Charming and incredibly walkable, Montréal feels like a European city. Its French and English roots are most strongly felt in Old Montréal, a quaint, cobblestoned neighborhood that was a walled city some centuries ago. A walking tour through this picturesque waterfront district means strolling past brasserie-style restaurants, pint-sized art galleries and boutiques and dozens of historic and architectural gems. Or bike along the quays of the Old Port and the Lachine Canal trail.
Equally dynamic and diverse is the city’s web of neighborhoods: Downtown, Plateau Mont Royal, Outremont, Mile-End, Little Italy. A typical Montréal feature, pastel rowhouses in these quartiers are all adorned with wrought-iron exterior staircases. Amble along St.-Denis or pretty Avenue Laurier for a taste of how locals live, dine and shop. Or head to the Jean-Talon market to see the bounty that grows just outside the city. The harsh winter months give Montrealers a greater appreciation for their city come spring, summer and fall: You’ll find them sipping local brews and digging into innovative fare on terraces across town or hiking in the city’s park. Anglophone, Francophone, urban, outdoorsy, casual, dressed up, Montréal is much like a chameleon that enchants with every move.