Planted at the crossroads of North American and European history, rooted in the long legacy of the region’s indigenous cultures and enriched by centuries of immigration from around the world, Montreal has a cultural vitality that blossoms in many directions. The second-largest French- speaking city in the world after Paris, it hosts countless festivals and international cultural events. Designated as a City of Design by UNESCO and home to the largest creative labour force in Canada, Montreal lives and breathes culture. With such diverse traditions to draw on, the city has always been known for combining innovation with tradition, and the new generation of young cuisiniers is no different.
With a low cost-of-living Montreal is fertile ground for risk-taking, and a vibrant DIY culture has revitalised the food scene. Punching above its weight in the international culinary stakes, Montreal is only behind New York in the number of restaurants per capita in North America. Whether in the winterscapes of December or the heatwaves of July, there is always a new, hidden gem waiting to be discovered by food lovers – and usually right around the corner. Scrappy underdog, cutting- edge vanguard and truly cosmopolitan: Montreal stands at the forefront of international cuisine, one fork pointing to the future, one spoon stirring its rich past for inspiration.