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12 Things People From Toronto Will Love About Montreal

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12 Things People From Toronto Will Love About Montreal

Montreal and Toronto are two of Canada's largest cities but that's where the similarities end. Toronto is known as a business-oriented city, filled with bustling streets kind of like a smaller New York City some might say. 

But Montreal is known to be more similar European cities, filled with cobblestone streets, authentic cuisines from all over the world and a never-ending stream of things to see and do. 

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I wouldn't say one city is better than the other, given that I grew up in Toronto and have now lived in Montreal for 4 years, I honestly love them equally. But there's some things about Montreal that make it totally unique, there's a reason Torontonians come here to visit all the time. 

The nightlife is always exciting, our summers are packed full of activities and of course we're known to have some of the best festivals in the world. So if you're considering visiting Montreal from Toronto this summer, here's some things you definitely shouldn't miss. 

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People From Toronto Will Love Our Nightlife:

1. Newspeak For Good Music

via @conkretemtl

1403 Rue Sainte Élisabeth

With music venues in Toronto closing left and right, take The Hoxton for example, Torontonians need some good music in their lives. Newspeak is a unique venue in Montreal that hosts up-and-coming DJs and musicians under their bright neon lights on the dance floor.

2. Kampai Garden For Casual Drinks 

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1616 Saint-Catherine St W

Kampai Garden is one of Montreal's coolest new spots located in the heart of downtown. It's filled with plants, pool tables and neon lights giving it a casual and urban feel. They also have amazing drinks!

3. La Distillerie Delicious Cocktails

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2656 Rue Masson

With 3 different locations across Montreal, this bar is definitely somewhere to experience if you've never been before. They make seriously delicious drinks in giant mason jars that have lots of alcohol but literally taste like juice.

4. Ping Pong Club For Games And Drinking 

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5788 St Laurent Blvd

Ping Pong Club is located in Montreal's Mile End and is a casual and fun place to go out drinking with your friends. They have a ping pong table and games like Jenga that you can bring to the table and play with your friends!

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People From Toronto Will Love Our Summers:

1. Picnik Electronik For Partying Every Weekend 

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5455 Gaspe Ave

Every Saturday and Sunday throughout the entire summer, Montreal hosts Picnik Electronik. It's a music event that features great DJs on two different stages, drinks out of buckets, and lots of different games. It's one of the best things about Montreal's summers!

2. Village Au Pied-du-Courant For Drinks On The Beach

via @piedducourant

2100 Notre-Dame St E

An open air space that hosts day-time and night-time events all throughout the summer in Montreal. It's an area that has a sandy beach, a DJ stage, a fully stocked bar, hammocks and more! You should definitely bring your friends to hang out here this summer.

3. First Fridays For Amazing Food Trucks 

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4141 Pierre-de Coubertin Ave

On the first Friday of every month, all of Montreal's best food trucks gather outside the Olympic Stadium to serve up some of their best eats. Choose from tons of different culinary options like dim sum, lobster rolls, pulled pork, poutines, ice cream and so much more!

4. Mont-Royal Lookout 

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Parc Mont-Royal

This amazing lookout at the top of Montreal's Mont-Royal gives you a stunning view of the downtown skyline. In Toronto, we just don't have something like this. That makes this spot something everyone from Toronto will love when they visit Montreal!

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People From Toronto Will Love Our Festivals:

1. Osheaga

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Parc Jean-Drapeau

I know tons of people from Toronto that already trek out to this festival because it's just so amazing. They always book the best acts for their headliners and feature tons of unreal up-and-coming artists as well. I always leave this festival with more great new artists to listen to than I came in with.

2. International Jazz Festival

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Quartier des Spectacles

Toronto does have it's own version of Jazz Fest but it just doesn't compare to Montreal's. Montreal holds on of the worlds largest Jazz Festivals and they really go all out. There's tons of free concerts on the main stage, street performers all over, and amazing concerts from June 28th-July 8th this summer!

3. Just For Laughs Festival

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Quartier des Spectacles

Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival is one of the best things to experience this summer. They headline some of the world's funniest comedians and this year they'll be hosting Jerry Seinfeld, David Spade, Rick Mercer, Trevor Noah and so many more. The festival is taking place this July 12th-31st and and definitely shouldn't be missed!


via @mutekmontreal

MUTEK is a creative digital festival featuring artists and electronic music from all over the world. This year's festival will be taking place on August 22-27th! Find shows at SAT, Metropolis, Monument National and the outdoor Places des Arts Esplanade.

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