Montreal, just seven hours’ drive from New York, is the best kind of city as it’s unburdened by the weight of expectation. No need to trawl an exhausting list of sights or tick off must-sees. Rather, it’s a place for the flaneur, where one multicultural neighbourhood melts into another, each with its own appealing character.
And like London, it’s a food-obsessed metropolis, a former underdog that has ascended to gastro superpower status.
A downside? The Canadian dollar is strong against the pound, so eating out feels more expensive than you might expect (especially wine, which averages around $45+ a bottle; even two pints can hit $20 with service). And get there quick unless you are happy for it to be pretty chilly, or even minus ten. Yikes. We were fortunate: in late October it even reached 21 degrees on a couple of days.
For all you Montreal dwellers and aficionados, this guide is, inevitably, only a snapshot, so add your own recommendations beneath.