the aforementioned ice cream sandwiches are served with good old Chapman’s. We went with pumpkin spice and sugar doughnuts, our ice cream beignwich came with a warm strawberry compote. Best of all, Boris’ doughnuts are made to order and go for a mere 75 cents!