1. More bohemian, cozier, more casual, more stylish than Toronto, not a typical North American metropolis
2. A superb city for culinary pleasures - Fantastic cafes, patisseries, French bakeries in downtown
3. Montreal is very diverse, with a wide variety of street atmospheres, attractive neighborhoods
4. Walk around the English-speaking Mc Gill University and then an easy climbing up to Mont-Royal
5. The RÉSO, the unique Underground City, and the superb subway network
6. The bohemian neighborhoods: Latin Quarter, Gay Village, Shaughnessy Village (student quarter)
7. In a small, empty street of the Old Town, came up to us John Malkovich, one of my favorite actors (he happened to be a guest artist in a Montreal theater, as he speaks fluent French)
8. Old Town (Vieux-Montreal) in the evening lights (basically one or two streets, and Place Jacques-Cartier)
9. St. Laurent Boulevard in the late afternoons and weekends - the impressive atmosphere and adorable residential houses with cozy shops and cafes on their street level
10. If you only have time for one museum, then Pointe-á-Calliére (Montreal History Museum)
1. There is not much offer in terms of classical cultural tourism, few outstanding museums, and churches (except the Notre-Dame Basilica, a must-see)
2. Damn cold from about mid-October to mid-April; you should not come in that period.
3. Treacherous weather all year is capricious; raincoats and umbrellas are always needed, often windy
4. Terrible traffic jams at peak times - tourists should not drive in the city.
5. Streets are not as clean as in Toronto, and too many potholes (plus slippery ice roads in winter)
6. Expensive city due to high local (Quebec) taxes
7. The locals are not very hospitable (often gloomy), although European tourists are more popular than English-speaking North Americans.
8. Although the hilly location is nice, long walks can be strenuous.
9.Many homeless and some annoy the passers-by
10. There are surprisingly run-down side streets downtown
11. Too many noisy constructions