We know we're biased, but we think that Montreal is a pretty amazing place to live. That's why people from all over the world come to live in the city.\nAs one of those people who recently moved to the city, there are a few things that I have come to realize about Quebec's largest metropolis.\nSome of them may seem obvious, but some of them tend to catch people by surprise.\nIf you're planning on moving here, new to the city or just want to see what newcomers notice first, here's a list of things to know before moving to Montreal.\nEditor's Choice: This Montreal Property For Sale Near Parc La Fontaine Comes With A Whole Secret Cottage\nMontrealers speak a different language — and I don't mean French.\nView this post on Instagram Wishing I was back in Montreal with one of my favourite humans 💛💚 I also wish that I hadn’t lost that hat in Chicago...and my gold earring somewhere in the province of Quebec...but, like moments, possessions are fleeting (😂) but the memories will last me forever 🤗! #montreal #montrealmoments #montreallife #quebec #travel #travelblogger #travelgram #traveler #travelphotography #travelstyle #ootd #fashion #yellow #springfashion #spring #happy A post shared by Rebecca Felgate (@missrebeccaj) on May 4, 2019 at 7:08am PDT\nThere's a Montreal language here. They don't say "convenience store." It's a "depanneur." It's not a "snack-bar." It's a "casse-croûte." And no one knows what the "subway" is. It's the "metro."\nDon't worry, you'll get it soon enough.\nYou'll pick up French more easily than you think.\nView this post on Instagram Ouvert! Opening dayyy A post shared by Cafe Bonjour / Hi (@cafebonjourhi) on Nov 18, 2019 at 12:56pm PST\nSpeaking of language, yes, Montreal is a French city.\nWhether you're coming in with no knowledge of the language, just a bit or even a pretty solid base, the longer you're here, you'll realize how you naturally pick it up.\n5 à 7s hardly ever end at 7.\nView this post on Instagram It’s only week 2 of lockdown and I’m already cracking up A post shared by Y O U S R A (@yousraben23) on Oct 11, 2020 at 6:35pm PDT\nAnother one of those slang words, "5 à 7" literally translates to "five to seven," but it really just means happy hour.\nThat said, don't surprised if drinks go until 9 p.m. ... or 3 a.m.\nOrange cones are EVERYWHERE.\nView this post on Instagram Voici ma submission à @portraitsdemontreal: “What does #Montreal in summer mean to me?” Travaux et Rue Barrée A post shared by Joe C (@joecristiano) on Jul 16, 2019 at 11:20am PDT\nIf you just moved into your new place and there's some construction at the corner of your street, you may be thinking "Oh, that's OK! I'm sure it'll be over soon."\nNon, non, mon amie. It will not.\nNot all of the streets are straight.\nView this post on Instagram remember to live when you're busy surviving . #beautydoza #museunknown #nooart🌿 #theparisianchique #pistache_blog #postifortheaesthetics #neutraltones #simplebeyond #neutralshades #parisianvibe #minimalistic #minimalisticstyle #aestheticallypleasing #aestheticblog #softaesthetics #neutralcolors #neutralfashion #montrealblog #montreallife #montrealarchitect #montrealcity #montrealstreets #streetphotography #streetphotos A post shared by Anastasiia Saturday (@nicespan) on Oct 25, 2020 at 8:04am PDT\nIf you come from a city that's more of a grid, you'll know exactly what I mean. Because this city is built around the mountain, you sometimes see the streets turn.\nSo, yes, you can sometimes go north, south, east and west on the same road. But don't worry about getting lost because the streets, themselves, are gorgeous.\nYou'll find yourself actually buying groceries at the market.\nView this post on Instagram When you haven't held a pumpkin in a while and remember how heavy they are 😅🎃 Will you be celebrating Halloween this year or have you already jumped into the Christmas mode? A post shared by Camille | 📍 Montreal (@eonnigiri) on Oct 28, 2020 at 9:15am PDT\nIn some big cities, markets are often a tourist attraction.\nBut in Montreal, they're great places to do your shopping.\nWho doesn't love some local fresh produce, right?\nGive yourself some extra time to park...\nView this post on Instagram I know I'm not the only one suffering from this. The signage is pretty questionable. #parkingproblems #parkingtickets #parkingmemes #cantpark #montrealparking #514 #mtlmeme #montrealmemes #montrealmeme #comedy #montreal #mtlblog #likes #lol #westislander #westisland #verdunluv #verdun #verdunlife #parking #cantdrive #carproblems #driving #mtlmemes #montreality #montréal A post shared by Cameron Geller (@cameron.geller) on Jul 7, 2020 at 1:26pm PDT\nNo matter how much time Google Maps tells you it'll take to get somewhere, give yourself an extra 20 minutes at least for parking.\nSometimes, the majority of the journey is literally looking for a vacant spot.\nYou can get booze almost anywhere.\nView this post on Instagram New arrivals LACROIX family. #depanneur #longueuil #service essential #dépanneur #convenient #ledétour #boisson #biere #beer #microbrewery #microbrasserie #lacroix A post shared by LedetourDépanneur (@ledetourdepanneur) on Oct 9, 2020 at 5:16am PDT\nSAQ will become one of your new favourite stores, but you don't necessarily have to go to get some alcohol. Here in Quebec, you can get alcohol at grocery stores and depanneurs.\nSo when you run in quickly for some milk, you can also get some wine.\nIf you're craving it, you can find it Montreal.\nView this post on Instagram Thick sushi rolls with a side of leg 🍣 (and a mosquito bite) . On the menu: 🍥Futomaki : Surf and Turf shrimp, bacon, cream cheese, avocado, kappa zuke, plum-tonkatsu sauce 🍥Futomaki: 3 champions: enoki, oyster, portobello, shiba zuke, avocado, bubu araré, soy-truffe emulsion 🍥Gunkan: fried avocado maki, sweet potato tartare, jalapeño, takana, green onion, shichimi togarashi emulsion 🍥Lamba: rice paper, lemon grass “beef”, mango, baby spinach, carrot, Asian pear, basil emulsion * all items are actually vegan. So "beef", "bacon", "cheese", etc. Don't worry, still a meat eater. Just sometime in need of a bit of vegetables 😁 . . 📍Montreal, Canada . . #sushi #vegan #japanese #montrealfood #mtlfoodsnob #montreal #eatermtl A post shared by Food Montreal | Food Toronto (@mtlfoodsnob) on Jul 13, 2019 at 8:37am PDT\nMontreal is an absolute foodie paradise. With people from all over the world, there is just about every cuisine you can think of here in the city.\nWhether it's sushi, gnocchi, jerk chicken, or, of course, poutine, not only can you get it, but you know it'll be delicious.\nNow that you're a 514 expert, go enjoy the city!