When I visited Montréal over two years ago in 2016, I appreciated how city natives respected my efforts to speak less-than-mediocre French! The welcoming environment makes me want to visit Montréal again.
Even more impressive than the hospitality was the city’s refreshing energy. Though I was too young at the time to connect with the university students, I could tell that they didn’t take life too seriously and that they seemed to balance work and play. Busy? Yes. However, Montréal lacked the Big Apple “hustle and bustle” feel. Instead, I felt a more relaxed atmosphere, in which residents valued leisure time. I saw several mom-and-pop restaurants and museums throughout the city.
For fans of art and urban life, Montréal is the perfect city to surround yourself with creativity. Montréal has many pockets of hipster residents, who adore the vivid life that la ville aux cent clochers has to offer.
Mixture of Modern, Richardsonian, and Roman Architecture
French and British colonization left traces of European architecture prior to the transition into the modern Art Deco period. In both the heart of the city and in neighborhoods, you can see evidence of Catholic influences and urbanization in the buildings.