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Planning on living in Montreal, I want to visit the city first.

By Traveller January 14, 2020
Montreal

Planning on living in Montreal, I want to visit the city first.

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By Mathilde Traveller January 14, 2020

I would love to have a taste of what it is like to live there. Beside touristic activities, what can a local advise me to have a taste of the city life? Thanks :D

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Hey Mathilde! As I think pretty much everyone has said already, if you’re going to live here, and especially work here, it’s important to speak French at a minimum, as it’s the official language here, but yeah, to answer your question, it really depends what your interest are; of course in the summer there’s a festival for basically anything and everything ( other than the main Jazz fest, FrancoFolies, Just for laughs, etc, one of my favourites is Fantasia, for awesome independent movies; there is also the Suoni per il Popolo, an independent and local music fest, and in the fall, PopMontreal, etc.) If you like to see shows at awesome local venues, one of my favourites is definitely Casa del popolo ( it’s also a nice vegetarian cafe and bar)... Notre Dame des quilles is a really cool bar in an old school bowling alley for example. One of Montreal’s institutions is also the Fairmount bagel shop ( open for 100 years now, and first bagel in space ha!); there is also St- viateur bagels, but I’m team Fairmount all the way. If you’d like to try a good classic poutine, I’d recommend Patati patata ( La Banquise is over- hyped and mostly tourists go there) ... but across the street there is the best Portuguese chicken place ( and best Portuguese poutine too in Mtl). These are just some of my personal favourites. Have a great stay here!
Local January 15, 2020
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It could be useful to let us know when and also what kind of things you like. Unless you will receive a lot of information that were not relevant for you.
Local January 16, 2020
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Will you comme in Winter? There will be Montreal en Lumière in February; I recommand it for sure. Take a look : https://www.montrealenlumiere.com/
Local January 15, 2020
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Are you planning to live in Montreal for school or for work!?

FYI if you are coming this winter, don’t forget to check out the Igloofest festival. Outside electronic music festival. :)
Local Ambassador January 15, 2020
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Plenty of activities depend of ur interest. Music show festival
Restaurant all kind
Staying in down town a bit expensive.
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Local January 14, 2020
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Montreal is bilingual city. Plenty of activities in the city depend of ur interest. Music show restaurant , cultural activities... U can get around whether u speak french or english.
housing in dowtown is getting a bit expensive.
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Local January 14, 2020
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How is your french?
If you are bilingual you will have no problem anywhere in the city.

If you do not speak french or very little, you would be best downtown, or in the West Island, or certain spots in the city.

Busy city so depending on what you prefer, traffic is an issue right now, and for the next few years as they reorganize.

Many restaurants to discover as well as the festivals all summer long!
Local January 14, 2020
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