The world’s second biggest French-speaking city – after Paris, of course – is a riotous melange, throwing together graffiti, gastronomy, non-stop festivals, bold architecture and all-weather partying. This one-island metropolis is fiercely independent and fiendishly fun. Gas-lit Victorian alleys rub shoulders with multi-coloured, balconied duplexes. The space-age conurbation of Habitat 67 is an exciting adventure on its own. Mile End’s vintage shops and charming bars hum with hipsters, while Montreal’s multicultural communities provide a ripe culinary heritage.
Montreal has the world’s largest ‘underground city’, at 18 miles long.
For foodies, it is not just ‘French flair meets hearty American fare’. You will find a world of options: Jewish bagel shops, tricolore treats of Little Italy, irresistible aromas of Portuguese rotisseries – and the local guilty gastro pleasure, French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds, voila: Poutine!
Come summer, a programme of 100 festivals kicks off – including the world’s biggest French music and firework fiestas.
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