Do you want to visit a city that blends the very best of North American modernity with the unique and quaint history of Europe? If so, Montreal could be your next great holiday destination. If you’re planning on joining the 19 million people that flew into Montreal-Trudeau airport last year, then read on for the complete tourist’s guide to Montreal.
Canada’s second-largest city is located just an hour from the American border, but once there, you’ll feel as though you’re thousands of miles away from the United States. There are parts of Montreal where you will hear the locals conversing solely in French as they enjoy patisseries in local cafes.
I took advantage of being back in my old neck of the wood to check out what was happening on the vegan and vegetarian food scene in Montreal. I was super excited to see that most of my old fave vegan restaurants in Montreal were still alive and well, and even more excited to discover that there were quite a few newcomers, making Montreal one of the most vegan-friendly cities I’ve lived in – not far behind my beloved Berlin and upping the vegan restaurants Montreal count to competitive level. Being vegan in Montreal seems to be the hip thing to do right now and I am really not complaining! So without further ado, here is what I think is the best of vegan Montreal! And if you’re after vegetarian restaurants Montreal has you covered too.
One year ago today, on January 1st 2014 at 8am, we locked the door of our flat in Montreal for the last time, leaving behind an empty shell of what was our life of the previous seven years, and dropped the key through the mail slot. As it resonated loudly in the dark empty box, I felt an excitingly familiar feeling in my stomach: we were homeless, the unknown awaited us. It was amazing to ring in the New Year in such a drastic, life changing, exciting way, and the feeling hasn’t left me since.
2 weeks ago we had crazy hot weather here in Montreal that was preceded by a day of very dense fog, which caused all sorts of traffic and flight problems. It was kind of eerie walking around town and I took advantage of the situation to bust out the old Mamiya 7. I’m kinda falling back in love with film photography.
Richard and I were celebrating our 6th anniversary together this weekend (HAPPY BIRTHDAY COUPLE! I LOVE US!) and so yesterday we rode our bike to the Jean-Drapeau beach here in Montreal to chill out on what has been so far the hottest day of the summer (I overheard someone saying that it was 33 degrees!). We then headed to Brit & Chips on McGill for some fantastically greasy fried halloumi cheese and chips washed down with some beer. Perfect day!