If you’re looking for a unique European experience but can’t afford a flight from North America, Montreal in Canada is just up your alley. The second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris, Montreal has a unique European influence unlike any other place in Northern America.
With cathedrals, buildings dating back to the 1600s, cobblestoned streets and a laid- back attitude with emphasis on good food and wine, Montreal is a region of historical significance also.
One particular church that stands out is the Notre-Dame, a cathedral that resembles its namesake in Paris.
What To Eat
But the architecture and French language aren’t the only things that make Montreal feel like a European city.
The food is also quite unique, and since Montreal is named the second-best city to dine in North America, you’re in for a real treat.
Some popular foods in Montreal are the smoked meat sandwiches and small crusty bagels, both foods that were introduced by the large Jewish population in the 19th century.
Little Italy is also a great area to explore for hungry travelers. There the streets are lined with high quality Italian restaurants and fresh, delicious Italian gelato.
Some people even go to Montreal to get an idea of what Europe will be like, to prepare themselves for their upcoming European trips, which is not at all a bad idea.
Keep in mind however, that while Montreal surely has many European influences, it’s not exactly like Europe, or like the rest of North America – rather it’s a city with its very own unique style, some would say the best of both worlds.
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