Montreal is a city of contrasts, whose combination of old and new delivers unique sensory experiences. This ultramodern city of 375 years is passionate, creative, elegant, cultured, full of tradition and innovation. We do not look like we are in North America. This city is a world of its own. French-style and international gastronomy, diverse architecture and love of shopping are part of the magic. But it’s more than that, it’s the people, and the two-cheeked kiss to say hello or goodbye. There is a unique energy and passion that course through the veins of this vibrant city.
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Facts About Montreal
Did You Know
2nd largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris, and yet the most bilingual city in North America
Sister city of Hiroshima, Japan
Most important fashion centre in Canada, with over 48,000 designers and fashion-industry workers
Largest concentration of restaurants per capita in North America (over 5,000 restaurants featuring 80 different types of cuisine)
Montreal has a city underneath the city. The Underground City is a maze of tunnels and shops that covers more than 18 miles
The city was built around a mountain – Mount Royal – which the city was named after. Mount Royal Park is located on the mountain and was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same person that designed New York City’s Central Park
Food, Food and More Food!
Culinary Adventures in the City
To taste the famous smoke meat of Montreal, come to the World Famous Schwartz who’s had the best smoked beef since 1928. You may have to wait a couple of minutes, because there is usually a line. It is the oldest delicatessen in Canada.
Offers a fresh, surprisingly creative, and refined menu. For the past eighteen years, Chef Laurent Godbout has reinvented Quebec gastronomy using local products that revive the palate. Chez L’Épicier is more than just a restaurant, it is also a fine grocery where one can obtain a wide array of ‘Les Saveurs de L’Épicier’ products.
In the heart of Old Montréal, Assommoir Notre-Dame offers the pleasures of eating and drinking well. In a friendly and warm atmosphere that brings together wood, metal, and glass, your taste buds will be treated to world cuisine specializing in tartar, ceviches, tapas, and grilled foods. Accompany your meal with a private import from the wine cellar, or choose among 250 cocktails.
A Mexican restaurant with the real taste of Mexico served at each visit. Nothing is forgotten; each ingredient brings unique flavours and everything is made by hand! A tequila bar to help you discover the best to taste the best 100% Agave tequilas. In addition all of their cocktails are carefully concocted with fresh fruits.