Let's be real for a second, friends. Montreal is amazing. I know I say that because I've lived here my whole life, but let's just consider this fact for a minute: there is no spot on this earth that has as many cool events, cool spots, and good vibes as we do.
So it's only natural that when we talk about Montreal to other people, we don't talk about everything. How can we? There's so many awesome things to talk about in the city! But don't worry if you're looking to learn some insider things about the city, though: that's what I'm here for.
1. We're a lot more than poutine, bagels, and smoked meat.
Although, to be fair, our poutine, bagels, and smoked meat are some of the best. Still, though, we've got tons of different cuisines from tons of different cultures... So maybe skip out on the poutine tonight and try a steaming plate of pasta, instead.
2. The "underground city" isn't actually a thing.
I mean, it exists - it's just basically a series of underground tunnels that connect certain metro stations, malls, and shops. It's not a tinier version of Montreal underground. There aren't any, like, underground duplexes or societies or anything like that.
3. At any given moment, you just might run into a celebrity.
For some reason, people tend to think Montreal is this cool Canadian city unknown (or under known) by the rest of the world. But nope. Tons of films are shot in Montreal every year, and lots of stars tend to come to the city on a regular basis. If you're lucky (or alert), you might even run into one of them.
4. Montreal is so much more than the downtown core, or the Plateau.
Sure, you might be tempted to spend all your time downtown or in the Plateau - these are seriously gorgeous areas of the city. But Montreal is so much more than this. We've got tons of gorgeous boroughs (like the West Island, Cote-Des-Neiges, Ville St. Laurent, Lachine, and more), tons of hidden spots within those boroughs, and tons of beautiful spots to visit.
5. But the downtown core can surprise you, too.
Most spots people talk about in Montreal are absolutely worth checking out, but if you're in a more popular area of the city, then go exploring on your own. The secret spots you discover for yourself could be so much more mindblowing than any recommendation you've ever received.
6. No matter where you are, you are within 3 kms of an indie coffee shop.
Montreal's coffee culture is very, very strong. So if you're not a fan of chain coffee spots, then you've come to the right place - there are literally too many awesome coffee shops to list, and more opening up every single day.
7. You can get a full meal at a depanneur.
A handful of deps in Montreal (definitely more than you would expect) serve up full-on, delicious meals. So, grab some wine, some candy, a burger, and prepare to be amazed at the fact that in Montreal, the food is so good we even serve it in our corner stores.
8. It'll start to feel like home a lot faster than you think.
It doesn't matter why you're in Montreal, when you're going to leave, or if you've never even been out of the city. One thing is true for everyone: Montreal has an undeniable, welcoming feeling. Like you've been living here your entire life, even if it's your first time here.
9. Winter just might be the best time to visit.
We know how to wear winter well in the city. We've got festivals, celebrations, parties, and events going on all throughout the wintertime, just to make the season a lot more bearable for us. Of course, one upside to this is that it means that winter is hands down the most fun time in the city.
10. There are murals hidden in plain sight literally everywhere in the city.
Not just down St. Laurent street, where Muralfest takes place. You'll be surprised to see where you can find works of art throughout the city.
11. And art in every single corner you could imagine.
Public art installations in Montreal stretch into every nook and cranny of the city.
12. There are actually three summits at Mount Royal
Two at the actual park/mountain, and one more towards Westmount. But no matter where you're looking at it from, Montreal is one thing: seriously gorgeous.