Once you hit twenty, you get the travel bug. Something about being young, sexy, and energetic makes you want to see the whole world, and let the whole world see you, of course. The only thing is, by living in Montreal, you already live in one of the most unpredictable and fun cities in the entire world, as ranked by Elite Daily.
Looking at the entire world, and thinking about which locales are "the most unpredictable and non-cliched," Elite Daily chose 50 different cities, all with 20-somethings in mind. Described as the "hidden gems of the world," these magical cities are must-travels to all young folk, Montreal included, obviously.
Saying what almost everyone says about Montreal, the city is described as "a taste of Europe" especially suited for broke young folk who "don't have the time or money to get there." Food and fun were specifically mentioned, which the city has in spades, and the author also gives Montreal the title of "one of the most cosmopolitan cities in North America." Not too shabby.
Being cheaper than most major North American cities that's perfect for studentsand dating, with an art and party culture that is incomparable, we have to agree with this world ranking. See the worldwide ranking below (which apparently weren't in a a particular order, a statement we're ignoring) and the full write-up here.
1. Isle of Skye, Scotland
2. New Orleans, LA, USA
3. Okinawa Island, Japan
4. Killarney, Ireland
5. Montreal, Canada
6. Yerevan, Armenia
7. Galle, Sri Lanka
8. Lofoten Islands, Norway
9. Mestia, Georgia
10. Reykjavik, Iceland
11. Beirut, Lebanon
12. Pyongyang, North Korea
13. Gallipoli, Turkey
14. Kathmandu, Nepal
15. Big Sur, CA
16. Freetown Christiania, Denmark
17. Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia
18. Lake Garda, Italy
19. Corsica, France
20. Tulum, Mexico
21. Rumbur Valley, Pakistan
22. Cartagena, Colombia
23. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
24. Ulan Bator, Mongolia
25. Brussels, Belgium
26. Juqueí, Brazil
27. Tzaneen, South Africa
28. Zaanse Schans, The Netherlands
29. Eilat, Israel
30. Belgrade, Serbia
31. Monasterio de Piedra Park, Spain
32. Ljubljana, Slovenia
33. Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
34. White Sands, NM, USA
35. Budva, Montenegro
36. Coles Bay & Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia
37. Gothenburg, Sweden
38. Seoraksan National Park, South Korea
39. Atacama Desert, Chile
40. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
41. Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area, China
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.