Welcome back to another edition of I Heart My City. Today’s guide was sent in by reader Karla Aguilar, who left her city of Montreal, Canada nearly a year ago to live and work in South Korea. Homesick for her hometown, she sent us this ode to Montreal. Read Karla’s I Heart My City guide to get tips on the best places to eat, shop, and play, then tell us what you love about Montreal in the comments section below.

Montreal is My City

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Old Montreal.

When I crave international food I always go to Rue Saint-Denis or Avenue du Mont-Royal to sample Latin American, Thai, Vietnamese, Lebanese, or Korean cuisine, among many others.

To escape the urban chaos I head to Mont-Tremblant. It’s a fabulous ski resort under 2 hours away.

If I want to get some oxygen and release stress, I go for a walk on Mont-Royal’s mountain trails.

For complete quiet, I can hide away at Île Notre-Dame.

If you have to order one thing off the menu from Schwartz it has to be a smoked meat sandwich. They are legendary.

Jean-Talon Market is my one-stop shop for organic fruits, vegetables, cheeses, nuts, flowers, etc.

Locals know to skip Eaton Center and check out the stores on Saint-Catherine street.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped I go to Chinatown close to Old Montreal for a nice meal and drink.

For a huge splurge I go to the outlets north of Montreal, in Saint-Sauveur.

Photo: Karla Aguilar Perez


Photo ops in my city include Old Montreal, Downtown, Oratoire St-Joseph, and the Botanic Gardens and the best vantage points are from Mont-Royal, Île Notre-Dame, and Olympic Stadium.

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