A Definitive Guide to the Best of Montréal—Just in Time for Summer

Cross the border from New York State into Canada, and you’ll find yourself in Montréal, a cosmopolitan city with a European flair and an edgy Brooklyn attitude. Get served in French at restaurants, walk the historic cobblestone streets of Old Montréal, and you might just feel like you’ve landed in Paris without ever crossing the pond. But Montréal isn't Paris, and it doesn't aspire to be—the French Canadian city is in a league of its own.

Montréal has long been known for its centuries-old buildings and Francophone roots, but these days it’s the local foodie culture that’s making waves on the culinary scene. Anthony Bourdain has raved about the Canadian city in every single one of his shows, from No Reservations to Parts Unknown, and he put it on the map as a place where overly friendly locals add shaved truffle to every single meal, and where low-fat isn't an option.

Yes, Montréal fosters foodies. Attending weekly restaurant openings is second nature to Montréalers, and craft cocktail bars pop up on every corner monthly. If this doesn’t convince you, the favorable exchange rate and the short six-hour drive from New York City just might. Ready to explore the city that comes alive in springtime? We’ve mapped out your local-approved ideal itinerary.

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This was originally published on November 8, 2016. It has been updated by Gabrielle Savoie.