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Montreal’s Place Carmine is a warm and airy take on the classic French bistro

Design studio Clairoux crafted supremely ‘effortless’ interiors for this Montreal restaurant, which cocoons diners in bright, natural light.

Factory-style windows and banks of skylights ensure Place Carmine is never gloomy, and when the daylight begins to dim, Clairoux has installed a scheme of lighting – designed by Maude Rondeau – that highlights the Montreal building’s architectural details and creates a soft, evening glow.

Montreal’s Place Carmine is a warm and airy take on the classic French bistro
Photography: Julien Perron-Gagné

Clairoux has used a neutral colour palette for the space, with an occasional flash of powdery rose paint and a series of hot pink neon installations created by tattoo artist Fanny Jane.

Wooden panelling wraps around the bar counter as well as the restaurant’s dining booths, some of which sit beneath the building’s arch-shaped nooks. Chairs and benches are upholstered in caramel-coloured leather, with their rounded cushions emphasising the space’s inviting atmosphere.

Montreal’s Place Carmine is a warm and airy take on the classic French bistro
Photography: Julien Perron-Gagné

Place Carmine’s menu is classic French bistro, offering oysters and foie gras terrine as well as duck and veal. 

740 William St, Montreal, Quebec H3C 1P1

Montreal’s Place Carmine is a warm and airy take on the classic French bistro
Photography: Julien Perron-Gagné
Montreal’s Place Carmine is a warm and airy take on the classic French bistro
Photography: Julien Perron-Gagné
Montreal’s Place Carmine is a warm and airy take on the classic French bistro
Photography: Julien Perron-Gagné

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