ask Jean Francois about
art galleries • beaches • book shop • performing arts • artist studio • speakeasy • live music bar
a bit about Jean Francois
What do you do and why do you do it?
It’s not about what I do, it’s about who I am. But since you asked; I run a coffee-business by day and am a poet by night. I’m an artist who makes a killer cappuccino 💪🏻
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
I've never hated a job. I think there's value and lessons to learn in every job opportunity.
Were you born and raised in Montreal? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Montreal?
I was born in Saint-Jérôme, small city about 30 mins north of Montreal. I now live in Brossard (south-suburbs of MTL) but spend most of my time in the city.
What’s your current hood in Montreal and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I recently fell in love with Villeray, so many local artists and coffee shops, very inspiring!
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I listen to pretty much everything, but lately I’ve been re-discovering classical music 🎵
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
I'm usually the one breaking the hearts, but probably anything that has a strong rhythm and helps me shake it off.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
FRIENDS. Madam Secretary, Grace & Frankie, The Office, Black Mirror.
Name some spots in Montreal that are good for a Tinder date.
I always bring my Tinder dates to Café Parvis. If things go well, we can easily move to Furco, the bar next door.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
I don't wish it to anyone. #nohate
Who’s your hero and where in Montreal would you take them out for a serious hang?
My sister. She’s one of the strongest person that I know and I drive a lot of inspiration from her strenght (and stubbornness!)
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Mostly online nowadays, if not then anywhere on Sainte-Catherine street.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Brunch! I used to work every Sunday. Not anymore! And my list of must-try brunch spots in MTL is pretty long 🤤
Where do you go in Montreal for a casual night out?
Escondite, Café Parvis or Red Tiger.
Where would you go in Montreal to celebrate some freaking good news?
Nacarat at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth 🍾
What’s your choice of transportation in Montreal and why?
UBER, metro ends too early and taxis are expensive.
What are the Montreal spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Old Montreal (Old Port), Mont-Royal and Sainte-Catherine street.
What are the Montreal spots tourists should run from screaming?
Tomorrow’s your last day in Montreal. How do you spend it?
With my girlfriend, my family and my friends ❤️...and Veuve Clicquot
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Buenos Aires. Tango, wine, repeat.