The joie de vive you experience when visiting Montreal is enough to make you want to go back.
Montreal by the numbers
Montreal is Canada's second biggest city, the only French-speaking metropolis in North America. After Paris, it is one of the largest French-speaking cities in the world.
Montreal is situated on an island surrounded by the St. Lawrence River. Towering over the city is the 764-foot high Mont-Royal. It is the place to view the city at night or to enjoy outdoor skating in the winter.
Montreal's 'East-end' is still predominantly French, whereas the "West-end", or downtown area, is definitely English.
In the heart of the city, two main shopping streets are located, rue Sherbrooke and rue Sainte-Catherine. Don't miss the noon-time Scottish tradition of listening to bagpipes when you visit the Olgivy store.
Nightlife and food are two shared passions of Montrealers.
Night view of Montreal
Nightlife downtown is centered on small side streets of Crescent, de la Montagne, and Bishop. For more nightlife go north and visit one of the ethnically diverse Greek, Portuguese, or East-Asian neighbourhoods.
The Main, or the "East-end" of Montreal, is rue Saint-Denis. It is rich in restaurants and nightclubs. It runs through the exciting Quartier Latin.
A visit to the 'East-end' Montreal should include a meal at the Schwartz's Hebrew Deli. Schwartz's, one of Montreal's 4,000 restaurants, offers smoked meat - which is beef brisket prepared according to a recipe imported by Romanian Jews. Definitely, Montreal is a must for food lovers of the world!
A visit to Montreal will not soon be forgotten.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff