If I could live anywhere in the world presently, it would for sure be Montreal for so many reasons. Firstly, unlike so many cities, Montreal is a livable city. Yes, it’s more expensive than the rest of Quebec, however, at least people can still afford to rent or buy an apartment in the city. While in London and New York, students and even full time employees scrape by to pay their rent and are forced into the suburbs having to commute everyday. Therefore, Montreal, home of the notorious McGill univeristy has such a cool young vibe. Yet, there is still a friendly family feel to the city. Montreal not only embraces people of all ages but also multiculturalism perhaps due to the fact it is a bilingual city speaking both French and English.
Food also plays a BIG part as to why I love Montreal. You can find food from all over the world here. Quebec is influenced by so many different cultures which is reflected by the city’s choice of restaurants. Despite embracing cultures from all over the world, Montreal still holds a significant sense of what quebecois culture is. You can’t leave Quebec until you have tried their culinary delight – poutine! You really can never go hungry in Montreal.
One of my favourite places to eat is a vegan restaurant called ‘Lola Rosa’. Even if you’re not vegan, I recommend going anyway. The staff are friendly, the food is delicious (particularly the lasagne) and you can even have a nosy through the pull out drawers in the antique tables. You will find old notes and letters that previous customers have left. Some are an interesting read while some not so much! Finally, make sure you leave enough space for their Brownie (the best I have EVER tasted!)
Not far from Lola Rosa is Mont Royal. It is a beautiful walk to the top of the small mountain with beautiful views along the way…
And prepare yourself for a mesmerizing panoramic view of Montreal at the top of the mountain! Well worth the walk to the top.
On a beautiful sunny day, take the metro to Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre Dame. You will be able to see and go inside “La Biosphere”, an impressive museum dedicated to the environment. Both of the islands are full of delights particularly during the Summer months.
Lastly, walk to the edge of Île Sainte-Hélène and admire the backdrop of Montreal’s skyline.
As you can see the snow was only just beginning to melt here for the arrival of spring!
I have loved discovering this city and I hope you do too!