This is Why I Love my City, Montreal!
People! I’ve traveled to many, many cities. Anywhere from Barcelona, to Buenos Aires, to NYC, to LA, to Bangkok, to Marrakech, to Rio. Now, I did indeed have a great time in all of these cities. But in all honesty, Montreal, my hometown, kicks ass!
Montreal is definitely known as one of the festival capitals of the World. As soon as the sun comes out and birds start chirping, you can expect the beginning of festivals. World renowned festivals such as the Jazz Fest, Just for Laughs, Nuits D’Afrique, Beer Fest, and International Film Fest are just to name a few. Then, once the days get shorter and the snow starts falling, festivals such as the Lights Festival and Igloofest are among the most popular. This being said, winter or summer, there is something going on in the city.
Party, Party, Party
People in Montreal are fun! A city of 2 million people and 4 universities, let’s just say that you’ll always find a place to party, regardless of what day of the week it is. The four main streets of downtown Montreal are Mount- Royal, Saint-Denis, Saint-Laurent and Crescent. Mount-Royal and Saint-Denis are the hip place to be at the moment. Predominantly French, you’ll find interesting bars such as Porte Rouge, Candy Bar and Edgar. Then comes St-Laurent, also known as the Main. Here you’ll find the supper clubs and most popular night clubs of the city. You can dine and party at posh places like Buona Notte, Globe and Med. If you’re looking for a place to dance and go all out, consider partying at Gogo Lounge (retro music with dancing poles on the bar) or Rouge. Finally, we have our famous Crescent Street. The street is popular among tourists in the city. It’s an ideal place for Happy Hour at Thursday’s and Winnie’s.
If you’re looking to party in style, head to the Old Port. Here you’ll find nice terraces with cool people. Terrasse Bonsecours is a lounge/club in the middle of the port. Otherwise, you can go to Hotel Nelligan, where you can mingle with both locals and tourists on a beautiful roof top terrace. If you’re looking for a club, Confessionnal plays great music!
Although clubs close at 3am, you normally have a few options for the after party.
- Winter or summer, you’ll quickly notice that the party continues outside. Whether in the old port or on The Main, you’ll see a crowd of people hanging out and laughing before slowly dispersing to..
- EAT! When in Montreal, you absolutely have to eat poutine, a local dish with fries, gravy and cheese curds. It’s delicious! Go to La Banquise, one of the most (if not the most) famous place in Montreal for poutine.
- If you’re still looking to party, head to Circus for an after hour party.
Other than partying, we Montrealers enjoy eating! As the second city with the most restaurants per capita in North America (following NYC) and being one of the most multi-ethnic cities in North America, the city offers a great variety of restaurants. Some of my favorite include:
- Sol Y Mar for great and cheap Peruvian restaurants. Both the Ceviches and Parillas are tasty!
- Milsa is a Brazilian restaurant and a great option for you meat lovers.
- Khyber Pass is a tasty and BYOW (Bring Your Own Wine) Afghan restaurant.
- Dans La Bouche is known for both their tapas and great brunches!
- Dai Baffoni for authentic Italian restaurant. Located in the heart of the Little Italy.
- Les Enfants Terribles, located in the Mile End is a cute little French bistro. Keep in mind that the city is filled with many of them. Walk on Bernard Street or Saint-Denis/Mont-Royal if this is what you’re looking for!
Other Cool Stuff
- Montreal is a bilingual city. A large percentage of Montrealers speak both English and French.
- Cirque du Soleil was born in the Streets of Montreal. It’s now the most famous circus show on the planet! A must-see, regardless of the city you’re watching it in.
- Sundays are famous for tam-tams on our Mount-Royal (the actual mountain, not the street). Every Sunday, hundreds if not thousands of people head to the mountain and relax to the sounds of tam tams.
- Our Olympic Stadium, built in for the 1976 Olympics, is famous. Famous for its unique architecture and famous because it turned out to be one of the most expensive stadiums ever built in the World.
- We are known for our extensive underground city with about 2,000 shops over an 18-mile distance.