Let's say it out loud: WE LOVE MONTREAL!
It's a city where people love their wine
The French legacy is not only apparent through our use of the French language, but also through our undeniable wine culture. In a park, in a BYOB or at a bar, you will see Montrealers sipping their wine. Buy a bottle at SAQ or visit one of these places to do like locals do: Buvette Chez Simone, Else's or Pullman.
It's a city where people love coffee
Trade your Tim Horton's or your Starbuck's for a fine roasted coffee prepared by a passionate barista. Here are some of the best places in Montréal for good coffee: café Myriade in western downtown, café Dépanneur and café Olimpico in the Mile End, café Névé and Santropol on the Plateau as well as any caffè in Little Italy around Jean-Talon market.
It's a city where people love music
Montréal's music scene is cool and almost as thriving as London's or Berlin's. Discover some up-and-coming bands at Divan Orange, Casa del Popolo or Quai des Brumes or attend one of the many music-related festivals: Jazz festival, M for Montréal, Francofolies, MUTEK, Igloofest, Pop Montréal, etc.
It's a city where people love art
Montréal hosts a bustling arts scene. Take a look at Belgo, a former factory that hosts artist studios where you're welcome to pop in. Usine 106U doesn't showcase a single artist at a time but a whole bunch in a bazaar-style venue. Every first Friday of the month, the Contemporary Art Museum organizes Nocturnes, a mix between art, happy hour and DJs. The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts shows the best of today's and yesterday's artists in Canada and worldwide.
It's a city where people love wandering
See and be seen on Montréal's trendy arteries. Rue Sainte-Catherine in downtown offers high street shopping as well as underground malls. Rue Saint-Denis, boulevard Saint-Laurent and avenue du Mont-Royal offer a mix of boutiques, vintage shops, trendy bars and sunny terraces. Avenue Laurier Ouest is more sophisticated.
It's a city where people love beer
Microbreweries have been popping up like mushrooms in the province and this translates into a number of interesting beers being served in bars across the city. To get a taste of this, visit Dieu du Ciel, Vices & Versa, Saint-Bock, Benelux or Saint-Sulpice.
It's a city where people love lazing out in the sun
Thanks to our harsh winters as soon as the sun gets (slightly) warmer, Montrealers pop out and take over the city's green spaces. Visit Parc La Fontaine in the Plateau: have a picnic, get a bottle of wine and listen to musicians playing their instruments. Cycle to Lachine canal and sunbathe as you watch people passing by. On Sundays during summer, make the most of Tam-Tams at Parc Mont-Royal where people play drums and lay in the sun or for a more hip feel, attend Piknic Electronik on Jean-Drapeau Island where local and international DJs play all day. In the winter, Piknic's counterpart is Igloofest and it's definitely a once in a lifetime experience!