Montreal is one of my favourite cities to visit in Canada. I feel like I'm in Europe – with its rich history, culture and heritage, it’s a destination like no other.
I visit Montreal at least once a year, usually as part of a long weekend. It’s a 5 hour drive from where I live so making the trip isn’t too bad. My French is very minimal – grade 10 French to be exact but all Montrealers speak English so we didn’t have a problem communicating.
My friend and I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Montreal and we were lucky to be right in the middle of the Fashion and Design Festival on Rue Sainte-Catherine. By 5pm, the streets were filled with people and the fashion show started. We walked around looking at the beautiful designs and jewelry from local artists in the pop-up shops.
The next day we headed to Old Montreal. We walked to Place Jacques-Cartier, originally known as a marketplace, it’s one of the busiest places we saw in all of Montreal. It was filled with tourists, locals, artists, street performers, restaurants and cafes. Saint-Paul Street was probably one of my favorite streets. This is the oldest street in Montreal and home to many art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and cafes.
The food was great in every restaurant we went to and we found a lot of great deals on clothes and shoes on Rue Sainte-Catherine. Montreal is the only place I will not get tired of visiting more than once in my life.