I just loved the amazing architecture everywhere, especially in the houses in the Plateau area. Shiny black wrought-iron bannisters on winding staircases on 17th C style buildings with a 4-square foot garden in front.
All done in beautiful bright colours. Open your eyes and just take it all in.
Favorite thing: Montreal is a beautiful city with many interesting neighbourhoods. My favourite area was Mount Royal. I loved the metal staircases on the outside of the homes and apartments. The picture is not very good, it was raining the day I visited the area.
Favorite thing: Check out the chic quartier of Plateau Mont-Royal. Stretching north from the Quartier Latin, the Plateau has become a haven for great shopping, dining and living as it quickly becomes one of Montreal's more desireable areas. Contrast is inevitable here- the domestic life of the old blue collar plateau clashes with the sleek yuppie stylings of the new, stone Second Empire townhouses in all their romantic glory squat next to typical Montreal 3-story apartment houses with exterior stairways. The quality and variety of the neighbourhood's Victorian architecture is simply amazing. To get a good feel for the area, walk the main arteries of Ave. Mont-Royal, Boul. St-laurant, and Rue St-Denis as well as smaller streets such as Duluth (see below), Drolet, St-Hubert and St-Andre which characterise the delightful residential character. The neighbourhood is best seen on foot or bike, with the proliferation of bike lanes in this cyclist-friendly city. Be advised, in Montreal an area of dilapidated buildings and cheap ethnic markets as one may find in certain parts of the district doesn't signify the high-crime stereotype evident in districts of US cities of similar character. Montreal is absolutely safe at almost any time of day in any district.